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"BIKSEMAD" WITH A FRESH TWIST

FREEDOM IN SELF EMPLOYMENT?

DENMARK'S BALTIC ISLAND BEAUTY

MARCH EVENTS AROUND DENMARK

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BE THE SPARKLE IN SOMEONE'S LIFE CARE FOR OTHERS HOW YOU WOULD WANT TO BE CARED FOR. BUILD EACH OTHER UP AND SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER, NOT JUST DURING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, BUT EVERY DAY - BE THAT POSITIVE CHANGE!

cure in their standing without the need to make noise, often treating everyone they meet with respect, regardless of position.

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THIS MONTH AS we celebrate International Women's Day, I'd like to turn your focus to female empowerment and lifting each other up, which may seem such a simple concept but at the same time one of the most underused actions in today's world. By uplifting others, you are helping to raise their positive energy, it empowers you, and in turn, that very act will raise your energy too. If you go out of your way to break someone else down, the effect will only backfire on you and lower your energy. You can do this in everyday interactions, with your smile and passion in every step of your job and daily life. So, how can we positively empower each other as women, and lift each other up, here are some simple tips to follow:

#1 Know Yourself Many women today feel as though they have lost themselves. Maybe they gave too much in a relationship that didn't work out. Maybe they put too much time into work and not enough time into themselves. Maybe they feel lost in the challenges of motherhood. Regardless, many women need to spend some time getting to know themselves and figuring out what they want in life. When you know yourself, you are also strong enough to nurture others, and in turn, lift them up.

#2 Stay humble

Making deep connections, both personally and professionally, is important to all of us. An empowered woman has a network of people she has relationships with and can count on. The business relationships may be people she can count on to help with a project or give her honest feedback. The personal relationships may be friends that she can rely on when she needs them. The connections that an empowered woman makes are with people whom she can help and who can, in turn, help her to become a better person, again creating this sense of togetherness and lifting each other up.

My top picks for March Pages 10-13 Olga Yurchenko shares with us her

#4 Give Back

journey from Ukraine to Denmark

When you help others, you help yourself, right? Try volunteering one day a week for a programme you really believe in. Be a mentor for someone starting out in business, help organise events that empower and uplift women in your community. You can also give back by helping a fellow mom out when she's having a tough time by babysitting their child, giving back does not have to be a grand gesture - it can be as simple as saying good morning, holding the door for someone or even a friendly smile.

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#5 Be positive!

Entering the danish job market for the first time? Greete guides

Positive thinking goes beyond having the drive and motivation for personal success. It's explicit, definite, and outspoken. It's contagious. Build others up with your positiveness, allowing them to be open for better things to come.

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Don' t forget!

Happy International Women's Day - be kind to each other!

Remember to keep an eye on social media for upcoming "International Day Denmark"

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ARE YOU AN ENVIRONMENT PEST OR

MOTHER NATURE’S BEST?

LAST MONTH, ACCORDING TO THE WASHINGTON POST, TEMPERATURES IN ANTARCTICA REACHED A RECORD HIGH OF 70 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT OR 21 DEGREES CELSIUS. THIS IS MEANT TO BE THE COLDEST PLACE ON EARTH. BUT THESE ARE ALSO SUMMER TEMPERATURES IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE. ERR? WAIT, THERE’S MORE.

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Conrad has 20 years’ experience as a journalist and editor. He is also an aspiring author

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and Mexico combined according to NASA, is made up of ice sheets three miles thick and contains 90% of the planet’s fresh water. Ninety percent!! Now imagine an ice block the size of a continent melting into our oceans and raising sea levels across the globe. Sounds like a winning Hollywood blockbuster, doesn’t it? But it’s reality. And coming soon to a shore near you! Over the past two months, there have been two peaceful protests outside the Australian Embassy in Copenhagen over the construction of a new coal mine. I quietly watched the protesters from my window; they were mostly young Danish students and real heroes. These weren’t masked cowards smashing banks and looting shops out of jealousy or hatred but evolved human beings singing parodies of songs (including Nelly’s Hot in here) with a message to protect our environment, and us, from a looming climatic apocalypse. So what was my contribution? I tried to go vegetarian a few years ago. I made grand announcements about it on social media, and then a year later, I lapsed. I failed. But my failure taught me two important lessons. One, I’m not perfect. And two, we mustn’t give up trying to be. Because it is in this endless trying that we end up being the best versions of ourselves. It matters less about what we do and more that we try. This month I turn a year older; another year has gone by, but also another chance to do my best. I’ve not only changed my attitude towards the environment but my habits too. Here are five new things I’m going to be doing (and not doing). Perhaps you’d like to join me in some of them?

There’s nothing like a good old cup of granny-style homemade brew; loose tea leaves in a pot poured over with boiling water. But teabags are so convenient right? True! But apart from their obvious eco-footprint (imagine the energy used to package and process each one), there’s also the small matter of our health. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, teabags are treated with a probable carcinogenic compound called epichlorohydrin that has proved to cause cancer in animals, mar fertility and rot our immune system. If it’s convenience you’re after, why not get yourself an infuser teatong? It’ll cost you less in the long run and save you from future health troubles.

#2 REFUSE VEGETABLES WRAPPED IN PLASTIC Wherever you shop, if you see vegetables wrapped in plastic, go beyond refusal and let the shop know it’s unacceptable and highly irresponsible. Sorry, why again do we need cucumbers wrapped in plastic?

#3 CARRY YOUR OWN SHOPPING BAGS This really is sustainability 101. If you don’t carry your own shopping bags and end up buying new ones at checkout each time, you’re not just a (insert

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it” – Robert Swan OBE, environmentalist and the first person to walk to both poles.

French), but also an active part of the problem. And in the not so distant future, Hollywood will make movies about you being gunned down and hacked to death like zombies in films today. I will gladly watch those films.

#4 ATTACH 50% WATERSAVING FAUCETS TO YOUR TAPS AND SHOWER Technology has advanced so much today that you won’t even feel the difference when you do this. Plus, you’ll not only reduce your water consumption by half but also save 50% of your water bill. It’s a win-win.

#5 LIKE CHARITY, RECYCLING BEGINS AT HOME While most of Denmark is well equipped in sorting out hard plastics, metal, cardboard, etc., it’s the bio and non-recyclable waste where we slip up. We’ve started sorting this already. It’s a pain, but it lets us sleep at night. A few additional things you can do are eating less meat (promise, it’s possible!) stop using straws – you’ve got lips; use them and demand loose sugar at cafés. Individually packed sugar sachets are as bad as teabags. A few close friends have joined me on this little experiment. Perhaps you and some of your friends could do it too? We’re always stronger together. And if enough of us change our attitudes and habits, we might just be able to buy Mother Nature enough time to heal herself and save us all. B orrowing from environmentalist Robert Swan: “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” Let’s all be that someone else. THE-INTL

on the hunt for a suitable publisher. He moved to Copenhagen from France in 2019 and loves to schmooze; he believes a good chat is far more healing than homeopathy. He’s of mixed Indian and English heritage and has worked across the Middle East, India and Europe. Earth is currently home and he considers himself a citizen of it. In winter, he loves coffee, croissants, candles and gin, but come summer, hawkers in Free-town Christiana are reduced to tears with his intrepid bargaining. He’s friendly and funny and cooks a mean curry. You can catch him at embassy parties or stirring up controversy at various hyggelig watering holes around the city. He’ll be your friend if you have a light. egbertconrad@gmail.com @kingegbert @egbertconrad Conrad Egbert www.linkedin.com/in/ conradegbert

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5 MARCH

WOMEN OF MY TRIBE

SWINGIN' THURSDAY

OLGA YURCHENKO

Originally the plan was to organize a yearly event for the “Women’s Entrepreneurship Day” (a special day where we celebrate women’s and their achievements here in Copenhagen). All the responses from last November event were so heartwarming that I thought about hosting a gathering for women entrepreneurs & creatives… Monthly. While discussing our journey about entrepreneurs, we all agree that we needed to empower each other regularly as Entrepreneurship can be a lonely journey. This time, we will talk about Self care and how we can prioritize our well being while taking care of our business or initiative. So come and join us at the Women Entrepreneurs Meetup Tuesday 3rd of March to hang out casually to support each other as entrepreneurs living abroad. Come and share your visions, ideas, challenges, and routine. Find your tribe, you are not alone. Let's listen from different perspectives about how it is to be an entrepreneur in Copenhagen. We will talk about Self care. You don't want to miss that!

Would you like to try Lindy Hop? Join us for Swingin' Thursday at CasaV58.

DEXTER'S BAR Dexter has been working for 30 years as a bartender in the Caribbean and Denmark. We join him in his bar for a chat about the bar scene in Denmark compared to the Caribbean, how to create the right atmosphere and beer. African vs. danish beer.

KABARET KOPENHAGEN Founders of Kabaret Kopenhagen and previous guest on the show Sophie Sioux and Momo Lamarr has been kind enough to invite us to one of there very popular burlesque shows. We invite you, our dear listener, to join us as we dive a little deeper into the burlesque scene of Copenhagen.

TO LISTEN TO THE COPING IN COPENHAGEN PODCAST, VISIT THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE: THE CIC SHOW PODCAST OR SEARCH FOR THEM ON SPOTIFY

TIME: 19:00-22:30 ADDRESS: VESTERGADE 58; 8000 AARHUS FOR MORE INFO: WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/EVENTS/CASAV58/ SWINGIN-THURSDAY/571821160034650

Key speakers: Barbara Mensah Mua - Owner at Barbara Mensah Beauty Lyndsay Jensen - Founder and Editor of The International IMPORTANT NOTE: The meetup will be held in English

TIME: 09:00-12:00 ADDRESS: UNION; 7 NØRRE ALLÉ; 2200 COPENHAGEN FOR MORE INFO: WWW.EVENTBRITE.COM/E/WOMEN-OFMY-TRIBE-MEETUP-TICKETS-95332470987?AFF=ERELEXPMLT COPING IN COPENHAGEN

You will experience a cosy atmosphere, great live jazz music, and lots of swing dancing. What's not to like?! As usual, we will be giving an introduction to Lindy Hop, and it already starts at 7:30 pm, followed by live music from 8:00 pm until around 10:00 pm. If you want to make it to the introduction, come between 19.00 -19.15 and avoid the queue at the wardrobe. - Doors open 19.00 - Introduction to Lindy Hop 19.30-20.00 - Band 'Emil Otto Trio' 20.00 - Entrance at the door 30 kr. (cash or MobilePay to Aarhus Lindy Hoppers) - Wardrobe/Garderobe 20kr. (cash or MobilePay to CasaV58)

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Time to meet our latest cover for the March issue! Find out about Olga's journey to Denmark, and how she managed to find her feet in Denmark.

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11 MARCH

SUONI CHORUS SPRING CONCERT

THE CREATIVE EYE ART EXHIBITION AND BOOK LAUNCH

WINE FESTIVAL 2020

Join the Suoni Chorus, a talented group of international singers living in Copenhagen for their annual spring concert. They will share a diverse selection of acappella and accompanied music from around the world, under the direction of Siobhan Lamb.

Take your family, friends or neighbour to the Wine Specialist Wine Festival, where you can dive into hundreds of quality wines and spirits from some of the world's best and most interesting producers for just 250 DKK. You will not only be able to taste the wines but will also have a unique opportunity to meet the passionate people behind the products, who have had a hand in all the wines from grape to glass. Whether you're into French wine and champagne, Italian grapes, Spanish flavour bombs, world-class California wines, port wines, and vinho verde from Portugal or maybe just Australia's best wine house, you'll find great experiences all in one place. A great event to just go and explore, educate yourself, and taste the wine. This Wine Festival will be held in Copenhagen, Odense, and Aarhus. You can also purchase tickets for special events during the day. For example, you can order food before the event, attend the Riedel Glass Seminar, where you will taste Deutz champagne in the world's best glasses from Austrian Riedel. Or indulge your taste buds when Daniel Otero of Ximenez-Spinola entertains with world-class sherry and brandy at the Ximenez-Spinola MasterClass.

An exhibition by Canadian/Danish artist, Heather Spears. Her drawings, made in nearly almost 60 years spent in Denmark, ranging from newborn babies to well-known Danish and international poets, musicians, writers, courtrooms, swimmers, dancers, and injured Palestinian children. For the first time, she will also be exhibiting her ‘censored’ birth drawings. My Beautiful Gallery has both the pleasure of launching this important exhibition and the latest edition of her book, ‘The Creative Eye, drawing, vision and the brain.' This newly 'affordable' edition is a how-to-draw manual for artists, instructors, and all those seriously interested in drawing and the science of ‘seeing.’ The exhibition continues Wednesday - Saturday, 3pm – 6pm, or by appointment. See the article ‘Relocation in the 1960s’ on page 21 to read more about Heather Spears.

Lutherkirken is on Randersgade, off Nordre Frihavnsgade in Østerbro. It is an easy 5-10 minute walk from both the Trianglen Metro station or Nordhavn station. Tickets will be available at the door.

TIME: 19:00-20:00 ADDRESS: LUTHERKIRKEN; SANKT JAKOBS GADE 15; 2100 COPENHAGEN FOR MORE INFO: WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ EVENTS/584829628764512

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14 MARCH

GREEN FOOD TASTING

THE SONG SERIES

EXPAT FAIR BRANDE

Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness ! Are you a foodie that is also interested in sustainability? If your answer is YES, join our exciting oikos Copenhagen event and get inspired by companies who successfully run their businesses and take responsibility for our planet at the same time. Come and taste the food of the future! Registration is free, but there is limited number of spots so sign up for a ticket to secure yours! Join us and get the chance to taste a green and sustainable version of chocolate, Kombucha, drinks and many other food.

Art Escape Studios, in collaboration with AMMO artworks, proudly presents the "Song Series," a unique and captivating 2.5-hour live performance exhibition featuring the original works of singer/songwriter, musician, and visual artist Michelle Myrick. Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Michelle currently lives on the island of Nøtterøy in the Vestfold area of Norway with her husband. Michelle did a funny thing... she painted her songs! The "Song Series" was created from her desire to combine her visual artwork with her original songs. She curates the show by telling the background stories and lessons learned during the creation of both art forms, as well as the life experiences that inspired them. Her message is raw and relatable and delivers an inspirational impact. It emphasizes the importance of using self-belief to overcome challenges. Audience members leave the show motivated to live their best life through believing in themselves and their own ability to overcome adversity.

The Expat Fair Brande will be run for the first time by International Village Brande together with Ikast-Brande Kommune and Brande City and is aimed at all internationals living and working in the area.

ADDRESS: DH.V.0.01; 15 DALGAS HAVE; 2000 FREDERIKSBERG FOR MORE INFO: WWW.EVENTBRITE.COM/E/GREEN-WEEKGREEN-FOOD-TASTING-TICKETS-95533105089

What to expect: • Discover a variety of organisations offering services around international living, education, job, culture, and leisure. • See 12 exhibitors representing networking, entertainment, housing, education, parenting, tax, immigration, and much more. • Connect with other like-minded internationals and community members living in and around the Brande area. • Newcomer guide Lene Møller-Fløe will present the new homepage in English for newcomers; Anatolie Cantir will talk about the cultural misunderstanding and “Why Danes are an extreme.”

ADDRESS: REMISENBRANDE, REMISEVEJ 1, 7330 BRANDE FOR MORE INFO: HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ EVENTS/2002392919924467/

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15 MARCH NETWORK QUEENS Warrior Women Denmark presents Network Queens. A free pop-up event! Come join us for an afternoon of networking, product promotion, music, drinks, international guest speakers, and so much more...

ADDRESS: HEINESGADE 13; 2200 NØRREBRO FOR MORE INFO: WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/GROUPS/1483393538506168/EVENTS

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22 MARCH ICE SWIM COPENHAGEN On 22 March 2020, Ice Swim Copenhagen will hold its first Ice Swimming event in the beautiful, clear waters of Skovshoved Havn, 10km north of Copenhagen city centre. We invite you to take part in this amazing opportunity, whether you are a seasoned winter swimmer or completely new to winter bathing - you can acclimatise in two weeks and be ready to compete in your first 25m heat! Why not put together a fun relay team? If you are a non-swimmer, perhaps you would like to volunteer and help on the day with the event.

ADDRESS: SKOVSHOVED HAVN 4; 2920 CHARLOTTENLUND FOR MORE INFO: WWW.ICESWIMCOPENHAGEN.DK

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EBELTOFT

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RADIODRAMA.DK

CPH:DOX FACEBOOK PAGE

GLASMUSEET - JESPER WESTLEY

COPENHAGEN

18-29 MARCH

ALL YEAR ROUND ALL YEAR ROUND

CPH:DOX

GLASMUSEET EBELTOFT

CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, is one of the largest documentary film festivals in the world. Each year the festival fills the Copenhagen cinemas with a selection of more than 200 documentary films from around the world. During the eleven days of the festival, CPH:DOX also presents concerts, art exhibitions, five whole days of professional seminars, a screening market, and the international financing and co-production event CPH:FORUM, as well as the film production program CPH:LAB and much more. With a solid base in the documentary approach to reality, CPH:DOX aims at building bridges to a wide range of related art forms on the music scene and in the visual arts. This exploration of the interaction and interfaces between different media and cultural traditions emphasizes the constant evolution of the documentary genre and creates a space for inspiration and dialogue between different creative forms with exhibitions and performances, music and sound projects, live acts, VJ'ing and the latest concepts of expanded cinema. CPH:DOX aims to be the best film festival in the world and for the world.

Glasmuseet Ebeltoft was established in 1986 in the former Customs House in Ebeltoft. It was founded by Danish glass artist Finn Lynggaard, Erling Rasmussen (former Managing Director of Kvadrat, Ebeltoft), and Bent Fredberg (Chartered Accountant). It is a private, self-financing institution, established and directed by the Foundation for the Collection of Contemporary, International Glass Art. Its main objective is to develop a greater awareness and appreciation of contemporary glass worldwide. In June 2006, the museum was extended with a modern wing, created by Danish architects 3XN. In connection with the inauguration, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II gave her acceptance to act as Patron of the museum.

VIDEOWALKS – A VISUAL CITY TOUR Every village, town, and city have their own unique story to tell. Næstved, a city of 50.000 inhabitants, in southern Sealand was founded in 1135, and here are two such fascinating stories. Radiodrama.dk has dramatized the true story about the woman Birgitte Prammand, who was convicted and sentenced to death for witchcraft in 1631. The video walk combines traditional radio theatre, virtual reality, and movies. By following the movie on your smartphone, you are guided around the city in the footsteps of Birgitte, while listening to her story of how she came to Næstved, was tried and found guilty of witchcraft and ended her days in the flames on a bonfire made especially for her. The walk: “Lever du, Birgitte?” (Are you alive, Birgitte?) begins by “Fortællehånden” in Næstved by Susåen, a small lake that runs through Næstved. The last woman to be executed in Denmark came from a small village near Næstved, now a famous holiday place, called Karrebæk. The woman Ane Andersdatter was sentenced to death in 1861 by decapitation for the murder of three of her four children. Radiodrama.dk has also dramatized this horrible but fascinating story about Ane. During the 18th century, postpartum depression wasn’t heard of, and perhaps that was why she took her children's lives or was it just simply pure evil? This video walk takes place behind the municipal office in Næstved, also called Rådmandshaven, and leads you through her story. Video walks are a different way to experience a place, and even though these two walks are in Danish, the footage and sound help the viewer to understand the story and tragedy of the two women.

INTERNATIONAL GLASS The museum exhibits contemporary, international glass art and has a permanent collection numbering approx. 1600 objects. Artists are selected and invited to join the collection, after which objects are sent to the museum, either as a donation or on loan, which makes Glasmuseet Ebeltoft quite unique. The artists regularly exchange or supplement their work, enabling the museum to show current trends in glass and the most up-to-date objects at all times. There are over 700 artists represented in the collection. As well as the permanent collection, the museum organizes 3-5 separate international exhibitions a year with solo artists or groups of artists. In the past, the museum’s main exhibition activities have concentrated on prominent, well established and experienced glass artists, however, over the years, the museum has also looked towards young students and graduates and those who have only had a few years experience working with glass, who often have a more experimental outlook.

CPH:DOX FACEBOOK PAGE

REGISTRATION OPENED 19 FEBRUARY 2020 FOR MORE INFO: WWW.ICESWIMCOPENHAGEN.DK

ADDRESS: HANS JENSENSVEJ 3; 7190 BILLUND FOR MORE INFO:WWW. RADIODRAMA.DK INTERESTING LINK: WWW.RADIODRAMA.DK/LEVER-DU-BIRGITTE

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27 MARCH

27 MARCH

28-29 MARCH

TECHNO PARTY

INTERNATIONAL DAY DK

CRIME BOOK FESTIVAL

Decipher Events proudly gives you DE PLAYGROUND Vol. 2 A massive electronic music event we've created just for you. One wonderfully huge open space with slot machines, bouncy castles, air-hockey, pool tables, slush ice, candy floss, and much more. All of it to be enjoyed by the crisp sounds of 5 talented DJ's from all over Europe. One stage, one dance floor. Once you enter the door - everything inside is free. Come play with us again all night long. There will be a bar where you can find food, beverages, and candy.

Our next event for International Day Denmark is going to be a co-hosting event with Nordsjælland International Community. A great group of energetic and engaging internationals - and they've very kindly agreed to share there "Last Friday" event with us. The location is set along the picturesque Rungsted coast at My Beautiful Gallery - so please come and enjoy meeting new people, viewing art, and having a few drinks at the bar! Sign up on our Facebook page is a must to reserve your spot.

Nordic crime fiction is still flourishing off the back of successful authors like Sweden’s Stieg Larsson, creator of the Millennium Trilogy, and Danish crime novelist Jussi Adler-Olsen. The programme for Crime Book Festival Denmark includes talks and music and will be attended by Danish, Swedish, and international writers, as well as pathologists and police folk. An interactive crime ‘mystery trail’ will use local actors to give visitors the chance to step into the shoes of fictional protagonists.

ADDRESS: HOLMSTRUPGÅRDVEJ 18, 8220 AARHUS FOR MORE INFO: WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ EVENTS/127451741902415/

TIME: 18:00 - 22:00 ADDRESS: MY BEAUTIFUL GALLERY; ØSTRE STATIONSVEJ 6, 2960 RUNGSTED KYST FOR MORE INFO FOLLOW OUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES: @THEINTERNATIONALDENMARK

PRICE: 125–250 DKK ADDRESS: FUSSINGSVEJ 8; 8700 HORSENS FOR MORE INFO: WWW.ROUTESNORTH.COM/EVENT/CRIMEBOOK-FESTIVAL-HORSENS

Speak Hellerup Bernstorffsvej 20C 2900 Hellerup Speak Lyngby Klampenborgvej 221 2800 Kgs. Lyngby

hello@speakspeak.dk +45 3946 3050

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BUSINESS WOMAN OLGA YURCHENKO SHARES WITH US HER JOURNEY FROM UKRAINE TO DENMARK

PACKING UP AND LEAVING BEHIND HER BELOVED UKRAINE WAS THE FIRST STEP FOR OLGA TOWARDS HER NEW LIFE IN DENMARK. THE INTERNATIONAL GRABBED A FEW MINUTES WITH HER TO CHAT ABOUT HER JOURNEY SO FAR, AND HOW SHE HAS BUILT HER CAREER, FRIENDSHIPS AND GAINED CULTURAL AWARENESS IN A COUNTRY THAT IS NOT ALWAYS EASY TO FIT IN.

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IN 2015 I was busy preparing documents for immigration to Australia. Halfway through the preparations, I unexpectedly fell in love with a man who was originally from Denmark. Choosing to follow my heart over a career in Australia, I chose Denmark. So, in 2017, I packed up and moved to the small town of Brande in Jutland.

WAS IT TOUGH ADJUSTING TO LIFE IN A NEW COUNTRY? My first year in Denmark was quite easy and interesting - I worked a lot online with clients from all over the world, often travelling to Ukraine to see my parents and friends. My time in Denmark was filled with making new friends and exploring my adopted country. Skip to the second year of life in Denmark, I really began to miss having my parents nearby. It became more difficult to work with companies from Ukraine when you aren't based there. I, unfortunately, had to pause many of my projects or close them. It was a period of professional and personal self-identification in a new country, I had to ask myself, "What do I want?" and "What can I do?". After a bit of self-reflection, a can-do attitude, I am more confident now than ever and achieving my dreams. I'm happy I made an effort to get out of my comfort zone by leaving the house, socialising and getting to know my town a little more by joining a mountain bike club and signing up for some volunteering for Brande.dk and the International Society.

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WHAT CULTURAL DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN DENMARK AND THE UKRAINE? My first thoughts of Denmark when I arrived were: What a green country! How can I find cottage cheese in the supermarket? Service is excellent in the Government services! It's so cold, how do Danes survive with hardly any clothes? After three years of living in Denmark, it's the small things I've had to get used to. Summer holidays for one are taken very seriously here, it's totally normal for people to take 4-5 weeks holiday during this time, and all of Denmark grinds to a halt, in the Ukraine few can afford such a long vacation. Danish humor is a tricky thing, it can be good-natured and playful, but it can also be dry, dark, weird, and occasionally passive-aggressive. Ukrainians like to share anecdotes, which very often are reflected in our Ukrainian traditions, but they also reflect modern problems: we like to joke about politics, celebrities, and each other. Danes follow traffic rules and don't park their cars on the pavement if they are stopping for a quick break. That's something we don't do in Ukraine - we tend to ignore the rules a bit and park everywhere, even with the threat of a fine. The Danes love and are really experts at cooking, and will happily invite you to their homes for dinner. In Ukraine, we are used to going out and eating in a cafe or restau-


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rant, and it's more affordable too. Since moving here, I've learned to enjoy the weather and spend time actively in the forest or visiting a zoo, even when it is raining outside. While in Kiev, for example, during the rainey season, you will rarely see people on the streets, walking in the park or cycling. The biggest shock for me was the apparent coldness from some Danes, but after getting to know them as a culture better, I've discovered the distance is also a form of respect. They respect your space and will take time to get to know you - this makes for lasting relationships.

WHAT CHALLENGES DID YOU HAVE WHEN YOU STARTED YOUR BUSINESS, AND WHAT INSPIRED YOU? My home, Crimea, was annexed by the Russian Federation in March 2014. At that time, I lived in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, worked in a large engineering company, and had four years of experience in the field of human resources and training. Many friends began to leave Crimea and asked me for help finding a job. From the experience of helping friends, I decided to join a volunteer organization as a career consultant and helped more than a hundred people locate work. Volunteering revealed my passion and where I could realize my potential. After that, I continued my education in searching for the niche in career counseling, working with companies as a consultant, and launching a project revolving around LinkedIn. I loved what I did and who I collaborated with. I decided then and there this is I wanted to focus and improve on. My plan now is to grow my project, continue helping internationals to achieve their career dreams and goals. I also plan to create a video course about LinkedIn for Russian speakers. I currently have an interesting job working for Siemens, and I hope to find a work-life-my project balance through this, and am open to whatever the future will bring me.

TELL US WHAT YOU LOVE ABOUT LIVING IN JUTLAND? Moving from a large city like Kiev, where five million people live, to

a small town with a small population was a real challenge for me. Brande is a small, but international town thanks to the presence of two large companies such as Siemens and Bestseller. It's also famous for the annual Art Festival and Wall Paintings (Gavlmalerier). I lived in Brande for a few years, where I spent a lot of time outdoors enjoying nature, more than I ever did when I lived in Ukraine. I've come to appreciate the simple things in life, like taking long, leisurely walks in the woods with a camera, whereas before, I was focused on going out and experiencing city life. It was in Brande that I found a close friend from Ukraine, or more precisely, she found me. She just came up to me, said hi, and we were instant friends. I then became an active member, and eventually a board member for a local organisation International Society for the Herning, Ikast, Brande area. They provide a warm and welcoming place where internationals can come together and make new friends from all over the world. In January of this year, once again, I made another big step and moved to the beautiful city of Vejle. It's a small city but large enough to fulfill everything I need to live comfortably and without missing out on anything in particular. I especially love being close to the sea and nature every day. I also took advantage of the opportunities of the city to get back into playing tennis, one of my favourite past times. I'm looking forward to exploring Vejle and the surrounding neighbourhoods, and feel I'm found a very special place to live, where I have a real connection to the city.

WE HEAR A LOT ABOUT REGIONAL DIFFERENCES IN DENMARK, WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS? There is certainly a difference, such as a kind of love-hate relationship between Jutland and Sealand. Jutlanders call Sealand The Devils Island DjÌvleøen and often make jokes about the whole island being Copenhagen or even a part of Sweden. Some of my friends from

"BRANDE IS A SMALL, BUT INTERNATIONAL TOWN THANKS TO THE PRESENCE OF TWO LARGE COMPANIES SUCH AS SIEMENS AND BESTSELLER."

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Copenhagen think of Jutland as a distant land full of dim-witted farmers, and prefer to visit Spain than other areas of Denmark. But after living here a few years, nothing could be further from the truth! Danes often remark it's difficult to understand the different dialects in Jutland. Unfortunately, my level of Danish is not tuned in enough to hear the differences. But I often go to Copenhagen, and after two years of living in Brande, I see that the speed of talking and generally life is a lot faster. Over here, people are calmer and laid back stille og roligt as the Danes say, and that's something I've learned to adapt to.

DID YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH THE LANGUAGE, OR IS IT STILL AN ONGOING PROCESS? I must admit that I did not immediately fall in love with Danish. Moreover, I was very skeptical about the need to learn a language spoken by only 5,5 million people. The biggest issue I had was that as soon as a Dane would hear my non-native accent, they would switch to English. It's very sweet for the locals to do this, but not helpful if you're trying to use the language in everyday life. I know many native English speakers living in Denmark for more than 10-15 years who don't speak any Danish, so it is indeed possible to live here without Danish - but doesn't really help you immerse yourself in the culture. It can also be a struggle to land a job without knowing basic Danish, it's trickier to make Danish friends, and it's impossible to fully immerse yourself in Danish culture and tradition. Since I work in an English-speaking environment, I became a member of local Danish clubs such as the tennis club and hiking club (Fodslaw) to hang out more with the locals. I've set myself a goal over the next two years of actively learning the language, and will one day be confident enough to conduct my workshops in Danish.

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP TIPS TO ADJUSTING TO LIFE IN DENMARK? There will be negative experiences from locals, it's important not to dwell on those, or let it get you down. One unpleasant experience I had was the misconception that all foreigners are here to abuse the social system, and they fail to understand that we are highly qualified and experienced people, and we want to make a good life for ourselves in Denmark. The Danish government is starting to recognise that they don't have all the skilled workers they need in Denmark and have to recruit from other countries. It takes time and patience to integrate into a new culture with different social and workplace rules, so it's important to be patient. Here are some tips to help you on your journey:

#1 Have fun, learn Danish and try not to compare Denmark to your home country,

just enjoy it for all that it offers.

#2 Try to leave one foot in your home country and the other in Denmark.

The key is to adapt without losing your identity.

#3 If you're from a warm country, ditch the sandals and invest in several windproof

jackets and some good quality rubber boots. THE-INTL

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A QUESTION OF

SUPERDIVERSITY LET ME SET THE SCENE…YOU JUST MET SOMEONE NEW IN DENMARK - WHO IS DANISH – GREAT! PROGRESS! YOU’RE ABOUT TO EXPAND YOUR NETWORK AND MAYBE EVEN MAKE A NEW FRIEND. BUT BRACE YOURSELF, BECAUSE HERE IT COMES - THE QUESTION YOU KNEW WAS WAITING FOR YOU…READY?...HERE WE GO…“SO! WHERE ARE YOU FROM?”

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AS AN INTERNATIONAL, culturally diverse, and non-native resident in Denmark, I struggle with answering questions of origin accurately and quickly. For me, an adequate response to “where are you from” would require a carefully crafted five-minute explanation which conveys my cultural influences and historic origins while discreetly revealing my mindset and how I “fit in” to Danish society. Why? Because the seemingly innocuous question of “where are you from” is really asking if you have the potential to fit in and belong to the collective “us.” My mother-in-law, for example, could answer the origin question by simply saying that she was from Odsherred. In her day, this brief response would immediately evoke accurate notions from fellow nationals, of her ethnic ties, as well as religious, cultural, and socioeconomic circumstances. However, as migration and globalization continue to increase, the definition of ourselves and our histories is becoming more difficult to convey and comprehend – especially in Denmark where conformity is equally as important as cultural citizenship, or ‘the right of a minority cultural community to be different while maintaining their right to belong.’ Enter the relatively new term for expressing the complex state of integration, multilayered ethnicity, and cultural mindset – SUPERDIVERSITY. It was with great relief and excitement that I recently welcomed this term into my life. Not just because it sounds powerful – like a superhero title, but because it has enabled me to capture the many nuanced elements of who I am. Identifying as “super-diverse” makes me feel strong, appreciated and better understood.

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tions have the power to not only increase awareness and appreciation of our individual and collective super diversity but to set in motion the examination of belonging and what it means to be “us” in Denmark. THE-INTL Sources: Cultural Citizenship and Educational Democracy, Renato Rosaldo, 1994; The Art of Powerful Questions by Vogt, Brown, and Isaacs, 2003; This article was inspired by the University of Birmingham’s Nando Sigona and expands on his reflections on the concept and study of super diversity in Europe.

ANITA EHRHARDT

CAREER AND STRESS MANAGEMENT TRAINER

Raised in England, Canada, the Caribbean, and the United States, Anita takes pride in a heritage that spans a multiplex of religions, cultures and continents. Anita is a certified Career Coach, has a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management and has spent the last 20 years working as a TV Producer, Advertising Executive, Communication and

QUESTIONING A DIVERSE SOCIETY Superdiversity has been studied a great deal in London, the city of my birth, where after more than half a century of steady immigration, the cultural landscape can no longer be labeled with simple terminologies. In fact, each settler population in the city is made up of a multitude of origin stories, socioeconomic positions, as well as religious, educational, and geographic elements that contribute to varying dimensions of identity and social attitudes. One could speculate if other large cities in Europe will eventually be host to a similar cultural panorama. And if so, how should it be managed to unlock its vast potential? As a resident of Denmark for the last 16 years, I have witnessed the steady increase in expat and immigrant populations and the important roles they play in supporting vital business sectors. I have also come to realize that as an international, the ability to accurately and thoughtfully formulate a response to the “where are you from” question is a critical first step in carving out one’s place in an increasingly diverse society like Denmark. The second step is to actively encourage and initiate a conversation that stimulates fresh thinking, highlights underlying assumptions and generates positive engagement or creative action. Dialogue and thoughtful responses to the right types of ques-

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HR Specialist and within the area of talent management. For the last 10 years, Anita has focused on international recruitment and career development. Her company, Career Explorations, is noted for its work with helping millennials manage the “Quarterlife” journey. www.careerexplore.dk anita@careerexplore.dk

BENE BROWN

“Fitting in means becoming who you need to be accepted. Belonging means being who we are.”

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IS THERE FREEDOM IN SELF-EMPLOYMENT? PHOTOGRAPHS ISTOCK PHOTO / UNSPLASH.COM

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PEOPLE SAY THIS to me all the time. It is true, I do feel fortunate to work at my own pace and not somebody’s else’s, but in reality, no one ever told me that I would be trading my 40-hour work week for a 100+ hour work week when I first started my company. Being self-employed does allow you to be in control of your time, from when you work, to where and with whom. However, being your own boss doesn’t result in as much freedom as you think. Running your own company is like riding a roller coaster that never stops. I’ve had some of the happiest and exciting times I could remember while running my business. But it also comes with some of the hardest times, and I’ve endured many sleepless nights. Rarely are there any feelings in between, but I think it’s important to celebrate even the smallest of victories. One would think that if you own your own business, you spend every minute doing exactly what you like to do and never have to work on things you don’t enjoy. This is the furthest thing from the truth. Personally, I contribute a large portion of my work week, tending to exactly the things I would rather not do. From accounting to hiring people or setting up business processes and engaging in marketing activities. We often are forced to spend a majority of our energy on fields that we neither have the experience nor are particularly interested in. In fact, the moment your business starts taking off, you might not be doing any of what you actually love doing. However, you do gain certain freedoms like the flexibility to decide your own work schedule.

Many people dream of the perceived freedom that they believe goes hand in hand with being their own boss as they presume that it’s an easy way to ensure they keep a work-life balance in play. In Denmark, this is a high priority for most. However, while running your own company provides the ability to control the time you spend at work and at home, there is also an underlying fear and uncertainty that remains prevalent in your life; that’s in contrast to the certainty one feels when being employed in a stable job. You always know when and how much your next paycheck will be. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the coin and it really depends on just how much risk you’re willing to accept. For some of us who do venture out and start our own business, I tend to hear from other entrepreneurs that they felt they didn’t have a choice. It is a compulsion to be in control of our own lives that drives us to take that risk. I don’t feel like I had a choice in my path. My desire to spend more time with my family, take our daughter to her extracurricular activities or be able to work from home to ensure I finish sewing her new Fastelavn’s costume all came into play when I was first tossing around the idea of starting my own business.

DREAMS CAN COME TRUE Being let go from a job I loved due to cutbacks was devastating. When that happened, all I knew was that I didn’t ever want to be put in that position again. I feel I have much more job security being self-employed. That might sound counter-intuitive, but business owners typically have multiple clients, which lessens the pain if you lose one of them. Employees, on the other hand, have only one "client," their employer. As children, we dream of what we will be when we grow up. I wanted to be like my mom who was a nurse. I knew right away that I wasn’t cut out for the blood and gore, but I also knew I wanted to help people. I feel I found the best of both worlds in that I have found success in my career like my mom did in hers, and I also found a way to help people which is my passion. Thinking of trying it? Reach out, and I’ll share what I’ve learned. THE-INTL

"MY DESIRE TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH MY FAMILY, TAKE OUR DAUGHTER TO HER ACTIVITIES ALL CAME INTO PLAY WHEN I WAS FIRST TOSSING AROUND THE IDEA OF STARTING MY OWN BUSINESS."

LAURA WINTEMUTE OWNER, HOMESTEAD Laura is Canadian. After years of living abroad and travelling the world, she moved to Denmark in 2007 and started her new life as an expat living in Denmark. Laura’s experience working in the Danish relocation industry, encapsulating both her experience as an expat and her desire for helping people, which is WHY she started Homestead. Homestead offers Settling in Services and Workshops focusing on the day to day challenges of expats, as well as the cultural differences in both their work and daily life. “In House” consultations for International employees are also one of Homestead’s specialties. Customized, personal consultations focusing on the individual employee. Homestead. We are You’re Settling in Experts. www.homesteaddenmark.com

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THE EUROPEAN UNION OUR HOME, OUR IDENTITY, OUR FUTURE. PHOTOGRAPHS ISTOCK PHOTO

TEXT NARCIS GEORGE MATACHE

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THE UK FLAG has been taken down from the European institutions, beginning a new era in the life of European citizens. Despite efforts from British ideologues and Russian meddling, the European Union is not crumbling anytime soon. The support for the European Union has reached historically high levels, yet more than ever, your involvement is needed to defend our European future. While hundreds of people gathered with candles in front of the European Parliament singing with grieving voices “auld lang syne” to say goodbye to their brothers and sisters from the other side of the channel, a few people with UK flags adorned on their backs rejoiced the exit of Britannia from the European Union as the clock hit midnight on the last day of January 2020. As a witness to the events and a proud European, it has been a difficult night for me. It was difficult for me, yet I cannot imagine what was in the hearts of the millions of Europeans now trapped outside of the Union. For many, the European identity and reality have been the only one they ever got to know. Yet, the message from them has been loud and clear, “WE WILL BE BACK.” Accepted after 12 years of waiting to become a member of the Union, the “sick child of Europe” became a champion of the European values and enlargement, while it blocked deeper integration between the member states. Now, after 47 years of membership, backed by a strong economy, Britain has decided to let itself be trapped in the dreams of former glory. However, for at least a year, there will be a transition period in which everything stays the same, with the exception that British legislators have no more say on the European legislative process. Even if the leaders of the UK desire an end to the freedom of movement for people, the European institutions are crystal clear about their intentions, the free trade deal will not be what the UK desires if it doesn’t include freedom of movement.

NARCIS GEORGE MATACHE POLITICIAN Born in 1990 in a village in the north-east of Romania, Narcis made Aalborg his new home since 2009. Smitten by the Danish model, he decided to get involved in the local community leading to him becoming a strong voice on the topic of usage of the local political rights by the internationals. In

THE EUROPEAN UNION AFTER BREXIT The support for the European Union has grown steadily ever since the vote on Brexit happened back in 2016. However, at the same time, anti-European parties have emerged in almost all the member states, with Denmark not being an exception. While their rhetoric has reached some citizens, the large majority understand what a disaster that would be. There are, however no signs that another member state prepares to leave anytime soon. In fact, talks have started for a treaty revision for deeper integration, the media mentions the work of the European Union institutions more often than before and it has become common among the youth to show European symbols on their clothing and whatnot. The people have been reminded through Brexit of the importance of the European Union and what it brings them.

PRO EUROPEAN MOVEMENTS IN DENMARK The exit of the UK has put Denmark in the limelight as the member state with the most opt-outs from applying EU legislation

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2017, he became the first non(Economic and Monetary Union, Security and Defence Policy, Justice Policies). The European Union needs more Danish leadership and that can only be achieved by removing the opt-outs and fully embracing the European path to the future. You can help make Denmark more European and Europe more Danish, by joining the European Movement (Europabevægelsen.dk) and European Youth Denmark (Europæisk Ungdom Danmark – euro.dk). THE-INTL

“SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT, AND NEVER BROUGHT TO MIND? SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT, AND AULD LANG SYNE?”

Danish citizen to run for regional elections and to represent Denmark in the Council of Europe. He holds or held leadership positions in European Youth Denmark, Europabevægelsen, Socialdemokratiet Nørresundby, DSU Aalborg, and Frit Forum International.

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DANISH WORK CULTURE

WHAT TO EXPECT

If you are entering the Danish job market for the first time, as an international, then here is a little guide of what you can expect.

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FLAT HIERARCHY, an open-door policy to the managers’ office, taking initiative, consensus during the meetings, and lots of coffee and cake. It doesn’t sound too bad, right?

TAKE THE INITIATIVE AND ASK QUESTIONS

Your contract is signed, and you are eagerly waiting for that first day. It’s here – now what? Be ready to go around, shaking the hands of your new colleagues, and getting introduced to all the practicalities. Normally, an introduction plan would be ready for you when you start. This will give you an idea of which trainings you will be part of what you are going to do and who you will meet. When it comes to work, Danish employers expect people to take the initiative. If you see something which could be done more effectively, have your solution ready, and address it to your manager – this is normally highly appreciated. This also means that when you get a task, your manager will not tell you how you should

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I WAS TOLD WHEN I GOT MY FIRST JOB: “GREETE, REMEMBER THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO EAT THE CAKE EVERY TIME IT’S OFFERED TO YOU, BECAUSE THERE IS A LOT, SOMETIMES MANY TIMES A WEEK." do it, it is up to you to figure it out. You can ask for guidance, if in doubt, but they trust you to find a solution, which in the end you will discuss together. Your manager won’t ‘hold your hand’ or micromanage you – that isn’t the norm. If in doubt, do not be afraid to ask questions and ask for help. During my first job, I remember feeling annoyed that I had to ask help many times from my colleagues, but guess what – it is completely normal and everyone knows that. It is much worse, if a task which you have to do every day, you still don’t understand after being there three months, because you were afraid to ask. So, ask away! Often, the organisations in Denmark have a flat hierarchy meaning ‘everyone is equal’ and no matter who you are, from a CEO to a blue-collar worker, you can talk to anyone. Forget titles as “Mr. Nielsen ” and “Mrs. Jensen” as this will only cause some weird looks and uncomfortableness. “Peter” or “Mette” is just fine. In some cases, the managers and teams are in one office. If they have a separate office, the door

is probably open meaning you can go and have a talk to your manager without sending them an email about it.

CAKE, CAKE AND MORE CAKE

My first manager told me in my first week: “Greete, remember that you do not have to eat the cake every time it’s offered to you, because there is a lot, sometimes many times a week. I gained 5 kg when I started here, so watch out.” And she was right! Many companies have a dedicated day for cake, but it doesn’t stop there. If an employee gets a baby, buys a new house or a car, has an employment anniversary, or something else that just needs celebrating – there will be coffee and cake. In my opinion, it is one of the core principles of Danish companies – no meeting starts without coffee, it just would not happen. It is also a way for the employees to gather, mingle, and catch up with each other. So, go and get social, but watch out for your waistline! Be curious, ask questions, show initiative, mingle, and eat (some) cake – god arbejdslyst! THE-INTL

GREETE ELURI JOB CONSULTANT Greete was born in Tallinn, Estonia and has lived in four countries and on four continents. After high school exchange year in the US, Greete caught a ‘travel bug’. Since 2010, Denmark has become her second home. Her background is within international marketing. Greete changed her career to work with her passion - to help international job seekers in Denmark. For the last two years, she has been actively creating content in Linkedin and organising different events for job seekers. Greete believes that with the right mindset, skills and tools you can be successful in the rigid Danish job market. www.linkedin.com/in/ greeteeluri/ greete.eluri@gmail.com

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“BIKSEMAD” WITH A FRESH TWIST PHOTOGRAPHS ANDREAS WIKING

TEXT ERIN CHAPMAN - THE AMERICAN PIE COMPANY

IN DENMARK, THERE IS A DISH CALLED “BIKSEMAD” THAT BASICALLY THROWS CHOPPED POTATOES, ROOTS, ONIONS, AND ASSORTED MEATS TOGETHER INTO A SKILLET TO FRY UP AND SERVE. IT WAS MOST LIKELY BORN AS A GOOD WAY TO USE UP SCRAPS AND LEFTOVERS FOR A QUICK HEARTY MEAL. BUT

SMOKED SALMON SKILLET SERVES 2-4

INGREDIENTS: 600-900 g new potatoes

IT DOESN’T ALWAYS HAVE TO BE THE HEAVY “BROWN” FARE

1-2 teaspoons sea or flake salt

THAT MANY LOCALS MIGHT THINK OF WHEN THEY IMAGINE

4-5 spring onions

BIKSEMAD. THIS IS A FRESH SPRING TWIST ON THE OLD CLAS-

300 g warm-smoked salmon (varm røget laks)

SIC, WITH WARM-SMOKED SALMON, EGG, AND FRESH HERBS TO SERVE UP FOR BRUNCH OR DINNER. SERVE IT DIRECTLY IN THE SKILLET FOR A RUSTIC FEEL.

2-3 tablespoons olive oil freshly ground black pepper 2-4 eggs 2-3 tablespoons fresh dill, lightly chopped 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped Watercress and lemon wedges for garnish Creme fraiche for serving on the side

METHOD: 1. Rinse the potatoes. Cut into large bite-size pieces, leaving the skin

on. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the chopped potatoes

and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Reduce heat and simmer until the

potatoes are just tender, but not overcooked. Drain the potatoes

and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, dice the spring onions and set aside. Pull the salmon

into large bite-size pieces. Set aside.

3. In a cast iron or oven-safe skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high

BIKSEMAD: (pronounced “bik-sa-mel”) The term “biksemad” basically means “food which has been mixed together” in Danish, and it’s a well-known old school fare in the rest of Scandinavia as well. “Pyttipanna” (Swedish), “Pyttipanne” (Norwegian), or pyttipannu (Finnish), all basically translate to "small pieces in pan”. In English, it’s best known as “hash”. Typically served with pickled beets and topped with a fried egg, classic Danish biksemad would consist of leftover bits of roast meat, potatoes and onion. However, when it comes to flavor combinations, you can literally throw together anything you wish. Try spicy chorizo

heat and fry the potatoes until golden brown (about 15 minutes).

4. Preheat the oven to 175 C. 5. Gently toss in the spring onions and the smoked salmon into the skillet

with the potatoes and cook a couple minutes more. Add salt and

black pepper to your taste. Stir carefully to incorporate but not smash

the potatoes until browned.

6. Remove from heat. Make 2-4 small pressed-in flattened areas into

the potato mixture.

7. Gently crack an egg into each indentation and carefully place the

skillet into the pre-heated oven. Sprinkle eggs with a pinch of salt.

8. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the egg is done to your liking. 9. Chop the fresh dill and parsley.

and red bell peppers, or large chunks of zucchini and sweet corn for a

10. Serve immediately in the skillet, sprinkled with fresh dill and parsley,

vegetarian twist.

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ERIN CHAPMAN CO-OWNER, THE AMERICAN PIE COMPANY With over 20 years’ experience in the advertising industry, working both in Denmark and USA, Erin has specialised in brand building and image development for lifestyle, food and fashion clientele at both national and international level. Erin attended DIS, Denmark’s Study Abroad programme in 1996 and made a connection with Copenhagen. She moved to Denmark permanently in 1998 with two suitcases and a pocketful of change. Working in the advertising industry she worked her way up as a senior creative, as well as a voiceover artist, and then began her own brand and design business in 2006. Merging her love for food and art direction, she began food styling and cookbook design for other authors, and then proceeded to continue with recipe development, publishing two cookbooks in Denmark. While living in Los Angeles, Erin worked with several US brands on image and recipe development and upon returning to Denmark, she partnered with Dorte Prip in 2015 to introduce The American Pie Company in Copenhagen. Erin is happily married to her Danish husband and is the mother of a sassy seven year old daughter who speaks fluent “Danglish”. www.theamericanpieco.com

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STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE FROM HIGH PERFORMING CORPORATE EMPLOYEE AT VESTAS TO COACHING AND HEALING PRACTITIONER: MARTA RODRIGUEZ-KARPOWICZ SHARES HOW IT FEELS TO STEP OUTSIDE HER COMFORT ZONE.

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POLISH-BORN MARTA Rodriguez-Karpowicz home office sits on a particularly Danish suburb, close enough to IKEA and far from the hustle and bustle of Aarhus city, in a juxtaposition of nature and islands of steel. Once buzzed in, a visitor is greeted by the Feng Shui in Marta’s office. The massive light from the window balances on teal coloured walls creating a sense of serenity; the same feeling you’d get from staring at the ocean or clear blue skies. The aroma of lavender incenses the air. Her home office is a world away from her previous role as a business process specialist at Vestas, one of Denmark’s largest wind turbine manufacturers. Where she hung up the perky routines of a 10-year corporate career for the brave world of entrepreneurship. In this interview, Marta reflects on the pain of growth and dealing with fear.

HOW DO YOU PRACTICE STEPPING OUT OF THE COMFORT ZONE OF FEAR? A big part of my work with clients is precisely on overcoming inner-limitations. Every time I am in a position of experiencing a lot of fear, nervousness, self-doubt I approach it with loads of curiosity and observe my own reaction before, during and after, so that I can perfect my coaching and transformational tools and be in a better position to help others. For instance, I find it puzzling, how an objectively simple things like talking about yourself and your business publicly, can cause such a strong physical reaction. However, I believe such a visceral reaction is the first step in overcoming your limiations; by awakening your sense of self-awareness and approaching the process with empathy and less judgment.

TELL US OF A TIME YOU FELT FEAR BUT DID IT ANYWAY I frequently speak in public, and usually, I enjoy it, but for the last 10 years there has been one big exception from that rule;

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JUDY WANJIKU JØRGENSEN JOURNALIST, WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER

"A BIG PART OF MY WORK WITH CLIENTS IS PRECISELY ON OVERCOMING INNER-LIMITATIONS." - MARTA RODRIGUEZ-KARPOWICZ speaking in Danish. Speaking in Danish has been a painful experience. I had conditioned myself to believe that I sound awful and that I can’t express myself, so I avoided it. I recently had a conscious healing session on that topic, which helped me identify the root cause of me feeling so bad about speaking Danish. I equipped myself with both awareness and tools to change those limiting beliefs, which have not only been stopping me from a joyful process of acquiring a new language, but also filling me with dread. I joined a workshop for entrepreneurs where I was the only non-Dane. When the time came to speak about myself and Transformational Coaching practice, I was filled with dread. And yet this time, instead of switching to English or apologizing for what i had convinced myself was an amateur level Danish skill, I plucked up the courage and dove into the language. I invoked the tools I give my clients through Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). By gathering the courage to speak Danish in public,

I was working through my own limiting beliefs and fears, while building my confidence and courage. Such is the work I do for my clients; coaching, motivating and helping them overcome their inner-limitations and turn those negative beliefs into empowering beliefs.

Judy is a journalist and writer, fuelled by a passion for bringing words to life. She has also been a photographer for 11 years. Her hunger for knowledge first led her to Denmark on a scholarship for an MA in Jour-

WHAT HAVE YOU DISCOVERED ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COMFORT ZONE?

nalism at Aarhus Universi-

I must admit that yes, overcoming fear, nervousness and self-doubt were quite painful. Fear often created strong visceral reactions in my body. However, as a result of connecting self-compassion with practical NLP and conscious healing tools, I now feel energized. Not only have I stepped in to a greater sense of freedom in my personal and professional life, but I also feel empowered, aligned, and peaceful. I am living a whole new chapter of my life, and helping others do the same. THE-INTL

is now a mother of two Afro-

Writer’s note: I have had several healing sessions sessions with Marta. Her approach is compassionate and professional. Marta can be reached on www.reachfarmore.com

ty. Love made her stay. She Viking boys. She is currently working as a freelance journalist and photographer and is always interested in a challenge. Reach out on judysimon2002@yahoo.com www.judywanderi.net


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RELOCATION 1960S STYLE MANY OF US STRUGGLE WITH STARTING A LIFE IN A NEW COUNTRY, BUT CONSIDER THE CHALLENGES FACED DECADES AGO PHOTOGRAPHS HEATHER GARTSIDE

TEXT HEATHER GARTSIDE

HEATHER GARTSIDE STORYTELLER AND TOUR GUIDE Heather is a successful story-

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HEATHER SPEARS IS a celebrated Canadi-

an writer, artist, and poet, who has lived in Denmark since the early 1960s. Her home for many years was on the rugged and isolated island of Bornholm. She, her husband, and 2 babies had arrived in London from Montreal in the isvinter of ’62. From there, her husband sailed onwards to seek work as a potter “somewhere in Scandinavia.” Eventually, Heather received a telegram that he had booked her passage, and set sail one November morning from London docks with her babies in a cargo ship filled with empty Tuborg beer bottles. As I interviewed her, she recalled the sheer horror of that crossing in a violent storm which, thankfully, forced the ship to take the Kiel canal instead of the exposed journey around the ’Iron Coast’ of northern Jutland.

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Once on Bornholm, the family settled in a tiny apartment in Svaneke. Heather laughed as she told me it was the old fattighus (the workhouse). The red and yellow ochres of the village houses were the only warmth that Heather recalled in that bitterly cold first winter when ice blocked the ferries, and snow covered the island for 7 months. Her husband worked, and she looked after the children but found herself unable to communicate with the locals, who spoke a distinct Danish/Swedish dialect and a smattering of German. To help her to combat the cultural grief that she felt, Heather told herself that their time on the island was ”just until next year,” surely a tactic which many of us have used during the early days of our extended sojurns?

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The years passed by. Heather learned Danish along with the children – no lessons on offer then! In the summer months, she painted portraits of Geman tourist children and began to teach locally – which led to her refining and devising new ways of learning the art and science behind drawing. Like her children, she became bilingual, but it was in the in-

teller; she’s also a tour guide, photographer, and mother of three. All these ingredients

ner world of creativity that Heather blossomed – publishing books, writing poetry and developing her consumate skill as an artist. She began to exhibit internationally, to teach workshops throughout Denmark, and right up to the present, make annual trips to Canada and the UK with workshops and residencies.

are carefully blended together, with a pinch of sea salt, to create her unique take on life in Denmark and around the world. You’ll find more vivid descriptions and bittersweet adventures in her nov-

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In the 1980s Heather relocated to Frederiksberg. Here in Denmark and around the world she flourished as a respected artist, teacher and writer. Her home is filled with books, patchwork quilts, and files of thousands of drawings of premature infants, courtroom scenes, Palestinian children (she travelled twice to Gaza), musicians, poets, authors, dancers, craftsmen, and swimmers. The front part of the apartment, once a shop, is a small gallery and working space. In her lounge, she has a large PC where she communicates daily with the world; her friends, family, fans and where she has just completed a third edition of her textbook for artists - The Creative Eye.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

I first met Heather at an expats’ writers’ group meeting, one dark Danish evening in 2003. I noted the wise words, the pareddown sentences, and thoughtful observations of one whose life had been dedicated to noticing the nuances and truth both in word and in line. She drew my infant

els, ‘Rice Pudding In A Duvet’ and ‘Middle Distance,’ which are available on Amazon. Heather’s original, entertaining, and off the beaten track walking tours of Copenhagen and Helsingør have become daughter, as I held her to read my latest piece of prose aloud. The drawing she made is one of my most treasured belongings. She deftly captured the essence of my baby, and as I glance today at the simple sketch, it still invokes maternal feelings in me – she captured the very soul. Heather Spears, has published 15 collections of poetry, 5 novels, and 3 books of drawings. She has won several literary prizes including and The Governor General’s Award. She is a respected teacher of drawing workshops in Denmark, the UK and Canada, and has held artist residencies in hospitals, drawn in courtrooms, war zones, concert halls, at literary festivals, and in drawing premature and stillborn babies. She has exhibited widely in Europe and America. THE-INTL

a hit with travellers from all

The Creative Eye, drawing, vision, and the brain were reissued in 2020 (ISBN-13: 978-8797161906) as an affordable how-todraw manual for serious artists and those interested in the science behind creativity. Heather Spears will be launching this to coincide with an important exhibition of her work at My Beautiful Gallery (Rungsted Kyst) at 12:30 – 17:00 on the 8th of March 2020 (see event listings)

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over the world throughout the year. More details on her website and on Airbnb Experiences. @timetravellingin copenhagen @gartsideheather @timetravellingin copenhagen Amazon:

LinkedIn: @heather-gartside Airbnb Experiences: @wonderfulwonderfulwalksincopenhagen and

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PET FOOD AND HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT ONE Navigating the isles of pet foods can be a daunting task. Let The Pet-agrees take the hassle out of it for you!

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WALK INTO ANY pet store, and you'll be inundated with dozens of different types of pet food. Within one brand, you will find different flavors, kibble sizes, age recommendations, lifestyle recommendations, and more. Without your veterinarian’s advice, it can be a bit overwhelming to determine exactly what you should be feeding your pet.

LIFE STAGES

You want to pick a food that meets your pet's nutritional needs, which often involves looking for diets that are for an appropriate life stage. Growing pets need nutrients for their growing bodies, while senior dogs and cats often need special factors in their diet, such as lower levels of protein. Activity levels should also be considered when feeding your pet. Active pets need more calories than sedentary pets. If your dog spends all day outdoors with you running or hunting, you'll want to select a performance diet. But for your cat that sits on the couch all day, you’d do better to choose a calorie-restricted indoor weight management diet. Certain food companies make diets that are geared towards specific breeds. If you have one of these breeds, it can be a great way to get balanced nutrition into your pet’s meal. For example, the Royal Canin Boxer diet has taurine added for heart health, while the Royal Canin Labrador diet is designed so your pup can't woof down his food and choke.

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IF YOU NEED TO SWITCH PET FOODS, EITHER FOR HEALTH OR ECONOMIC REASONS, OR IF YOU'VE FOUND BETTER FOOD, YOU WILL WANT TO MAKE THE TRANSITION GRADUALLY.

NON-COMMERCIAL DIETS With recalls occurring constantly, you might want to home cook a diet for your pet or even feed them a raw diet. The biggest disadvantage to doing this is that it is very easy to feed a meal that isn't balanced. Always work with your veterinarian or a veterinary nutritionist if you are going to prepare a diet for your pet. If feeding your pet a raw diet, you need to take special steps to keep you and your pet healthy. Practice good hygiene and always feed human-grade meats. Use care if giving bones, as these can cause obstruction or splinter in your pet's gastrointestinal tract.

food at a portion of roughly 25%. Feed this for several days before moving to a 50:50 mix of old and new food. After several more days, you will want to offer mostly new, with a small amount of old, before completing the transition with all new food. If your dog or cat develops any gastrointestinal upset, you can try backing down to the previous proportion as you might have moved too quickly. It may also mean that your pet can't handle the new food, so you should consider a different diet.

SWITCHING DIETS

Deciding what to feed your pet can be a challenge and can result in health issues if you make the wrong choice. When you take your pet in for their semi-annual or annual check-up, make sure to discuss diet with your veterinarian to ensure you're feeding something appropriate for their age and lifestyle. The Pet-agrees is owned by a trained veterinarian. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your pet’s food or diet, send us a message today! THE-INTL

If you need to switch pet foods, either for health or economic reasons, or if you've found better food, you will want to make the transition gradually. Abrupt diet changes can lead to significant health issues for your dog or cat, often causing vomiting and diarrhea, particularly in sensitive pets. When you transition between foods, you want to start with mostly the original diet, usually around 75%, and mix in the new

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HOW CAN THE PET-AGREES HELP YOU

Tarek was born in Amman, Jordan and from an early age has had a love for animals. He met his spouse in Amman and then soon embarked on an expat lifestyle that took him to Dubai, Prague, and now Copenhagen. Originally a veterinarian, Tarek reinvented himself professionally and decided to launch his own company. With The Pet-agrees, Tarek has combined his veterinary experience with his entrepreneurial spirit. The Pet-agrees cares for pets in the Copenhagen area, offering services including pet-sitting, walking, and more to come soon. www.thepetagrees.com


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THE OTHER TALENT POOL! RETAINING DENMARK'S ALREADY HIGHLY-SKILLED INTERNATIONAL SPOUSES.

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KATHY BORYS SIDDIQUI FOUNDER, ACTIVE ACTION

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ONE OF THE big topics currently discussed is Diversity and Inclusion. It goes hand in hand with the need to retain highly-skilled international talent. Internationals know the ins and outs of Diversity and Inclusion - they have first-hand experience. It is not just professional experience; it is life experience. International Spouses/Partners searching for jobs are the ideal candidates when it comes to increasing Diversity and Inclusion. They are the other Talent Pool, and one that is often overlooked.

MAKE SOME WAVES Relocating Spouses/Partners are very highly educated, and guess what? There is more good news, you do not need to relocate them - they are already here in Denmark.

Here are some interesting statistics according to Business Internations 2019: “Expats moving abroad for work are highly educated, with 91% of Foreign Assignees, 90% of International Hires, and 87% of Relocating Spouses holding bachelor, postgraduate, and Ph.D. qualifications. Of these, the largest shares hold post- graduate, masters, or similar degrees.”

RELOCATING SPOUSES 81% of relocating spouses/partners are female 57% not working 25% working full time 18% part-time What is more, of the Relocating Spouses that do hold positions, a large share have senior or specialist positions. This means that the potential to hire even more highly-skilled internationals is at the tips of our fingers. As always, there are some challenges, but they can be overcome. For the businesses, it may not always be an easy task to make amendments and introduce a modified work culture to say the least. The highly skilled Relocating Spouses/Partners have to make themselves visible and learn to navigate through the vast sea of networking hacks, coffee meetings, job offers, etc...

DIVE IN AND BE SEEN You may ask, “ How do I make myself visible?” There are quite a few tools available, the most effective one in Denmark is LinkedIn. If you decide to explore your options and focus on the type of career you would like to explore, I would combine LinkedIn with creating a personal brand. The way to make yourself visible is to show what you are capable of by providing knowledge and value. This is also how you start building your brand. If the awareness of this huge talent pool is low, it is up to us to raise it. Of course, we, as international Relocating Spouses,

must be active, using the tools that have been given to be seen. If no one knows of your skills and talents, it will be hard to get a job. We have to put the work in to stand out, knock on doors and hopefully get acknowledged for the global, multicultural experiences we can offer. I have often heard and seen how the search for jobs by Internationals is misunderstood. Let me give you an example. If you, as a local, have ever been unemployed, you know how tough it is. However, you are in your own country, speaking your language, you are familiar with the culture and you have a network. Now, let us try this in a foreign country. As a Relocating Spouse/Partner, you find yourself in a foreign country, not speaking the language fluently, not being familiar with the culture and having no network. Being unemployed is hard and it can be a really difficult task to keep the motivation high. It takes a lot of effort to put yourself out there and keep going. Kudos to all of you networking, building your brands, applying for jobs, keeping your head above the water and paddling as hard as you can. Keep going, do not give up! THE-INTL

"RELOCATING SPOUSES/ PA R T N E R S A R E V E R Y H I G H LY E D U C AT E D, A N D G U E S S W H AT ? Y O U D O N O T N E E D T O R E LO C AT E T H E M - T H E Y A R E A L R E A DY H E R E I N D E N M A R K ."

Kathy was born in Poznań, Poland and has lived in 4 countries and on 2 continents. Growing up as an immigrant and a cross cultural kid she was able to discover a multicultural world that shaped her into the person she is today. As an adult she experienced life as a re-pat as well as an expat and she is not a stranger to the challenges and opportunities that life abroad offers. Just when she least expected it, she met her Danish husband and once again packed her life in boxes and set off to live the happily ever after in the land of the Vikings and Hygge. Over the span of 10 years she has lived on Fyn, in Jylland and currently in Nordsjælland. Kathy has a background in Cultural Studies and also a degree in American Studies. She has been able to combine her passion and profession as an Intercultural trainer, Personal Branding and Expat Spouse and Partner Specialist at Active Action. A firm believer that if you are lacking something - create it. She is the co-founder of #BeGreatCollaborate, a running enthusiast, speaker, active lifestyle advocate, wife and Mom. www.activeaction.dk kbs@activeaction.dk

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MI S SI NG T HE S UN ?

As the Winters are getting wetter and greyer, I hunger for sunlight. Fortunately, books are always on hand if you need to travel to sunny destinations, and you don’t even need the shots! Enjoy with chocolate for full effect.

SUSAN JESSEN SPIELE LIBRARIAN Susan is a librarian at Roskilde Library, and in charge of the English section. She does English events all year; everything from expat dinners and pub quizzes, to karaoke nights and book talks. She is also busy with Roskilde Horror, a club dedicated to scaring the town. COPENHAGEN MEDIA CENTER - CÉLINE AU DÉTOUR D’UN CHEMIN

ELOQUENT, COMPELLING AND ATMOSPHERIC

GRIPPING, CLEVER AND SATISFYING

QUIRKY, BIG-HEARTED AND FUN

EERIE, CHILLING AND SUBTLE

BEREFT BY CHRIS WOMERSLEY

SECRETS OF THE TIDES BY HANNAH RICHEL

MOBILE LIBRARY BY DAVID WHITEHOUSE

ARROWOOD BY LAURA MCHUGH

Twelve-year-old Bobby lives with an abusive father and surrounded by bullies. Then he meets Val and her daughter, and during a magical Summer, they explore the books in the mobile library that Val cleans. When trouble comes, they take to the road in the mobile library.

Arrowood is a grand historical house and Arden´s childhood home. She returns ten years after her younger twin sisters were abducted, never to be seen again. Arden is determined to establish what really happened to her sisters that traumatic summer.

Quinn Walker returns from the Great War to the New South Wales town of Flint: the birthplace he fled ten years earlier accused of a heinous act. He takes to the surrounding hills and meets a young girl, Sadie, and learns what he must do next.

The Tides are a family with dark secrets. Haunted by the events of one tragic day ten years ago, they each struggle. When the youngest daughter falls pregnant, she returns home to find out what really happened on the Dorset beach.

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DID YOU KNOW? Most of us sing quite brilliantly in the shower, but we clam up when we are in company! However, at the International Karaoke Night at Roskilde Library Friday 20th of March at 19.00, you can let your inner star out. You don’t have to sing, but if you do, we will provide courage through our bar. See you!


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DENMARK’S CONSTITUTIONAL ACT

THE FOUNDATION OF DANISH SOCIETY! PHOTOGRAPHS ISTOCK PHOTO

TEXT MARIANO ANTHONY DAVIES

there is a tradition that production and other private companies either shut down for the whole day or for half a day. It is a day when families tend to gather together and politically active individuals and workers unions carry out political rallies and attend political events to listen to the views of their political representatives. These are usually very social and peaceful picnic events throughout the country or family occasions and an important day to fly the Danish flag for the many Danes with flag poles. The Danish Constitution and the human rights that it enshrines are accorded special status and are regarded as the supreme source of Danish law because they were adopted according to a special procedure (Section 88 of the Constitutional Act). Thus, the rights guaranteed in the Constitution take precedence over any other conflicting statute law or case law.

It guarantees various human rights and related rights, which are primarily civil and political rights, such as: • Freedom of Expression (Section 77) • Freedom of Association (Section 78) • Freedom of assembly (Section 79)

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SAN MARINO IS proclaimed as having the oldest surviving constitution. However, officially, the oldest functional constitution in the world is the Constitution of the United States of America, which was ratified on 21 June 1788. The US Constitution contains seven articles, a preamble and a closing endorsement. Although aspects of Magna Carta still exist in British law, the English Great Charter of English liberties granted under pressure by King John on June 15, 1215 is not a fully functional constitution. Denmark’s Constitution was ratified on 5 June in 1849 and significantly amended in 1953. It has been proclaimed as the fifth oldest functional constitution and like most constitutions, this one lays out the basis of Denmark’s government and explains the rights of citizens, including freedoms of religion and speech. It is the constitution of a country with a Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy. The original constitution that was amended and ratified on 5 June 1953 contains 89 specific sections, whereas the original constitution had 100 sections. The 89 sections are split into 11 parts, which continue to be the framework of Danish law. However, in 2009 a “Succession to the Throne” amendment was agreed by the Danish Parliament and written into the existing Constitution of 1953. Revisions to the original 1849 text were carried out in 1866, 1915, 1920 and then in 1953. For example, women in Denmark received the right to vote as a result of the 1915 revision. Although Constitution Day is not a public holiday in Denmark,

All changes to the Danish Constitution require a majority in the Danish Parliament twice - both before and after a general election. In addition, changes must pass a referendum, where at least 40% of all eligible voters must support the change. The Danish concept of democracy builds on a strong Parliament and reluctant courts, which are careful not to act in a ‘political’ manner. Regarding constitutional amendments, the Danish Constitution has not undergone any changes in relation to EU membership. This is partly attributed to the difficult amendment procedure involving two (different) referendums and a high turnout requirement. In practice, Danish parliamentary control over Government in EU decision-making has widely come to be regarded as one of the strongest in Europe. Denmark does not have a strong tradition of codifying general principles of law in the Constitution. The general principles of law are often unwritten principles which are enforced by the courts and mentioned in legal literature and/or underlying considerations, presumptions and values which implicitly lie behind constitutional and legislative provisions. Danish courts take a rather pragmatic approach, which means that they often apply legal principles without making direct references to them and without specifying whether the principles have constitutional rank. In the Danish Constitution, the principle of equality as an abstract norm is not codified. Nevertheless, the protection of equality is reflected in a number of specific constitutional provisions, such as Article 70 on protection against discrimination based on religion or origin in relation to individual civil and political rights. THE-INTL

MARIANO ANTHONY DAVIES PRESIDENT & CEO OXFORD BUSINESS SERVICES Mariano has over 30 years' global experience as a business executive. He spent ten years with KPMG, twenty-one years with British Chambers of Commerce (while also running his own companies) and now BOSS Certification. He is a British citizen, who grew up in Kent, went to boarding school in Sussex and has a British university education. He has been married to a Dane for over 43 years and has held over 100 official anti-Brexit speeches. He both speaks and writes Danish without difficulty.

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BORNHOLM

THE SUNSHINE ISLAND IN A NUTSHELL PHOTOGRAPHS ERIN GUSTAFSON

REASONS TO SEE DENMARK’S BALTIC ISLAND BEAUTY Plop yourself on this rocky dot of Danish land far to the east from the rest of Denmark for a wonderful week or long weekend away. Want to take in some idyllic rural countryside? Bicycle along paths to sugar fine swaths of white sandy beaches? Learn a little about your Viking past? Taste innovative and delicious Danish cuisine? This little beauty of an island in the brilliant blue Baltic Sea may very well be - Denmark in a nutshell.

BORNHOLM HASN'T ALWAYS BEEN DANISH Bornholm is an island strategically located in the Baltic Sea. The evidence here points to early settlements by Danish Vikings and Germanic Vandals. Because of the island's strategic location, it was the furthest eastern point of Denmark. Back when the Danish monarchy controlled Norway and much of southern Sweden, Bornholm made sense to be within Danish borders. As a base for Danish Viking defenses and trade routes, Bornholm had vital significance in the region. So much so that Germany took over the little island during WWII. But when you look at a modern map, the little island midBaltic seems better suited for waving Swedish flags. And while Bornholm has

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been passed between Denmark, Germany, and Sweden over the years, it has been part of the Kingdom of Denmark since 1660 (save for occupation years during WWII.) Nowadays, you can get to Bornholm by ferry from Ystad in Sweden.

LOTS OF LOVELY LITTLE VILLAGES TO EXPLORE The island itself isn't so large, less than 600 square meters, so it is easy to pick a base and then beeline in and out from there. Arrivals by ferry and air disembark at Rønne, the island's main port, but lacking in charm. You’ll probably pick up the keys to your rented summer house here. Look for lodging in the likes of Gudhjem, Svaneke, for adorable village magic. If the weather is warmer pick places near Balka Strand

ERIN GUSTAFSON

or Dueodde for time at the beach. You’ll wonder if you’re in Den-

WRITER & BLOGGER

mark or the Caribbean when you’ve made your way out the boardwalk to Dueodde Strand to wiggle your toes in the softest white sand.

Erin is a travel writer and cul-

PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES TO ENJOY THE OUTDOORS With wild rocky coasts and largely untouched forests, Bornholm offers many ways to get back to nature. Bring your bikes or rent some wheels when here and ride along the 230 kilometres of paved paths that weave around the island. Take to the water and see the unique landscape by kayak or try windsurfing in one of the protected bays. Rock climbers, runners, and hikers too will find plenty of pretty places to practice.

FOODIES WILL FIND FANTASTIC CUISINE

ture hound exploring a life hjem, but you can try it any time of year. Wash it

across borders in Copenha-

all down with some Danish snaps, as they say in

gen, Denmark. She is the cre-

Bornholm, “fisk skal svømme!” Fish should swim!

ator-in-chief at Oregon Girl

SOAK UP SOME HISTORY AT HAMMERSHUS CASTLE RUINS

Around the World, a blog that

Sitting on a high cliff above the sea, Hammer-

for the whole family.

shus Castle on the north end of the island was

focuses on sustainable travel

With a background in graph-

Blessed with a bounty of locally sourced and sustainable ingredients,

once the largest medieval fortress in Scandina-

Bornholm can boast one of the world’s best restaurants. Book a ta-

via. Built in the 13th century, you can walk the

ble at Michelin starred Kadeau for innovative and delicious season-

grounds around the ruins with stunning views

al fare with views of the water. Or sample some of the seafood from

of the water. Don’t miss the interactive muse-

a local røgeri (smokehouse) for a traditional taste of the island. Try

um for reconstructions of the castle and dis-

tive way of seeing a destina-

the “Sol over Gudhjem,” which translates to sun above Gudhjem -

plays depicting what life was like back in the

a classic Bornholm dish of smoked mackerel, chives, sliced radishes

day. Children, large and small, will love trying

tion and believes that trav-

topped with raw egg yolk served on rye bread. The infamous dish in-

on the traditional garb to get a better sense of

el choices can have positive

spires one of Denmark’s biggest cooking competitions each year,

who may have lived here so long ago.

impacts for both the travel-

bringing chefs from all over the country to the cute harbor of Gud-

From Vikings to Kings and now modern day, Bornholm is about as perfect as a precisely wrapped package. Come here. Slow down. This present is best unwrapped slowly. Savored. Spend at least a few days here. A week would

ic design, photography and art history, Erin has a crea-

ler and the communities visited. A local in Denmark since 2014, Erin has embraced the

be better. There is a little something to satisfy

green city of Copenhagen and

everyone. It is the ultimate taste of everything

loves to share her insider tips.

Danish outside the big cities. Have you been?

For more information: www.bornholm.info/en

For more Scandinavian travel inspiration and Copenhagen culture, follow Erin around the world here: oregongirl aroundtheworld.com @oregongirl_ aroundtheworld @oregongirlworld www.facebook. com/oregongirl roundtheworld/ www.pinterest.dk/ oregongirlworld/

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JUTL AND

INTERNATIONAL EMPLOYEES

ARE A NECESSITY

AARHUS AND EASTERN JUTLAND IS HOME TO MANY INTERNATIONAL-MINDED COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT ALL CONTRIBUTE TO THE INTERNATIONALISATION OF THIS AREA. INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY WILL TAKE YOU BY THE HAND AND SHOW YOU THE DIVERSE SCENE ON WHICH INTERNATIONALISATION IS BUILT. THIS MONTH WE GIVE THE FLOOR TO FGT BUSINESS RESEARCH.

PHOTOGRAPHS VISIT AARHUS / FGT BUSINESS RESEARCH A/S

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FGT BUSINESS RESEARCH A/S (FGT) is one of the SME’s in Aarhus who has spotted the potential in hiring international employees, and they are aware of the resources internationals can bring to the company: “Here at FGT our work consists of calling B2B companies globally by phone. We are doing research, surveys and lead qualification. For this reason, our agents must be natives – they must know the culture and, naturally, the language to have a polite and relevant dialogue with the companies within our target groups,” says director Michael Flintholm. He continues: “International employees play a key role in FGT – without any internationals, FGT would not be able to do business.”

INTERNATIONALS’ IMPACT Big parts of the businesses in Aarhus, to some extent, have international connections and are involved with the internationalization agenda. Therefore, hiring internationals with extensive knowledge of foreign markets can be a big asset for the companies. “International employees have an extensive impact on the business environment and internationalization in Aarhus. It is incredibly important to use international resources in the right manner and to be able to keep the resources in the city. I think that many companies would hire more foreign employees to work in their export departments if they knew more about the skills of internationals living in Aarhus. More companies could benefit from their skills – especially if they are on the export market. Furthermore, international employees are a brilliant way into new export markets. They have a great knowledge of their own

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countries, which the companies in Aarhus can make use of, as it is crucial to have international employees who know both the language, culture and history when you want to establish new contacts on foreign markets. Also, to our experience, they are hardworking and enthusiastic,” says Michael Flintholm.

AN UNTOUCHED OPPORTUNITY One thing that might keep some companies from hiring international staff is the idea that the process is too difficult and that it might pose a lot of challenges. To this statement, Michael Flintholm comments: “At FGT we rarely have any problems with hiring foreign employees. We only really encounter small problems, which we usually can solve quickly.” Many companies could benefit from hiring internationals, especially SME’s. In Denmark SME’s make up just over 50% of the Danish private job market. While many of the larger companies in Denmark are aware of the potential of international employees, SME’s often disregard this. An international hire doesn’t necessarily mean attracting someone from abroad. There is a talent pool in Denmark that hasn’t been fully tapped into yet – the spouses. Many internationals moving to Denmark for work are often accompanied by a partner or spouse. The accompanying spouses are usually highly skilled, have work experience and are eager to get onto the Danish labour market. They are hidden gems for businesses alike.

COOPERATION IS KEY A strong international network is important if companies want to hire internationals. FGT is happy to work closely to-

gether with the International Community. Through several years, FGT has been using the network in the International Community, and it is an easy way to connect with internationals in Aarhus. Whenever FGT needs to hire an international employee, they can tap into the International Community’s broad network. Therefore, maintaining and nurturing the international network in Aarhus can hopefully bring the SME’s attention to the potential that lies in hiring internationals. THE-INTL

ABOUT FGT BUSINESS RESEARCH A/S - www.fgt.dk Number of employees: 30 Director: Michael Flintholm FGT has existed since 2004. FGT works with business research and telemarketing from a B2B perspective, where they coordinate and execute different telemarketing activities in national and international markets for both Danish and foreign companies.

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY We offer a wide range of events, seminars and online activities that help internationals get settled in Denmark. Learn more on our website or follow us on: @internationalcommunityAarhus @internationalcommunityaarhus

www.erhvervaarhus.dk www.international community.dk


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THE FAMILY IN ESBJERG INTRODUCING A NEW SERIES FEATURING ESBJERG INTERNATIONALS WHO ARE BLAZING THEIR OWN TRAIL, WHETHER IN BUSINESS, COMMUNITY, OR CREATIVE WORK. PHOTOGRAPHS LINDSEY SCAIFE / JULI BEHRENDT BEXKENS / CLAUS MADSEN

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ing a newer, less-established town. Juli has found a market for her fresh, natural style of family photography, because “the market isn’t saturated, which is a big advantage about Esbjerg. In bigger cities, people have more choices.”

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the hardworking family and wedding photographer with a passion for connection. There was a moment towards the end of my chat with Juli Behrendt Bexkens, when her genuine passion for her photography shone through. Watching a young family gathering in the coffee shop at a neighbouring table, she explained, “What motivates me is the way I see the world, and especially people. For example, over there, I’m seeing such a lovely moment with that man and his baby, and I’m imagining the photo his mother would love to have of it.” Juli began her business (Juli Behrendt Bexkens Photography) in 2018, about 18 months after the birth of her daughter. Looking for a way to express her creative side, she considered taking her photography more seriously. Suddenly friends and contacts were keen to make the most of her skills, and the business quickly took off. Today, she’s kept even busier with a brand-new day job and her second child, now 11 months old. But Juli’s passion for

photography gives her the energy to fit it all in. “Working in IT is highly technical, but I also have this artistic side. Photography is a really great way to express that. I need to do something that’s completely different from what I do on a normal work day.”

CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES I asked her what challenges she meets as an entrepreneur in Esbjerg. She mentioned its location on the west coast: “It’s different if you live somewhere in the middle of Denmark. Even in Kolding, there are a lot of larger cities within a shorter range. From Esbjerg, the audience is relatively small.” But in that very limitation, Juli also sees a unique opportunity. “Esbjerg is that place where people can actually be selfstarters. We need to step out more than in other places. That’s why people look at other options, one of which is to be your own boss.” There’s also the advantage of Esbjerg be-

Born in Germany, with a Dutch husband, Juli says Esbjerg feels like home to their family. “Both our children were born in Denmark; we’re completely integrated into the system. We know where everything is.” They previously lived in Copenhagen but found the Esbjerg reaction to Danishspeaking internationals incredibly helpful. “Here, they’re much more patient if you speak Danish yourself. That helped us at the beginning to feel integrated, and it gave our Danish such a boost because we were speaking Danish to everybody.” However, when I ask if somewhere else in the world feels like home, her answer is quick and emphatic. “Yes: New Zealand. I lived there for a long time, and it’s where I met my husband. It’s the place where I feel most at home. It was a very defining phase of my life.” But zooming in today on her life and work in Esbjerg, the focus is clearly on family, whether at home or capturing important events and intimate moments for others. “I want people to feel at ease. People tell me that’s what attracts them to my photos, and it’s so nice for me to hear that because it’s so important to me.” C h e c k o u t Ju l i ’ s p o r t f o l i o a t Ju liBehrendtBexkens.com, and look out for more of her work in future issues, when we’ll be featuring her portraits of more Esbjerg internationals. THE-INTL

“WHAT MOTIVATES ME IS THE WAY I SEE THE WORLD, AND ESPECIALLY PEOPLE."

CATRIONA TURNER WRITER AND BLOGGER Catriona is a writer and blogger currently living in Esbjerg, Denmark. In the decade since leaving Scotland, she’s also lived in France, Uganda and the Republic of Congo. At her blog, The Frustrated Nester, she writes about Danish living, travel and the expat life. Her writing has also been published in the anthology Once Upon an Expat, and its follow-up Life on the Move, published in June 2019. She’s currently working on a memoir of place and home, and is also a freelance copy-editor and proofreader. www.thefrustrated nester.com www.facebook.com/thefrustratednester @thefrustratednester

- JULI BEHRENDT BEXKENS

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MULTI-CULTURAL RELATIONSHIP NAVIGATING A RELATIONSHIP AS A COUPLE HAS IT'S OWN SET OF CHALLENGES. BUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU THROW TWO CULTURES INTO THE MIX?

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KNOWING HOW TO navigate a relationship as a couple who comes from two different countries can be challenging at times. A multi-cultural relationship is much smoother once you initially learn and honour each others cultures, and live by your own timelines.

LEARNING FROM ONE ANOTHER While my Danish husband is excellent at English, the first few months were a bit of a challenging learning curve. I never knew how much American slang I used until dating someone from another culture. Suddenly I began aware of the way I spoke and made sure I took the time to explain what I truly meant. This helped build a strong foundation and a deeper understanding of one another. While it takes each couple time to get to know each other, more of a conscious effort is needed to understand one another’s expectations. What is romantic or meaningful to an American, can be quite different from the simplicity of a Dane’s vision of romance. Also, learning some vocabulary and how to say “I love you” in your partner’s native language proved to be extremely meaningful.

BAILEY JENSEN BLOGGER & STUDENT Bailey Ann Jensen is an American expat in Aarhus, Denmark since 2013 and is from Helena, Montana. She

HONOURING BOTH CULTURES I remember when I celebrated my first birthday in Denmark with my Danish partner, he celebrated me the way he knew how to celebrate. He woke me up singing the Danish birthday song and decorated the house in flags. While these things may scream birthday to him, my notion of a typical birthday involved balloons, candles, and the happy birthday song. While my heart was overwhelmed by being with my loved one on my birthday, it just did not feel quite like my real birthday. After our birthday learning curve, from that point on, we always combined traditions from Denmark and America for each holiday. For example, we generally spend each Christmas in Denmark and celebrate the holiday traditionally. However, my husband Rune always saves me one present to open Christmas morning because he knows the connection it brings to my native culture and the deep feelings of my American Christmas nostalgia it creates. Rune and I had two small weddings a month apart, a Danish wedding and an American wedding. It was important for Rune to have the ceremony in Danish, while it was important for me to have my dad walk me down the aisle and write our own wedding vows. It was meaningful for us to experience one of life’s biggest moment through each culture. We feel equal parts married because of each of our weddings, so we can never decide when our actual wedding anniversary is.

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originally came to Denmark

"WE CREATED OUR OWN LITTLE KINGDOM OF DENMARK AND AMERICA, CALLED DANICA. I HAVE DUBBED MYSELF QUEEN, AND WE COMBINE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS."

as an exchange student at Aarhus University for one year, where she met her Danish husband. Now living in Denmark permanently, Bailey is getting her bachelor’s

DANICA Considering my husband and I are a couple from two different countries, we created our own little kingdom of Denmark and America, called Danica. At our home in Danica, where I have dubbed myself Queen, we combine the best of both worlds. One of the most liberating things of creating our own little country is living by our own timelines and creating our own normal. In the United States, it is common to get married fairly young and have children right afterwards. In Denmark, it is the complete opposite where Danes generally have children later on in life. Danes view having a child as more of a commitment than marriage, so most couples have a child first and then get married afterwards, if at all. We quit while we were ahead by trying to appease both cultures in this sense. Collectively we will never be purely American or Danish, so having our own identity as something unique freed us any expectations from both sides of the pond. THE-INTL

degree in political science and is an international nanny for families in Aarhus. In her free time, she makes sense of her multicultural life around her with her blog about becoming a Dane: Dane in Training. For frequent new blog posts, check out her website and daily pictures on Instagram www.daneintraining.com @daneintraining


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LOOKING FOR TEAM MEMBERS!

WE ARE LOOKING FOR SoMe AMBASSADORS THAT ARE SAVY, ENERGETIC AND ORGANISED TO COVER: ➤ SOCIAL MEDIA , EVENTS AND PHOTOGRAPHY * N O N - P A I D P O S I T I O N DO YOU LIVE IN THESE AREAS AND KNOW OTHER INTERNATIONALS? PLEASE SEND US YOUR CV: ➤ A ARHUS / A ALBORG / VEJLE / KASTRUP / ROSKILDE *OR ANY OTHER AREAS THAT HAVE A LARGE INTERNATIONAL NETWORK

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