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FINDING YOUR MINDFUL MOMENTS
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100+ EVENTS THROUGHOUT DENMARK!
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THE IMPORTANCE OF BRINGING YOUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER
THE WORLD IS MORE CONNECTED THAN EVER BEFORE – FROM A DIGITAL POINT OF VIEW. SO THE PROCESS OF BUILDING COMMUNITIES – COMING TOGETHER WITH PEOPLE ACROSS CULTURES TO SHARE GOALS AND IDEAS – IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT NOW. BUT SOMETIMES, THOSE DIGITAL BARRIERS ARE LIMITING - AND IT’S JUST BETTER TO GET OUT AND SHARE YOUR TIME WITH OTHERS.
MEET THE TEAM EDITOR & FOUNDER Lyndsay Jensen
MANAGING DIRECTOR & PARTNER Kenneth Macalpine
CONSULTING EDITOR Conrad Egbert
WRITERS TEAM Ophelia Wu; Sarah Redohl; Mariano Davies; Skyler Bentley Hall; Tiny Maerschalk; Monika Pedersen; Narcis Matache; Tarek Abusham; Sara R. Newell; Aina Masood; Susan Jessen Spiele; Michaela Medvedova; Shani Bishop
COVER PICTURE Terumi Mascarenhas
ONE OF THE best things you can do as an individual who
is part of a thriving and growing town or municipality is to take an active role in your community. And yes – that means putting down your phone, leaving the confines of your home, and getting out there to meet and talk with people. Community events, activities and gatherings are a great way to network, make new friends, nurture long-lasting relationships, and often help other people in your community in a multitude of ways. In the end, you can walk away from a live event with something as simple as a good feeling and a great memory… to something as amazing as a new friendship that can last for years.
BENEFITS OF BEING PART OF AN ENGAGING COMMUNITY There are so many positive aspects to being part of a group or community. Providing unique opportunities for people to learn from each other and support and encouragement are invaluable in joining forces with others.
SUPPORT: Being part of a community enables us to give support to other members. Being supportive of others will help them to feel good and better about themselves. With so much stress in the busy world we live in, there’s never been a more critical time to help others struggling with their mental and physical wellbeing.
SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM SoMe Coordinator ensure that fulfilment is a positive experience. By doing so, it builds positive rewards and reinforcement for an enjoyable sense of togetherness.
An open bond with new connections builds valuable relationships and gives us a deeper sense of belonging. It helps us to reach our goals and brings a sense of security.
knowledge is a unique resource, and through its use, it increases in value.
PASSION: Having an outlet for passions gives people the opportunity to share a subject they’re passionate about. This helps to spread confidence and encouragement to create new things that they can share with others. Being part of a shared space, whether physical or virtual, gives people the chance to be inspired, solve problems, share humour, vent their frustrations and share their achievements. People who stay within a community are the ones that agree passionately with its values, and with these shared beliefs, trust and togetherness, there’s no limit to what they can do for their community. Bringing together like-minded people headed for the same goal undoubtedly, nurtures a rewarding and engaging community.
powerment. When people feel empowered, they feel a sense of control, enabling them to influence positive change. Again, it is about making a difference to a group that matters to its members.
Welcome September aims to bring such a community together during September and October. In addition, Pg 4-13 has a list of countrywide events, so get out there and enjoy - find your community!
SHARING: Can stimulate innovation and growth. Ideas breed new ideas. Apart from having personal benefits of gaining knowledge and insight, sharing also contributes to the community’s greater worth and a feeling of inclusion.
P.S. The International team will have a stand at 3 events: Copenhagen, Aarhus and Aalborg – follow our social media accounts to find out more, and come and say hej! Love,
REINFORCEMENT: An effective learning tool to encourage
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SoMe Ambassadors Neelam Gahlaut; Michaela Medvedova; Aina Masood; Katie Noyed; Oleg Poliszczuk; Amelie Taralle; Ane-Sophie Custura; Terumi Mascarenhas; Manon Coolen; Eliana Zabellan; Leslie Noygues; Judit Farkas; Shelly Pandey; Sofia Rigo-
RESOURCES: Communities are rich in resources. Having
INFLUENCE: With community, participation comes em-
desirable behaviours and provide motivation. A strong community will go beyond the immediate, basic needs and
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SUBSCRIPTIONS For corporate delivery of the printed edition please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org The International is published 12 times a year. This issue was published on 1 September, 2021 NOTICE The publishers regret that they cannot accept any liability for error or omissions contained in this publication. The opinions and views presented need not necessarily reflect those of the publishers. Readers are advised to seek special counsel before acting on any information contained herein. All rights reserved. No part of this publication or contents thereof may be reproduced, stored or transmitted in any form without written permission from the publishers. Published by and © 2021 The International ApS. Registered in Denmark / CVR Number: 39118181
Lolland International School
Lolland International School
Denmark’s first public international school is now open
Lolland is an attractive area in the midst of a rapid development due to the upcoming tunnel across the Femern Belt, which will create great new opportunities for business, tourism and the areas’s residents. The region has a fantastic nature, a large labour market, a dynamic housing market, a well-functioning infrastructure, and a healthy culture of work-life balance. There is high demand for labour, many exciting and attractive employment opportunities, and a sound infrastructure that makes commuting in the area quite easy. There is already a large international environment on Lolland, and in the coming years the area will develop into a new international hub connected to both Scandinavia and Central Europe.
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Lolland International School offers a unique, free and bilingual school programme; where children from international families can receive a world-class Cambridge certified education.
Join us at the journey
Lolland International School takes part in the national welcome Rostock month that focuses on welcoming international citizens to Denmark. Join us for two activities: Lübeck
Friday 10th September; 2pm Visit Lolland International School and be part of a family friendly ‘Open House’ afternoon. Hamborg
Wednesday 15th September; 7:30pm Learn how language immersion in a bilingual environment is a powerful way for children to develop and acquire 21st Century skills at this online webinar held by Denmark’s first public internaBerlin tional school principal.
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At the time of going to press, Welcome September was already in full swing! With over 100 events throughout Denmark from late August until early October 2021, the next two months will be exciting for internationals throughout Denmark! These varied events are aimed at newly arrived and well-established internationals and Danes, who might not be aware of activities or information available to them in their area. Over the following 10 pages, you will be spoilt for a choice of events to attend physically as well as virtually. For more information, you can always go check out their website on: www.lifeindenmark.dk/welcomeseptember. See you there! *Please note: In regards to Corona always follow the government's guidelines and stay safe. For up to date information on these guidelines: www.coronasmitte.dk
FRØSLEV, NYKØBING MORS DATE: 4 SEPTEMBER - 16:00 EVENT: NEWCOMER NETWORK
Meet other newcomers and learn more about Mors and Denmark. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/ValgstavnMors-104073614833779/
DATE: 8 SEPTEMBER - 17:00-20:00 EVENT: LIVING IN THY Join us on 8 September from 17:00 to 20:00 at Plantagehuset in Thisted. Network with other international citizens living in Thy, talk to international companies and meet the Mayor. This will be an informal event with cake, coffee, and snacks and an excellent opportunity for you to bring your own "culture cake" so other internationals can "taste" your culture/ background. At the same time, you can learn more about the many possibilities in Thy regarding, e.g. sport, leisure time, culture, jobs and a lot of exciting experiences and fun when living in Thy. The Living in Thy event is free, and all are welcome to participate, but registration is required. We hope to see you there! For more info: https://www.survey-xact.dk/ LinkCollector?key=MJPNJNCXU69K
DATE: 16 SEPTEMBER EVENT: CAREER IN FREDERIKSHAVN The focus of this workshop is to provide you with knowledge and tools on how to create and maintain an active LinkedIn profile. Together, we will discuss and learn about content that reflects your brand and how to create it. For more info: https://businessaalborg.nemtilmeld.dk/421/
21 SEPTEMBER - INTERNATIONALS' FAIR NORTH DENMARK
DATE: 21 SEPTEMBER - 16:00-18:00 EVENT: INTERNATIONALS FAIR NORTH DENMARK Join us at the Internationals' Fair North Denmark 2021 if you are an international living in North Denmark and interested in knowing more about all the opportunities that life in the region has to offer. Meet 25+ public and private organisations, who will present their offers aimed at the international community. Sign up here: https://businessaalborg.nemtilmeld.dk/437/
DATE: 24 SEPTEMBER - 09:00-14:00 EVENT: BUS TOUR IN VESTHIMMERLAND A tour of Vesthimmerland. Meet Vesthimmerland and companies on location - read more and sign up here: https://vaeksthimmerland.dk/begivenhed/tour-devesthimmerland/
DATE: 30 SEPTEMBER - 10:00-11:30 EVENT: JOB SEARCH IN NORTH DENMARK
At this webinar, you will be introduced to important aspects of job searching in Denmark, and you will get an insight into writing a CV and cover letter according to Danish requirements. You will also be informed about opportunities in North Denmark. For more info: https://businessaalborg.nemtilmeld.dk/434/
DATE: 10 SEPTEMBER - 16:00-17:00 EVENT: GETTING STARTED - AN INTRODUCTION TO LIFE IN DENMARK Learn 'How to Denmark' at this event. Getting Started is an introduction to life in Denmark. It is the need-to-know and good-to-know information about Denmark for recent arrivals. Sign up here: https://businessaalborg.nemtilmeld.dk/436/
DATE: 10 SEPTEMBER - 16:00 EVENT: NEWCOMER NETWORK Meet newcomers and local citizens. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/ events/2704050906559802/
On Diversity Evening, we invite all international citizens to enjoy the evening at Aalborg Zoo. Come and meet other internationals, see the zoo's animals and enjoy a lovely evening in the name of diversity. Entrance to the Zoo is free on Diversity Evening - sign up is required. Sign up: https://businessaalborg.nemtilmeld.dk/435/
DATE: 11 SEPTEMBER - 18:30 EVENT: CULTURE DAY - HELE VERDEN I FREDERIKSHAVN Hele verden i Frederikshavn / The whole world in Frederikshavn is a cultural day with a lot of food, music and fun with people from all around the world. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/heleverdenifrederikshavn
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10 SEPTEMBER - AALBORG DIVERSITY EVENING
DATE: 10 SEPTEMBER - 17:00-18:30 EVENT: DIVERSITY EVENING AT AALBORG ZOO 2021
28 AUGUST - AARHUS, EXPAT RECEPTION
12 SEPTEMBER - AARHUS, TENNIS WITH AGF
CENTRAL DENMARK AARHUS
DATE: 28 AUGUST - 12:00-14:00 EVENT: EXPAT RECEPTION
DATE: 12 SEPTEMBER - 15:00-17:00 EVENT: TENNIS WITH AGF
World Map - Put a Pin in Your Home Country and understand how many different nationalities live in Skive. You can find the World Map at Skive Bibliotek / Skive Library.
Have you ever considered trying out tennis? Or are you simply looking for a club to sign up for in Aarhus? AGF Tennis is once again allowing us to try out the sport and its facilities. So don't miss your chance and join us, regardless of whether you are a beginner or an advanced player! Some practical information: • All the equipment you need for playing is provided by AGF Tennis. • Make sure to wear comfortable sportswear and bring water. • There will be available instructors that will divide you into groups and give guidance throughout the session. • The event is free! It is primarily suitable for adults and children above 13. • The event will be held from 15:00-17:00. We highly recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before starting, as you need time to leave your belongings and get divided into groups by the instructors. • Attention! The spots are limited, so please make sure to sign up in advance. Signing up is mandatory and is done through our website. We look forward to seeing you! For more info: https://internationalcommunity.dk/en-US/ Events/Event/Welcome-September-AGF-Tennis
IKAST - BRANDE
Get to know the Ikast-Brande area and meet new friends and network! Join the event and learn more about careers, leisure and networks in the area. The event is a mix of short pitches and stands for further information. Kids can play while the adults get inspired. We look forward to welcoming you! For more info: https://ikast-brande.nemtilmeld.dk/23/
This event aims to prepare you to find your first student job. You will get the best Do's and Don'ts and learn how to structure your CV, job application and LinkedIn profile. Further, you will meet internationals who share their experience of
Get ready for the biggest expat event of the year! Join us for some great food and networking while experiencing the unique Aarhus Festival atmosphere. Aarhus Festival, International Community and partners invite expats and their families to this annual tradition. You can relax with your family and socialise with other expats at the reception while enjoying some light refreshments. Taking place in the heart of Aarhus, the reception is just a stone's throw from several other entertaining and engaging festival activities for the whole family, making the reception the perfect excuse for a fun day out. Free of charge, but registration is necessary. For more info: https://internationalcommunity.dk/en-US/ Events/Event/Expat-Reception-2021-2
DATE: 1-30 SEPTEMBER EVENT: WORLD MAP - PUT A PIN IN YOUR HOME COUNTRY
DATE: 4 SEPTEMBER - 10:30-13:00 EVENT: EXPAT DAY IKAST-BRANDE
getting their first student job and learn how to use networking in your career strategy.
DATE: 14 SEPTEMBER - 8:30-09:15 EVENT: WORKING ACROSS CULTURES (WORKSHOP) WITH HEADSTART How to better communicate and collaborate with your Danish and International colleagues. Experience intercultural trainer Hanne Boutrup who has worked in more than 54 countries as Communication's Director for the LEGO Group. Explore your own and your colleagues' cultural differences for 45 fun, informative and engaging minutes whilst you enjoy your morning cup of coffee. Get inspired. Culture influences almost every aspect of how we work together. Learn how to optimise and exploit the full potential of a cross-cultural workplace. Feel the difference. Participate in group discussions and exercises that will make you aware of how you communicate and behave – and how to improve. Join an entertaining morning workshop and get inspired to collaborate more successfully with your Danish and international colleagues! Online via Microsoft Teams. For more info: https://www.headstartcareer.dk/signup-working-across-cultures?hsCtaTracking=331ef8f6e53c-4bef-8984-b3be7d715d4f%7Cc4b38b80-ae6d-4c25bb56-3fb716befcb5
DATE: 14 SEPTEMBER EVENT: CV WORKSHOP
DATE: 9 SEPTEMBER - 16:00-18:00 EVENT: INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP FORUM (ILF)
17 SEPTEMBER - AARHUS, TGIF (THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY)
Behind the scenes with International Leadership Forum. The International Leadership Forum exists to help international executives and senior leaders succeed in Danish companies while building a solid network and a better understanding of Danish leadership, business and social culture. Join The International Leadership Forum when we once again are granted exclusive access to one of the city's renowned companies or cultural hotspots. The event is by invitation only and takes place on 9 September from 16.00-18.30. Are you an international executive or senior leader and want to hear more? Then get in touch with Tiny Maerschalk on email@example.com for further info. For more info: https://internationalcommunity.dk/en-US/ Events/Event/International-Leadership-Forum-13
DATE: 11 SEPTEMBER - 10:30 EVENT: MEET INTERNATIONAL NEWCOMERS FOR BOARD GAMES Meet local internationals for board games at Skive Bibliotek / Skive Library.
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2 OCTOBER - AARHUS CITY WELCOME
18 SEPTEMBER - HERNING, EXPAT FAIR
CENTRAL DENMARK SKIVE
DATE: 15 SEPTEMBER - 16:00-17:30 EVENT: BIG BLUE CITY TOUR
DATE: 17 SEPTEMBER - 17:00-19:00 EVENT: CV WORKSHOP Join us for our TGIF evening, where we'll get together for drinks and celebrate the end of the week! This fun and informal event is an excellent opportunity to bring your colleagues and get to meet new people! We encourage you to bring your Danish colleague(s). Entry to this adults-only event is free. Attendees can purchase their own refreshments from the venue. We hope to see you there! For more info: https://internationalcommunity.dk/en-US/ Events/Event/TGIF
DATE: 18 SEPTEMBER - 10:30 EVENT: HERNING EXPAT FAIR Meet new people. Explore new opportunities. Expat Fair Herning is an annual event for internationals in Herning and anyone else interested. Get to know associations, activities and things to do in the Herning area. There are plenty of opportunities to find new networks and meet new friends. Among other things, you can explore approximately 20 different stands, hear inspirational talks about job search and career as an international in Denmark, and how to get a network as an international. For more info mail: https://international.herning.dk/expatfair-herning
DATE: 23 SEPTEMBER EVENT: SKIVE JOBFESTIVAL Looking for a job in the Skive area? Visit Skive Jobfestival –
meet more than 40 local employers for talks about careers and jobs in the Skive area. A short introduction to Skive Jobfestival will be given by an adviser from Jobcenter Skive. Afterwards, you can meet local employers.
DATE: 24 SEPTEMBER - 10:00-12:00 EVENT: MONTHLY COFFEE MORNING Coffee and socialising – what's not to like! Join Spouse Community Aarhus for our Monthly Coffee Morning event. This fun and informal event is an excellent opportunity to get to know Spouse Community Aarhus: who we are and what we do, along with meeting new people and enjoying some delicious coffee or tea at Lima Aarhus. Although entry to this event is free, attendees can purchase their own coffee, tea and refreshments from the venue. For more info: https://internationalcommunity.dk/en-US/ Events/Event/Monthly-Coffee-Morning-1
DATE: 28 SEPTEMBER - 17:00-18:30 EVENT: UNDERSTANDING DANISH CULTURE & SOCIETY WITH HEADSTART What are the underlying values of Danish Culture, and what structures define Danish Society? How does this affect your meeting with the Danes in your everyday life? In this first of three free webinars, we dig into Danish Culture, Values, Customs & Traditions. We look for answers about the differences – and similarities – that you experience living as an international in Denmark. For more info: https://www.headstartcareer.dk/webinars
SOCIETY WITH HEADSTART Discover your local community together with other locals. Everyone is welcome, whether you've lived in the municipality for years or just recently moved here. Why you should join: - Get to know your town! You'll get introduced to a selection of clubs and activities in your area. - Broaden your local network! In groups with other participants, you will get to experience and try new activities. - Join an entertaining and inspiring evening! For more info: https://www.headstartcareer.dk/webinars
DATE: 2 OCTOBER - 10:00-14:00 EVENT: AARHUS CITY WELCOME Aarhus City Welcome brings the city together to give you the best possible guidance on networking, job search, worklife, language training, sports and leisure, culture, children's lives, and volunteering. Whether you are an absolute newcomer or have lived in Aarhus for years as a professional, accompanying partner or student, this event is dedicated and tailored to you! Endless inspiration awaits you – meet 40 different organisations at the Information Bazzar, dive into inspiring talks at Speakers' Corner and exchange experiences at the Living Library. Welcome to the biggest event for internationals in Aarhus – we can't wait to see you! For more info: http://international.aarhus.dk/acw 24 SEPTEMBER - AARHUS, COFFEE MEETING
Meet local internationals, learn about the Big Blue Skive project and get a Skive city tour on electric scooters. Note: limited numbers of electric scooters available. For more info mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
DATE: 28 SEPTEMBER - 17:30-19:30 EVENT: UNDERSTANDING DANISH CULTURE &
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SOUTHERN DENMARK SØNDERBORG
DATE: 1, 15, 29 SEPTEMBER - 17:00-21:00 EVENT: FOOD CLUB FOR NEWCOMERS 1 SEPTEMBER - ODENSE, GUIDED TOUR WITH THE NIGHT WATCHMAN
The Food Club for newcomers takes place on some Wednesdays in September from 17:00-21:00 at Sønderskov-skolen. The theme for September is "Our diverse city", where the food we enjoy together reflect the cultural diversity of Sønderborg. Therefore, participants who would like to share national or regional dishes from their home countries design a menu for a session. The form is always hands-on cooking and learning and if someone would like to give a small lesson on techniques, spices etc. you are welcome. So join us for a cosy, joyful evening with lots of food to eat! For more info: https://sonderborg.dk/event/food-club-fornewcomers/2021-09-01/?tickets_process=#buy-tickets
DATE: 1 SEPTEMBER - 11:00 EVENT: ESBJERG INTERNATIONAL LADIES COFFEE MORNING
FRIDAYS IN SEPTEMBER - SØNDERBORG, YOGA
Meet and connect with other International (& Internationally minded Danish) ladies. For more info: http://www.nyiesbjerg.dk/Files/Files/Tilflyttersite/Events-2021/International-Ladies-Coffe-morning-Sep1-11am-2021-Patricia.png
DATE: 1 SEPTEMBER - 17:00 EVENT: GUIDED TOUR WITH THE NIGHT WATCHMAN Participate in a guided tour in the heart of Odense and get to know the history of the fairytale city! Come hear tales about Vikings, poets and royals in the days of yore when we take a trip around the historic quarter of Odense with the Night Watchman. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/ events/2999102877081029
DATE: 3, 10, 17, 24 SEPTEMBER - 17:00-18:30 EVENT: YOGA FOR NEWCOMERS AND STUDENTS
Alsion Yoga Community organises weekly yoga sessions for newcomers and students, where participants can relieve stress, make new friends and reconnect their mind and body. The yoga sessions are free of charge, and anyone can join at any level. The instruction is all in English. The classes take place every Friday between 17:00-18:30 at Sønderskov-Hallen (2nd floor), B. S. Ingemanns Vej 1 in Sønderborg. If the weather is nice, the yoga sessions will take place outside. The event will be announced via the "Alsion Yoga Community" Facebook page. For more info: https://sonderborg.dk/event/yoga-fornewcomers/2021-09-03/?tickets_process=#buy-tickets
DATE: 2 SEPTEMBER - 17:00-19:00 EVENT: INFORMATION MEETING NEW ARRIVALS THE LIVING ROOM Be inspired for life in Esbjerg. Learn about club life in Denmark, local clubs, volunteer options, culture and sports venues, newcomer offers and newcomer events. Hear the stories and recommendations of two (former) newcomers to Esbjerg. For more info: http://www.nyiesbjerg.dk/Files/Files/Tilflyttersite/Events-2021/Living-Room-2-Sep-2021-ENG.png
DATE: 2 SEPTEMBER - 16:15-19:00 EVENT: WELCOME TO YOUR LOCAL DEMOCRACY
DATE: 4 SEPTEMBER - 14:00 EVENT: NEWCOMERS GUIDED CITY WALK Join the newcomers walk in Esbjerg with information about the history of the city. For more info: http://www.nyiesbjerg.dk/Files/Files/Tilflyttersite/Events-2021/Byvandring-Esbjerg-4-sep-2021-ENG. png
4 SEPTEMBER - SOUTHERN DENMARK, FUTURE TALENT DENMARK
4 SEPTEMBER - SØNDERBORG, CROSSFIT
Tuesday 16 November is election day in Denmark – not for parliament but for our local city council Byrådet and the regional council, Regionsrådet. And YOU can vote – and you should! Former member of Byrådet in Billund Municipality Frede Nørskov has agreed to tell us, in English, about how the local democratic system in Denmark works and how to vote etc. For more info: mail email@example.com
DATE: 4 SEPTEMBER - 10:45-16:00 EVENT: INFOTAG FÜR MÖGLICHE ZUZÜGLER AUS DEUTSCHSPRACHIGEN LÄNDERN Träumen Sie davon, nach Süddänemark zu ziehen? Dann kommen Sie am 4. September 2021 nach Sønderborg und nehmen Sie teil an unserem Infotag für mögliche Zuzügler aus deutschsprachigen Ländern. Erhalten Sie viele praktische Informationen zu Immobilien, Jobmöglichkeiten, den deutschen Kitas und Schulen und vieles mehr. Die Veranstaltung ist kostenlos und findet auf Deutsch statt. For more info: www.sonderborg.dk/de/infotag
DATE: 4 SEPTEMBER - 11:00-13:30 EVENT: GET FIT AND FRIENDS AT CROSSFIT SØNDERBORG Visit the CrossFit Sønderborg family and see for yourself that CrossFit is for everyone. You will learn about CrossFit, be given a thorough introduction to basic exercises, and if you want to, you are welcome to join the intro class. All exercises are scalable, so everyone can participate. We love the training, as it gives us energy and strength, but we also love being together as a team, cheering for each other, laughing and making new friends. Don't worry about not being that familiar with Danish – our coaches can speak English, and so can many of our members. For more info: Mail firstname.lastname@example.org or https://sonderborg.dk/event/get-fit-with-crossfitsoenderborg/?tickets_process=#buy-tickets
DATE: 4 SEPTEMBER - 10:00-14:00 EVENT: INTRODUCTION MEETING FOR STUDENTS FUTURE TALENT DENMARK Are you an international student at either Aarhus BSS or SDU? Then you have the great opportunity to join the Future Talent Denmark programme and participate in a three-day internship in a Danish company. Your benefits: • Expand your local professional network • Gain career insights • Enhance your case-solving skills • Obtain a certificate of achievement and add it to your resume. Sign up for the programme today, participate in this introduction meeting for international students, and learn more about how you can benefit from the Future Talent Programme. For more info: https://work-live-stay.dk/en/kick-off-letsfind-denmarks-next-future-talent/
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SOUTHERN DENMARK ODENSE
DATE: 5 SEPTEMBER - 17:00 EVENT: INTERNATIONAL PLAYDATE
7 SEPTEMBER - ODENSE, INTERNATIONAL MEETUP
INMOTION - International Mothers and Fathers in Odense invites families and parents for an informal meet and greet at a playground. Join us whether you are new to Odense or have been here for a while! While children play or take a nap in the prams, parents can socialise and get to know each other. Join INMOTION group on Facebook to keep in touch with the network of parents and get updates on upcoming activities. For more info and to sign up: https://docs.google.com/ forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeGZ9AEnvFO9zo-bO3QlB3PadIAeQfgFGxU5-TF_v7tuazwBQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
7 SEPTEMBER - ODENSE, WORK IN PROGRESS CIRCUS PERFORMANCE
Pop by an urban garden and get rooted! You are always welcome to visit the urban garden Åhaven and enjoy a picnic in the wild, lush atmosphere. On Sunday 5 September, we especially welcome anyone new in town to drop by to chat in the garden by the river near the town centre. There will also be an excursion to pick apples from a nearby orchard from 15:00-16:00. If you can't join us on 5 September, check out the Facebook page for Gro Odense Byhaver and find events, public fruit trees and details on how to rent your own pallet bed. There is outdoor free fun for everyone and an excellent chance to get rooted and make new friends. Vi ses/See you! For more info and to sign up: https://facebook.com/ events/868537217125198
DATE: 6 SEPTEMBER - 18:30 EVENT: OPEN HOUSE FOF BEGINNERS DANISH OR FVU DANISH Try out a beginners Danish class or an FVU Danish class at FOF for free. At the same time, you get to see the new FOF venue in Esbjerg. Free drop-in (you do not need to register ahead) @FOF, Danmarksgade 34, 1st floor, Esbjerg. For more info and to sign up: https://fb.me/e/16WaeovyT
DATE: 6 SEPTEMBER - 19:00 EVENT: OPEN HOUSE ESBJERG COUNTRY LINE DANCE CLUB Free trial doing Linedance at Esbjerg Country line Dance Club. Drop by at 19:00. You do not need to register ahead. For more info and to sign up: http://www.nyiesbjerg.dk/ Files/Files/Tilflyttersite/Events-2021/Welcome-Sep-Clubevents-2021.pdf
DATE: 6, 16, 27 SEPTEMBER - 18:00 EVENT: OPEN HOUSE FOOTBALL Free trial football with a social aspect. Teams for men and women. You can come for a free month trial period on 6 or 27 September or Thursday 16 September. Feel free to drop by, no need to register ahead. Ask for Stephanie Bertelsen when arriving. For more info: http://www.nyiesbjerg.dk/Files/Files/Tilflyttersite/Events-2021/Welcome-Sep-Club-events-2021.pdf
DATE: 7 SEPTEMBER - 19:00-20:00 EVENT: WORK IN PROGRESS CIRCUS PERFORMANCE The temporary circus Dynamo is hosting an artistic 'work in progress'-show performed by the Cie Ks company. With finesse and irony, two young artists perform their show, 'Idylle, fable du quotidien' (Idyll, an everyday fable). The audience will enjoy rhythmic juggling and graceful dances and have the possibility to give feedback and ask the performers questions afterwards. Participation is free, but booking is recommended. The show starts at 19:00 (doors open at 18:00). Read more and sign up here: https://dynamoworkspace. dk/program/idyl-en-hverdagsfabel/?lang=en
DATE: 7 SEPTEMBER - 17:00-19:30 EVENT: OPEN TRAINING: RUGBY You're invited for an Open House at the rugby pitch – youth, men and women. There will be free food and drinks after the training. So if you like plenty of fresh air and physical contact, the rugby sport might be for you! At RC Odense, we are training outdoor (almost) all year round at the rugby pitch at Holluf Pile School. In addition, youth players and men's and women's teams participate in tournaments organised by the Danish Rugby Union from April to late October.
DATE: 7 SEPTEMBER - 18:15 EVENT: FREE SALSA LESSONS
Join us for a social meetup and an after-work drink! This is an excellent opportunity to meet new people and socialise informally. It does not matter if you are new to Odense or have been here for a while - International Meetup welcomes all internationals and Danes. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/ events/363203418726444
Get a free Salsa lesson at Esbjerg Salsa club with Cuban instructor Lexys Santiaguero Gonzales. Try out the club, which is a mix of Danes and internationals. Please sign up before 1 September by sending an SMS to: 24441336. Please bring indoor shoes and a bottle of water. You will be picked up by the gate of Danmarksgade Skole at 18:15, Danmarksgade 53, Esbjerg. For more info: http://www.nyiesbjerg.dk/Files/Files/Tilflyttersite/Events-2021/Welcome-Sep-Club-events-2021.pdf
DATE: 7 SEPTEMBER - 17:00 EVENT: INTERNATIONAL MEETUP
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5 SEPTEMBER - ODENSE, INTERNATIONAL PLAYDATE
DATE: 5 SEPTEMBER - 14:00 EVENT: ODENSE’S URBAN GARDEN
DATE: 7 SEPTEMBER - 09:00-14:30 EVENT: ABC'S OF AN ACTIVE LINKEDIN This workshop explores the ABC's of LinkedIn and networking. As Internationals, you often will face the reality of having to reshape or enhance your professional identity. Using networking and LinkedIn as branding tools is an excellent opportunity to emphasise your skills and talents. For more info: https://www.vejle.dk/welcome-to-vejle/leisure-time/whats-on-in-vejle/unleash-your-talents-abc-s-ofnetworking-and-active-linkedin-september-7th-2021/
DATE: 8 SEPTEMBER - 10:00 EVENT: NEWCOMER HUB JOBCAFÉ Learn about the Jobseeking culture in Denmark and get individual guidance for job searching. For more info: http://www.nyiesbjerg.dk/Files/Files/Tilflyttersite/Events-2021/Newcomer-Hub-Job-Cafe-8-Sep2021-ENG.png
DATE: 9 SEPTEMBER EVENT: KICK-OFF EVENT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - FUTURE TALENT DENMARK Are you an international student at either Aarhus BSS or SDU? Then you have the great opportunity to join the Future Talent Denmark programme and participate in a three-day internship in a Danish company. Your benefits: • Expand your local professional network • Gain career insights • Enhance your case-solving skills Obtain a certificate of achievement and add it to your resume. Sign up for the programme today and participate in this virtual kick-off event of the programme. The event is for international students, and the companies offering three days internships for the students. For more info: https://work-live-stay.dk/en/kick-off-lets-finddenmarks-next-future-talent/
9 SEPTEMBER - ONLINE, FUTURE TALENT DENMARK
A focus on learning
DATE: 9 SEPTEMBER - 17:30 EVENT: ROTARY CLUB WELCOME Are you looking for a professional and social network together with Danes and other expats? We welcome you and offer a tremendous national and international environment! Learn about Rotary and Odense Sct Knud International Rotary Club, meet our members consisting of expats and Danes and expand your personal and professional relations in Odense while improving your Danish skills. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/145628624324378/
DATE: 9-11 SEPTEMBER EVENT: GENERATOR FESTIVAL Generator Festival - a big music and street festival to welcome new citizens and students to Odense. Venues are in the centre of the city, and there are discounts for students. Don't miss the party of the year! For more info: https://generatorfestival.dk/
DATE: 9-11 SEPTEMBER EVENT: CHILDREN'S THEATRE PERFORMANCE: HATTEMÅGEN Odense's childrens' theatre Nørregaards Teater invite children from 1½ years and their parents for a play about the naughty seagull Hattemågen. Tickets are free, but you have to book in advance. Time and date: 9 September - 09:15 & 10:30 10 September - 09:15 & 10:30 11 September - 10:00 For more info: Call + 45 70 26 18 70 to book a free 'Welcome September Ticket'. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/207710994435525
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Early Years setting (3-5 year olds) Primary School (5-11 year olds) Secondary School (11-16 year olds) High School (16-18 year olds)
www.nis-ngg.dk Cirkelhuset, Christianshusvej 16 DK, 2970 Hørsholm
Small classes · Support and guidance from dedicated teachers · Sports College · Music Academy · An international learning environment
Cambridge International School
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14 SEPTEMBER - SØNDERBORG, CAFE FOR NEWCOMERS
11 SEPTEMBER - SØNDERBORG, WELCOME DAY FOR NEWCOMERS
SOUTHERN DENMARK ESBJERG
DATE: 9 SEPTEMBER - 17:00-19:30 EVENT: HOW TO WORK IN DENMARK Learn about the work culture in Denmark and the unwritten rules at Danish workplaces. For more info and to sign up: http://www.nyiesbjerg.dk/ Files/Files/Tilflyttersite/Events-2021/Decoding-Danish-workplace-culture-Donna-J-9-Sep-2021.png
DATE: 11 SEPTEMBER - 11:00 EVENT: INTERNATIONAL FAMILY DAY Join International Family for a Saturday afternoon filled with activities for adults and children, where you will have a chance to hear stories of internationals and small business owners who are eager to share their life experiences in Denmark. International Family is a volunteer organisation for everyone who is looking for a welcoming network in Denmark. Are you an expat, student, single or a family with children we look forward to welcoming all of you to our community and helping you expand your network in Denmark! For more info and to sign up: https://www.facebook.com/ events/4295956660516858
DATE: 11 SEPTEMBER - 13:00-16:15 EVENT: WELCOME DAY FOR NEWCOMERS Newcomer Service Sønderborg would like to invite all newcomers from 2020 and 2021 to a welcoming event. Join us on a guided tour through Sønderborg town. We will eat delicious cake and drink coffee and tea, and you will have the opportunity to meet the Mayor and other newcomers. The event is free of charge and will primarily be held in English. Sign up and further information: https://sonderborg.dk/event/welcoming-day-for-newcomers2019-2020-2020-09-26/?tickets_process=#buy-tickets
DATE: 11 SEPTEMBER - 13:00-15:00 EVENT: DANSK CAFÉ FOR NEWCOMERS
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Dansk Café is a regular meeting place for people who want to learn and help each other with practising Danish. It is a cooperation between SDU Library and Newcomers Network Sønderborg. Dansk Café is all about getting used to speaking Danish in a cosy atmosphere. Sometimes there are spe-
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cial topics, sometimes you learn by playing games, or just by practising talking to each other in Danish. It is for all levels, and there is always coffee/tea for everyone. The event takes place every second Saturday of the month from 13:00-15:00, and every last Wednesday of the month from 17:00.19:00. Dansk Café takes place at SDU´s Library at Alsion 2 in Sønderborg. It is entirely free to participate, and everyone is welcome. Sign up by writing to email@example.com Sign up and further information: https://sonderborg.dk/ event/dansk-cafe-for-newcomers/2021-09-11/?tickets_ process=#buy-tickets
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DATE: 11 SEPTEMBER - 10:00 EVENT: OPEN TRAINING: SELF DEFENSE
Are you interested in trying out self-defence in Odense? At Fyens Selvforsvars Klub, we will be showing different techniques and invite you to participate in different self-defence activities. If you would like to come and try, please wear clothes suitable for physical activity. For more info and to sign up: https://www.facebook.com/ events/2611795298966879
DATE: 13 SEPTEMBER - 16:00 EVENT: THEATER AND CIRCUS FOR KIDS Free trial for kids and teens to try theatre, drama or Circus at Fugl Føniks. Feel free to just drop in - you do not need to register beforehand. For more info: http://www.nyiesbjerg.dk/Files/Files/Tilflyttersite/Events-2021/Welcome-Sep-Club-events-2021.pdf
Have fun playing mini-golf and get to know more people. We would like more international citizens to join the voluntary network and hear how YOU can make a difference to both your local community and the world. Show up and join in: Hølvej 4, 7190 Billund
Free trial doing Zumba at Esbjerg Country line Dance Club. Drop-in at 17:00. You do not need to register ahead. For more info: http://www.nyiesbjerg.dk/Files/Files/Tilflyttersite/Events-2021/Welcome-Sep-Club-events-2021.pdf
DATE: 14 SEPTEMBER - 16:00-18:00 EVENT: CAFÉNY FOR NEWCOMERS
DATE: 11 SEPTEMBER - 14:00-16:00 EVENT: FREE MINI-GOLF - JOIN OUR NETWORK
DATE: 12 SEPTEMBER - 10:00-14:00 EVENT: SPORTS CRAWL BY LALO LET'S GO Join a SportsCrawl by LALO Let's Go on 12 September from 10:00-14:00. We will meet at “Byens Ø”: Findlandkaj 6, 5000 Odense. SportsCrawl is a day full of different sports activities offered around Odense. We will be biking from place to place. We are looking forward to seeing you! Bring your friends or join by yourself, take part in a fun and sporty day, and meet new people in the best environments. All you need to remember is: • Wear sporty clothes and shoes (be aware of weather conditions - it all takes place outdoor) • Your bike and helmet! • Water, snacks and a lunch box. Check out our Instagram @lalo.letsgo to get insight into what we are doing. We hope to see you! Sign up through this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/ d/e/1FAIpQLSd4Hwri1967iUSiwqFRc9YHilXYE--IyvLXovcf2GHxiv-gw/viewform
DATE: 13 SEPTEMBER - 17:00 EVENT: TRY ZUMBA
Are you new to Sønderborg? Join us and establish great new contacts at CaféNy – the meeting place for newcomers in Sønderborg Municipality. At CaféNy, you can get answers to practical questions you might have and gain insight into leisure activities. Do not miss out on the opportunity to build yourself a social network. Our Partnerjob Consultant will participate, and we will finish the meeting by enjoying a nice coffee and cookies. The meeting will be held primarily in English. Sign up and further information at: https://sonderborg.dk/ event/cafeny-the-meeting-place-for-newcomers-2/202109-14/?tickets_process=#buy-tickets
EVENT: TRY PING PONG Free trial doing Ping Pong at Esbjerg Bordtennis Club. For more info: http://www.nyiesbjerg.dk/Files/Files/Tilflyttersite/Events-2021/Welcome-Sep-Club-events-2021.pdf
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DATE: 15 SEPTEMBER - 10:00-11:30 EVENT: ESBJERG INTERNATIONAL PLAYGROUP Meet and connect with other internationals and internationally-minded Danish parents with babies and toddlers. For more info: http://www.nyiesbjerg.dk/Files/Files/Tilflyttersite/Events-2021/International-playgroup-sep-15-2021-.png
DATE: 17 SEPTEMBER EVENT: GUIDED TOUR FOR STUDENTS Join ESN's guided tour for international students and experience Odense city. Volunteers will guide you through the city and show you their favourite sights of Odense. The event is free, and it is an excellent way for students to get to know the city and meet other newly arrived international students. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/esnodense
DATE: 17 SEPTEMBER - 17:30 EVENT: COOK & TALK - AFRICAN FOOD Meet and connect with internationals and locals whilst making African food. For more info: http://www.nyiesbjerg.dk/Files/Files/Tilflyttersite/Events-2021/Cook-Talk-Sep-17-2021-African-food.png
International gathering for newcomers in Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality. Danish "hygge" in an outdoor playground from 14:00-17:00. Participants will meet with other internationals, newcomer guides and local welcome ambassadors while playing, networking and learning more about culture and leisure activities and volunteer work. Registration required in advance. For more info: You will receive a personal invite in your eBoks.
Tietgen is both a youth and" Life Long Learning" institution within the mercantile areas. You are very welcome to come and visit us for an insight into the general education system in Denmark. Our presentation will also focus on company courses, language learning possibilities, and shorts courses related to cultural understanding concerning working in Denmark.
DATE: 19 SEPTEMBER - 10:00-12:00 EVENT: INTERNATIONAL WELCOME EVENT
DATE: 19 SEPTEMBER - 14:00 EVENT: TENNIS AND "HYGGE" FOR INTERNATIONALS Næsby Tennis warmly welcomes international families eager to spend time playing outdoor tennis. During your visit, you will meet and speak with members of the club who speak English and who are eager to introduce you to the club. You can look forward to tennis activities and time for social interaction. We provide rackets for adults and children of all ages. Everyone is welcome, no matter what their level of experience is. Shoes should be with flat soles (no running shoes with tread patterns). If you have any questions, contact Bente Larsen on 21159424 or mail: firstname.lastname@example.org For more info: https://www.facebook.com/ events/174422368088537
DATE: 18 SEPTEMBER - 10:00-13:00 EVENT: WELCOME DAY FOR NEWCOMERS IN AUGUSTENBORG
Welcome day in Augustenborg, where you will visit and learn more about the most important places in our cosy town. We will start our little sightseeing tour at our sports and cultural centre, continue over to our school, where you will learn a bit about the Augustenborg Palace, and then continue our walk towards the Augustiana Art Park and Art Gallery. At the gallery, the art guide will show us around and talk about the current exhibition. Finally, we will complete our welcome day with a visit to the new café next to the gallery. For more info: Mail email@example.com or https://sonderborg.dk/event/welcome-day-in-augustenborg/?tickets
Be invited for coffee and a chat with a local family. For more info: https://explore.esbjerg.dk/for-newcomers
DATE: 18 SEPTEMBER - 12:00 EVENT: SOFTBALL & BURGERS International families are invited to visit our club. Our members are ready to welcome and introduce visitors to experience Softball. We mix teams across experiences and ages and play slowpitch softball together for a few hours. Then the grill is lit, and we serve some juicy burgers. So come and experience a great sport and a great community! For more info: https://www.facebook.com/ events/203918428368257
19 SEPTEMBER - ODENSE, TENNIS AND "HYGGE" FOR INTERNATIONALS
DATE: 19 SEPTEMBER - 14:00 EVENT: COFFEE WITH A LOCAL
DATE: 19 SEPTEMBER - 10:00-14:00 EVENT: AUTUMN RECEPTION This year we will visit Økolariet in Vejle. Økolariet has many exhibitions with different focuses, e.g. Ocean Plastic, Drinking Water and Precious Planet. We will start the day with a short introduction to Økolariet and then, in groups, visit the exhibitions by doing a quiz, which will lead us through Økolariet like a treasure hunt. It will be a day of learning, play, creativity, exploring, and lots of FUN! Lunch is included at a time of your choice, whenever it fits into your treasure hunt. For more info: https://www.trekantomraadet.com/autumn-reception-2021/
DATE: 20 SEPTEMBER - 14:00-16:00 EVENT: OPEN HOUSE Come and visit The Danish Church's Cross-Cultural Network in Odense (FTS). You're welcome to join us in the Language Café, drink a coffee outdoors, and meet our volunteers ready to help you navigate the Danish language. To sign up, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
22 SEPTEMBER - ODENSE, NEW IN DENMARK SEMINAR
DATE: 20-21 SEPTEMBER EVENT: WELCOME TO VISIT TIETGEN BUSINESS COLLEGE
Visit us on one of two dates: 20 September: 17:00-19:00 21 September: 10:00-12:00 No need to register - you can just show up. However, if you come by car, register for free parking in the reception. Read more about our courses with an international focus: https://www.tietgen.dk/en/english/for-students/courseswith-an-international-focus/
DATE: 22 SEPTEMBER - 17:00 EVENT: NEW IN DENMARK SEMINAR Are you new in Odense? Starting life in a new country might be challenging, but we are here to guide you! Join this seminar for need-to-know and good-to-know information about life in Denmark for newcomers. The webinar is tailored for international employees and accompanying partners who are new to Odense and Denmark. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/ events/580330766479781
DATE: 22 SEPTEMBER - 19:15 EVENT: PUBLIC SPEAKING WITH ODENSE INTERNATIONAL TOASTMASTERS Improve your public speaking skills with Odense Toastmasters Club! The club is well known for its welcoming and warm atmosphere, so it's the perfect place for newcomers to have a great time and expand their network in Odense. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/ events/581806002982894
DATE: 22 SEPTEMBER - 18:00-19:45 EVENT: OPEN HOUSE Free trial / Open house for International newcomers on Wednesday, 22 September. You are free to drop in - you do not need to register ahead. After the meeting, you have the option to stay for a chat and networking. You also have an option to arrive an hour earlier for an explanation about the club from 17:00. Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organisation that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through subsequent meetings. For more info: http://www.nyiesbjerg.dk/Files/Files/Tilflyttersite/Events-2021/Welcome-Sep-Club-events-2021.pdf
19 SEPTEMBER - RINGKØBING-SKJERN, INTERNATIONAL WELCOME EVENT
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DATE: 28 SEPTEMBER - 19:00-21:00 EVENT: DON'T LEAVE US ALONE WITH THE DANES 23 SEPTEMBER - ÆERO, WELCOME MEETING AT CITY HALL
Cultural differences can be both problematic AND funny. So come and have a laugh at our differences and maybe look at yourself differently afterwards. For more info: https://billunderhverv.dk/ arrangement/?id=207&title=DONT-LEAVE-US-ALONE-WITHTHE-DANES
DATE: 28 SEPTEMBER - 19:30 EVENT: TRY OUT PHOTOGRAPHY
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DATE: 23 SEPTEMBER EVENT: CULTURE SHOCK WORKSHOP Get tips on how to deal with the transition to life in Denmark. For more info: http://www.nyiesbjerg.dk/Files/Files/Tilflyttersite/Events-2021/CULTURE-SHOCK-23-Sep-2021_NannaHauch.png
DATE: 23 SEPTEMBER EVENT: WELCOME MEETING AT CITY HALL Welcome meeting at Ærø Town Hall. Every quarter we hold a welcome meeting for newcomers in Ærø Municipality. The meeting will be held at the island's town hall in Ærøskøbing, where the Mayor will welcome you to Æerø and explain a little about the island's history and characteristics. For more info: http://xn--flyttilr-p0a5p.dk/engelsk/activities-for-new-citizens/welcome-meeting
DATE: 24 SEPTEMBER - 16:00-20:00 EVENT: FRIDAY BAR Friday bar with live music and a talk about the possibilities of using the Student house. Studenterhus Odense.
DATE: 24 SEPTEMBER - 16:00 EVENT: NEWCOMERS BBQ Meet other Newcomers (Danes and internationals) over a BBQ. There will also be activities for children. For more info: http://www.nyiesbjerg.dk/Files/Files/Tilflyttersite/Events-2021/BBQ-Sep-24-2021.JPG
DATE: 25 SEPTEMBER - 14:00 EVENT: INTERACTIVE CITY TOUR ODENSE Explore Odense in a whole new way! On Saturday, 25 September 2021, you have the chance to learn more about Odense, discover local gems, meet new people, and have fun together. In this outdoor escape game, you and your team will be on a challenging mission to find the "secret exit" in Odense while finding hidden clues, breaking codes, and solving puzzles and mysteries throughout the city centre. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/ events/218753736921792
DATE: 26 SEPTEMBER - 13:00-16:00 EVENT: REPAIR CAFÉ ODENSE Repair Café Odense is a non-profit organisation ran by volunteers, and we perform and teach repair for free. We have monthly events, last Sunday of the month from 13:00 to 16:00. We are a small community, and we repair all kinds of things that people bring, from bikes to kitchen appliances, furniture and clothes. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/ events/858213718092712
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Come to our open house and photo trip with Esbjerg Fotoklub. Enjoy a night out in the club, and afterwards go for a photo tour outside if the weather allows. Register via: julibexkens@ gmail.com For more info: http://www.nyiesbjerg.dk/Files/Files/Tilflyttersite/Events-2021/Welcome-Sep-Club-events-2021.pdf
DATE: 29 SEPTEMBER - 15:30-17:00 EVENT: VISIT ART MUSEUM BRANDTS Visit Kunstmuseum Brandts on 29 September from 15:30 to 17:00 and experience Danish and international exhibitions. These cover paintings, photography, sculpture and film. Get an introduction to the museum exhibitions and the story of the surrounding area, which used to be a textile factory. COVID-19 info: Kunstmuseum Brandts follows the current guidelines from the authorities and takes reservations for changes that might occur. Please check the information of our current guidelines before your visit the museum at: https:// brandts.dk/planlaeg-dit-besoeg For more info: Tickets are free but limited. Please book your ticket in advance by mail to email@example.com on 28 September at the latest.
DATE: 30 SEPTEMBER - 16:30 EVENT: KIDS IN DENMARK Learn more about the expectations for parents in Denmark, health care and child care for kids, and family culture in Denmark. For more info: http://www.nyiesbjerg.dk/Files/Files/Tilflyttersite/Events-2021/Kids-in-Denmark-sep-30-2021.png
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DATE: 4 SEPTEMBER - 13:30 EVENT: BIRGITTA FESTIVAL AND NETWORKING PICNIC Join the Birgitta Festival in Maribo with international ambassadors and have a nice picnic in beautiful surroundings at Maribo Lake. For more info: https://newcomers.lolland.dk/welcome-september
DATE: 10 SEPTEMBER - 14:00-17:30 EVENT: OPEN HOUSE AT LOLLAND INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL A fun activity-based afternoon in Maribo hosted by Lolland International School. Enjoy the start of the weekend and be part of a family-friendly afternoon with plays, treasure hunt, face painting, and more fun activities. We explore our love of learning at Denmark's first international public school together. For more info: https://newcomers.lolland.dk/welcome-september
DATE: 15 SEPTEMBER - 19:30 EVENT: ONLINE INTRODUCTION TO BILINGUAL EDUCATION AT DENMARK'S FIRST PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (WEBINAR) Learn how language immersion in a bilingual environment is a powerful way for children to develop and acquire 21st Century skills. We will share how Lolland International School blends the Danish national curriculum with the Cambridge curriculum for grades 0- 9. For more info: https://newcomers.lolland.dk/welcome-september
DATE: 19 SEPTEMBER - 13:30 EVENT: VISIT TO THE FEMERN TUNNEL EXHIBITION CENTER AND CONSTRUCTION SITE. Come along to visit the Femern Exhibition Center and hear more about the world's longest immersed tunnel stretching 18 km from Rødbyhavn to Puttgarden with one of our international ambassadors working as a guide at the construction site. We will also visit the viewing platform at Gl. Badevej, where you have a fantastic view over the tunnel area. The event ends in Østersøbadet, where we will take a walk to view more of the construction, followed by some food and drinks available at the kiosk while networking. For more info: https://newcomers.lolland.dk/welcome-september
DATE: 24 SEPTEMBER - 16:00-18:00 EVENT: INTERNATIONAL HAPPY HOURS AT THE GREENHOUSE You are invited to International Happy Hour at The Greenhouse in Maribo, where you will have the opportunity to mingle with other newcomers, as well as established community members. The Greenhouse is a modern gathering place, which has become the epicentre for innovative and exciting events and is one of the many projects initiated by Iværksætter Lolland. For more info: https://newcomers.lolland.dk/welcome-september
10 SEPTEMBER - MSRIBO, OPEN HOUSE AT LOLLAND INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
24-25 SEPTEMBER - COPENHAGEN, INTERNATIONAL CITIZEN DAYS
26 SEPTEMBER - NYKØBING-FALSTER, VISIT THE MEDIEVAL CENTER
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DATE: 26 SEPTEMBER EVENT: MEET THE DANES BY SPEED DATING International citizens can make the acquaintance of each other and local Danes and establish networks in the local society. The mission is to facilitate the first steps in Kalundborg for international new arrivals and support them in different matters – like finding the local soccer club or learning how to start your own business. For more info: https://symb.dk/internationals/
At this "Live Q and A", you will get a unique opportunity to ask employees from the Danish Tax Agency questions. To give you the best output of the event, you will receive a short film by mail – around a week before the event - that guides you through the Danish tax system. Here you will learn more about the deductions and allowances you're entitled to. We highly recommend you watch the film before the Live Q and A, so you are prepared to ask the Danish Tax Agency questions during the Live event. The film takes around 40 min. For more info: https://ihcph.kk.dk/indhold/events
Matchmaking event for English-speaking candidates looking for job opportunities in the region of Lolland & Falster. The event will have a focus on job opportunities with participating companies. During this event, candidates with a professional background that match a specific job description from the participating companies can participate in a one-to-one job interview. In addition, candidates who have signed up for the event and haven't been invited for a job interview will have the opportunity to attend one or a few of our different workshops focusing on housing, jobs & careers, and culture & leisure opportunities in the regions Lolland & Falster. For more info: https://ihcph.kk.dk/artikel/greater-copenhagen-career-program-int-students
5-day job search course in English for accompanying spouses residing in Greater Copenhagen with a minimum bachelor's degree. The course takes place during the day. The goal is to find a professional job. For more info: https://ihcph.kk.dk/artikel/first-job-copenhagen
6- months career programme for international students consisting of job search seminars and a mentor part. The seminars take place during late afternoon/evening hours. There will be approximately 8-10 seminars in the 6-months period. The goal is to find a professional job in Denmark after graduation. For more info: https://ihcph.kk.dk/artikel/greater-copenhagen-career-program-int-students
Denmark is known for its unique system with trade unions and flexicurity where employers and employees generally agree upon working conditions. Are you new to Denmark? Would you like to learn more about the concept of the Danish model, the Danish labour market and Danish workplace culture? Then join this webinar to learn more. For more info: https://businessaalborg.nemtilmeld.dk/432/
DATE: 26 SEPTEMBER - 10:30 EVENT: VISIT THE MEDIEVAL CENTER Join us as we visit the Medieval Center and travel 600 years back in time to the year 1409. We will visit the small town of Sundkøbing and take a tour to see how life was back then and how residents went about their daily lives. Don't miss this chance to see, feel, taste, and smell the middle ages! For more info: https://newcomers.lolland.dk/welcome-september
DATE: 30 AUGUST - 3, 27 SEPTEMBER - 1 OCTOBER EVENT: FIRST JOB COPENHAGEN
DATE: 8-10 SEPTEMBER EVENT: HEAD START 2-day job search course for full degree bachelor or master students residing in Greater Copenhagen at the beginning of their studies. After the 2-day course, all participants will have an individual meeting with a business consultant. The course takes place during the day. The goal is to find a student job or internship. For more info: https://ihcph.kk.dk/artikel/head-start
DATE: 24-25 SEPTEMBER EVENT: INTERNATIONAL CITIZEN DAY Welcome to Greater Copenhagen and International Citizen Days 2021, which is part of Welcome September. Taking place in the very heart of Copenhagen on 24 & 25 September, International Citizen Days bring together public authorities, private organisations and local communities for two days of endless inspiration on housing, job and social life through a carefully curated fair together with talks, debates and activities relevant to all newcomers to Greater Copenhagen. The event is free, and all you need to do is sign up, show up and have fun – ses vi? For more info: www.icdays.dk
DATE: 29 SEPTEMBER - 09:00-13:00 EVENT: INTERNATIONAL MATCHMAKING EVENT
DATE: OCTOBER 2021 – MAY 2022 EVENT: GREATER COPENHAGEN CAREER PROGRAM
DATE: 7 OCTOBER - 17:30 EVENT: OPEN AIR WELCOME CONCERT Have you started studying or working in Lyngby in 2020 or 2021 but are still unsure where to hang out, enjoy sports, or find the best cultural activities in the city? Then, join this event to get info, a network, and a party when Danish upand-coming artist Philip ends the day with a private concert! For more info: https://vidensby.dk/en/arrangement/openair-welcome-concert-2/
NATIONAL WEBINARS ONLINE
DATE: 1 SEPTEMBER - 10:00-12:00 EVENT: JOB SEARCH IN DENMARK This webinar will provide you with some practical help and guidance on successfully searching for a job in Denmark. You will be introduced to important aspects of job search in Denmark, and you will get an insight into writing a CV and cover letter according to Danish requirements. For more info: https://businessaalborg.nemtilmeld.dk/433/
DATE: 14, 29 SEPTEMBER EVENT: THE DANISH TAX SYSTEM
DATE: 8 SEPTEMBER - 17:00-18:00 EVENT: THE DANISH LABOUR MARKET AND DANISH WORKPLACE CULTURE
DATE: 15 SEPTEMBER EVENT: BUYING REAL ESTATE IN DENMARK Are you interested in buying real estate in Denmark? We will guide you through the buying process from start to finish, insurance products incl. Please note that this event is a webinar. You will receive a link through which you can see the presentation and take part in this live Q&A. Sign up: https://ihcph.kk.dk/indhold/events
DATE: 29 SEPTEMBER EVENT: RENTALS & COOPERATIVE HOUSING IN DENMARK Interested in renting a home or buying cooperative housing in Denmark, but are finding the housing market confusing? At this event, we will guide you through the Danish housing market and what you should look out for when considering renting a place or buying cooperative housing. We will present different kinds of financing options and describe the various areas in Copenhagen. You will also get information about insurance products in Denmark. Please note that this event is a webinar. You will receive a link through which you can see the presentation and take part in this live Q&A. For more info: https://ihcph.kk.dk/indhold/events
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LIVING LIFE IN
FROM A VOLUNTEER TO A MASTER'S STUDENT. FROM A PAGEANT CONTESTANT TO PODCAST HOST. KATIE NOYED IS MANY THINGS, BUT HER DESIRE TO CONNECT WITH OTHERS AND GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY SHINES THROUGH EVERY ONE OF THEM.
PHOTOGRAPHS TERUMI MASCARENHAS
TEXT MICHAELA MEDVEĎOVÁ
"SORRY, MY MOM IS HERE!" she says with an apologetic smile as a woman with matching blonde hair walks by. Sitting cross-legged at the dining room table, Katie Noyed truly looks content. No wonder. This summer, the US native who now resides in Denmark with her husband visited her family in the States after a year-and-a-half-long separation. "With technology, you can keep in touch in other ways. But it's tough. You're getting older - your family is getting older. You're missing life's moments." A trade-off every traveller and explorer understands well.
TRAVELLING ROOTS After all, travelling seems to be in Katie's blood. Her dad lived in Japan for three years and would sometimes even speak Japanese to her as a baby. Her mom spent time in Africa, and her grandma? A huge traveller, too. "I had that kind of influence - you should go out and explore, you should see the world. So from all angles, people were saying: go," remembers Katie. And so, instead of going off to study journalism, she ended up picking potential countries for a gap year with Rotary International. "We had a big country fair with people representing the countries. I was a teenage girl, and the Danish guy was really cute," laughs Katie about her reasoning to choose Denmark as one of her spots. As fate would have it, that's where she ended up. Strangely, she did not experience cultural shock. Coming from Minnesota with the largest population of Norwegian Americans, Danish country and people looked similar. The only difference? Language, of course. "I thought I could either make friends or learn Danish. For whatever reason, I couldn't do both in my head." As always, she chose the connections and made life-long
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friends. "I loved Denmark so much. But my student visa was only for a year. The plan was always to go back to the U.S." So she returned to the US and started studying Social Science. But Denmark wasn't done with her.
A DANISH LOVE Once, in a Chicago bar, a group of guys approached her and asked her a strange question - hey, have you ever met a Dane? Needless to say, she was excited to reconnect with her host country. "I really hit it off with Simon, my now-husband. We spent the whole night sharing stories. The next day, we went on an all-day date. It was just so bizarre: I was in Chicago only for a weekend, and he was travelling in the US for a couple of weeks," Katie smiles as she looks back. As chance as the meeting was, their paths still crossed, and the rest was history. Even when Simon moved to Dubai for work, Katie went to visit him, fell in love with the city and suddenly, the plan was to move there after graduation. "It was a strange experience; we had never even lived in the same city, only vacationed together. But I moved there after my undergrad, and it worked out." There was still a contingency plan, though. "I still had a return ticket, in case it wouldn't," she laughs.
SETTLING INTO DENMARK - PART 2 Luckily, there was no need for it, and after an exciting stay in Dubai where Katie worked as an English teacher, the couple moved to Denmark. But while for her husband, it was a smooth return to his family, friends, and job, for Katie, it felt like a crash landing. After living in diverse Dubai, she struggled to find an international community in
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Roskilde. "I just wasn't able to tap into it despite going to quite a few meetings," shrugs Katie. Without studies, connections, and out of luck while searching for a job, Katie felt without purpose. So to help her settle in Denmark, they applied for family reunification. "Essentially, this puts your life on hold. It could be up to 10 months of waiting time when you're not allowed to work, you're not allowed to volunteer, the only thing you can do is take Danish classes." Katie found herself in a strange, liminal state where she was neither here nor there. "For the first time, I really felt unwanted in society. I felt like my identity was taken away."
KATIE, THE VOLUNTEER During her undergraduate studies, she volunteered all the time. The closest to her heart was her work with the National Eating Disorder Association, advocating about an issue that not many people know about - or don't want to know about. She also volunteered in a homeless shelter and worked on education projects for children with her Rotary Club. For Katie, volunteering has always been one of the best things to get her out of her own head and put things into perspective. "It puts you in your place a little bit. Helps you understand there's more to life - but also that you're not at a higher level because you are the one helping."
MOUNTING THE CHRISTIANIA BIKE Nothing lasts forever, though, and Katie's unwanted inactivity came to an end. Her way of moving forward? Enrolling into a Master's programme in Global Refugee Studies. Going to school, learning, and meeting internationals helped her gain her footing in Denmark. However, her own immigration experience - in fact, all of her traveller XP points - came in handy as it fueled her interest in migration and mobility studies. "In Dubai, where your passport sort of dictates the type of job you will hold, I got to work with students from all over the world. To hear the migration stories of their families was fascinating to me. I'm interested in learning why states are preventing individuals from moving freely. Why are there expats, immigrants, and refugees, each with a different connotation?" This fall, she will do it in a genuinely hands-on - not to mention Danish way. Interning for Kompasset five days a week, an organisation that helps homeless migrants will place her on the streets of Copenhagen, atop a Christiania bike for 3 of those days, with soup and hot beverages. She will support the outreach team at the centre in the remaining 2 days, offering legal services or advice.
"INTERNING FOR KOMPASSET FIVE DAYS A WEEK, AN ORGANISATION THAT HELPS HOMELESS MIGRANTS WILL PLACE HER ON THE STREETS OF COPENHAGEN, ATOP A CHRISTIANIA BIKE FOR 3 OF THOSE DAYS, WITH SOUP AND HOT BEVERAGES. SHE WILL SUPPORT THE OUTREACH TEAM AT THE CENTRE IN THE REMAINING 2 DAYS, OFFERING LEGAL SERVICES OR ADVICE."
CLASH WITH A CONTENT CULTURE Working with people from around the world again - and in a country that is not her own - will bring Katie new chances for self-development through learning about new cultures. But if there is a clash between her and her husband's culture, it's usually caused by Katie's need to always self-improve. "In the US, we are insatiable. We want the next thing - the next degree, the next best car. In Denmark, I really respect the way people can stop and enjoy what they have and be in the moment." Along with her drive for self-improvement, independence has always been a big part of Katie's character: from a leadership role as a charity walk founder and coordinator with the National Eating Disorder Association to choosing to go against the grain and take a gap year. "Actually, by being in Denmark, I became a little more dependent on my husband. It's his country. He's fluent in the language. When we were in Dubai, we had a more level playing field. It was new to both of us. If we come to the US in the future, I will be the one in charge. With relationships, it's give and take."
A COUNTRY KIND OF LIFE Roskilde, for the time being, is her home. What some would consider
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"EVEN THOUGH EATING DISORDERS ARE A LIFELONG JOURNEY, HER PODCAST IS NAMED AFTER LIFE IN RECOVERY - ABOUT THE RETURN OF COLOUR INTO HER LIFE." say they have an eating disorder." That is what makes her advocacy work all the more critical.
a city in the Danish countryside, Katie, coming from the sprawling United States, sees Roskilde more as a suburb of Copenhagen. "I guess this is such a tiny country that Roskilde is a city by itself," laughs Katie. Be as it may, especially during corona times, Roskilde was a fine choice for the amount of nature it has to offer. "I went on a lot of runs and walks, and I got to know the area really well. But at the same time, I love being in Copenhagen - there's a lot of excitement, opportunities and internationals. In larger cities, you can just connect with people of all backgrounds," Katie thinks. Even though she also discovered a small community in Roskilde, Katie met international friends through her studies in Copenhagen. But there are expats in Denmark who did not relocate to a major city. "You have to keep moving forward. I had a pity party as well. That doesn't help. It's only hurting yourself. But when you do find that sense of community, that's what makes a difference." But while trying to find it, Katie did not want to lose herself. She is on a mission to absorb the best parts and filter out those that don't suit her, never losing sight of where she's going or where she came from. For this, she took a friend's advice. "The bravest thing you can do in this country is to be yourself. And that's true."
A COLOURFUL PODCAST With the podcast she founded in July last year, that is precisely what she is doing. Life with Color covers the intersection between eating disorders and different societies because treatment in the United States will differ from treatment in the Middle East or Denmark. Along with professionals who speak about nutrition, body image, or the brain chemistry behind eating disorders, she invites people who have struggled with an eating disorder. "They can share their recovery stories, what their treatment experience was like, and the pressures they felt within their society," explains Katie. The decision to start the podcast was deeply personal. An eating disorder is something Katie struggled with for years herself. As a competitive dancer and a huge perfectionist, she ticked off every single box. "It is a very complicated illness. If you just think about the number of times you eat per day. All of those are stressful times. When you're sick, it's as if this dull fog takes over. As if there is no colour in life." Even though eating disorders are a lifelong journey, her podcast is named after life in recovery - about the return of colour into her life. She sought out treatment during her freshman year of college. She calls it the best decision she has ever made. She also calls herself lucky. "Not everyone is believed when they
While growing up, Katie resembled Sandra Bullock's character in Miss Congeniality - a big pageant sceptic - more than a beauty queen. But going to college in the States is expensive, and the Miss America Organisation is one of the largest scholarship providers for women. Even though they are often dismissed, all pageants should not be painted with a broad stroke. "The calibre of women who compete in this programme is quite high," says Katie. The organisation already cut out swimsuits and evening gowns. Instead, an extensive interview process and public speaking culminate with a TED talk about the contestants' community service project. When starting, Katie immediately knew what she wanted her focus to be. "With my eating disorder experience, I knew I could help people. I knew how to use my story to connect with others and make the topic less stigmatised." But her struggle with the illness was a significant consideration before entering the competition. Would it be triggering? Quite the contrary. "It was really healing because I got to speak out. I got to talk to the other girls if they were doing unhealthy things."
COMING FULL CIRCLE Katie has always found herself at the centre of a community. That's why the lonely beginning in Denmark hit her so hard. Until she started picking up The International and joined the team as a Social Media Ambassador. "I saw stories of people like us. They were overcoming challenges, moving forward even if facing adversity. I felt really connected to the paper. It's fun to be part of this international team and come full circle - being on the cover is just really crazy." Crazy or not, Katie still hopes her story can help other people too. And if her track record of doing just that has anything to say about it, it is a safe bet. THE-INTL * Katie's photoshoot was shot on location at RAGNAROCKS iconic golden building. The museum is located in Roskilde's 'Rock City' - the Musicon district, just a stone's throw from the famous Roskilde Festival. Star architects from Dutch MVRDV and Danish COBE are the creative minds behind this building. So see, hear and feel your way through the history of rhythmic music from 1950s rock'n'roll to 1980s pop culture and today's wild rhythms - and get an idea of tomorrow's music scene.
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HELPING YOUR CHILD SETTLE IN PHOTOGRAPHS UNSPLASH / NORTH ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
TEXT SHANI BISHOP, NORTH ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
INTERNATIONAL DAY IN SEPTEMBER
STARTING A NEW school
is always exciting but can also be scary for children. At North Zealand International School (NIS), we have a tried and tested system to help our learners feel comfortable and secure as soon as possible. On the first morning, as new parents gather with all the other parents to meet each other over a cup of coffee, our new learners are welcomed into their classes to meet their teacher and classmates. Each new learner is assigned a buddy or two who know the school well. The buddies will be their guide and show them where to go and what to do. Our dedicated teachers are experienced at integrating new learners with ice breakers and fun team building activities at the beginning of term and throughout the year. As the year progresses, there is much group work as the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) encourages collaboration and teamwork. As a result, new learners can meet lots of new classmates and develop vital skills while studying exciting learning-focused units like Fairgrounds or Chocolate. Trips are another way we enhance integration. Each class visits a field centre in Kagerup, Gribskov, for an overnight team-building trip in the autumn. This beautiful site has accommodation, fields and playgrounds to explore. There’s plenty of space for orienteering and other physical activities. In the evenings, there’s usually a movie night. This fantastic trip is where friendships are created! Astrid, a mum from Portugal, said, “We chose NIS because when we searched online, the Parents Association at this school stood out as being really active, and we really wanted that close-knit community for our children and us. It hasn’t disappointed.”
WELCOMING PARENTS TOO! As new learners meet their new classmates on the first morning, parents can make new connections too. The class parent representatives mix and mingle to introduce new parents to other parents in their children’s class. Over the first few days, the school sends communications about upcoming events through the online learning and communication platform, and the parent group ensures all new families are aware of welcome events and social gatherings
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The first fun school-wide event for families is happening in September. Families group together by nationality or interest into countries and share insights into their culture and traditions during International Day. Each country offers foods to try and games to play. The children are given passports to ‘travel’ to many countries to ask questions and taste the local cuisine. The India table is always popular with amazing curries and sweets to try. International day is a great way for parents to make good friends from home or the other 50 nationalities represented at NIS. Each International day has a theme from the UN sustainability goals, and the schoolwide theme in focus this year is Life on Land. The games and displays explain the issues and nurture curiosity into all we can do to think globally and act locally. THE-INTL
Arrived recently and looking for a good international school? If you are interested in NIS, please check the website and apply online at https://ngg. openapply.com organised by the Parents Association. New parents are invited to a cosy coffee morning a few weeks later where the Parents Association explain all the events they organise, and Karen Bøttger, Head of School at NIS, welcomes new parents officially. This is an excellent opportunity to ask fellow parents those tricky questions about where to buy those hard to find items and great places to visit.
INTEGRATING SECONDARY STUDENTS With secondary students becoming more independent, the role of the NIS class teacher becomes key to managing the integration of new students to join lots of activities. In addition, a parent from the child’s class will often check with new families to ensure they have all they need and support them in integrating into the school. “For new students, it’s an easy school to come into because it’s a very welcoming school, and the teachers are going to provide all the help you need.” - Joep Willense, The Netherlands
FEELING DOWN IN DENMARK? PHOTOGRAPHS UNSPLASH / ISTOCK
TEXT SARAH REDOHL
Depression is more common in Denmark than its top-three World Happiness ranking suggests, and foreigners face extra challenges. Columnist Sarah Redohl investigates.
THE FIRST ARTICLE I ever wrote for The International was about
loneliness is one of the "most potent sources of misery and un-
Denmark's ranking (once again) as one of the world's happiest
countries. So that's why I was somewhat surprised to recent-
"Everyone knows the feeling of feeling alone at a party where
ly learn that one in five Danes struggle with depression at some
everyone else is having fun," said Aarhus-based psychologist Ber-
point, according to the National Board of Health (Sundhedssty-
it Mus Christensen. "When you're a foreigner, you're always, to
some extent, the odd one out."
In Denmark, 92 percent of the population is considered to be
Having lived abroad herself, she's experienced this firsthand
"thriving" in life, according to a report from Denmark's own
in several countries. "You'll most likely always have an accent,
Happiness Research Institute. Although well above average, that
you won't get the childhood songs that make people who grew
leaves 8 percent of people in Denmark who are either considered
up here tear up," she said. "Even if you are super well-integrat-
to be struggling or suffering.
ed, there will always be things that would leave anyone feeling like an outsider."
SHADOW OF HAPPINESS
Moving to and navigating within a different culture than the one
SARAH REDOHL JOURNALIST, WRITER, FILMMAKER
According to the author of the report, Michael Birkjær, one pos-
in which you grew up, or 'bicultural stress', is a recognised chal-
sible theory behind the data is "the high frequency of happy peo-
lenge for anyone, Christensen said. In her practice, she has noticed
ple that makes it hard for others to feel good about themselves
that people with a history of, for instance, social anxiety and de-
Sarah is a journalist, writ-
and their lives."
pression sometimes experience a rise in symptoms when they first
er, and filmmaker from the
Basically, when people see others enjoying
move to Denmark. "If you direct that feeling
American Midwest. Although
life - whether on social media or during a Sep-
of alienation inward instead of accepting it as
she holds a journalism de-
tember evening stroll along the harbour - we
"ONE OF THE PRIMARY
a normal reaction to uncommon circumstanc-
might end up feeling even worse. "Social com-
es, it could intensify anxiety and depression."
parison can become a problem for expats in Denmark if they feel as though they are sur-
TO STRUGGLING AND
rounded by happy people and begin wondering
SUFFERING IN DENMARK
if they should feel happier," said Copenhagen-
based psychologist Max Pedersen. He thinks social comparison itself isn't the
A good first step, she said, is to talk to other expats in an emotionally open way. "I think it's important to realise these are normal human reactions to the specific context of being
gree from the University of Missouri, she’s been a natural-born storyteller since she could talk. Her work has taken her all over the world,
an expat, no matter where you move from or
from Amsterdam to Zambia
to," Christensen said. THE-INTL
and many places in between.
problem; rather, it's how one copes with those thoughts. "When
She's travelled to more than
you feel as though you are less happy than others, it may trig-
40 countries, living in sever-
ger unpleasant feelings and a desire to see this as a problem that
al before settling down in Co-
needs to be solved," Pedersen said. "Such a coping mechanism
penhagen with her partner
may in itself give rise to a real problem, overthinking or rumina-
and their two (well-travelled)
tion. An alternative coping mechanism is to focus on taking action on something that is intrinsically valuable as opposed to getting rid of emotional experiences that are normal." For example, finding ways to express ourselves in a new environment.
cats. Prior to moving to Europe, Sarah worked in a variety of newsrooms, from print to radio, and taught multimedia journalism at her alma mater.
ALWAYS THE ODD ONE OUT? According to the Happiness Research Institute's report, aptly named "In the Shadow of Happiness," one of the primary factors contributing to struggling and suffering in Denmark is loneliness. "In Denmark, you often hear that expats have a hard time
@sarahredohl @sarahredohl @sarahredohl
breaking into Danish social circles," Birkjær said, adding that
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RETURNING HOME THE HARDEST JOURNEY?
EXPATS OFTEN SAY THAT REPATRIATION TO YOUR HOME COUNTRY IS THE HARDEST PART OF THE ADVENTURE. SHANI BISHOP SHARES HER REPAT JOURNEY WITH US. PHOTOGRAPHS ISTOCK
TEXT SHANI BISHOP
WHEN YOU ARRIVE in Denmark or another new country, there is so much excitement and many new things to learn. When you return, you generally know the systems and have friends and family there, which is great, especially after a long time away, but the sense of difference is absent.
WHY WE LEFT DENMARK We always planned to return home, so it was more a matter of when. We have a house in the UK, close family ties and established friendships groups. The main reason was so our son could start secondary school with everyone else. Joining an international school at any point is easy because it’s a welcoming environment; we feel that joining a ‘normal’ school after it begins can be more challenging as friendships will be set. Once we made this decision, we had interesting conversations with friends who had lived as expats as children. They said moving countries halfway through school as children had been the most challenging part for them.
THOSE WHO WENT BEFORE… To see how friends had fared with returning home, I canvassed mums I know in Denmark who have returned home. Covid has made the transition much harder. The process and arrival have added extra layers of complexity to a process with so many moving parts. Most families have moved to countries with higher infection levels, and settling during this time has been challenging. One mum said, “We were welcomed home with open arms. All our problems have been Covid related.” Denmark has handled the corona crisis very well, and I think foreign nationals in Denmark have been glad to be here.
WHY THE CHOICE TO GO IS IMPORTANT When I spoke with those who returned home to various countries, a pattern began to immerge. Those who had made a positive choice to return home had generally had a much better transition than those who had left for other reasons. For example, if people had left because of a loss of job or end of a contract, they seemed to struggle more - when you think about this, it does make sense. On the other hand, if I have made an active decision to do something, the path becomes smoother because I can plan more and ease the transition. Our planning involved an 11-page document hoping it would make our transition more manageable and smoother.
NOT MY FIRST TIME This is not my first time experiencing reverse culture shock. We noticed cultural differences after arriving in Denmark, so I fully expected it returning home. Five years is a long time, and I will be faced with many changes. In my twenties, I lived in Japan; in those days, I was single with no commitments and so returning home just meant packing a box, a few suitcases and getting on a plane. My job helped me with the paperwork, and it was all very straightforward. My concerns in those days were very different to now. Japan is exceedingly organised, and I wondered about how I would find a less organised country. I had a heated toilet seat in my flat in Japan, which heated
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the room (I lived in the north, where they have lots of snow). I loved that seat and wondered how I’d cope without it! Once a week, I went to Karaoke boxes with my friends, which was brilliant fun, so I wondered how people entertained themselves without them. It all turned out well, "THOSE WHO HAD MADE A POSand I’m sure it will be fine this time, ITIVE CHOICE TO RETURN HOME but I am interested to see the differHAD GENERALLY HAD A MUCH ences. These days my concerns centre BETTER TRANSITION THAN on how quickly my kids will settle and THOSE WHO HAD LEFT FOR OTHhow life will be different once we are ER REASONS." back in the UK. Next time, my first impressions! THE-INTL
LEARNING FROM NATURE
OUTDOOR SPACES TEEMING WITH CURIOUS KINDERGARTENERS. WELCOME TO NATURE SCHOOLS - A RELATIVELY NEXT CONCEPT.
TEXT MONIKA PEDERSEN
"IF YOU GO down in the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise." Henry Hall's 'Teddy Bears' Picnic' 1932 - words could not ring truer than they do today with a huge surge of parents seeking to have their young educated in forest schools, 'Naturbørnehave' or 'Skovbørnehave' as they are referred to in Danish.
ORIGINS The concept of the outside school originated in Sweden in the 1950s but quickly spread to Denmark. The first forest school in Denmark was said to have been started by Ella Flautau in 1952. She pioneered a daycare, where she met with neighbouring mothers who walked their small children in the local forest. In essence, she started up 'the Walking Kindergarten'. The idea of outdoor schooling flourished, and now there are more than 500 schools all over Denmark; many have long waiting lists!
are no constraints, only freedom of choice, time to explore, experiment, make mistakes and learn for oneself. The learning situation allows for child-centred, individualised learning whilst also encouraging group co-operation and social interaction.
WHAT IS A FOREST SCHOOL?
A forest school caters for children from the age of 3 up to 6, who spend a large proportion of time, if not all, outside in the elements each day throughout the year. It can be that the school is located next to a forest, and it is used as the learning hub. It may also be such that there is no actual solid building, but the school is a collection of tent-like structures, wooden shelters, and an outside toilet! In fact, one of the reasons forest schools emerged was the lack of buildings to house students. In the Copenhagen area, young people are bussed out of their city kindergarten to their forest learning environment; they are known as 'udflytterbørnehave'.
A recent study by Erik Mygind, a Teaching Associate Professor at the University of Copenhagen's Forest and Landscape College, substantiates these arguments. His four-year research project involved 18 schools and 1,013 children in 46 classes. He investigated whether an 'Udeskole', an outside learning environment with regular instruction throughout the year, impacted children's psychological well-being, motivation, and social relationships. The study unveiled that outdoor learning does have a positive impact. These findings are similar to those of a 13-month Swedish study that revealed that forest school students have higher concentration levels, 25% fewer days off school with sickness, and can sustain engagement for longer time periods. Roskilde University researchers also echoed that nature school students are more innovative.
THE PHILOSOPHY The cornerstone of an outdoor, nature teaching environment allows very young inquisitive and forming minds to connect with the living world around them. As a result, students can co-exist and enjoy the outdoors and freedom, investigate the environment first-hand using sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell, and establish a relationship with it.
THE POSITIVES Proponents of forest schools dating back to the early pioneers such as German educationalist Friedrich Froebel, and more recently Jane Williams-Siegfredsen, a former teacher, now author, trainer and consultant of Inside-out learning, and Rikke Rosen, owner of Bonsai, a nature school outside of Copenha"THE ABILITY TO PLAY gen strongly advocate that UNINTERRUPTED the ability to play uninterFOR LONG PERIODS rupted for long periods promotes higher levels of conPROMOTES HIGHER centration and focus. The LEVELS OF CONCENlandscape provides a less TRATION AND FOCUS." stressful situation, for there
THE DOWNSIDES Despite all the glowing reports, it is essential to respect that the forest school is not for all children or a hit with all parents. Some children are not suited or do not enjoy very long periods outside. The harshness of the elements do not compliment their temperament that is better orientated to a structured and secure inside environment. Moreover, some parents feel that a more traditional classroom poses fewer risks regarding health and hygiene or physical safety than a nature school. Moreover, regular schooling also provides better foundations for a child's educational pathway.
ACADEMIC PATHWAYS A nature school is a unique learning experience that provides parents with an alternative option that is not so widely available in all parts of the world. But, ultimately, the best fit for an individual child that matters most is to secure a positive entrance into education that leads to a lifelong love of learning. THE-INTL
MONIKA PEDERSEN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR Monika comes from the London area of the UK, where she worked in the state system and the international school system, as an English teacher of 11-18 students and then a section leader. She has also worked in Germany and now in Denmark. She has an overview of the British, International, and American educational systems and is currently learning about the Danish system. She has been in education for 32 years and continues to enjoy the profession. She has relocated to Copenhagen as she is married to a Dane. She enjoys jogging, waterside walks, and cooking. @monikapedersen @monikapedersen
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HELPING THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST IN THIS ISSUE, WE SHED LIGHT ON THE INCREASING DISCRIMINATION TOWARDS PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN DENMARK AND HOW ONE ORGANISATION'S FIGHT IS TRYING TO MAKE EFFECTIVE CHANGE.
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TEXT SARA R. NEWELL
ON 30 AUGUST, the grassroots movement #enmillionstemmer (#OneMillionVoices) sent an appeal for help to the United Nations, the European Council, and Amnesty International. The movement fights for fair justice for people with disabilities, and their main objective is to fight for better conditions for persons with disabilities and their families and fight against the violation of human rights of this, the largest minority group in Denmark. The movement's appeal to the world is supported by several renowned Danish civil rights attorneys and professors, FOA (The Danish Trade Union for Public Employees), and Danske Handicaporganisationer (Disabled People's Organisations Denmark). #enmillionstemmer currently has over 31.000 members and was established by a group of parents who had to fight to get assistance for their children with disabilities. The movement began due to political and municipal neglect of the management of disability services, the quality of which has seen a steady decline since a sizeable structural reform of the Danish public sector in 2007. Since 2016, it has been possible for the public to view the quality of the management of disability services in their local municipality. This has been possible thanks to public access to information regarding several decisions for disability services that are appealed in each municipality. Many of these cases are overturned, which can be seen here: https://sm.dk/danmarkskort Since this information became available in 2016, it has shown that the quality of the management of disability services continues to deteriorate. Municipality management of disability services has reached such a low that rulings favour the citizen in approximately half of the disability cases that are appealed. For example, in 2020, in Odsherred municipality, rulings fell in favour of the citizen in 67% of appeals regarding decisions in children with disabilities. The same with 60% of appeals in the area of adults with disabilities. Despite the seriousness of disability services and the subsequent significant ramifications for Denmark as a society and socio-economically, the area of disability services and policy remain under-prioritised, both politically and financially. An example of this was on 3 June 2021 when a majority of the Danish Parliament voted against incorporating the UN Disability Convention into Danish law. In the autumn of 2020, #enmillionstemmer collected almost 500 testimonies from persons with disabilities and their families. This illustrated how every erroneous decision and ruling can have severe and long-term con-
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❝ On 3 June 2021 a majority of the Danish Parliament voted against incorporating the UN Disability Convention into Danish law. ❞ sequences for the person with a disability and their entire family.
THE FOLLOWING ARE BUT A FEW EXAMPLES OF THE COLLECTED TESTIMONIES: "Since our son's case has been moved to the adult disability office, we have complained and appealed over 32 decisions made in our municipality. In the National Council of Appeal, we have won in 30 out of the 32 cases." - Parents of a young man with physical and mental disabilities "When my severely disabled daughter turned 18, the municipality tried to send her to a residential home, despite her clear desire to continue living at our home. When the municipality did not succeed, they reduced her total vital assistance by 80%, WITHOUT justification." - Parents of a daughter with multiple disabilities "The visitator (red. consultant or social worker who decides if the person can be granted assistance) came unannounced and went into my home along with the home care nurse. She went with me in the shower. Everything took place without an independent assessor, a family member or a support person. This took place without anyone hav-
ing told me what was going to happen and without my consent. A stranger literally came in from the street and took a shower with me." - Adult with 18 different diagnoses who is a wheelchair user Despite the movement's repeated inquiries to politicians and the Danish government, the extent and gravity of the conditions for people with disabilities continue to be ignored, with no real prospect for improvements. The current situation has reached a point that #enmillionstemmer has decided to appeal for help from international authorities, hoping that their voices will be heard. THE-INTL We appeal to the international community to support us by following us on Social Media: @enmillionstemmer.dk
SARA R. NEWELL is originally from Canada, and has worked and studied in Iceland and Denmark. She is a disability rights activist and active member of #enmillionstemmer, and has masters degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Technological Business Development from Aarhus University. Sara has lived in Denmark since 2003, and lives in Skanderborg with her husband and their three children. She hopes to contribute and share insights with others who have children with disabilities. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sara-rose-newell-b1904726/ https://m.facebook.com/groups/bakopomdepaarorende
FIND OUT WHO YOU ARE
THROUGH TRAVEL DIVING INTO THE MYSTERIES AND BENEFITS OF TRAVELLING.
TEXT AINA MASOOD
W WE HAVE ALL
watched movies or read books where people going through turmoil take a vacation, unearth facts about themselves and come to shocking but very grounding realisations. One such example is Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. The author going through a divorce, a crushing depression, and a failed love, embarks on the journey of her lifetime, spending a year in three different countries and eventually making her way back to her authentic self. Witnessing these self-discoveries through travel has always made me question this magical quality of the mere act of going to another place that makes it so potent, so enchanting that Michael Crichton writes in his autobiography, Travels. "Often I feel I go to some distant region of the world to be reminded of who I really am…. Stripped of your ordinary surroundings, friends, daily routines, and a refrigerator full of your food… you are forced into direct experience. Such direct experience inevitably makes you aware of who it is that is having the experience. That's not always comfortable, but it is always invigorating." I understand this is not a simple task. You cannot make an authentic version of yourself appear from thin air with a swish of a wand with a magical phrase. It takes time. Research suggests that because travelling and/or living in a new setting, we experience enhanced creativity; attempting to adapt to a new environment gives us self-concept clarity and helps us examine ourselves, our lives, and our culture from a distance to see better. We, Homo Sapiens, are creatures of habit. We love the known, and we crave what's familiar. Moving to new places, experiencing new cultures, and being in different surroundings strips us of life's comfortable trappings and reduces the anxiety of newness. We strive to learn and adapt to have our beloved state of comfortable fa-
"OFTEN I FEEL I GO TO SOME DISTANT REGION OF THE WORLD TO BE REMINDED OF WHO I REALLY AM."
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miliarity, and in the process of doing so, we reflect on parts of our identity and question if they truly define who we are or merely reflect our cultural upbringing. Growing up, we are surrounded by people who behave, primarily, in similar ways, and we don't feel compelled to question if the norms and values of our culture coincide with our personal beliefs. However, when we travel, we interact with novel cultures that allow us to reengage with our beliefs, which are then either strengthened or discarded. Research suggests that with clarity of who we are, we are better at building sound social relationships and have improved chances of making better career decisions. In addition, travelling also helps us feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Connecting with different cultures broadens our horizons and gets us real-life education. With a less worried brain, we have more space for new ideas and creativity. This happens because when we plan or
take a vacation, we feel excited. Our bodies release happy hormones, and cortisol levels decrease, which is the hormone released when stressed. Travelling, in this regard, can be therapeutic*. In conclusion, even without the magic words, travelling does have a magical impact on our lives. It enriches our lives and fills us with joy. It helps us have a new lens to look at the world in a different light. It can help us be more tolerant, more empathetic and reconnect with our original selves. So, when you plan to travel next, remind yourself of these reasons and reflect on what travel means to you, how it impacts you and if you want, you can share it with me via email because I would love to learn with you vicariously. THE-INTL *In no way is travelling an alternative or substitute of therapy. If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, or stress, please seek help from a mental health professional.
Aina is the founder and CEO of R.A.I.N (Recognise, Accept, Investigate, Nurture), a company that helps universities and organisations take care of their colleagues and employees' mental health. Aina has completed her master's in clinical psychology from Pakistan. She has lived in the USA for 6 months and has been in Denmark for over a year. Passionate about mental health and destigmatising mental health problems, she is working towards helping individuals and organisations be healthier, happier, and more productive. She accomplishes this by working with clients via Skype, conducting workshops/webinars with various organisations, and through research and writing. She is a professional photographer and uses her pictures to reflect on her daily life and shares them on her blog. A psychologist, writer, speaker, mental health advocate, photographer, explorer, volunteer, and a wife, Aina is making her way through the world and narrating the story of her life. https://www.linkedin.com/ in/ainamasood/ https://www.instagram. com/ayena_reflections/
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SUMMER SAILING THROUGH THE DANISH EXPERIENCE AARHUS AND EASTERN JUTLAND IS HOME TO MANY INTERNATIONALLY-MINDED COMPANIES AND ORGANISATIONS CONTRIBUTING TO THIS AREA'S INTERNATIONALISATION. THIS MONTH INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY GIVES THE FLOOR TO ITS VERY OWN TINY MAERSCHALK, LIVING AND WORKING IN AARHUS FOR ERHVERV AARHUS.
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TEXT TINY MAERSCHALK
IN 1997 I moved to Aarhus, Denmark, after graduating as an interpreter (Dutch-English-Danish) in Belgium. My plan was to stay two semesters in Denmark, improve my Danish and then move back. However, I never got to pack my bags again as I got a job. So it was never a deliberate decision to stay - life just happened, and I'm still here. Over the years, I have learned that clubs and associations are the cornerstone of Danish society and THE way to get to know Danes. In Denmark, there are more than 100,000 volunteer organisations. Clubs and associations go hand-in-hand with volunteering, as they simply cannot exist without each other. Volunteers can sit on the board, act as coaches, teachers, organisers, or those who just bake a cake once in a while. This also ensures a lower price range for members, ensuring that income should not be a barrier to participating in activities. My Danish husband and I have been volunteering in different organisations over the years. This summer, I was emersed in the ultimate volunteer-driven experience – and I loved it! Our entire family – my husband Fredrik, 10-year-old Ella and 5-year-old Ida and myself – spent a week on the island of Tunø for the annual Tunø Camp. Tunø is a 3.52 km² car-free Danish island between Samsø and Jutland. It is located about 8 km from Jutland and has 118 inhabitants. Tunø Camp is an annual joint event arranged by the dinghy departments in Århus Sejlklub, Kaløvig Bådelaug, Egå Sejlklub and Solbjerg Sejlklub. This year the camp could celebrate its 40th anniversary! The camp's primary purpose is to give new and experienced youth sailors the opportunity to have a lot of sailing lessons on the water and an enjoyable time with other sailors across age, abilities, and club membership. As our 10-year-old daughter Ella takes sailing classes in the dinghy type called Optimist and being ardent sailors ourselves, we all decided that a week of our summer holidays would be dedicated to participating in the camp. We were informed that we would have to actively participate in getting tasks done, but we didn't really know what to expect. The past year a small volunteer group with representatives from the different sailing clubs has organised the entire camp. This year 120 adults and children signed up for a week of fun. It was great to witness how a 100% parent-run camp runs smoothly when all adults pull together. No matter how big or small the task, it got done with a smile on their faces. Preparing food for 120 people, getting the sailors safely on the water, doing dishes,
"WHEN WE CAME HOME AFTER A WEEK, WE WERE ALL FILLED WITH NEW EXPERIENCES AND FRIENDSHIPS. THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT IT – WE WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR!" - TINY MAERSCHALK
playing games with the sailors' siblings who stayed on land, and many other tasks had to be taken care of daily. The only reward being happy kids and getting to know people across the sailing clubs. But what a reward it is to be part of a true community and surrounded by happy people. Who knew that prepping breakfast for 120 people at 6:15 in the morning during the holidays could be that rewarding. When we came home after a week, we were all filled with new experiences and friendships. There is no doubt about it – we will be back next year! My advice to all readers is: Find an activity of your interest, sign up in a local club or association and become part of the volunteer team. Just a small task such as washing jerseys or baking a cake is valuable for the club, and just wait and see how doors open to new Danish connections. THE-INTL
INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY OF AARHUS We of fe r a w ide ra ng e of events, seminars and online activities that help internationals get settled in Denmark. Learn more on our website or follow us on: www.erhvervaarhus.dk www.internationalcommu nity.dk @internationalcommunity Aarhus @internationalcommunity aarhus
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THE END OF SUMMER DAYS...
SUSAN JESSEN SPIELE LIBRARIAN Susan is a librarian at Roskil-
When I was a kid, summers were endless. Alas, now they get shorter every year! I still read ferociously every holiday, and these titles can stretch that elusive warm, sunny season just a bit longer. Enjoy!
de Library, and in charge of the English section. She does English events all year; everything from expat dinners and pub quizzes, to karaoke nights
VIBRANT, LIGHT AND WARMHEARTED
ELOQUENT AND THOUGHTPROVOKING
SWEEPING, LYRICAL AND EXQUISITE
HONEST, DARKLY FUNNY DEBUT
THE MOROCCAN DAUGHTER BY DEBORAH RODRIGUEZ
THE VANISHING HALF BY BRIT BENNETT
AGAINST THE LOVELESS WORLD BY SUSAN ABULHAWA
CANDICE CARTYWILLIAMS: QUEENIE
Amina has returned to her childhood home in Morocco to attend her sister’s wedding and tell her father that she is married to an American. Three other women join who have se crets of their own and several twists and turns ensue.
The Vignes sisters are identical twins growing up in a southern black c o m m u n i ty. Howe ver, after running away when they are sixteen, their life choices become very different, from families to racial identities. But what happens when their daughter’s lives intersect one day.
Nahr is locked away in solitary confinement, reflecting on the dramatic events that landed her in prison in a country she barely knows. Born in Kuwait by Palestinian parents, she ends up a refugee herself and winds up in Palestine.
Queenie works at a national newspaper and begs to write about Black Lives Matter. A young Black woman living in London, straddling Jamaican and British culture, Queenie finds herself seeking comfort in the wrong places after a messy break-up with her white boyfriend.
and book talks.
DID YOU KNOW? Things are thankfully getting back to normal, including the English events at Roskilde library. On the 16th of September at 18:30, you can join an expat potluck; though instead of a dish for the joint buffet, everybody brings cake to the Cake Extravaganza! You can find your free tickets at; Expat Dinner Cake Extravaganza! | Roskilde Bibliotekerne.
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TAKE INITIATIVE, ENGAGE, LEAD!
A ROAD MAP TO SUCCESS THE VALUE OF STUDENT ORGANISATIONS.
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TEXT SKYLER BENTLEY HALL
WHEN CHOOSING A good fit university, there are multiple aspects to consider, but beyond academics, how do you see yourself fitting into the student community? Joining a student organisation is an ideal way to engage! These can be found at any institution, large or small, but the offerings and level of involvement will vary. Nanna Larsson is currently studying Business Administration & Sociology at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), and she has truly captured the essence of being a student leader. Nanna is originally from Denmark but has lived in the US, Scotland, France, and Switzerland. Her ambitious nature and involvement in the CBS community are commendable. Through a recent interview, Nanna shares a few CBS initiatives while highlighting her recent achievements.
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AT CBS Nanna is proud to be part of a community that strongly encourages student engagement, fellow students' well-being, and quality of studies. She took the initiative to join the BA & Sociology Union Board, where she manages multiple events, engaging students socially and academically. Nanna is passionate about constantly being in motion, so to broaden her horizon and expand her professional network, she also joined MarketingLab as an Event Manager. While coordinating events with various organisations, she equips students with knowledge and experience, extending beyond a traditional curriculum. MarketingLab has relations with local and global companies, providing students with industry insights, practical skills, and competencies while bridging the gap between theory and practice. Nanna's team connects students with industry leaders, introducing them to the job market. She thrives on being part of an organisation run by passionate, like-minded peers that connect students to 'the real world'.
STUDENT CITIZENSHIP POINTS Nanna also mentions that at CBS, Student Citizenship Points are essential if students want to pursue a university exchange in the fifth semester. For each organisation or activity students participate in, student citizenship improves with points that can only be obtained during the first two semesters. In addition, CBS and partner universities rely heavily on student engagement, so nominated candidates with high points will be advantageous to pursue an exchange.
STUDENT ADVICE Nanna shares some final takeaways for future university students. ENGAGE YOURSELF: Join a student organisation and take the opportunity to get involved in the community. There is no need to start big. It is not a 'go big or go home thing'- follow your pas-
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sion. With so many organisations, you are bound to find something you enjoy. EMBRACE LEADERSHIP: It is through trial and error that we learn best. Test out propositions, how people respond and identify what works best for your team. I work on my own leadership skills while figuring out my leadership style. We learn together and from each other in an environment that encourages growth, which may increase your eligibility for the job market. TAKE INITIATIVE: If there was one thing I learned when starting university, it was the fact that nothing is handed to you on a silver platter – this is how 'the real world' works. So if you want it, work for it. By joining a community of like-minded students, you evolve and grow by taking responsibility for yourself, projects, and the people around you. THE-INTL
SKYLER BENTLEY HALL EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT Skyler is originally from Canada, and after living in Switzerland for several years, she transitioned to Denmark with her husband and son all proud Canadians. Skyler has worked in the education sector for three decades and found her true passion for supporting students with their educational journey. As the Founder of Bentley Hall Educational Consulting, she advises on career and university
❝Joining SOC Union and MarketingLab has allowed me to broaden my professional network. Working closely with industry leaders and specialists has opened countless opportunities for my personal career. Most notably is my beloved student job. I currently work at Hedvig, a new generation of insurance, where we collectively work to disrupt an old, dusty industry. As part of a team of three, I work to market and promote Hedvig on the Danish market. Something which I am very proud and fond of. Through a podcast episode Hedvig did with MarketingLab, I became aware of their existence, got to know the team, and was later hired. Networking is great, especially when it happens at such an early stage in your career. MarketingLab has allowed me to work alongside professionals from Arla, Nielsen, Hedvig, Temply, and L'Oréal, who all have different stories and various takes on how their 'real world' functions and operates.❞ - Nanna Larsson
options globally. Skyler enjoys spending time with family, exploring new cultures, and embracing the hygge lifestyle in beautiful Denmark. bentleyhall.ca instagram.com/skylerbent leyhall/ facebook.com/skyler.bent leyhall
LOCAL AND REGIONAL ELECTIONS PART 1: LEARNING ABOUT THE LOCAL COUNCIL
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TEXT NARCIS GEORGE MATACHE
DO YOU REMEMBER your first payslip in Denmark? The tax you paid on your salary? Well, most of that money went into the local budget. Who decides on how to use the local budget? The local council. Depending on the municipality you live in, you pay a certain level of "kommuneskat" (municipality tax) on your income (it can be between 22,5% and 27,8%). Who decides on the municipality tax percentage? You guessed it right, the local council. Unlike most countries in the world, the local government in Denmark has tremendous power over your daily life. Why? Because Danish democracy is about making decisions on behalf of citizens and with as many people involved as possible. As the campaign leader of a local candidate in 2012, I had the chance to observe and understand the power of the local council. Even more so, when three ideas we scribbled down one evening became a reality a year later. That experience confirmed to me that Danish local politics favour ideas, organisations and candidates who aren't afraid to lobby for them. This means that every time the local budget is discussed, some groups in society will win while others will lose. The groups that organised and ensured they have a representative in the local council will be on the winning side. There can be between 9 and 31 local council members, depending on the municipality's population size and the local council decision (except Copenhagen, which has 55). A local councilman is a part-time representative (that does this work alongside their job) who specialises (usually) in two areas of local competence. Among the local councilmen, there are a few that are fulltime politicians (the mayor "borgmester" and the 3 to 6 alderman "rådman"). In most cases, the local councilmen with the most personal votes obtain the full-time positions. The local council is responsible for the care your children receive from "vuggestue" to the end of "folkeskole", care your grandparents receive in the retirement
NARCIS GEORGE MATACHE POLITICIAN Born in 1990 in a village in the north-east of Romania, Narcis made Aalborg his new home home, and the unemployment / social assistance you receive when you struggle between jobs. Not only that, but the local council is also responsible for helping local businesses thrive, managing the local infrastructure, integrating newcomers, providing support for culture and leisure activities, attracting tourists, protecting the local nature and ensuring you have access to water, heat, the sewage system and waste collection. Denmark is divided into 98 municipalities, "kommuner". At the national level, the interest of the 98 local governments is represented by the association KL (Local Government Denmark). KL safeguards the municipalities interests within political, financial and administrative areas and functions as the spokesperson for the local authorities such as the Danish parliament, government, central governmental administration, the EU, other interest organisations and media. THE-INTL
since 2009. Smitten by the
HOW CAN YOU INFLUENCE THE LOCAL COUNCIL?
Danish model, he decided to get involved in the local community leading to him becom-
You can speak with your local representatives – check your municipality website under the section "Politik" – there, you will find their contact information.
ing a strong voice on the topic of usage of the local political rights by the internationals. In 2017, he became the first non-
You can participate in local
Danish citizen to run for re-
consultations ("høring") and citizen
gional elections and to repre-
meetings ("borgermøder") – where
sent Denmark in the Council of
you can give your opinion regarding a
Europe. He holds or held lead-
development project or a change in local services. You can go to the local council
ership positions in European Youth Denmark, Europabev-
meetings or watch them online.
You can join the local committee
et Nørresundby, DSU Aalborg,
(representing your district or
and Frit Forum International.
neighbourhood concerning the local council). You can vote and ensure your group (by that, I mean people that share an interest) has a representative in the local council.
www.facebook.com/Narcis George.Matache/ https://www.linkedin.com/ in/narcisgmatache/
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FINDING YOUR MINDFUL MOMENTS MINDFULNESS, ONE OF THE MOST MENTIONED WORDS IN RECENT YEARS. WHAT IS MINDFULNESS? IT’S A STATE OF BEING CONSCIOUS OR AWARE OF SOMETHING, A PRACTICE AND A LIFESTYLE MENTALITY. THEN WHAT ARE MINDFUL MOMENTS? MINDFUL MOMENTS, IN ESSENCE, REFER TO ANY MOMENTS WHERE ONE FOCUSES ON THE PRESENT PURPOSELY. SO ANY MOMENT COUNTS. WHAT ARE YOUR MINDFUL MOMENTS?
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IN SOME WAYS, a mindful moment is somewhat similar to the Danes’ hygge. It’s a state of mind - you can find it anywhere, alone or with anyone, anytime. A mindful moment can be appreciating the beauty of a blooming flower, savouring the scoop of ice cream or that cup of coffee. Mindfulness and mindful moments are very personal, and they are unique to all of us because it is a mentality that weaves into our lifestyle that means something to us. The key is to be fully aware of this particular moment that has your attention, that is your mindful moment. As an international living in Denmark, sometimes we are so consumed with daily life and all sorts of stress, and we forgot to look after ourselves and what we enjoy. Remembering this is the first step. Taking a moment out of all the chaos in life is healthy. We need to ask ourselves, what do we enjoy doing? How do we relax? That is usually an excellent place to start.
TEXT OPHELIA WU
Here are a few straightforward tips for finding your mindful moments:
It is a bit awkward at first not talking, but the feeling will leave you all very rejuvenated. Remember when people signed up for all the “dining in the dark” experiences? That’s the whole pointwhen one of your senses is temporarily off, all the others will automatically heighten. When you stop talking while you eat, you pay attention to the food you’re enjoying — not consuming, enjoying.
#1 Don’t feel compelled or stressed that you need to do this - it
#6 Go for a walk in nature, go outside. Denmark has so much to
is a good practice but do it when you feel it’s easy. That’s the easiest way to kick start and bring a new habit into your daily life. The whole idea is to de-stress, build up these mindful moments and slowly live a conscious life.
offer, take a stroll and clear your mind. Feel the wind, listen to the rain, bask in the warmth from the sunlight, smell the scent on a brisk day. It’s healthy for both your mind and your body.
#2 Start with consciously taking ten counts of deep breaths, and
for every night before bed. Living in a foreign country is stressful at times, but there are things to be thankful for, even in the most stressful environment. Having a bed to sleep on safely at night is a blessing already.
while you do that, focus your attention on each one. For example, are you breathing through your nose and filling all the air into your belly? Can you smell the air nearby? Can you feel the temperature around you? When you breathe out through your mouth, can you feel your body relaxing and slowing down?
#3 If you drive to work, turn off the radio or music, let yourself immerse in the silence and focus on driving and all your senses. If you go to work on public transport, put on the headphone but keep it off. Or do it on your way home to unload all the workrelated stress before arriving home. Allow yourself this private space and time.
#4 Instead of multi-tasking, do one thing at a time. If it’s not possible at work, try this at home. When you focus on just one thing, you become sensitive to details that you might not have noticed before.
#5 Switch off your phone and computer during meals. Eliminate distractions. Focus on your food- how do they taste? What’s the texture and temperature? Savour every bite. Try to have a silent meal once a week, so easy to do when you choose to have one meal alone, but as a family or a group, doing that together can be fun.
DENMARK HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER, TAKE A STROLL AND CLEAR YOUR MIND. FEEL THE WIND, LISTEN TO THE RAIN, BASK IN THE WARMTH FROM THE SUNLIGHT, SMELL THE SCENT ON A BRISK DAY.
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#7 Take a few minutes and write down 1-3 things you’re grateful
#8 Plan your day. We all live a fast-paced life with different responsibilities at work and home. Take a few minutes to plan your day gives you clarity and an overview of where you can fit in your mindful moment. When you plan, you’re focused on prioritising tasks, organising your brain and your day and conscious of the flow of your day. Booked in a relaxing spa? That gives you something positive to look forward to, and make that spa time your mindful moment of that day! Catching up with a friend who’s in town for work? Be sure to clear your schedule/ phone calls/ meetings around that slot, and put your phone away to focus purely on your lovely time with your friend. Picking up your child from school? Do all the grocery shopping before that and focus on the quality time you share with your child. We can all easily incorporate these simple ideas into our daily lives. However, finding our ground and calmness in life needs practice, and we hold the ultimate power to pull ourselves back to the anchor that keeps us steadfast in any storm we may face. Being in an unfamiliar environment for many of us expats, making an effort and time to practice mindfulness, and finding our mindful moments every day will support us in this unknown yet exciting journey. It only takes twenty-one days to form a habit; you have made that big move to Denmark - now allow yourself the chance to start living a mindful life full of little mindful moments that keeps you going with more positivity. THE-INTL
OPHELIA WU FASHION CONSULTANT & JOURNALIST L i ke he r hometow n Hong Kong, Ophelia has a diverse background and upbringing. She moved to Copenhagen in 2019. Her fashion and journalism career began in 2007 at ELLE Hong Kong magazine, and later on as an online stylist at Net-A-Porter.com in the UK; she has worked with all sorts of creatives, brands and celebrities globally. She now works on everything fashion and communicationrelated. With her love of travelling and places her work brought her to, people she met from all walks of life inspired her to start her own business M for Minimal: a place to raise the awareness of going back to basics through conscious consumption and mindfulness with a touch of spirituality - something she has been practising since her teenage years. @opheliawu @opheliawu @opheliawu
E-COMMERCE IN DENMARK DENMARK’S TOP TEN ONLINE STORES.
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TEXT MARIANO ANTHONY DAVIES
TOGETHER WITH SWEDEN, Denmark is an extremely mature e-commerce market. Both countries lead the way within the Nordic and Baltic regions. However, the top five players in the Danish top ten are not Danish companies. The Danish market for e-commerce is characterised as 98% - meaning that Internet penetration is extremely high and, as such a perfect basis for e-commerce, has increased in nearly all service sectors. Although the pandemic explains the increase in the use of e-commerce services, this trend is expected to become part of a new normal post-pandemic. The e-commerce percentages in this article are based on 2018 official Danish trade figures. Zalando seems to be the biggest online store in Denmark and Europe’s largest online platform for fashion representing 3.4% of all e-commerce. Its over 4000 brands are sold in 20 countries and it is acclaimed as the most innovative fashion platform in Europe. In addition, Zalando and Sephora, the world’s leading omnichannel prestige beauty retailer, announced a strategic partnership recently to create the ultimate online prestige beauty destination for millions of Zalando customers and that they would reinvent how they shop beauty online. The American global platform Amazon represented 2% of Danish e-commerce trade. Nearly 2 million small and medium-sized enterprises worldwide use the Amazon platform to sell their products, which makes up approx. 60% of Amazon’s massive retail business. They have such a large commercial footprint that they can maintain a next day delivery on many of the products in their online stores. Amazon is closely followed by H&M (Hennes & Mauritz AB) at 1.9% - a Swedish giant selling clothes since 1947 in Sweden and since 1967 in Denmark. The H&M Group has nearly 5.000 outlets in 73 countries, where they seek to sell quality clothes at affordable prices. Wish.com was next in line at 1.8% - an
MARIANO ANTHONY DAVIES PRESIDENT & CEO OXFORD BUSINESS SERVICES APS
"OVER 5.77 MILLION PEOPLE ARE LIVING IN DENMARK, OF WHICH 98% USE THE INTERNET." American global group with a primary focus on electronic goods. Although it started in 2010, it has already become the sixthlargest global group selling electronic goods as over 500 million people shop online at wish.com, whose affordable prices seem extremely attractive. Next was eBay at 1.7% and undoubtedly the largest global American marketplace available in 30 different countries (190 markets). Buy & sell electronics, cars, clothes, collectables & more on eBay - top brands, low prices & free shipping on many items, including several famous Danish designs in wood. Coop was the sixth most significant ecommerce player in this group with 1.6% - a Danish concern established in 2002 with over 1.000 outlets and a combination of successful supermarket chain brands (Kvickly, SuperBrugsen, DagliBrugsen, Fakta and Irma). The next, Nemlig.com, was noted for 1.3% of trade in 2018. This Danish player has experienced massive growth during the pandemic and may well be much high-
er than seventh today as the official e-commerce comparative figures for 2020 show colossal growth in e-commerce during the pandemic. Finally, at 1.2% were Bilka (Danish supermarket chain that successfully organised that goods could be ordered and picked up in a drive-through lane), followed by Elgiganten (a Norwegian electronics and other household goods chain) also at 1.2% and finally Saxo Boghandel (a Danish bookstore chain). Over 5.77 million people are living in Denmark, of which 98 percent use the Internet. Data from 2019 Statistics show that 86 percent of all Internet users shopped online the year before in Denmark. The average annual spending per online shopper in Denmark is now EUR 3,567 and increasing. Furthermore, eMarketer’s Worldwide Mobile forecast report showed that Denmark has the highest smartphone penetration rate globally at 77%. A 2020 study shows Dankort to be by far the most popular payment method in Denmark. Dankort is the national debit card of Denmark and functions as a credit card abroad. Another popular payment method in Denmark is MobilePay, a mobile payment solution by Danske Bank that is also being offered in Finland and Norway. Research from Nets shows that cards are the most popular payment method in Denmark (62 percent), followed by MobilePay (25%) and PayPal (6%). Cards are popular across all ages, but especially among the older generations. E-commerce in Denmark was worth EUR 19.5 billion in 2019 and is expected to be worth significantly more than EUR 22 billion by the end of 2021. THE-INTL
Mariano has over 35 years global experience as a business executive. He spent ten years with KPMG, thirty years with British Chambers of Commerce (while also running his own companies). 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 44 years and has held over 100 official anti-Brexit speeches since 2016. He both speaks and writes Danish without difficulty. oxford-business.com
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DID YOU KNOW that proper hygiene and grooming will keep your pet comfortable and healthy? While you might have a pet that doesn't need to go to the groomer for regular baths or haircuts, your pet still needs basic care like brushing and nail trimming.
TRIMMING YOUR PET'S NAILS Did you know that trimming your pet's nails can help prevent musculoskeletal abnormalities? When your pet's nails get long, they can push the nail up and into the nail bed. This adds extra stress and strain on the toes, and it can be very uncomfortable. Over time, the nail can start to spiral or even grow into the paw pad. This can be incredibly painful and also contribute to severe infections, often necessitating antibiotics and pain-relieving medications. The longer you wait to have your furry friend's nails trimmed, the greater the chance of the experience being uncomfortable. They may need more frequent nail trimmings because the blood vessel found within each nail may be further into the nail, which can be painful if it is clipped, not to mention potentially lead to bleeding that can be difficult to control.
BRUSHING YOUR PET'S TEETH One of the most common disease problems seen by veterinarians is periodontal disease. In addition to being a painful condition, periodontal disease may contribute to teeth becoming loose and falling out. Tooth root abscesses may occur as well. Brushing your dog or cat's teeth regularly is a great way to help prevent periodontal disease and keep the teeth as healthy as possible. There are a variety of tools you can use to help clean your pet's teeth. Start with a toothpaste designed for pets, many of which are enzymatic and help clean the teeth even if you can't get a good brushing motion going while your pet tries to eat the toothpaste.
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TAREK ABU SHAM CEO & FOUNDER OF MYPETERINARIAN
In addition to regular brushing, there are also water additives that can help fight plaque. Your veterinarian may even recommend certain dental chews or food additives to help fight dental disease, which has been linked to various health conditions like heart disease. In addition, chronic inflammation can impair your pet's immune system from functioning normally.
CLEANING YOUR PET'S EARS Do you have a dog with long, floppy ears? While you can't prevent every possible ear infection, cleaning your pet's ears regularly can help minimize the risk of some cases developing. Keep in mind that some pets need little more than occasionally having their ears gently wiped out with a cotton ball. However, if your pet is prone to ear infections, they might need more regular cleanings. Your veterinarian can likely make a recommendation, such as a ceruminolytic product, which helps break up ear wax for easier removal. You will generally want to avoid products with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide as they can sting and even potentially contribute to inflammation within the ear canals.
When cleaning your pet's ears, you'll want to avoid using cotton swabs, as they can cause trauma to the ear canal, even pushing debris further into the canal where it might become impacted or pierce the eardrum. Instead, use cotton balls or gauze squares. In addition, the wax buildup can set the scene for an ear infection to develop, as warm and moist environments can be a great place for yeast and bacteria to proliferate. While many pets will let you take care of these regular grooming needs at home, some pets are anxious or wriggly, making it hard for them to get the care they need. You should discuss these concerns with your veterinarian if a mild sedative or calming product might make it easier for them (and you) to get the job done. Keep in mind that these are services we now offer as well, so you don't have to take your pet to high-stress locations just to have their nails trimmed. THE-INTL
"WHILE MANY PETS WILL LET YOU TAKE CARE OF THESE REGULAR GROOMING NEEDS AT HOME, SOME PETS ARE ANXIOUS OR WRIGGLY, MAKING IT HARD FOR THEM TO GET THE CARE THEY NEED."
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. W it h M Y P E T E R I NA R I A N , Tarek has combined his veterinary experience with his entrepreneurial spirit. MyPeterinarian cares for pets in the Copenhagen area, offering pet sitting, walking, veterinary services and more to come soon. www.mypeterinarian.com
Guide to vaccination against COVID-19
If you are offered vaccination at a vaccination centre, you will usually be notified via e-Boks or by regular mail
If you are offered vaccination at your workplace, you will be notified via your employer
You book an appointment at www.vacciner.dk
You agree the specific time for your vaccination with your workplace
2nd VACCINATION 3-4 weeks, possibly up to 6 weeks, after the 1st vaccination
You wait at least 15 minutes at the vaccination site
Contact your doctor if you experience side effects
You wait at least 15 minutes at the vaccination site
The vaccine becomes effective The full effect of the vaccine is expected 7 days after the 2nd dose if you are vaccinated with Comirnaty® and 14 days after the 2nd dose if you are vaccinated with COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna®.
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