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FAMILY FUN THIS AUTUMN WITH ANOTHER JAM-PACKED ISSUE THIS AUTUMN YOU WILL BE KEPT BUSY EXPLORING YOUR CORNER OF DENMARK. WHETHER YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME, TRYING OUT A NEW RECIPE, OR KEEPING THE CHILDREN BUSY DURING THE HOLIDAYS. THE INTERNATIONAL TEAM IS HERE FOR YOU!

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slowly becoming the norm in Denmark. I remember when my family and I first moved here eleven years ago, I started the first trick or treat in our apartment building. With a mix of internationals and Danes, I can honestly say everyone got into the spirit of things with the children. This issue Erin from American Pie cooks us up some tasty recipes to share with your children, or the child inside of you (see page 12-13). Erin is also our feature cover story this issue, she tells us not only of her journey with starting her business, but we take a peek into her family life, and how she has overcome homesickness on both sides of the continent (see page 8-11). The International is experiencing some growth at the moment, especially with our social media and the end of September saw us introduce more interns, distribution, and writers to the team - welcome all! Keeping in touch with our lovely guys from CIC (Coping in Copenhagen) podcast, it's great to hear such a variety of topics on their podcast - if you haven't tuned in yet, I would recommend listening to the October podcast line up (see page 3). A new writer to the team and expert on the rental market is Alex from Rent Hero, he will be exploring different topics every issue relating to contracts, and how sadly some expats are caught up in the latest scandal of

bad landlords (see page 15). With the Autumn break just around the corner, I'm sure a lot of the parents are wondering how to entertain their children. Luckily we have two articles in this issue that address that. Catriona shares family fun in Esbjerg (see page 27) and Erin, our resident travel guru shares five unique places to explore this autumn (see page 22), something for the moms and dads too! Our beauty editor Barbara gives us her in-

sight into her top four Danish cosmetics that are a must-have in your beauty bag (see page 25). International community Aarhus discusses what is a repat, very interesting article if you've never heard of this terminology before (see page 28). If you're still in your "understanding the Danes" phase, Bailey, our newest team member will be debunking some myths about Danes being cold. Take a glimpse into why Bailey refers to Danes as coconuts (see page 19). Last but by no means least I have to give it up for Copenhagen and Aarhus. Both cities hosted welcoming days for international communities during September. We were fortunate to have a stand at DGI Byen, where we met so many amazing internationals, and like-minded companies - all there to support new arrivals. We weren't there in person for Aarhus, but were lucky enough to give away our printed September issue - we promise to be there to meet our Aarhus internationals next event. Here is wishing you all a beautiful autum. Take care and see you all next issue!

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MANAGING DIRECTOR & PARTNER KENNETH MACALPINE is a Nordic Financial Manager in the Transport industry. His degree is in Finance and business obtained in the UK. Born in Norway he moved to Denmark at the age of 22. He is of Danish Scottish ancestry and lives in southern Denmark with his large multi-national family consisting of Danish, Irish and Brazilian heritage. He is always interested in new challenges and loves to live life to the fullest. kenneth@the-intl.com

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CAMILA is from Argentina. She's a free spirit who decided to leave her tourism job to explore the world. Landing in Copenhagen, she's exploring the city and taking on the Danish cold weather. See you around the city!

HEAD INTERN FOR SOCIAL MEDIA (COPENHAGEN) LARA is from Zagreb, Croatia. She lives in Copenhagen and is studying Constructing Architecture at KEA. She enjoys interior design, architecture, literature, and photography.

INTERN FOR SOCIAL MEDIA (COPENHAGEN) FLOORTJE moved from the Netherlands to Copenhagen last summer with her husband. She is focusing on family events after becoming a mother to a little boy. Follow her blog about being a parent: @expat_life_copenhagen

INTERN FOR SOCIAL MEDIA (AARHUS) CATHY is from Estonian who just recently moved to Aarhus. She worked with EU policy topics at the European Parliament for almost 2 years before moving. Her passions include digital marketing and photography.

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COPING IN CPH PODCAST IRISH FESTIVAL - AIRS 3 OCTOBER Copenhagen Irish Festival kicks off on the 7th of November. With an array of Irish music, theatre and film it is definetly one for the diary. We talk to Director Carol Hayes about the Samual Beckett play Krapps Last Tape. We also speak to Irish festival organiser Martin O'Hare about the festival line-up and the importance of Irish culture in Denmark.

ERIN CHAPMEN - AIRS 10 OCTOBER We get to meet the October feature story Erin Chapman - an American who has built together with her Danish co-founder a successful pie business. Erin talks about her life in Copenhagen and her experiences of creating and building a business.

KABARET - AIRS 17 OCTOBER We delve into the wonderful world of burlesque and performance art this week. When Kabaret Kopenhagen pop into the studio to bare all! Miss Momo Lamarr will be talking to us about the Scandinavian performance scene and how burlesque transcendence beyond culture and language.

CHARLIE & ROMAS - 24 OCTOBER The odd ball duo seducing the streets of Copenhagen with soul drenched harmony and rattled rhythms. We talk about their experiences performing in bars around Copenhagen, working as a musician and perhaps we’ll jam out a new intro tune for the podcast.

LAURA WINTERMUTE - 31 OCTOBER Meet Laura, the founder of Homestead. Homestead is not a relocation company nor a mobility services company. They take over where others leave off. Their sole purpose is to help international newcomers settle in quickly and with ease. Laura knows firsthand what it’s like to move to Denmark and shares her experiences.

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We all want to be healthy, and at present health seems to have almost become an obsession. But what is health? Is it merely an absence of disease or is there more to it? And if there is more to it, are scientific facts more important than human values in defining health? Do health, happiness and longevity go together? How do we measure the individual health and the social health? Do different perspectives on health conflict over whether it is good to be healthy, e.g. medical, individual, and social? These are some issues that will be explored in this lecture facilitated by a biogerontologist and a philosopher of medicine.

International Community (IC) in cooperation with University International Club (UIC) welcome all internationals at Aarhus University and in Aarhus to join this explosive science show. Fysikshow Aarhus is a group of physics students with a drive for explosive science communication. They will make a visual spectacular show including fire, smoke, explosions, and much more. Do you believe that science is dull? Then Fysikshow Aarhus will prove the opposite, when they share their passion trough impressive and visual experiments. We welcome everyone to join this science show - also children!

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Halloween for kids is coming to Vejle in week 42 from Monday to Thursday. The week offers fun activities for children and childish souls - all activities are free (except pumpkin carving). The activities will take place in the Halloween tent at Nørretorv from 11:00-15:00. In addition to the activities in the tent, you can join Halloween GO, which leads you through seven of the Vejle's shops, where you have to solve tasks and find trophies, to finally have the chance to win cool prizes.

Black Sun is a magical natural phenomenon when thousands of starlings shape-shift and “dance” at the evening sky. Sort Safari will introduce you to Denmark’s largest flocks of starlings spending their days searching for food in the marshland and Wadden Sea area. At sunset the starlings gather to roost knowing that it’s a matter of life and death when hungry predator birds set in and attack. Join our tour and experience the unbelievable sight of starlings swirling like a big liquid mass. Black Sun can’t be described, it has to be seen, at Arne Jacobsen (1902-71) was a Danish architect and least once in a life time. The tour lasts about 3-4 hours.

Dining together in Esbjerg International community. Following the Dinner we will screen a film in English. Price for Dinner: 50 DKK. Sign up ahead to newcomer@esbjergkommune.dk.

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Breathe, stretch, and relax at Spouse Café on Tuesday 29th of October! During the workshop Abril from Earth Yoga will give an introduction to breathing exercises to calm the mind followed by an energizing yoga flow. The workshop is for all levels - no experience is needed to join. All you need is to put on some comfortable clothes and bring your own mat. You can also borrow a yoga mat at the studio. The workshop is free of charge,but there is a limited amount of places. Please sign up via the link in "Tickets". After the yoga class we will enjoy some tea, coffee and fruits at the studio. Namaste!

Join us for our monthly International Meetup. This time we meet at Musikhuset Dexter - 17:00-19:00. International Meetup is a good opportunity to meet new people, network and socialize while enjoying a drink. For International Meetup guests Musikhuset Dexter offers a happy hour for the beer until 19:00! After the meetup you can enjoy the concert of the Dutch band The Ragtime Rumours. You will be able to buy the ticket at the spot for members price.

For 400,000 years humans have sat around the fire to unleash their imagination and tell stories. Storytelling has always been a way to connect, to share knowledge, and to bring meaning to human existence. Join us for an evening of candlelit tales in which international storytellers in Aarhus - writers, performers, poets, spoken word artists, actors, comedians, and screenplay writers - share their love for storytelling. Always Burning was first held at Aarhus International Literature Festival 'LiteratureXChange 2019', the stories are in English, and admission is free.

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ERIN CHAPMAN ON BRINGING A SLICE OF AMERICANA TO COPENHAGEN

DESPITE WRITING TWO COOKBOOKS AND LOGGING OVER 20 YEARS IN THE COMPETITIVE ADVERTISING INDUSTRY IN DENMARK AND THE US, ERIN CHAPMAN, A SPIRITED AMERICAN WITH A SMILE THAT LIGHTS UP THE ROOM, CHOSE TO INFUSE HER LOVE FOR FOOD AND CREATIVITY INTO A PIE SHOP. TOGETHER WITH HER DANISH CO-FOUNDER, THEY CREATED THE AMERICAN PIE COMPANY, OUT OF THEIR MUTUAL LOVE FOR THE AMERICAN PIE; A SYMBOL OF HOME, HYGGE AND TRADITION.

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AT THE HEART of coping with homesickness while living abroad lies something soothing about homemade comfort food. Erin Eberhardt Chapman has found a way of weaving her creativity and passion for food into breaking the cycle of homesickness. By co-founding together with her Danish partner, Dorte Prip, The American Pie Company in Copenhagen, she is infusing her love for American pie into a niche in the Danish food scene. Born and raised in the farmlands of Illinois and the Northwoods of Wisconsin, USA, Erin trained in Fine Arts and Design at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She first visited Denmark in 1993, and in 1996 took an academic venture into Denmark for a semester on a study abroad programme. “There was something about Copenhagen that spoke to me. I felt that this was a place where I could expand my horizons and have space for being creative,” she says, reminiscing how she fell in love at first sight with the city. “I was always drawn to the European and the Scandinavian work-life balance and

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structure - which stood in contrast to the US,” Erin declares, that’s not to say that she isn’t proud of her American heritage. Friendliness, openness, service orientation, and a can-do attitude are American values she holds dear, and which have transcended to her personality and business acumen. In 1998, at 24 years old, Erin was so taken with the idea of living abroad that she moved to Copenhagen with only two suitcases, about a thousand dollars, and a sheer force of will. The cross-continental move meant leaving her close-knit family behind. “My parents had a resort made of Swedish-like cabins by the lake. We had new people coming every week, and so I was forced to be adaptable because as soon as I made friends, they were gone, and then new kids would come in,” she reveals, recalling how these childhood encounters made her adept at accepting to change. In the end, “When I decided that I would move to Denmark, I told my parents and


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Erin's family: husband Brian and gorgeous daughter Ruby

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“I WAS ALWAYS DRAWN TO THE EUROPEAN AND THE SCANDINAVIAN WORKLIFE BALANCE AND STRUCTURE - WHICH STOOD IN CONTRAST TO THE US,” ERIN DECLARES, THAT’S NOT TO SAY THAT SHE ISN’T PROUD OF HER AMERICAN HERITAGE. FRIENDLINESS, OPENNESS, SERVICE ORIENTATION, AND A CAN-DO ATTITUDE ARE AMERICAN VALUES SHE HOLDS DEAR, AND WHICH HAVE TRANSCENDED TO HER PERSONALITY AND BUSINESS ACUMEN.

grandparents that it would only be for two years. Surprisingly, three weeks after I arrived, I got a job in the advertising business, same as I had in the US,” she says, which might shed some light on the impulse of her go-getter attitude, or why she thrives on being productive. “There was something magical about that first job. It felt like the stars were aligning for me,” she admits. Despite immersing herself into the Danish culture, Erin struggled with Danish, a familiar plight that many Internationals face. “When you don’t know the language, it is easy to be frustrated. However, the more you learn the language, the better you become at understanding the people and their norms,” she suggests, pointing out that in spite the initial language barrier, she found more reasons to stay in Denmark and call it home.

NOSTALGIA AND REVERSE CULTURE SHOCK Beyond her fierce independence and rising career as a creative director, Erin began experiencing severe pangs of nostalgia gnawing at her happiness. “I became homesick and began to find comfort in the tastes and aromas that reminded me of home.” The longing for familiarity drove Erin into digging up old family recipes and baking traditional American favourite treats. “Baking filled a void in me. Filling my house with these aromas

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brought a sense of calm,” she says, recalling the catharsis of baking. Her Ad agency colleagues inadvertently became tasters of her delectable treats. Soon after she met her Danish husband-to-be, Brian, who gladly indulged in her American soul food. Erin didn’t set out with a mission to create an American pie restaurant, she says. It happened organically. “I had a dream about having a pie shop, but I was hesitant to take on the challenge.” The conflict between reality and expectation saw her shelve aside the pie shop dream in pursuit of more tangible goals. “Instead what I did was publish two cookbooks – American pie and American diner – for the Danish market.” In a way, making pies brought a sense of balance to Erin’s life. Her daughter was miraculously conceived after the first book, a birth which Erin credits to pie. “I think pie is some good luck charm for me.” She says with a hearty laugh. In 2013, after 16 years of living in Denmark, Erin was struck by an under-current of yearning for her motherland. Together with her husband and their 18-month-old daughter, they relocated to Los Angeles, California, ready to start a new chapter away from the dreariness of Danish winter. The food and creativity bug caught up with the couple, and once again they were back in business, creating and directing food


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films for national brands. Back in the US, Erin dove back into her career. She was enjoying time with family, soaking up the California sun, yet, something in her life felt amiss. “I started to get confused at this point. While I lived in Denmark, I was doing American traditions like cooking pies as an attempt to suppress my homesickness, then here I was in the USA experiencing the same homesickness,” Erin says, describing her reverse culture shock. After two years in the US, the honeymoon phase morphed into persistent sadness and the feeling of not belonging. “I was very depressed one day and called my mum telling her I was unhappy because I neither knew where I belonged nor where my home is,” Erin says, wryly. Her search for validation drew a non-judgemental response from her mum. “When you think of home, what comes to mind?” her mum asked, in tears, Erin responded, “Copenhagen!” She sighs. “It was the first time coming back here where I felt like I could breathe out.” She made peace with a part of her that called Denmark home.

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BUILDING A PIE EMPIRE IN DENMARK Erin had already fostered deep relationships and a network in Copenhagen, which came in handy when she and her husband decided to move back to Denmark in the summer of 2015. Unbeknownst to her, the pie shop dream that she kept brushing off was about to spring upon her again from an unexpected source. By happenstance, she ended up having coffee with Dorte Prip, who by then had risen through the corporate ranks in Denmark to CEO of Copenhagen Business School Executive Fonden. Dorte, in the quintessential Danish directness, was curious to find out Erin’s motivations behind her American cookbooks. “I always had a dream of owning a pie shop but couldn’t wrap my head around having an actual shop with employees,” she admits. To Erin’s surprise, Dorte remarked, “If you want to open the pie shop, I think we should put our heads together. I will do all the business side – finances and employee management - and you do the creative work and recipe development. Let’s build a pie empire together!” Just like that, the stalled dream was set into motion. The two women, propelled by hunger for a new challenge, came together to create their own slice of America in Copenhagen. This October, The American Pie Company turns four years old. Since opening its door on Skindergade 25, in central Copenhagen, the rustic shop has etched itself in the competitive and modern Scandinavian food scene. Its customer base ranges from Danes who want to experience authentic American pie to homesick US expats and a rainbow of clients from different nationalities. Serving both sweet and savoury pies, made from scratch, the shop changes its menu every three months, to reflect on the changing seasons, “Because that’s what keeps the pie shop unique! Customers get excited when a pie that has been gone for a whole year comes back on the menu,” Erin says, alluding to the unique allure of the pie shop. Groundbreaking is a rough process, more so when entering a saturated restaurant scene. Erin’s and Dorte’s synergy continues to play a significant role in steering their business into growth and success. “I think it has to do Dorte’s structured side and my branding side because we have been pretty much in agreement of our ideas from the beginning. We wanted to keep the business niche. Otherwise, it would get lost in the scuffle with all the other cafes in Copenhagen.” With 14 employees, an opening of a second shop, pie baking classes, team-building events, outside catering, and a 3rd cookbook about to be released across Denmark, Erin has her pie shop dream and then some. Her future is like pie, ready to be topped up with exciting possibilities. THE-INTL

and a business owner. Celine received her diploma in Photography in 2005. Photography has never been a job, it is a lifestyle. Living as an expat in Denmark has allowed her to make one of her big dreams come true and start her own photography business. Celine specialises in portrait, fashion and lifestyle photography. "My goal is to create a beautiful portrait that will be treasured for life."

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CÉLINE MARTIN-PEDERSEN Celine was born and raised in the French part of Belgium. She has always been curious about life abroad and when the opportunity presented itself she jumped at the chance of living in Florence, Italy. However, the journey continued and love brought Celine to Denmark 3 years ago. She is a wife, mom to 3 fantastic children (1 of them a lovely bonus daughter)

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Young people at Copenhagen International School look through a window to the world. Literally, students are educated in the most fantastic surroundings with incredible views across the Øresund and of container ships that will deliver goods across the seas. Our students interact with over 80 nationalities in our community, developing intercultural understanding - the ability to appreciate perspectives of people with very different backgrounds. They follow an international curriculum in an international setting within a truly international community.

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As a result, students at CIS have a global view that helps them to become champions of a just and Young people at Copenhagen International sustainable world.

School look through a window to the world. For more information visit: www.cis.dk Literally, students are educated in the most fantastic surroundings with incredible views across the 0resund and of container ships that will deliver goods across the seas.

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TRICK OR TREAT It’s that time of year when witches, skeletons and ghosts swirl in children’s imaginations. I loved Halloween when I was a child growing up in USA – carving pumpkins to create the ultimate jack-o-lantern, being scared out of my wits at haunted houses, and running from door-to-door in my annual costume, getting loads of sweets and treats. What’s not to like? Halloween only recently made its way to Denmark in the last decade or so, but the Danes have fully embraced the (u-)hyggelig holiday, so let’s celebrate with some seasonal goodies, and simple treats you can make with the kids, or the kid-at-heart. PHOTOGRAPHS ERIN EBERHARDT CHAPMAN

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IT’S PUMPKIN TIME! PUMPKIN PIE IS AN AMERICAN FAVORITE, MOST POPULAR IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER. WITH ITS SMOOTH RICH TEXTURE AND A BLEND OF COZY SPICES LIKE CINNAMON, NUTMEG, GINGER AND CLOVE, IT’S SURE TO GET YOU INTO THE AUTUMN SPIRIT. THIS IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PUMPKIN PIE RECIPE, AS IT’S MORE LIKE A PUMPKIN PIE CHEESECAKE (YES, PLEASE!). WITH A LITTLE FUN DECOR ON TOP, IT DOUBLES AS A SPOOKY SPIDERWEB PIE - PERFECT FOR YOUR HALLOWEEN PARTY.

PUMPKIN SPIDER WEB PIE SERVES 8-10

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200 g digestive cookies or graham crackers 50 g sugar 80 g butter, melted

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225 g sugar 300 g cream cheese 50 g flour 1 can (425 g/15 oz) pure pumpkin purée 3 eggs 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon ginger ½ teaspoon ground cloves 2-3 tablespoons milk Whipped cream for garnish (optional)

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#1 Grind the cookies to a fine crumb mixture in a food processor or blender. #2 In a mixing bowl, add the cookie crumb mixture, sugar and melted butter, and stir until combined. #3 Pour the cookie mixture into a ca. 23-24 cm (9-inch) pie pan and press evenly onto the bottom and up the sides. Chill until ready to fill.

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TIP: Where to buy quality pumpkin purée? Try the webshop at The American Pie Company! www.theamericanpieco.com (Or at either location in Copenhagen)

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#4 Preheat the oven to 1600C. #5 Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat the sugar, cream cheese and flour until smooth. Take out three heaping tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture and set aside in a small bowl (you’ll use this later for the spider web design on top).

#6 Next, blend in the pumpkin purée to the cream cheese mixture, and then mix in the eggs one at a time. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves and mix until combined. #7 Pour the filling into the prepared cookie crust.

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#8 Using the remaining small bowl of the white cream cheese mixture, add 2-3 tablespoons of milk and stir until it’s smooth and slightly more thin in consistency. Drizzle the white mixture in circles, starting with a small circle in the center, and working your way out, creating “rings” on the surface of the pumpkin pie filling. Then, take a knife and, starting in the center, run the knife out toward the edge of the pie, to pull the white mixture outward. Go around the circle, pulling outward from the center, like the spokes of a bicycle, to create the spider web effect. #9 Bake the pie on the middle rack for 25-35 min, until the sides of the filling are firm and the center wiggles just a bit when you shake the pan slightly. #10 Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Place in refrigerator to chill and firm. #11 Add toy spiders, a ring of piped whipped cream, a sprinkle of spice, or any other spooky decor you wish! Serve chilled.


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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, Er-

THE FOLLOWING TWO RECIPES ARE SIMPLE NO-BAKE HALLOWEEN TREATS THAT HAVE ONLY A FEW INGREDIENTS AND ARE SIMPLE TO DO WITH KIDS OF ALL AGES, SO GRAB THE MUNCHKINS AND HAVE SOME TRICKOR-TREAT FUN! TAKE PRECAUTIONS THAT CHILDREN ARE CAREFUL WITH HANDLING SOME OF THE INGREDIENTS THAT ARE WARM OR HOT OFF THE STOVE UNTIL SLIGHTLY COOLED.

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MONSTER MARSHMALLOW CRISPY TREATS

SWIRLY GHOST CHOCOLATE

INGREDIENTS

400 g dark chocolate 200 g white chocolate

55 g butter + a little extra for greasing pan 250 g large marshmallows* 200 g crisp rice cereal (f.ex. Rice Krispies) 300 g white chocolate 50 g dark chocolate decorative google eyes** green food coloring

METHOD #1 Grease a baking pan (ca. 20x30 cm) with butter. #2 In a large saucepan, slowly melt the butter on low heat. Add the marshmallows and constantly stir with a rubber spatula until completely melted (about 5 min.). #3 Remove from heat. Add the rice cereal to the melted marshmallow mixture and stir until the cereal is well coated. #4 Transfer mixture to the prepared baking pan. At this point, the mixture will still be quite warm and sticky, so allow to cool a minute or two. Then, using your hands, press the mixture firmly and evenly down into the pan. TIP: Add a little butter on the ends of your fingertips to help with the sticky job! #5 Let cool completely for 30-45 minutes. #6 Once cooled, melt the white chocolate. Add a few drops of green food coloring mix for the green monster color. Spread the green chocolate topping evenly over the surface of the marshmallow treats. Allow to cool completely (you can speed up the process by placing it in the fridge or freezer) #7 Once cooled, cut into small squares, and decorate using googly candy eyes. To make the other features, melt the dark chocolate and pour it into a small plastic bag. Cut a tiny hole in the tip of corner of the bag, and pipe on the dark chocolate as you wish. Allow to cool and harden. Enjoy!

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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

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#1 Melt the dark and white chocolate in 2 separate bowls until smooth. #2 Line a baking tray with parchment paper, and pour the dark chocolate onto the tray, reserving a few tablespoons for the eyes and mouths of the ghosts. Spread the dark chocolate out toward the edges of the tray until it’s about ½ cm thick. #3 Pour small spoonfuls of the melted white chocolate onto different parts of the dark chocolate and, using a butter knife, pull a side of the white chocolate to swirl a “tail,” creating a ghost shape. #4 Using the remaining dark chocolate, gently drip the chocolate on to create the eyes and mouth of each ghost. Feel free to add sprinkles to the surface before you cool the chocolate completely. To cool, place in the fridge for about 30 min. #5 Once hardened, break apart into chunks and… BOO! Instant spooky gratification!

ing 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

* Large campfire-style marshmallows can be found at most grocery chains in the candy aisle. ** Can be found in the baking section of quality grocery stores.

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A POSITIVE MINDSET IS THE KEY TO SUCCESSFUL JOB SEARCHING Have you heard about ‘The Law of Attraction – ‘what you think about, you bring about’? Having the right mindset can be difficult to keep up with while you are a job seeker, yet it can be crucial for your success.

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WHAT DO I mean by the right mindset? Dr. David Keane, an internationally renowned authority on human achievement writes in his book called “The Art of Deliberate Success – The 10 behaviours of successful people”– “It begins with individuals taking 100 percent responsibility for their own development. This ‘inner-work’ approach can initially seem daunting, but it is also incredibly empowering. I strongly agree with this and believe that we are all accountable for our own lives and make our own choices. Living by choice, not by chance.

HOW TO GET TO THAT RIGHT MINDSET

As a job seeker, it is easy to blame the different factors around you when you have not succeeded in finding a job: Your A-kasse, Jobcenter, the fact that you are lacking experience or do not speak Danish. The important thing here to notice is not to get frustrated and go down in the negative spiral. No one likes to hear that and it does not help your mental health nor your job-seeking process. Make a plan and stick to it. You can set smaller milestones which will then lead you to your main goal. Talking to different consultants and HR people can also be eye-opening for you. Do not be afraid to ask for help. We all have different paths on how we get to where we want to be. There will be ‘bumps’ on the road and that is completely normal. If you have done something the same way for three, six, or 12 months and nothing has happened – perhaps it is time to change your strategy? Try something new and get out of your comfort zone? Realizing that something is not working, is the first step to take ownership of your situation.

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HOW TO MAINTAIN IT AND WHAT TO DO

Find ways that can help you to stay positive – for example, have a weekly plan, so you know what you are doing from Monday to Friday. It is one way to keep your mind ‘fresh’ and activated. Schedule coffee meetings, physical activities, time for application writing, and make sure you leave room for unforeseen happenings and remember to have a break at the weekend. Your job consultant at the Jobcenter does not work at the weekend either, right? Do what keeps your mind positive! Surround yourself with positive, like-minded people, and ‘cut out’ all the negativity in your life – whether it is a social media channel, a person or something completely different. Do you lack contacts? Start arranging coffee meetings. Do you lack experience? Try volunteering or interning. Or

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even better, create your own experiences – “Show, do not tell” – For example, if you want to work with communication, start creating content on the platform where your target audience is. Do you lack Danish skills? Find a Dane to meet up once a week to talk to. Lacking courage to get out of your comfort zone? That is a tough one – if you do not have the drive and the will-power to change something in the process, nothing will change. Only you are between you succeeding or not. The Job searching process can be long and full of ups and downs. In my opinion, having the right mindset can be the key to your success. Create your goals, stick to your plan and do the things you love on the way. It is important to have a positive mindset and the drive to change something if it is not working. Get out of your comfort zone – what is the worst that can happen? 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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RENTAL AGREEMENTS: KNOWING YOUR RIGHTS TWO OUT OF THREE LANDLORD'S OVERCHARGE FOR RENT-CONTROLLED HOUSING, BUT AS A TENANT, IT CAN BE HARD FINDING OUT IF YOU'RE OVERPAYING. RENTHERO CAN GUIDE YOU THROUGH ALL OF THIS.

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LIKE MANY PEOPLE looking for housing in Copenhagen, it can be difficult to find affordable apartments with the right location. When I personally stumbled upon a nice apartment, I quickly reached out to arrange a viewing. I was told, “No, you can’t come to a viewing, this apartment is for expats only”. The hard no came from a large rental agency, which made me curious as to why they were turning potential Danish tenants away and only renting out to expats. After numerous Google searches and conversations with my friend who worked as an attorney, we found out that a huge part of the rental apartments listed are rent-controlled and some landlords are systematically overcharging unknowing expats who are desperately searching for housing. Often they also add illegal timelimitation to create leverage over their tenants. Most expats don't know that in Denmark all buildings built before 1992 are rent-controlled. This law is put in place to ensure social mobility for people who can't afford to purchase apartments and to keep housing prices down, as homeowners are encouraged to sell instead of renting out their homes. It's so tough as a tenant, it can be difficult to find out if you're overpaying and many people fear eviction if they challenge the rental contract.

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WE WANTED TO HELP EXPATS That's why we launched Rent Hero - to help expats be informed of their rights and get professional assistance when challenging the rent. So far we've been in contact with more than 500 expats and have won all our cases saving multiple tenants 40-80.000 DKK a year on housing. So how can you know if you’re overpaying for rentcontrolled housing? As a rule of thumb, the price for a fully renovated and modernised apartment in Copenhagen should be around 11.500 DKK for 100 square meters. And the building has to have been built before 1992. If your apartment has a new kitchen/bathroom your rent should be around 7500 DKK for a 100 square meter apartment. Many expats are renting a furnished apartment which also affects the price - but not as much as most people think. On average the cost of renting furniture should only be about 5% of the rent. We will be discussing rental law in upcoming issues where we'll cover how to make sure you get the most of your deposit back when moving out of an apartment. A large part of the rental industry has its tenant pay for renovations which they shouldn't pay for and it can be complicated navigating the law if you don't know your rights. THE-INTL

ucts primarily in the real estate business. The latest project is

DANIEL'S STORY Daniel moved to Denmark from Israel after finding a new job. When he arrived he started looking for housing and found out the price for an apartment was extremely high. But he had no other option than to take the deal as he needed

Rent Hero which seeks to help expats get a fair deal on their lease

a place to live. A few months passed and at the start of June he saw Rent He-

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ro's calculator on our website and found out that he was overpaying 25% for his

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72sqm apartment in Frederiksberg. Daniel contacted us and we went through the case and his rights over the phone. He had a lot of questions as he had never heard about these rules when researching moving to Denmark. He decided to pursue the case, and we con-

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tacted his landlord with a settlement offer. After some back and forth for a few weeks, the case got settled, and Daniel got his rent reduced for the remainder of his lease. It's not all cases that end up getting settled outside the legal system, but at Rent Hero we try our best to reach this outcome as it's typically the best-case scenario for everybody.

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STARTING FROM SCRATCH INTERNATIONAL LIFE OFTEN ENTAILS THE TASK OF STARTING FROM SCRATCH. IT CAN BE COMPARED TO GARDENING. A LOT OF WORK GOES INTO PREPARING THE TERRAIN, SOWING THE SEEDS, WATERING, AND WAITING TO SEE IF THE FRUITS WILL BEAR. PHOTOGRAPHS WONDERFUL COPENHAGEN - RASMUS FLINDT PEDERSEN

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STARTING FROM SCRATCH is something I have gotten good at. I would include it to my talent stack. I am also confident that you are pretty good at it. Moving to a new host country includes building our social and professional networks. Most of the time we start when we arrive, but I would advise you to start before you arrive to have a few people you already have connected with. By preparing and thinking ahead you will lessen the feeling of loneliness in your new host destination. It is also a great feeling to be able to have someone to call and meet up with after you arrive.

HERE WE GO AGAIN Transitions are easier when you have smoothed out some of the rough patches. Reaching out to people you find interesting and inspiring both on a professional and personal level can have a big impact on self-confidence. If you aim to be active professionally, start networking ahead of time and if you play your cards right, you might even have some meetings lined up before your arrival. Throughout my life, I have started from scratch in multiple countries and I have pretty good insight as to what it takes. As an adult, it gets very difficult to do this time and time again. My most recent challenge was when we moved to Copenhagen because I had zero networks here. This goes for both my social and professional networks. So, how do I go about starting again? I decided to dive in and tackle this head-on. That meant getting very uncomfortable (at first), being vulnerable, courageous, and drinking lots and I mean lots of coffee. It is not the easiest task to reach out to people you would like to meet when you are the new bee in town. When you are new to a city and starting your networking journey it can get very intimidating very quickly. I had thoughts of “Why would any of these successful people want to meet with me?” “I will wait until I am more ready…”

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But guess what? They did meet with me and what I needed to do was silence that voice. I do believe that our mindset has an immense impact on how we present ourselves and how others view us. Next time you are off to meet a new person make sure you have taken along your positivity, a thirst for coffee, and boldness. You will be fine and you are not alone!

BE AWARE AND DARE Let us shed some light on the situation of a newly arrived International - new country, culture, language, customs, everyday life, what is obvious to us is not obvious to all. Please keep that in mind. We forget how overwhelming all these things can be when they are thrown at someone simultaneously. More often than not, I am faced with the challenges of having to explain how important it is to provide support for the spouse/ partner. Partners often feel lost in the sense that they do not have an outside professional identity or a specific clarification of their family identity (Rosenbusch and Cseh, 2012). If we top this off with not having a strong support system, community, network it can be tough to jump over such a hurdle. To help we have to work together and focus on raising awareness clearly and directly. Yes, this means looking at spouse/partner support as a long term investment. The only way to bridge the gap is by addressing the issues, implementing solutions and working together. If we all do our part, we can have great ambassadors worldwide. THE-INTL

REACHING OUT TO PEOPLE YOU FIND INTERESTING AND INSPIRING BOTH ON A PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL LEVEL CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON SELF-CONFIDENCE.

KATHY BORYS SIDDIQUI FOUNDER, ACTIVE ACTION Kathy was born in Poznań, Poland and has lived in four countries and on two continents. Growing up as an immigrant and a cross cultural child 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 life 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 a Cultural Transition and Expat Spouse and Partner Specialist at Active Action. A firm believer that if you are lacking something - create it. She is the founder of two International Mom Groups in Denmark, a running enthusiast, active lifestyle advocate, wife and mom. www.activeaction.dk kbs@activeaction.dk

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LESSONS FROM DENMARK

HOW TO BE YOURSELF WHEN LIVING ABROAD BEING YOURSELF WHILE MAKING THE TRANSITION TO A NEW COUNTRY CAN FEEL LIKE A PENDULUM SWINGING BETWEEN BURSTS OF ECSTASY AND FRUSTRATION. GRANTED, MOVING ABROAD WILL HAVE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON YOUR SENSE OF IDENTITY AND PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE.

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sounds simplistic, yet it stirs a mixture of emotions more so when one is transitioning to a life abroad. The tussle between identity, authenticity and self-esteem is often compounded by culture shock and the need for a sense of belonging in one’s new host country. Every person living abroad has a label: Immigrant, expatriate, refugee, migrant. Each hierarchical language carries its weight, based on social perception, and, sometimes, stereotypes. While these semantics may seem trivial, they play a vital role in one’s identity. The way we define ourselves can determine the challenges and opportunities that we face abroad. As your sense of self-concept becomes clear, don’t be frustrated if you can’t fit into any of these labels. You likely had a strong sense of how you are before you moved abroad and where you are going in life. The more you adjust and reframe your identity, the less it becomes crucial to attach your identity to labels that don’t align with your personality.

JUDY WANJIKU JØRGENSEN JOURNALIST, WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER Judy is a journalist and writer, fuelled

KNOW THYSELF: BE AUTHENTIC Be authentic and trust in your ambitions and dreams (even when they go against the grain). Feeling lost is part of the process of settling into a new abroad is a normal phase of adjustment. However, self-care is essential in mitigating the changes in identity, which can be stressful and result in problems of social alienation, low self-esteem as well as mental health issues. Integrating or assimilating can challenge long-held beliefs of your identity and culture. Similarly, looking for a job, building a social network and learning a new language can leave you feeling like you losing your real identity. It is essential to feel that you are in control of your life even as you navigate into a foreign culture. Let go of old assumptions, don’t beat yourself into fitting into a label. Choose, instead, to carve your own path. Never apologies for who you are, or your heritage. You can thrive abroad while retaining your authentic self. The more you get out of your comfort zone, the better you will be at being yourself. Strive towards finding your balance, embrace the real you, and you will be able to free up so much energy to thrive abroad. Life abroad gives you the permission to wrestle with your identity. Being away from your comfort zone - food family, friends, routine - will force you to confront your inner fears, find grounding, and perhaps acquire a new perspective on life.

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 Finally, be yourself, that’s the most powerful and liberating thing you can do. By being true to yourself, you have the potential to unlock all your talents and abilities in your host country, cultivate a greater sense of connection to others and to life itself. And if you feel like it’s getting harder to be yourself, don’t beat yourself up. Change takes time to happen, so don’t give up. You don't have to compromise on your goals nor conform to be like everyone else. Embrace this season of your life, and grow from it. Be who you want to be! THE-INTL

an MA in Journalism at Aarhus University. Love made her stay. She is now a mother of two Afro-Viking boys. Judy 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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THE DANISH INDUSTRIAL

FOUNDATION MODEL HOW TO FOIL GREED AND SECURE CORPORATE VALUE.

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THE LEADING DANISH expert in the Industrial Foundation Model is Professor Steen Thomson, Centre for Corporate Governance, Copenhagen Business School. He is recognised globally for his sound research work in Corporate Governance. A large number of Denmark's very successful global corporate groups are controlled by non-profit foundations and charities, which either own majority stakes or dominate shareholder voting through more powerful classes of shares. Their backing makes it much easier for management to avoid pressure from other shareholders to pursue quick financial gains at the expense of the environment or even the company's long-term competitiveness. This point was made by Novozymes CEO Peder Holk Nielsen in an interview for The Huffington Post in 2016. He said that "the fact is that many Danish companies have an ownership structure that allows us not to be forced by the short-termism of the markets, per se, and to think long term," and added, "I think that is a great grooming ground for sustainability." Novozymes is controlled by a charitable foundation and is a Copenhagen-based biotech firm that released a new probiotic microbe product in 2016 that helps poultry farmers to wean their birds off potentially dangerous antibiotic regimens. There are a number of similar company groups across Denmark that have adopted this Industrial Foundation Model. Approximately 51 percent of brewing giant Carlsberg is owned by a foundation that uses its profits to fund scientific research.

Maersk, the Danish Global Shipping Group, is controlled by the A.P. Møller and Chastine McKinney Moller Foundation, which holds more than 50 percent of voting rights. The Lundbeck Foundation, which owns 70 percent of its pharmaceutical company, spends about USD 75 million in grants each year to fund medical research and education programmes. Businesses around the world rely on profit as a benchmark for success, and stock markets (where companies go to sell shares and raise money) encourage this focus. However, recently several noted business leaders have called for an end to the obsession with quarterly earnings, which can divert companies from investing in things that take more than a few months to pay off, such as renewable energy. In the Huffington Post interview, Peder Holk Nielsen continued to say, "Guys like myself are shielded from the sheer short-term focus of the stock market, yet we have 75 percent of our ownership in free-float, so we're actually exposed to the stock market." The Novozymes charitable foundation controls 69 percent of Novozymes' shareholder votes, but actually owns only 25 percent of its stock. The Huffington Post deduced that this hybrid model insulates the company from pressure to deliver quick and easy profits while keeping it grounded in the reality of the market. It also protects the company from proxy fights or hostile takeovers by a competitor. This business approach (looking beyond quarterly earnings) doesn't seem to hurt

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shareholders. Foundation-owned comp anies on the Co penhagen Stock Exchange were reported to be at least as good at delivering risk-adjusted stock returns as their competitors with traditional ownership structures (a study published in the European Journal of Law and Economics in 2004). In many cases, foundation ownership was the wish of company founders who wanted to preserve the businesses they built for posterity, according to Professor Steen Thomsen, who co-authored the 2004 study. "The typical story is of a founder who regards the company as his contribution to world peace, has not done anything else in his life and can't bear to part with it or see it torn apart by siblings who can't agree," according to Professor Thomsen (The Financial Times in 2011). Ultimately, one may conclude that the Danish foundation-ownership model is not a particularly democratic one, as it places control over a public company in the hands of a small board of directors at the nonprofit entity, rather than with the larger group of investors, who own stock in the firm. However, foundation-ownership does allow companies to operate long-term with their mission, visions and goals. THE-INTL

MARIANO ANTHONY DAVIES PRESIDENT & CEO BOSS CERTIFICATION UK LIMITED 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.

"GUYS LIKE MYSELF ARE SHIELDED FROM THE SHEER SHORT-TERM FOCUS OF THE STOCK MARKET, YET WE HAVE 75 PERCENT OF OUR OWNERSHIP IN FREE-FLOAT, SO WE'RE ACTUALLY EXPOSED TO THE STOCK MARKET." - PEDER HOLK NIELSEN

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DANES: ICE COLD OR MISUNDERSTOOD? INITIALLY, DANES CAN APPEAR COLD AND UNINTERESTED. BY CAREFULLY PEELING BACK THE LAYERS OF DANES AND UNDERSTANDING THEM, THIS WILL HELP MELT THEIR ICY EXTERIOR AND REVEAL THEIR INNER WARMTH. PHOTOGRAPHS ISTOCK PHOTO

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WHEN I FIRST came to Denmark over six years ago, I was immediately confronted by my perception of what I thought a friendly person was. I grew up in a small town in Helena, Montana, in the United States. Everyone is extremely friendly, smiley and polite. It would be considered rude to not acknowledge someone’s presence on the street by making eye contact with them or smiling. Little did I know, the Dane's lack of friendliness in public was a kind gesture. This notion took much time to understand, which is privacy in public.

UNDERSTANDING DANES Essentially, Danes believe everyone has the right to have complete privacy and anonymity in public. Even if someone accidentally bumps into you, they will rarely ever say “excuse me” unless they knock you down. It’s obvious that in a city and with public transportation, you will always be bumping into someone. So, why break the privacy barrier and keep it moving? By giving people physical and mental space in public, Danes are showing you respect and empathy for your time. Dane’s value one another’s time, so much so that they have some of the highest wages in Europe, further demonstrating the importance of time.

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year, I had a difficult time meeting any Danish friends because they all knew that our friendship essentially had an expiration date on it. What I mistook as a rude resistance, actually had a genuine and vulnerable sentiment to it.

CRACKING THE COCONUT Think of Danes as a coconut. While they are hard to crack on the outside, once you break past the exterior layer, they are so sweet on the inside. Generally, Danes truly are loyal, dependable, thoughtful, considerate, generous, and a damn good time. It can be difficult to break into a friend group, but once you are in, it is for life. As long as you show your genuineness and commitment to the friendship, you can crack this coconut in no time. After carefully peeling back the layers and get a deeper understanding of Danes, they are simply misunderstood and the opposite of ice-cold. THE-INTL

THINK OF DANES AS A COCONUT. WHILE THEY ARE

HARD TO CRACK ON THE OUTSIDE, ONCE YOU BREAK THE EXTERIOR LAYER, THEY ARE SO SWEET ON THE INSIDE.

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

SMALL TALK? WAIT, WHAT’S THAT?

as an exchange student at

During my first few weeks in Denmark, before I understood Dane's initial icy demeanor in public, I took many social stumbles. I tried talking to people on the bus. Big mistake. I would naturally ask strangers “how are you?” Only to receive a puzzled look and people saying to me “what do you mean?” Danes aren’t into small talk at all. They see it as insincere. Does anyone care how a stranger’s day is going? Often, if someone replies with anything other than “good, how are you?” It can be awkward. That’s another thing Danes want to avoid at all costs; any awkwardness is unbearable to them. To avoid an awkward conversation, small talk is avoided as often as possible.

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MAKING FRIENDS Danes keep their social circles quite tight. When faced with the opportunity of making a new friend, Danes ask themselves if they really need any new friends. They put effort and sincerity into their friendships, so there must be something special about you to intrigue them to take on an additional friendship. When I first came to Denmark to originally stay for just one

year, where she met her Danish husband. Now living in Denmark permanently, Bailey is getting her bachelor’s 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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HOW TO BAKE LIKE A DANE It’s no secret that Denmark excels at baked goods. But if you’re not a native, getting started may be confusing. I’ll share what I’ve learned so that you can whip up your first batch of Danish treats.

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ON MY FIRST tour of Denmark, I visited at least ten different homes of friends and family. The one item consistently on the shelf in every Danish kitchen? The Meyers Bageri cookbook. But more than the book, there was usually a bounty of homebaked goods. To me, it seemed that fresh-baked breads, cardamom-scented buns, and playful kanelsnegle (cinnamon buns) heated homes, inviting guests into a warm hug. I wanted to recreate that in my Danish kitchen as soon as possible! The following is by no means an exhaustive list of all you need to know about baking in Denmark, but these are the staple tools and techniques I’ve learned so far as I’ve begun to take on projects in my kitchen.

THE DOUGH BOWL As prevalent in Danish kitchens as the Meyers Bageri book, these large, ceramic bowls are typically earthen-textured on the outside and glazed on the inside. They’re angled to be wider at the top so your hands can knead bread dough unencumbered. When my D anish hus band moved to the U.S. for university, he packed one of these heavy bowls, with a diameter the length of my forearm, in his suitcase with strict weight limits. That’s how important it is to have one in the Danish kitchen.

MARZIPAN This sugared almond paste plays a central role in Danish sweets like pretzel-shaped kringle, celebratory kransekage, chocolate confections, and countless pastries. Legend has it that marzipan was invented in Lübeck, Germany when flour became scarce

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and bakers scrambled to concoct a replacement from almonds, sugar, and eggs. Look in the chocolate section of your grocery store for the metallic pink package – that’s Odense marzipan, a trusted Danish brand. Pro tip: revet means shredded; most recipes will instruct you to grate the marzipan before adding it to the batter (as someone who thought revet was just a filler word and dumped a dense block of marzipan into a slurry of egg and milk, I can attest that grating is a crucial step).

RISING AGENTS Yeast comes in cubes. It’s fresh and can be found in the refrigerator section at the supermarket, probably near the eggs. It is more voluminous than dried yeast, so be sure you read the yeast type and the quantity correctly. You may also note that baking soda is called natron and baking

powder goes by bagning pulver. If you want to try your hand at naturally leavened bread, you can get a free sourdough starter at any Meyers Bageri if you bring your own jar.

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COOKBOOKS TO ADD TO YOUR COLLECTION

Gina is a food illustrator and story-

If you’re used to liquid vanilla like I was, you may be surprised it’s not on the shelves; instead, you’ll find whole vanilla beans, vanilla powder, or vanilla sugar. Danish recipes will call for one of these. Additionally, these spices appear frequently, and it’s worth knowing their Danish names: kanel (cinnamon), kardemomme (cardamom), muskatnød (nutmeg), and nellike (clove).

FLAVORING Copenhagen Food by Trine Hahnemann – a great starter book in English. Børnenes Bagebog by Katrine Klinken – written for kids, so the language and the recipes may be the perfect level for your children or your Danish languagelearning self. Meyers Bageri by Claus Meyer – more advanced, in both Danish language and recipe skill-level, if you seek a challenge. God bagning! Happy baking! THE-INTL

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teller in Copenhagen. Upon arrival from the U.S., she made an art series called ‘How to Fall in Love with Denmark through Food in 100 Days.’ She’s now creating art in 2019 that inspires us on the adventure of everyday home-cooking. To buy artwork, commission an illustrated recipe, or follow her series, visit:

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NOT QUITE A COPING HAVEN COPENHAGEN IS CONSISTENTLY RATED AS ONE OF THE MOST LIVEABLE AND HAPPIEST

CITIES IN THE WORLD. IT SAW A 74% INCREASE IN THE PAST DECADE AND 8.8 MILLION GUESTS IN 2018. TOURISTS ANNUALLY SPEND AROUND 51 BILLION KRONER AND KEEP 60,000 LOCALS EMPLOYED (INCLUDING ME). BUT COPENHAGEN SOMETIMES ISN’T SO WONDERFUL OUT THERE ON THE FRONT LINE.

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STORYTELLER AND TOUR GUIDE Heather is a successful storyteller, she’s also a tour guide, event organiser, photographer and mother of three. All these

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IT’S 10:30 ON a sunny July morning in Copenhagen. Twenty coaches belch acrid diesel fumes and jostle in position for sparse parking spaces close to the Little Mermaid statue. Tourists from all four corners of the world spill across the promenade. I hear them mutter, ”Is that it?” ”She’s so small!” The mermaid’s bronze heart has been breaking for many years; as she gazes sadly towards the land and her unworthy prince. All around her smiling tourists swarm for photos, perilously close to this vintage pin-up girl who has fronted a remarkable piece of branding — a campaign that presented Copenhagen as the fairytale capital of the world from the mid 19th century onwards.

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ingredients are carefully blended together, with a pinch of sea salt, to create

'fallen' up again regardless of race, creed or colour. Laughing-off the-total-lack-of-service-scandi-approach, and wonder at the ”wonderful, wonderful” absence of health and safety.

her unique take on life in Denmark and around the world. You’ll find more vivid descriptions and bitter-

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sweet adventures in her

”Excuse me, excuse me” A fierce Copenhagener is out with her snarling white dogs. ”Can you get out of the way!” She’s angry, sick of the shambling visitors who clog up the thoroughfares and bespoil her nordic minimalism. The rest of the world had been looking out for each other that July morning, but she pushes her way forward regardless, an ugly grimace playing on her tight lips. The once happiest people in the world are getting distinctly uhyggeligt (scary).

It was a time when Denmark was recovering from bankruptcy and collapse following the Napoleonic Wars, and had successfully turned the national gaze away from continental ambitions and into more inward, healing and creative pursuits such as seen in the Danish Golden Age of art. Wonderful Copenhagen was born, inviting sooty industrialised travellers to slip into a neverland of dreamy renaissance spires, pleasure gardens, the poignant tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the Skagen school of painters, harboursides populated by salty old sea dogs and the whiff of herring on the cool maritime breeze.

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”Arghh!” An elderly American gentleman has stumbled on the cascade of worn boulders leading down to the forlorn mermaid. These original stones take out at least four tourists whenever I visit with groups, my people carefully forewarned and directed towards some slightly less dodgy steps to the right of the statue. Of the 300 people wearily ticking another cultural treasure off their bucket list, a handful help the

In the distance huge liners hover, sometimes 5,000 passengers disembark to discover a Copenhagen which has cultural treasures at every turn, but with an infrastructure which cannot cope with the volume of diesel belching coaches, polluting liners, or aged travellers falling like flies on slippery corporation boulders and cobblestones. All were attracted to Copenhagen for its safety, cool climate, cool style,

I’ve been guiding many Singaporean groups this summer; the lure of ice cream for the kids and the purchase of rubbishy souvenirs from a kiosk nearby is too much after witnessing all those tumbling international tourists and mini mermaid. I hover close, and am often appalled as sniggering young danish assistants mimic the thick accents of my charming guests, but shape-up and give me that blue-eyed arian welcome to my caucasian questions. My tender travellers notice and are hurt by the insulting behaviour – I check their change and usher my humiliated visitors back to our stinking coach.

novels, ‘Rice Pudding In A Duvet’ and ‘Middle Distance’ which are available on Amazon. This summer Heather’s Time Travelling tours of Copenhagen and Helsingør have become a sensation with travellers from around the world. More details on her website and at Airbnb Experiefficiency, friendliness and hygge which ensured it to be voted ’the world’s top city’ by Lonely Planet in 2019. But sadly, not for visitors.

TALK TO A TOUR GUIDE Franciska Rosenkilde, the deputy mayor for culture and leisure, has admitted that there are problems regarding the massive influx of tourism and pledged to investigate solutions in collaboration with local groups and organisations. Talk to a tour guide, Franciska! I don’t return home across the world with tainted impressions of this great city, but I do witness every day why good people will probably never return and why the locals are getting increasingly hostile. You’ll find Heather’s ‘Wonderful Wonderful Walks in Copenhagen’, ‘Time Travelling in Copenhagen’, ’The Danish Golden Age Tour’ and designer private tours on Airbnb, TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet and on her website @timetravellingincopenhagen. THE-INTL

ences. @timetravellingin copenhagen @gartsideheather @timetravellingin copenhagen Amazon: @heather-gartside/ LinkedIn: @heather-gartside Airbnb Experiences: @timetravellingin copenhagen and @time travellinginhelsingør

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5 UNIQUE PLACES TO EXPLORE

THIS AUTUMN PHOTOGRAPHS ERIN GUSTAFSON

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FROM HARVESTS TO CULTURE TO MIGRATING BIRDS, HERE ARE SOME UNIQUE AUTUMN ONLY EXPERIENCES FOR YOU TO SEEK OUT THIS SEASON. EFTERÅRSFERIE, OR FALL BREAK, AFFORDS FAMILIES IN DENMARK THE FIRST WEEK OFF FROM SCHOOL. IT IS A GREAT TIME TO TRAVEL LOCALLY OR ABROAD AS THE PEAK SUMMER SEASON HAS PASSED, RATES CAN BE LOWER AND MASS TOURISM CROWDS DOWN. WITH SO MUCH TO EXPLORE NEAR OUR DANISH DOORSTEPS, CONSIDER MAKING YOUR FALL TRIP MORE SUSTAINABLE BY SKIPPING THE FLIGHT AND STEPPING ON THE TRAIN. OR FILL UP YOUR CAR WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND ROLL OUT TO SOAK UP THIS SEASON REGIONALLY.

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HARVEST YOUR OWN FRUIT AND LEARN ABOUT VIKINGS

LOCATION: Kerteminde, Fyn, Denmark Autumn in Denmark offers an abundance of delicious fresh fruit. Why not prioritize to pick your own. Plunk yourself down in pretty little Kerteminde on the northwest coast of Fyn, a perfect base for your apple picking pleasure. Nybroplantage, a bit north of Kerteminde, offers a plethora of apples to pluck and pull carts to take as much as you can eat, bake, or juice. With your backpack, basket or boot full of apples – there's more of this area to explore. Step inside the world's only intact Viking ship burial mound at The Viking Museum in Ladby. Resting in the same place for a thousand years, there is no need to crawl or duck your head as you step underground and take in this ship. Don't miss the interactive displays as you learn more at the museum next door.

FOR MORE INFO: whttp://www.nybrofrugt.dk/http:// en.vikingemuseetladby.dk/

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MARVEL AT ILLUMINATED DISPLAYS IN A LIGHT FESTIVAL

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LOCATION: Berlin, Germany

LOCATION: Aarhus, Jutland, Denmark

If you’ve been to Berlin, you know, this big colorful city is always buzzing and fun. But every autumn, the town ramps it up a notch with a mesmerizing metropolis full of light shows and illuminations. The world-renowned Berlin Festival of Lights happens this year from October 11 to October 20. Famous monuments and buildings like the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Cathedral will come alive with projected displays created by local and international artists. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the festival theme this year is “Lights of Freedom.” It’s colorful, creative and free for all.

Efterårsferie (fall break) is a brilliant time to traipse through time at Den Gamle By (The Old City) Museum in Aarhus. Something about the trees turning colors that match the historic buildings enhances this place. Activities for children abound – try the old-fashioned games and rides on the festival grounds. History feels real here and the details are astounding.

FOR MORE INFO: https://festival-of-lights.de/en/

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PULL UP YOUR OWN SHELLFISH ON A LOBSTER SAFARI

ERIN GUSTAFSON WRITER & BLOGGER

LOCATION: Bohuslän, Sweden For a very limited time every year, the seas off the west coast of Sweden are full of fishermen looking for hummer (lobsters), known as "black gold" in these parts. This year why try to pull some up yourself. Take a lobster safari from any of the charming little villages along the Bohuslän coast - places like Fjällbacka, Grebbestad, and Smögen. The celebrated and sustainably fished lobster season is only open between September 20 and November 30. If shellfish isn’t your favorite dish, Bohuslän is still beautiful with plenty of places for hiking. Roam over rocks to find ancient petroglyphs at Tanum – impressively preserved and easily accessible.

FOR MORE INFO: https://www.vastsverige.com/en/seafood-safaris/thestart-of-the-lobster-season/ https:// oregongirlaroundtheworld.com/sweden/scandinavia-rock-art-tanum-petroglyphs/

Erin is a travel writer and culture hound exploring a life across borders in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is the

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SEE SWIRLING CLOUDS OF MIGRATING BIRDS

LOCATION: Tøndersmarken, Jutland, Denmark October offers opportunities to experience massive flocks of migrating birds along the west coast of Denmark. Make your way to southwest Jutland for millions of starlings that feed in the marshes. Known as sort sol, or black sun, the flock surges and sways every night in an aerial ballet around sunset. You can see these starling murmurations along the coast south from Ribe, but the largest flocks keep coming back to Tøndersmarken near the German border. Plan a few nights in the region and check the flock-watchers online as there is no way to guarantee exactly where they’ll be when. While in the area, stroll the wide swaths of sandy beaches and say Hej (Hi) to the seals at the Wadden Sea National Park, one of Denmark’s ten UNESCO World Heritage sites.

FOR MORE INFO: https://eng.nationalparkvadehavet.dk/ https://naturstyrelsen.dk/naturoplevelser/aktiviteter/sort-sol/

Girl Around the World, a blog that focuses on sustainable travel for the whole family. With a background in graphic design, photography and art history, Erin has a creative way of seeing a destination and believes that travel choices can have positive impacts for both the traveller and the communities visited. A local in Denmark since 2014, Erin has embraced the green city of Copenhagen and loves to share her insider tips. For more Scandinavian travel inspiration and Copenhagen culture, follow Erin around the world here: oregongirlaroundtheworld.com @oregongirl_ aroundtheworld @oregongirlworld www.facebook.com/oregongirl roundtheworld/ www.pinterest.dk/oregongirlworld/

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THE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME

RETREAT JOURNEY

One element of the International Baccalaureate’s mission is to encourage the development of students who understand that ‘other people, with their differences, can also be right.’

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Designed as an opportunity to get to know each other socially during two days/one night away from home, the first year DP students can choose amongst a range of activities, including fearless prancing on high ropes, avoiding (usually unsuccessfully), tipping over in a canoe, or, for the culturally minded, a visit to the modern art museum, Louisiana. Imagine yourself in a canoe with two previously unknown classmates, and that all of you are new to canoeing - how do you work out whose map-reading/paddling skills are ‘right’? Quite quickly, our students begin to appreciate that regardless of which country you come from, or how fluent your English might be, the ability to paddle in unity is far more effective than insisting on there being only one way to steer your canoe.

Equally, imagine being confronted by challenging pieces of art, unusual installations, and thought-provoking experiences in Louisiana; a level of cultural exposure which may have been difficult to access, or even forbidden where you previously lived. Together with their new peers, our DP students begin to ask questions about what might constitute ‘art,’ and to develop a range

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easy to translate into real, lived experiences for young people, but Copenhagen International School believes it has found the answer in its annual ‘DP Retreat,’ held over two days at the start of each academic year for Diploma Programme students in Grades 11 and 12.

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of very different answers - all of which can be ‘right.’

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Whether they are developing their self-management skills by remembering to pack bed linen, enhancing the risk-taker attribute of the IB Learner Profile while tackling the high ropes course, or becoming communicators in Danish while thanking the hostel staff, every


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B e s t BEAUTY BUYS THE FOUR DANISH COSMETIC BRANDS WE ALL NEED TO KNOW ABOUT! As a makeup and cosmetic lover, it’s always convenient to go to the big-name brands like Chanel, Lancome, YSL, MAC, Revlon, Nars and Maybelline. When in-fact as Expats we should invest some time in looking and experimenting with the local brands. Which are often just as good in quality if not better. When I first moved to Denmark, my initial thoughts on Danish women and their application on makeup were, these guys are UD-E-R-S-T-A-T-E-D. Less is certainly more in Denmark. However knowing the skills that go into creating a less is more look, I will applaud the Danes for knowing how to get it right. Do not be fooled, though. The Danes have you covered whatever style you’re into. Cruelty-free creams, bold vibrant colours, or just an everyday moisturizer, foundation, lipstick or concealer. Here are my picks on the brands that are worth checking out when in Denmark.

BARBARA MENSAH BEAUTY EDITOR & MAKEUP ARTIST

#1 OLE HENRIKSEN

#2 GOSH COPENHAGEN

#3 TROMBORG

#4 NILENS JORD

Danish-born skin cosmetician and manufacturer of skin products. In 1984 he launched his very own skincare line. The brand is known for its fresh and fruity scents with colourful packaging which is undeniably eyecatching. “What I am to do is give the population the same potency in consumer skincare that they would receive at a professional level… on the likes of Katie Perry, Madonna, Cher, Daniel Craig, David Bowie.” – Ole Henriksen

Founded in 1945 as a pharmaceutical company. Gosh Copenhagen is now a full legit cosmetics brand. Offering a wide selection of products in Body care, face care, Haircare, Makeup and fragrance. Gosh Copenhagen can currently be found in 80 plus countries.

Tromborg is for the beauty enthusiast who is into organic, coldpressed, essential oil, plantbased beauty products. It was created by Marianne Tromborg, whose main focus was to provide self-care to skin aging, problematic skin and remedies for damages from environmental factors.

Founded in 1982 by Lars Jacobsson. The brand consists of a full range of makeup products, skincare including facial and cleansing care. Their new range is exclusively free from perfume, essential oils, and Parabens. Their skincare range prides itself on having the international seal Allergy Certified, which guarantees that all products are skin-friendly.

Barbara was born in England, London and relocated to Copenhagen, Denmark in 2017. She has been a professional International Makeup Artist for 11 years and a professional Lash Stylist for 3 years. After moving to Copenhagen, Denmark, Barbara became the owner of Barbara Mensah Beauty Studio. Her stylish, cosy and chic studio provides a welcoming, comfortable space for clients to spend their time getting glammed and pampered for those special moments and occasions. All bookings for Lash Extension and Makeup can be made via her so-

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WHAT'S HOT IN AARHUS I’ve always felt like the new year should be celebrated in the fall, when everything shudders back to life after the lazy days of summer. It certainly feels like there’s no shortage of new beginnings in Aarhus this October – from new restaurants opening their doors to all kinds of cerebral events, sparking opportunities for meaningful discussions and new connections. PHOTOGRAPHS VARIOUS / VISITDENMARK

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DURING DINNER DAYS From October 11 to 19, check out some of the hottest restaurants in Aarhus for dinner for a song. Most menus are 210 DKK for a three-course gourmet meal. It’s the perfect opportunity to try out the city’s brand-new glass-domed Atrium Restaurant, opened by the owners of Michelinstarred Gastromé in the 170-year-old Hotel Royal and featuring upscale French-Nordic cuisine.

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Check out a highly energetic, urban-style dance performance that draws inspiration from science fiction, superheroes and the intersection of technology with human biology. Choreographed by Lene Boel, the Super Human production at Bora Bora combines genres such as break dancing, popping, acrobatics and new circus with electronic music and explores what it means to push the boundaries of the human body. Tickets for the Oct 29-30 performances at this production house of dance and visual theater range between 60 DKK to 170 DKK.

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The donut shop you never knew you needed so badly has finally opened its doors in Åbyhøj. Check out the Instagramfriendly Bronuts boutique and all its offerings – from Ferrero Rocher to Kinder Surprise and any flavour you can imagine in between, plus coffee and milkshakes to down them with. ■ SILKEBORGVEJ 247 ■ HTTPS://WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/BRONUTSDK/

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TELEVISION HOST, PRODUCER, PUBLIC SPEAKER, AND INTERNATIONAL PRINT JOURNALIST. In addition to hosting a live talk show, she writes regularly for BBC World News, The Globe and Mail, and ELLE, to name a few. She has published two children’s books, contributed to tourism guidebooks on Iceland and Chile, and co-edited an anthology of essays on Canada-European Union relations. Her work has taken her to over 40 countries, but she currently calls Aa rhu s home . W he n she’s not curled up with a good book and a hazelnut hot chocolate, you might be able to find her spinning away on the dance floor of a salsa club, or nestled in a window seat on a plane, en route to some exotic new destination. www.barbarabalfour.com


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AUTUMN FAMILY FUN IN ESBJERG GET READY FOR THE AUTUMN SCHOOL HOLIDAY WITH MY RAINY-DAY RECOMMENDATIONS PHOTOGRAPHS LINDSEY SCAIFE / CATRIONA TURNER

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THE NIGHTS ARE fair drawin’ in, as we say in Scotland (where they draw in even more than in Denmark). The temperatures are dropping and autumn is upon us. This means there’s already a school holiday coming up in October, and children needing to be entertained. Of course, as the Danes would have it, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. However, I’m not here to force you to stay outside as the skies darken! So, as promised, here are my recommendations for some indoor family diversions around Esbjerg.

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CENTRAL LIBRARY The Danish know how to do libraries, and in Esbjerg, the hovedbibliotek is a beautifully-designed resource for the whole community. A delightful full-height constructed tree is the centrepiece of the wide-open Scandi-chic space, providing playful and cosy nooks for young readers. There’s also a play area (where the international playgroup can often be found), gaming zones, a reasonable selection of books in English (and some in other languages) and the handily-located Café Libri. My kids and I can easily spend half a day in there!

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SOFARTS OG FISKERIMUSEET Many parents get a season pass for the Maritime Museum and Aquarium – because when you venture outside, past the recreated historical shipyard, you find the best play park in town. After watching the seals being fed, head back inside for the small but well-planned aquarium, a history of the fishing industry, and the offshore energy exhibition where the kids will love pumping oil, joining a helicopter flight, and having a go at running a platform. The spacious café has views out to the iconic ‘Man Meets the Sea’ sculpture and the Wadden Sea beyond. FIMUS.DK

ENTRY: 150DKK DURING OCTOBER SCHOOL HOLIDAY; OTHERWISE 125DKK; UNDER18S FREE

Catriona is a writer and blogger currently living in Esbjerg, Denmark. In the decade since leaving

NF BIO CINEMA AT BROEN MALL We love our new cinema, which opened earlier this year. Each of the small screening rooms has luxury reclining seats, loads of legroom, and space to walk around between rows. And the best part, for me anyway, is that all live-action films are shown in their original language, with subtitles - so refreshing after years of French-dubbed movies! For animated films in English, search the website carefully for ‘Eng. Tale’, and follow ‘New in Esbjerg’ for the English-language kids’ screenings they sometimes arrange.

NFBIO.DK/BIOGRAFER/ESBJERG-BROEN STANDARD TICKET: 105DKK; NEWINESBJERG.DK

CITY JUMP AND LEGEBORGEN - VARDE If it’s serious indoor energy depletion you need, take the 25-minute drive to Varde. At City Jump trampoline park, the kids never bore of bouncing before their allotted time is up. Sitting upstairs with your work or a book gives you a clear view of the play area. Across the road, Legeborgen offers (slightly) more purse-friendly fun with a huge soft-play area.

CITYJUMP.EU; PRICES START AT 100DKK

Scotland, she’s also lived in France, LEGEBORGEN.DK; ENTRY: 89DKK (WEEKENDS/HOLIDAYS); 69DKK (WEEKDAYS)

Uganda and the Republic of Congo.

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er, she writes about Danish living,

Apparently the indoor swimming pool complex in Esbjerg is the biggest in Denmark. There’s certainly plenty of choice for all ages of water baby. There’s a spacious splash and play area, and a huge wave pool, as well as an extra-warm heated pool, a competition pool, and roman baths for all to relax in. If you can sneak away, there’s also ‘Esbjerg Spa and Wellness’ upstairs, for a fully grown-up pampering. If it’s your first time visiting a Scandinavian pool you might have to prepare yourself for some culture shock though… search ‘At the Pool’ on my blog to find out why!

SVDK.DK; ENTRY: 77DKK (ADULTS); 43DKK (CHILDREN)

At her blog, The Frustrated Nesttravel 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.

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Whatever’s occupying your time this month, I hope you’re enjoying this turn of the seasons. You know my ‘northern soul’ is loving it! Happy autumn! THE-INTL

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*All prices correct at time of writing.

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REPAT IN DENMARK AARHUS AND EASTERN JUTLAND IS HOME TO MANY INTERNATIONAL-MINDED COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT ALL CONTRIBUTE TO THE INTERNATIONALIZATION OF THIS PARTICULAR AREA. INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY WILL TAKE YOU BY THE HAND AND SHOW YOU THE DIVERSE SCENE ON WHICH INTERNATIONALIZATION IS BUILT. THIS MONTH REPAT IN DENMARK TAKES THE STAGE. PHOTOGRAPHS VISITDENMARK / INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

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REPAT IN DENMARK is a nation-wide network for Danish repatriates and their families returning or considering returning to Denmark. Erhverv Aarhus/International Community established Repat in Denmark in 2015 with the vision of being the leading network in Eastern Jutland for Danish repatriates and their families. The aim of Repat in Denmark is to create an active network for Danish repatriates and their families, thereby helping them to settle in Denmark again. Apart from assisting repatriates, Repat in Denmark also supports companies in attracting, welcoming and retaining Danish repatriates. The new experiences, knowledge and international competencies that repatriates bring home with them are of high value to businesses in Denmark. Repat in Denmark also offers social and professional networking activities for repatriates.

TARGETING THE DEMAND OF COMPANIES FOR A HIGHLY QUALIFIED WORKFORCE Repat in Denmark was established based on the demand of companies for highly qualified employees with international experience. The network portal offers concrete and relevant knowledge regarding repatriation to create best-practice solutions for successful repatriation. For companies – especially HR departments – Repat in Denmark can be considered an extra resource. The result is higher efficiency in attracting, welcoming and retaining repats. Repat in Denmark also provides a network for companies to join forces in their efforts to attract and retain a workforce with international competencies. Erhverv Aarhus/International Community organizes network meetings for HR professionals, where repatriation is on the agenda. This joint effort contributes to the optimisation of the expatriation and repatriation strategies of companies enabling them to increase the return of investment of international assignments – for example by sharing best-practice solutions of repatriation of employees.

A PROFESSIONAL AND SOCIAL NETWORKING PORTAL Repat in Denmark offers Danish repatriates and their families professional and social events. These are advertised on the network’s LinkedIn group, website and Facebook group. In September 2017 Repat in Denmark joined forces with DABGO offering a monthly networking meeting called ‘Stambord.’ The event always starts with a topic being presented by a repat followed by networking. We were honoured to receive the DABGO Newcomer of the Year award in August 2018 of which we were very proud. The efforts put in organizing the Stambord events do make a difference to the people par-

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ticipating in these events, giving repats the opportunity to share their stories on settling in what once was their home country, but now can feel rather foreign.

BACKGROUND Every year approximately 10.000 Danes, between the ages of 25-64, return to Denmark. About 21% of Danish repatriates have a higher education. The experience and knowledge gained abroad by repatriates provides Danish companies with a competitive advantage when competing on the global market. However, many repatriates experience unexpected difficulties when returning to Denmark. They often state that returning home is more difficult than living abroad. As a result, one in four of all Danes working abroad are considering not returning to Denmark. By offering a social and professional network to Danish repatriates as well as supporting them in settling in, Repat in Denmark contributes to the successful reintegration of Danish repatriates and their families – both professionally as well as privately; thus, benefitting from the repatriate’s new knowledge and competencies gained while abroad. THE-INTL

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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

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THE DANISH RENTAL MARKET

FINDING A NEW HOME IN DENMARK, ONE OF THE CHALLENGES ALL EXPATS HAVE IN COMMON WHEN MOVING HERE

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LIMITED PROPERTY OPTIONS,

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Laura is Canadian. After years of liv-

plete after-thought. This explains the bizarre rules in Denmark around deposit and renovations: in an unlimited rental it makes more sense to require refurbishment after the lease period. After a lease of just two years or so, it seems excessive. The rental act was recently updated in 2015, but the effects on the rental market have been negligible in practice.

ing abroad and travelling the world, she moved to Denmark in 2007 and started her new life as an expat living in Denmark.

which slander the reputation of all the others. Over the next issues, Alison and I will be teaming up to share with you some useful tips and some of our personal and professional experiences. All to help make your rental experience a successful one. THE-INTL

Laura’s experience working in the Danish relocation industry, encapsulating both her experience as an ex-pat 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

NOT EVERY LANDLORD IS BAD Charlie’s Roof always advocates for a certain amount of pragmatism when thinking about the rental market by accepting the situation as it is to some degree. With that said, if a landlord makes you feel uncomfortable in any way, or you feel like you are being pushed to sign a contract that you are not content with, you shouldn’t put up with it. If you are not sure whether your rental situation is fair, feel free to reach out to us at Charlie’s Roof for free advice.” I want to emphasize that all landlords are different. I’ve worked in this industry for many years and experienced that there are many good landlords out there, it’s the few bad seeds,

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high monthly rents, property size differences and a fastmoving market all make this experience quite possibly the most stressful one. Rental contracts, house rules, tenant and landlord responsibilities, move-in inspections, termination clauses… the list goes on. And all in Danish! Perhaps you know someone or have heard the horror stories of Danish landlords charging higher rents to expats, or keeping the majority of the deposits when moving out. “Danish Landlords cheat foreigners:” The article claims Danish landlords are taking advantage of foreign tenants by charging higher monthly rents, and unfairly charging for refurbishment when moving out. I had a chance to sit down with Alison O’Keeffe, a Danish rental market specialist and co-owner of Charlies Roof, to get a better understanding as to why this rumour has hit the Danish newspapers. “I think there is a lot of truth to these rumours, and it does align with what I’ve seen working on behalf of expats in Copenhagen. From my point of view, the issue arises from the laws relating to renting in Denmark. In comparison to the rest of the world, the rent laws here are what you could call ‘unique.’ For myself, coming from Ireland, and having lived in the Netherlands, I was completely taken aback by the norms and expectations around renting in Denmark. On both the tenant’s and the landlord’s side there are harsh and restrictive laws and from my point of view, this is the main source of the issue. So both tenants and landlords try to protect their interests and conflicts arise out of that. The major issue for expats is that the rent laws seem to revolve around the concept of long-term rentals, which is what most Danes are looking for. Rentals suitable for international tenants (furnished, shorter time period, etc.) are a com-

HOMESTEAD TIP #1 Know your rights, understand the contract your signing.

tional 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

HOMESTEAD TIP #2 Take care of the property, treat it like it’s your own.

HOMESTEAD TIP #3 Remember the 14 day grace period.

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WHY IS MY CAT VOMITING? If you have a cat, you've undoubtedly experienced your cat vomiting, often a hairball that he cannot digest. If your cat is vomiting regularly, it's something you should mention to your veterinarian.

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YOU'RE PROBABLY WONDERING how often vomiting might be normal and what causes your kitty to vomit. Here are key things to know:

VOMITING CATS If your cat is vomiting every day, you need to have him seen by a veterinarian. Dr. Richard Goldstein, an associate professor of small animal medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, suggests that owners should seek care for their cats when they are vomiting more than once per week. If they are vomiting regularly, even if it seems to be less than roughly four times in a month, an examination by a veterinarian is recommended. Unfortunately, there are numerous reasons why your cat may be vomiting. To determine the cause, your veterinarian will need to perform a thorough physical exam and run diagnostics, including blood work and a fecal exam. Once more routine causes of vomiting have been eliminated, your veterinarian may need to perform diagnostic imaging, such as an ultrasound or radiographs, also known as X-rays. Finally, some cases need more aggressive diagnostics, such as an intestinal biopsy or an endoscopy to be performed to get a diagnosis.

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In addition to the potential for an obstruction, strings can cause serious damage to the intestines and should be avoided. Metabolic diseases can cause vomiting, especially in older cats. These types of issues are usually diagnosed with blood work and include kidney disease and hyperthyroidism, where the thyroid gland overproduces hormones. Pancreatitis can also cause vomiting and often makes cats seriously ill. Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD, lymphoma, and constipation, are other potential gastrointestinal problems that affect kitties, especially adults and senior cats. IBD and lymphoma can be hard to differentiate from each other and usually need an intestinal biopsy to get a diagnosis.

GETTING HELP If your cat is routinely vomiting, you should schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. She will likely perform diag-

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nostics to help them come to a diagnosis. The treatment for your cat depends upon what is affecting him. Some issues need dietary management, such as IBD, while chemotherapy tends to be utilized for cases of lymphoma. If your kitty has a more readily treatable cause, your veterinarian may prescribe medications, such as a dewormer. If your cat has ingested something that he isn't supposed to, such as a part of a plant, your veterinarian will treat that differently than eating hair ties, which will often involve surgery to treat. You'll find that there are lots of different reasons for your cat to vomit. The occasional episode is not usually anything to worry about and maybe your kitty eating too quickly or expelling a hairball. Frequent episodes need to be addressed so that your cat can get the treatment he needs. The Pet-agrees is owned by a trained veterinarian. Send us a message today! THE-INTL

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OWNER, THE PET-AGREES 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

COMMON CAUSES OF VOMITING The most common and relatively benign cause of cats vomiting is when they vomit up hairballs. As they groom themselves, cats ingest bits of fur and hair, which mix with bile and saliva in the digestive tract. This material can't be digested, so cats typically vomit it up, which is much better than it causing an obstruction in their intestines. Intestinal parasites are a common cause of vomiting, especially in younger kittens. Foreign bodies also cause vomiting, and the precense of foreign bodies tend to occur in younger, often curious kitties. They might eat hair ties, rubber bands, or string.

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pets in the Copenhagen area, offering services including pet-sitting, walking, and more to come soon. www.thepetagrees.com

"IF YOUR CAT IS ROUTINELY VOMITING, YOU SHOULD SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR VETERINARIAN."


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HORROR IS STILL THE NEW BLACK In the modern western world, we are horribly bad at handling death and all its trimmings. But once a year we have a chance to go all-in – and we do! Welcome back, Halloween.

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

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and pub quizzes, to karaoke

CLEVER, CREEPY AND CHILLING

HURTING CHILDREN IS BAD!

GROWING THINGS BY PAUL TREMBLAY

IT BY STEPHEN KING

Nineteen stories that

The small ordinary

will ruin your sleep; no

town of Derry in Maine

matter what your fears,

has a hidden problem;

these tales will affect

every 27 years children

you and add some new

disappear. A group of

ones. The stories are of-

children band togeth-

ten based on the uncer-

er to fight the recur-

tainty of events and the

ring evil that the adults

unreliability of memo-

nights and book talks. She is also busy with Roskilde Horror, a club dedicated to scaring the town.

STILL ONE OF THE BEST

A SPOOKY, SICK THRILL

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE BY SHIRLEY JACKSON

FEVER DREAM BY SAMANTA SCHWEBLIN

A paranormal psychol-

Amanda lies unable to

ogist brings four adults

move in a hospital bed

together at Hill House

being questioned by a

DID YOU KNOW?

to investigate rumors

young boy named Da-

of supernatural activ-

vid. He is pushing her

Halloween is getting big-

ity at the house. Elea-

to tell him about her

ger in Denmark every

nor tells the story and

time with his mother

year. Here at the library,

as things start happen-

Carla, a time that led

don’t believe in. But the

ing, the other guests

her to this bed. As the

ries and each slowly be-

fight comes with a tall

begin to realize that

conversation unfolds,

ing with Danes and Inter-

comes ever more om-

price and evil is hard

the house itself is tak-

so does the horror.

inous.

to kill.

ing her.

nationals alike for years.

we have been celebrat-

Come and join us for a potluck dinner with other horrible guests. You don’t have to dress up, but some of us will do so! Tuesday 29th of October 18.30 at Roskilde library. Free.

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Family fun this autumn! With another jam-packed issue this autumn you will be kept busy exploring your corner of Denmark. whether you're loo...

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Family fun this autumn! With another jam-packed issue this autumn you will be kept busy exploring your corner of Denmark. whether you're loo...

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