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FRENCH DIPLOMATS MR & MRS RATIER ON ALL THINGS DANISH
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IT'S TIME TO RESET YOURSELF...
AS A LOT OF US PREPARE TO RETURN TO THE DAILY GRIND OF WORK AND SCHOOL, IT CAN BE HARD TO GET YOURSELF OUT OF HOLIDAY ZONE. SO... IT'S TIME TO RESET WITH US AT THE INTERNATIONAL!
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#3 CREATE A NEW TO-DO LIST
and again, I need a reset. Like right now, as I sit typing my eds note, I'm one day away from taking my summer holiday. I can't wait to switch off, unwind and spend time with my family. Resetting your brain could be after finishing a project or achieving a goal. My goal was to get The International back into print, and I'm so proud it's finally happening for this issue. Yay team! So, to help those of you still in holiday mode or those of you who simply just need to refocus, here are my four simple steps to achieve this. Now I just need to follow my own advice!
Take your goals, and write down your to-do list of all the immediate things that need doing for each purpose. Don't be tempted to look at the to-do list you might already have running - throw it out! The idea here is to start anew – with your goals top of mind. Some people like to take each goal and write down each micro-action that will be needed to achieve that goal, but I prefer to write down about a week or two worth of actions that are the most important.
#1 RE-CLARIFY YOUR WHY
Finally, take that list and write out your today list. These are the three or so things that you are actually going to do today. Be careful not to be too ambitious, it's far better to have success and feel over-accomplished, rather than feel like you're failing. So set yourself up to succeed, and remember, you can also do more than is on your list if you finish it – so it's an excellent place to start
Some people call this your vision, others, your five-year plan. Either way, you need to take your thinking up a level and look at the bigger picture of your life. For some people, this is easy – they know exactly what they want. For others, it can be confronting and daunting. A few questions you can ask yourself are: What are the huge things that are important to you in this phase of your life? What would you regret most if you didn’t do it? Who do you feel a little jealous about when you hear about their success? (This can be a clue as to what you might really want out of life.) Imagine yourself in five years and think about how old you’ll be and at what stage your family will be at. What do you want your every day to look like?
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Stories to warm your heart with our new "The feel-good stories of Denmark" section.
#4 WRITE YOUR TODAY LIST #2 WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS Once you have an idea of what you want your future to look like, get really specific and actually write down your goals. Decide how to time frame them – will they be one-year, 6-months or even 3-years? Goals that are too long-term tend to be quickly forgotten and don't inspire any immediate action. On the other hand, goals that are too near-sighted lack the bigger picture vision. A good compromise is to set oneyear goals and then break them down into 3 monthly, or even monthly targets. A trap that many of us fall into is having too many goals. Even though you think you can work on lots of things at once, the fewer objectives you have, the more likely you are to achieve them. That's not to say you should only have one, but having 20 is definitely too many.
Events around Denmark in August. A special section on the new digitalised CPH Pride.
An exclusive interview with Mr & Mrs Ratier, French diplomats who share their experiences of life in Denmark.
We hope you enjoy seeing us back in print, and paging through our latest issue - just a friendly reminder to keep up your hygiene if you're sharing the paper with others. Stay safe everyone and good luck with back to school and work!
How does the public school system in Denmark work? Time to educate yourself about folkeskole.
The pain of discrimination as we explore the dark side of Danish society.
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THE FEEL-GOOD STORIES OF DENMARK
Building Bridges Beyond Stereotypes
WHEN ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS The COVID-19 has revealed the real superheroes among us. Those on the frontlines of the pandemic, devoted medical workers, were recognised and featured in newspaper headlines worldwide. The Filipino community in Denmark decided to turn words into action and left a powerful message.
A REPAT HELPING EXPATS DURING THE CORONA CRISIS
ZACHARY MARX “WHEN COVID-19 CAME, I REALISED QUITE EARLY THAT THERE WEREN’T ANY TRANSLATIONS INTO ENGLISH. THE PRESS BRIEFINGS WERE NOT TRANSLATED,” JENSEN EXPLAINED. “SO I TOOK MY PHONE AND STARTED RECORDING.”
Chloe Inventor, one of the initiators, said: “It´s a beautiful message about people joining together and helping each other, also for the Danish community to see how foreigners can support society and contributing in their own way.” Support our health workers in Denmark is an inclusive project which started as a simple message between Alleah Andrea Christensen and Chloe. They wanted to unite people in supporting Filipino medical workers and other nationalities on the frontline, who had long shifts and no time to buy or make food. At the beginning of the lockdown period, the Facebook group united over 290 individuals and restaurants ready to contribute with food and refreshments. Thanks to devoted volunteers, many hospitals received food donations until up until April in the Sjælland and Sønderjylland hospital regions. Throughout Denmark, people took their own initiative con-
Spreading the latest news and procedures is one of government’s key functions during a crisis. This has never been more apparent than during the first few weeks of the COVID-19 crisis, when reliable information was difficult to come by. However, a government’s ability to successfully spread information is only as good as its ability to reach everyone. In the case of Denmark’s otherwise laudable early and effective actions, there was a key demographic left out of the loop: non-Danish speakers. Thankfully, several Danes are working to fill the information gap, including Frej Jensen, the founder of the Facebook page The Repat Dane – Updates Doing the Corona Lockdown Period. Jensen has been posting live translations of government press conferences during the crisis. According to Jensen, there was a lack of effort to reach
tacting the hospitals to secure safe delivery according to regulations. Logistics were then just a simple case of cooperating and scheduling amongst volunteers.
As Chloe described: “People would show up with food, and offering delivery services to the hospitals. It was the easiest event that I’ve been involved with. I think it was because there was a need to help, people were just so excited to do it.” Hospital Hygiene Rules and Safety Guidelines varied from place to place, and so did the food and beverage donations. From warm food, fruits, and bread to snacks, chips, and soda decorated with small cards saying “Thank you our superheroes, for taking care of us”. The simple gesture made them happy. THE-INTL
out to the expat and non-Danish speaking communities with important information. “When COVID-19 came, I realized quite early that there weren’t any translations into English. The press briefings were not translated,” Jensen explained. “So I took my phone and started recording.” Jensen, as a former expat himself, has experience of being in a foreign country during a crisis, and is familiar with the feelings of confusion and stress that comes with it. He was living in Brussels during the 2016 terrorist attack. “With the terrorist attack in 2016, the Belgian government failed to give proper information to the huge international community” Jensen said. While Jensen is no longer an expat, his experience of living abroad for nearly two decades puts him at odds with the “typical Dane.” “I went from being an ex-
ZACHARY A. MARX is an American with experience living, working, and studying abroad. He is an environmental activist and climate leader with a master’s in International Environmental Law from the University of Eastern Finland.
pat – a foreigner in another country – to a foreigner in my own country. You come to a point as a repat where you realise that you may speak the language, but there’s something different in your cultural or human luggage than your Danish peers have.
“You sort of fall in between two stools,” Jensen concluded. Although the crisis is far from over, the urgent need for the latest information and government policies has diminished. Regardless, Jensen is committed to continuing updates, and providing a platform for worried non-Danish speakers to have a conversation. As the COVID-19 crisis continues, The Repat Dane will undoubtedly prove a useful platform for filling in the gaps left by government and media oversight. THE-INTL
MARTINA POPADAKOVA is Slovak by blood and a Global Citizen by heart. She completed an MSc in International Security & Law at the University of Southern Denmark in 2018. Over the last 2 years, Martina has worked as a facilitator and project coordinator in various NGOs.
ZACHARY MARX Moving abroad can be a difficult process for anyone, regardless of education or experience. Tine Jørgensen, founder of the Facebook group Beyond Stereotypes: Danes & Internationals, experienced these challenges first hand, and from an early age. Jørgensen, along with her parents, moved away from their daily comforts of Danish life when she was 12. This was not a relatively simple move across the border to Germany or Sweden, but to Kenya first, and then India. She also lived in England and Tanzania as an adult. This is all to say that she understands the difficulties of living life and making connections as an expat better than most. This understanding is one of the reasons why she founded the Facebook group.
“The point of the group is to bridge the gap between Danes and internationals,” Jørgensen explained. "So, the idea is to do something constructive.” Jørgensen, through her own acquaintances and friendships – including those she made through Beyond Stereotypes – sees how Denmark can be an especially difficult place to settle down. She’s seen how difficult it is for foreigners to make Danish friends and to navigate Danish bureaucracy. She hopes that the Facebook group will help both Danes and foreigners alike make new and meaningful connections. Moreover, she hopes the group can be a platform for sharing helpful information about life in Denmark. “At the moment, our challenge is to create better ways for people to meet up or make acquaintances,” Jørgensen continued. “Our ambition isn’t necessarily to grow. Our focus isn’t on quantity but on quality. We want to make the group as good as it can be. I think what we’ve especially succeeded with –in my opinion, anyway – is to create an open and heart-based environment.” Jørgensen stressed that the group is equally useful for Danes as it is for expats. She understands that even as a Dane with international experience, she learns and grows from these interactions. “One of the things about getting to know people from other countries is it inspires you, it makes you think about yourself and your own background. And yeah, we all have something to contribute, which is a wonderful thing.” THE-INTL
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Class levels: 1st - 8th grade
Have you ever wanted to learn how to sail? Or do you just love watersports? This experience gives you the best of both worlds! Training takes place with the club's coaches, who are used to training children in the 7 - 15 years age group. The only prerequisite you must have is the desire to learn how to sail, and you love water sports. You do NOT need to bring special equipment with you, just a good personality. The club provides all the necessary equipment, and you must bring your own packed lunch for the day.
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Cheerleading is a fun sport where everyone is challenged. You will learn acrobatics, jumping gymnastics and strength training. We put similar ages together, so this is an excellent opportunity to participate with your friends. The final day we finish with a small show for the parents and present what we have been working on.
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Groove is a liberating way of moving your body freely and intuitively using simple steps. We dance and listen to the same music together while wearing headphones, this helps you escape to a world of your own. The music varies within all genres, and everyone can participate. Bring clothes you can dance in, and maybe a bottle of water. If you want to lie down during the session, you can bring a yoga mat or a blanket. We distance while dancing and the headphones are regularly cleaned with disinfectant.
Mixing the old world with the new. A totally different experience that keeps you outside in the fresh air. Carry a museum in your pocket and go on a digital walk through the city experiencing it's past, and the best is it's open all hours of the day! On the city walk, you will learn about the city's earliest history, which is hidden beneath your feet. On the way, you will pass the places where they have found objects and traces of the old city that you can see in the museum's exhibition. If the weather isn't working in your favour, you can also visit the Museum of Odense and Funen.
Sail on a guided sea safari from Langør to the nature reserve at Bosserne. Experience the spotted seals and the grey seals in their natural habitat. The sailing trip goes to the islands east of Samsø: Vejrø, Kyholm, Besser Rev and Lindholm. At the rock reef "Bosserne" we make a stop to admire the many seals. They are curious animals, and they can get quite close to the ship. At Kyholm, the captain explains the creation of the distinctive natural surroundings and the island's fascinating history as a quarantine station. The trip lasts around 2½ hours.
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Pop-Up concert organised by Randers party week! The municipality of Randers has teamed up with Randers Musikfond to bring the town six pop-up concerts in residential areas, backyards and adjoining villages to Randers. Due to Covid-19 and in the interest of safety, it's a surprise who will be performing and where. So it's essential to keep an eye on the local press in Randers or their Facebook group. What a great way to spend the last days of your vacation, before going back to the hustle and bustle of work and school.
Make your own candles! Club Fanø has a candle foundry, where you get to make your own candles. In less than two hours, you can make eight hand-made candles. We have six primary colours to choose from. It's also fun to combine several colours to get a variation of several different colours. Hand-made candle making is for both adults and children from around six years. Children aged between 4-5 will need adult supervision to help them make their candles, as the wax is boiling.
Here is an opportunity to visit places of interest in the local Hvidovre area - and also places that are a little further afield. The route is planned by the participants jointly when they meet up. We begin our journey at Friheden Station, and the trip lasts approximately 2½ hours, and we cycle at a leisurely pace. The tour is free, and registration is not required. But remember to bring something to drink on the trip to keep you hydrated.
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RAISE FOR KIDS
NATIONAL PARK HIKE
Raise for Kids is a festival for the whole family with a hygge atmosphere, cool live music and fast cars. And it does not end there - with street food, bouncy castles and the opportunity to buy a ride in a Ferrari, Lamborghini or Maserati, a day you will all remember and talk about for a while. The entire profit from the day goes undiminished to vulnerable and sick children in Denmark. As Raise for Kids takes place on military grounds, there will be security checkpoints of people and vehicles.
Summer theatre for the whole family! Take a stroll through the farms and houses of the Funen Village and H.C. Andersen's fairy tale. Watch the insanely fun and surprising summer show. "H.C. Who ...?" is a tribute to the doctor and the imagination - and a tribute to H.C. Andersen's marvellous universe. The performance has taken inspiration from, among others, Monty Python and traditional street theatre, which you can experience in the mix of humour and adventure.
A beautiful and easy hike through the most picturesque landscapes of Mols Bjerge National Park. Although the trail is reasonably long (19 km), it is relatively easy, and you can take it at your own pace. You not only get to stretch your legs with a long hike but also get some great stories along the way and experience the incredible nature. Some of the sights along the way are the hilly ice age landscape, Ørnbjerg Mill, Stubbe Lake, Skærsø Estate, the railway path between Gravlev and Ebeltoft.
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28 AUGUST KNITTING CLUB Once a month, a group of women meet and knit together in the church premises. They knit various item including christening napkins (christening napkins are knitted napkins that the priests use to wipe the children's heads after baptism, and which the family subsequently keep to commemorate the day. We also knit blankets for the homeless, but you are also welcome to sit and do your own thing.
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31 AUGUST IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE VIKINGS Listen to the story of the small Viking town of Aros, which became Denmark's second-largest town. On this city walk around the old streets, the city's history unfolds - from the Viking city of Aros to today's Aarhus. We follow the traces of the old Viking town, which is buried and hidden under the old town centre. A beam from an old well, a basement under a bank and a few signs with street names help us along the way. Along the way, we ask some questions about the Vikings of Aarhus. When did they arrive, and why did they settle here? How far did they get on their expeditions, and what did they survive on? How big was the Vikings' Aarhus, and how many inhabitants did it have? Why did they call the city Aros? And many other questions...
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Pride Week is different this year, as we can't celebrate as we usually do. But we 'can be together separately'. Copenhagen Pride is proud to announce that several restaurants, cafes, churches, and bars are supporting and holding virtual viewing parties. See more on their website: http://copenhagenpride.dk/#!/en/page/viewingparties-for-pride-week-saturday
PRIDE RUN COPENHAGEN
PRIDE BANKO EXTRAVAGANZA!
TIME: 17:00-19:00 WHERE: LØBSPORTALEN, REGNBUEPLADSEN, 1550 CPH
Pan Idræt & Copenhagen Frontrunners want to mark that there’s only one year until WorldPride and EuroGames 2021 by inviting you, your friends, family and colleagues to take part in this year’s big Pride Run Copenhagen 2020 event. This is a 5km walk and run event that will take you past the most important places for next year’s WorldPride and EuroGames. Anyone can join in. Put on a pair of running shoes or trainers and appropriate clothes. We have guides who will either run slowly or power walk if you prefer to walk the route. Participation and more precise information visit: https://bit.ly/2XJfVYx
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TIME: 20:00-21:30 TENT 4: FANNYANN EDDY LANGUAGE: ENGLISH Social distancing has never kept a drag queen from grabbing her balls! True to tradition, Copenhagen Pride is collaborating with some of the naughtiest and most beautiful queens north of the Alps at the bi-annual event: PRIDE BINGO EXTRAVAGANZA. Join Chantal al Arab and her sisters for a bingo night you will never forget – even if you wanted to! The game will be conducted in English. The event will be recorded and live-streamed – watch it online at http://copenhagenpride.dk/#!/en/page/digital-parade-2020
TIME: 14:30-16:00 TENT 3: CLAUDE CAHUN LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
THE LGBTI SITUATION IN TURKEY TIME: 18:00-19:00 / TENT 1: DAVID KATO / LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
What makes us who we are? I am (Love)d is an art installation, in which you will walk through a forest of genealogical trees, collected to represent the wide variety of LGBTQ+ families. In this forest of relationships, you will find personal stories from invited artists and, if you wish, you can add your own tree to the collection. The event will be recorded and livestreamed – watch it online at http://copenhagenpride. dk/#!/en/page/digital-parade-2020
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In 2019, nineteen LGBTI+ activists were put on trial in Ankara, accused of ‘breaching the assembly ban’ because they had partaken in an LGBTI+ Pride March at the Middle East Technical University. Various speakers will talk about the LGBTI+ situation in Turkey, about the METU case and how we, as an international community, can help. The event will be recorded and live-streamed – watch it online at http://copenhagenpride.dk/#!/en/page/digital-parade-2020
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YOUNG IN 2020
DIGITAL PARADE: CPH PRIDE UNITES DENMARK
TIME: 14:00-15:30 TENT 4: FANNYANN EDDY LANGUAGE: DANISH Are you interested in life as a young LGBTI+ person in 2020, then join us and hear different young people talk about their experiences. You'll learn about life as a young person and what it's like to break the norms of gender identity, gender expression, and/or sexuality in 2020. Together they will give reasons why we're still lacking in diversity in Denmark. You'll be able to ask the panel questions and get advice on life as a young LGBTI+ person. The event will be recorded and livestreamed – watch it online at http://copenhagenpride. dk/#!/en/page/digital-parade-2020
Perhaps the most iconic element of Copenhagen Pride is the parade. We cannot be without it, and we won't this year either! The parade will be in a new format, but with the same important demonstration for basic human rights regardless of sexuality and gender identity. The march, which is part celebration and part demonstration, has taken place every year since 1996. In 2019, 350,000 people took part in the streets of Copenhagen and Copenhagen Pride Parade is Denmark's largest human rights manifestation. While it's weird for all of us not to have the big physical march, this year there will be both a digital and physical manifestation that everyone can be a part of. In this year's innovative digital parade, you will experience four elements:
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Stride with pride Copenhagen Pride Parade Challenge Parade greetings from partners and organizations Two bubbly commentators tying it all together in the TV studio’
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DENMARK OUTGOING DEFENSE ATTACHÉ TO DENMARK AND ICELAND CAPTAIN (N) PATRICK RATIER AND HIS WIFE SANDRINE SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ON ALL THINGS DANISH
THREE YEARS AGO THE RATIERS ARRIVED IN DENMARK BAG AND BAGGAGE, WITH THEIR TWO KIDS. THIS MONTH THEIR TIME HERE COMES TO AN END. IN THIS WORLD EXCLUSIVE THE DIPLOMAT COUPLE TALK BREAD, BLONDES AND EVERYTHING IN-BETWEEN.
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AS I WALKED up the concrete steps of the French Defense Attaché’s residence in leafy Hellerup, it was the peace and tranquility of the area that was particularly deafening. The 100-year-old mansion, tucked away at the end of a quaint street, is nothing out of the ordinary and wouldn’t attract a second glance was it not for the two flags – one Danish and one French – fluttering in the wind on either side of the front terrace. I rang the bell and waited. I was there to interview Captain (N) Patrick Ratier and his wife Sandrine on their three years spent in Denmark. Patrick, who is the outgoing French Defense Attaché to Denmark and Iceland, leaves Copenhagen later this month for Dunkerque, France. He’s been appointed Commandant de la Marine dans le Hauts de France, or simply, the Navy Chief of the Northeast French region that borders Belgium. It’s a strategically important position, one that he later tells me he’s looking forward to. “Bonjour!” sings Madame Ratier in true French fashion as she swings open the door, her face free of make-up except for a bit of kohl that makes the brown in her eyes pop. She’s a portrait of elegance. Her dirty blonde hair cascades down her shoulders with an air of unhurried casualness, while her black georgette top and dazzling silver skirt add that touch of elusive French chic that most of us find so hard to replicate. “Please! Do come in,” she offers warmly. The French aren’t particularly known for their love of foreign languages, least of all English, but the Ratiers have garnered a reputation within the diplomatic community for being easy communicators. Both Patrick and Sandrine speak the language perfectly and so English was chosen as the langue du jour. Inside, Patrick joins us in the foyer. He looks straight out of Downton Abbey. He was wearing some kind of uniform that he explains is the most formal kind in the French naval forces. To the civilian eye it looked like a navy blue tuxedo crossed with a decorated military costume complete with white bow tie. He was dressed to impress and it worked marvelously.
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As we began to discuss where to sit and talk, I looked around the tastefully decorated interiors and wondered why their home hadn’t yet been featured in any of the country’s design magazines. But then when one thinks about it in more detail, it’s understandable why the lux interiors of the Ratier home wouldn’t appeal to the Danish minimalist. There’s nothing subtle about the Ratiers. They’re as remarkable inside as their home is plain outside – ironically a very Danish way to be. Every room in the house told a different story. From priceless French antiques and intricate Persian rugs to French Rococo furniture and charming little knick-knacks picked up around the world, their home was a treasure trove of style and sophistication. “The garden perhaps?” asked Sandrine politely, as I struggled to snap back into reality, still gawking at the many elaborate artifacts on our way down to their manicured garden at the back of the house.
THE MISSION The Ratiers moved to Denmark three years ago from Paris where Patrick was posted at the headquarters of the French Armed Forces. “It was a case of serendipity,” he says with a twinkle in his eye, “We wanted to go abroad; every three years we have the option to go to a variety of pre-selected countries and then three summers ago Denmark turned out to be the only option on the list, so we just went for it. It was like fate forced our hand and we ended up here.” But Sandrine laughs and politely disagrees with her husband. She feels things weren’t all that straightforward and there was much to consider. “I didn’t even know where Denmark was on the world map,” she exaggerates. “Plus we’ve always chosen warm, sunny places to live in, so I was pretty skeptical. But then one evening we were at a friend’s house and their daughter had happened to live in Denmark and she said she loved it. So that was actually the pivotal moment for us. That’s when we decided we were going to do it.”
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But apart from the weather, Sandrine admits there were other factors to consider, including French schools for their kids, an English-speaking country, if not a French-speaking one and of course not being too far away from homeland France.
A LOVE STORY Both Patrick and Sandrine come from distinguished lines of military families. Sandrine who hails from Brittany in the northwest of France comes from a family of Navy officers, while Patrick, who is originally from the Charente-Maritime department in Southwest France, is the son of a military officer. Theirs is a Cinderella story - well, almost. They met in 1996 at a military ball where uniforms and ball-gowns were the order of the day. Sandrine was studying in Paris at the time, while Patrick was a young officer enlisted at the naval academy in Sandrine’s hometown of Brest in Brittany. She’d returned to Brest to visit family and with a group of friends ended up attended the big Ball. Long story short – Boy sees girl; Boy asks girl to dance. Boy and girl barely talk while dancing and then girl must leave before the clock strikes midnight. Sandrine can’t stop giggling as she recounts the sequence of events. “It’s like yesterday! He was in uniform and so serious. It was a challenge for me to make him smile. But then when I had to go, he quickly turned super efficient and wrote down my name and address on a map and that was it. Remember there were no phones or emails back then so things like this were really touch and go. I didn’t think anything of it until I received a letter from him in the post a month later. And the rest, as they say, is history!” History also counts two beautiful children, a son, Guillaume and a daughter, Capucine. “We’ve always been extremely careful with their education,” says Sandrine, “Both Patrick and I come from traditional families where education is everything and we wanted our kids to grow up with the same values.” Capucine is now attending the famous Paris Institute of Political Studies in Paris, more commonly known as Science Po – an elite institution that is part of the Conférence des Grandes écoles. She’s looking to carve out a carrier for herself in French politics. Guillaume who has chosen to remain in Denmark is doing an International Bachelor in general engineering at the Technical University of Denmark, better known as DTU. He speaks Danish, loves Denmark and plans to remain here forever, or so he says.
“Clean,” jokes Sandrine without a thought. “And very blonde!” “Safe,” adds the Defense Attaché, quite aptly. “Society here is very disciplined and therefore very safe. This is such an important thing today. It affects the quality of life in more ways than we understand. The Danes are pragmatic, straightforward and also respectful. There is a lot of trust within society here, which is fantastic. Eight out of 10 people trust each other and feel safe here, while in France the same comparison is two out of 10. There is something they’re doing right. Also I find the Danish are more logical and direct. When someone is doing something silly, people tell you off and this is a good thing because it makes society work better; it makes you more aware of your surroundings and teaches you to respect public spaces.
NOTHING’S PERFECT But three years down the road, do they still feel as positive? The smirk on Sandrine’s face gives her away. “When we first got here we thought everything was going to be easy, but it’s not true, especially for diplomats. There are certain basic things we don’t have access to that everyone else does and that makes life pretty hard for us.” She cautions that she cannot go further into detail. “Then there’s also the language barrier,” cuts in Patrick quickly. “Despite the Danes being able to speak English perfectly, when I need something done or fixed for example, I end up asking a Danish colleague to intervene in Danish because it works better. Everything works better in Danish. But not everything is bad insists Sandrine. “There are some great lessons to be learned from this country. Only when you live here do you realise why the Danes are the happiest people in the world. It’s not because they’re richer or healthier than the rest of the world, no! It’s because they’re content. They’re not jealous of one another, they don’t want what their neighbour has, they live within their means and they’re happy doing it. There’s passion for life here and deep respect for the rule of law that you don’t see anywhere else and this is what makes Denmark such a great nation.” A defense position comes with its challenges and most Defense Attachés have a lot to worry about including security, diplomacy and promoting cooperation with French defense. But Patrick goes out of his way to insist that Denmark is the perfect country to take up such a position, especially for a first-time Defense Attaché. “Why? Because everything is so straightforward over here,” he says. “The Danes are positive and relaxed, so it’s easy to work in this kind of environment and the work-life balance is brilliant.” He’s also quick to commend the state visit of President Emmanuel Macron, which he says was a real booster for French morale here and international relations. Even the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle made its first visit to Denmark under his watch – a rare event
"PATRICK IS WITH ME, HE’S MY BEST FRIEND, I DON’T NEED ANYTHING OR ANYONE BUT HIM" – SANDRINE RATIER
FIRST IMPRESSIONS With one of the kids now planning to plant roots in the country, one would imagine Denmark has been an amazing experience for the Ratiers. But what was their impression of Denmark when they first got here?
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"SOCIETY HERE IS VERY DISCIPLINED AND THEREFORE VERY SAFE" – CAPTAIN (N) PATRICK RATIER that he says is extremely historical for both France and Denmark. “Most people don’t realise what a big step it is, for us to send our aircraft carrier to another country,” explains Patrick. “Since I was also Defense Attaché to Iceland, I travelled there to support French ships visiting the area and to discuss challenges in the Arctic. I also did this in Greenland and the Faroe Islands.” But nowhere is perfect and there’s always room for improvement, even in utopian Denmark. So what would the Ratiers do differently if given the chance? “Bake better bread,” cries Sandrine before cracking into a wicked smile, “They need to do bread better.” But then a proper French boulangerie is not easy to replicate wherever you are in the world. It’s an art form and particularly French. “I must say though, they’re doing education right,” adds Sandrine, “Our son is very happy with his programme at DTU and we are thankful that Denmark has been able to offer him that. What they have done for European students is amazing.” Banking is another problem that Sandrine says is not up to international standards. “As a diplomat, we can’t have mobile pay here and don’t even get me started about credit cards.” Patrick on the other hand feels Denmark needs to pay more attention to the environment and include English on products in supermarkets. “Everyone knows English here, so why cut out a sizeable portion of your clientele by not including English on your products? Also the outdoor heating system here is pretty wasteful. I’ve noticed that even when restaurant terraces are empty, the heating remains on. And then there are those individually wrapped vegetables and fruit across supermarkets here. It’s funny because the Nordic have a reputation for being environmentally conscious, but only when you live here do you realise that’s not entirely true. But I know the situation is not perfect in France either.”
AU REVOIR DENMARK One would imagine uprooting your life of three years and moving away would bring hardship and sorrow, but the Ratiers don’t agree. “We just don’t think like that,” says Sandrine looking a little pensive. “Ç’est la vie! It’s just the kind of life we’ve chosen. Patrick is with me, he’s my best friend, I don’t need anything or anyone but him. Our kids are fine too – Capucine will be with us in France; our son is safe here, in a great country, so we have no worries.” Patrick seconds Sandrine. “We know we have to stay in a place for a fixed amount of years and so we prepare ourselves accordingly. We move forward, that’s how we think. Plus we’ll definitely come back to Denmark to see our son, so we’re still quite connected to this country.” But while Denmark is high up on their list of favourite places to have lived in – others include Tahiti and Paris – the Ratiers bizarrely award the top spot to Annapolis in Maryland, US. “I think it’s because Annapolis is a very European city, but with all the American comforts,” explains Sandrine. “The city is very chic and has an old-world charm to it. It’s coastal, so you also have the sea, plus it was convenient for us because it’s not far from Washington DC. Also when we moved to Annapolis, we came directly from Tahiti where we missed those urban comforts we’re all used to. One can’t live in flip-flops and t-shirts forever,” she jokes. But while you can take the Ratiers out of Denmark, you can’t take Denmark out of them. Sandrine swears by her shiny hygge socks and her seal furs, while Patrick insists he will never cross a zebra crossing when the light is red – a particularly Danish phenomenon – and that he will continue with his early morning dips in the cold sea. But what if there’s no sea? “Aha! It will be a cold shower then!” he laughs. THE-INTL
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BACK TO SCHOOL
AT NORTH ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO WELCOMING OUR LEARNERS BACK. PHOTOGRAPHS VARIOUS
TEXT SHANI BISHOP & MICHELLE ANIERE-BENTSEN, NORTH ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
AS WELL AS thinking about what pens, books and supplies our learners need, it’s important to take a moment to think about what our children have experienced this year and what they will need from us upon their return to school. Our school counsellor offers some tips below.
BACK TO SCHOOL TIPS FROM OUR LEARNERS Our learners are a constant source of inspiration to us, so we thought we would ask them to share some tips for others returning to school. #1 Think of learning as the world, there are always new terrains to cross. The most spectacular method of crossing is the way you adapt to each new terrain. - Pranav Rajkumar, Year 8 #2 Be structured. Get some structure and make a daily routine to make sure you get everything done on time. - Noah, Year 10 #3 New school, new friends can be hard in the beginning. So, step out of your shell and communicate with your new classmates and teachers. - Thea Munk, Year 8 #4 Be very inclusive because some kids might feel left out when they weren’t around their friends for a really long time. - Reed, Year 8
PERSONAL LEARNING GOALS The International Primary Curriculum personal learning goals underpin each unit - they represent the attributes that we believe children will find essential in the 21st Century. They help children to develop those qualities that will enable them to be at ease with the continually changing context of their lives. These goals are: #1 Enquiry #2 Communication #3 Thoughtfulness #4 Adaptability #5 Cooperation #6 Resilience #7 Respect
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A new school year brings an opportunity for new beginnings. It’s a great time to encourage reflection in your child whatever age they are. A few questions you could ask are: How do you feel about going back to school? What are you looking forward to? Is there anything you are feeling anxious about? What personal goals can you use to help you? It will be easy for all of us to assume that August will mark a return to normal schooling. As we all know, the ‘new normal’ will continue for some time yet and reminding children of continuing regular hand washing will be helpful. The bubble of school, friends, social media and family becomes completely absorbing. By asking them to step back and reflect, even for a short time, they can gain great insights into themselves and their lives. The following prompts will help:
SHORT TERM PLANNING When you think about the past 8 months at school, what went well/not so well? What would you do differently? Think about the targets set with your teachers, how can you achieve them? What advice would you give to yourself now for the coming year? What personal goals or attributes do you want to work on this year?
MEDIUM TERM PLANNING Speak to them about their goals and dreams for the future. Use the insights gained and their ideas above to discuss their goals for the next academic year Help them to break these goals into smaller more manageable targets which are SMART (Specific-Measurable-Achievable-Realistic-Timely)
LONG TERM PLANNING
INSIGHTS AND ADVICE FROM OUR NIS SCHOOL COUNSELLOR MICHELLE
Discuss how these plans fit into a balanced programme which includes fun, healthy lifestyle and study. Think about how you, as a parent, can support them to achieve this. Repeat this exercise for yourself.
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Personal goals, like resilience and cooperation, are an essential focus for our school and our learners. They permeate through everything we do at school and learning in every subject. It was impressive to see how they coped during the period of school closure and with returning to school. One of the personal goals we have for them is resilience and this period certainly developed that goal. In general, most students coped well, rose to the challenge and adapted. When they did have challenges, we provided ongoing help and support to allow them to succeed.
THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR AND SOME ADVICE
NIS SCHOOL COUNSELLOR MICHELLE ANIERE-BENTSEN
EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE COMES WITH EXPERIENCE PHOTOGRAPHS ISTOCK
TEXT KATHY BORYS SIDDIQUI
WHAT EXACTLY IS emotional resilience, and why is it so important? Is it possible to expand our emotional resilience? If so, How?
BREAK IT DOWN
The emotional responses we have to adversity determine our level of emotional resilience. The word Resilience comes from Latin - Resilio- which means to bounce back or recoil. Emotional Resilience has many definitions, so what exactly is it? One way to define it according to the American Psychological Association is “a process of adapting well when faced with adversity, trauma, tragedy, and significant sources of stress.“ Individuals with a high level of emotional resilience can recognise and manage their emotions in situations of crisis, adversity, and hardships. Emotional Resilience is a skill and trait that we are born with, and it continues to develop throughout our lives. Its development is also strongly influenced by the environment we grow up in, and it continues to be influenced by our personal and professional environment during adulthood. Who we surround ourselves with and the company we keep influences how we handle our emotions. It is essential to keep in mind that someone who is emotionally resilient still gets upset and feels overwhelmed at times. The difference is that they can acknowledge and deal with their emotions with ease. For those of us who are less resilient, there is good news - this skill can be developed with practice.
RESILIENCE IS LIKE A MUSCLE Why is it so important? For those of us who lead international lives, Emotional Resilience is like the Sous Chef in the kitchen, it is a must. Everyday life hurls lots of emotional experiences our way, and we have to process them. Living an international life is exciting and challenging because of an abundance of unexpected events that often surface - events that we are not pre-
KATHY BORYS SIDDIQUI FOUNDER, ACTIVE ACTION pared for. The aftermath is dealing with intense emotions that accompany these events. Certain experiences are more difficult than others; however, it is inevitable that the sooner we start working out those emotional resilience muscles, the better. We have to be able to recognise how we react to intense and challenging experiences and the emotions that come up. According to the Mayo Clinic, the most important exercise for improving your resilience is training your attention and awareness.
SO, WHAT IS RESILIENCE MADE UP OF? Resilient individuals have specific characteristics and practices in common, according to the American Psychological Association: #1 Recognising and managing your feelings. #2 Empathy. #3 Having a sense of self-worth and confidence. #4 Ability to form and maintain healthy relationships. #5 Good problem - solving skills. #6 A sense of purpose for the future. #7 Optimism. #8 Belief in support systems. #9 Coping well with change. However, the question lingers on, what if we do not recognise these traits or practices in ourselves? What can we do? Here are
a few tips, and please keep in mind there are many more practices that can improve emotional resilience according to PositivePsychology.com Nurturing the feeling of control - it is vital for humans to feel a sense of control over our lives. Developing a sense of self-esteem. Developing optimism and hope. Cultivating a sense of positivity, well being, and purpose. Practising gratitude each day. Developing SMART goals: setting goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound. Implementing these practices into daily life can bring about great results in emotional resilience growth. Numerous exercises and introspective self-development tools are also available to those who are willing to dive in and explore the world of emotional resilience. As Internationals, emotional resilience is a must-have in our lives. It is invaluable when it comes to coping with challenges, turmoil, or simply during another move and/ or new host country. THE-INTL
"EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE IS LIKE THE SOUS CHEF IN THE KITCHEN, IT IS A MUST."
Kathy was born in Poznań, Poland and has lived in 4 countries and on 2 continents. Growing up as an immigrant and a cross cultural kid she was able to discover a multicultural world that shaped her into the person she is today. As an adult she experienced life as a re-pat as well as an expat and she is not a stranger to the challenges and opportunities that life abroad offers. Just when she least expected it, she met her Danish husband and once again packed her life in boxes and set off to live the happily ever after in the land of the Vikings and Hygge. Over the span of 10 years she has lived on Fyn, in Jylland and currently in Nordsjælland. Kathy has a background in Cultural Studies and also a degree in American Studies. She has been able to combine her passion and profession as an Intercultural trainer, Personal Branding and Expat Spouse and Partner Specialist at Active Action. A firm believer that if you are lacking something - create it. She is the co-founder of #BeGreatCollaborate, a running enthusiast, speaker, active lifestyle advocate, wife and Mom. www.activeaction.dk email@example.com https://www.linkedin.com/ in/kathybsiddiqui/
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SUMMER TRAVEL FROM HOME PART 3
THE LAST RAYS OF SUMMER PHOTOGRAPHS ANDREAS WIKING
TEXT ERIN CHAPMAN
THIS SUMMER, THERE WERE TWO DESTINATIONS I WAS PLANNING TO VISIT: ITALY AND USA. ALAS, BOTH OF THESE TRIPS TURNED INTO A NO-GO. SO, FOR THE LAST PART OF MY SUMMER TRAVEL FOOD SERIES, MY MIND WANDERS TO HOW I CAN CONNECT THESE TWO DESTINATIONS WITH A RECIPE THAT SCREAMS “LAST DAYS OF SUMMER”… CUE THE PEACHES!
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PEACHES (AND NECTARINES!) are my thing. I planned to go to Italy again this summer, famous for its food, vibe, wine, and loads of fresh summer produce. But when we were visiting Sardinia two years ago, the peach stands were speckled everywhere along the roadside, with giant peaches bursting with juicy flavour. I was in serious peach heaven. I couldn’t get enough. I also planned to head to the USA to visit my family for the summer. More peaches. I remember climbing a ladder as a young child in the backyard of my family’s farmhouse to pick huge ripe peaches off the trees. The (too) warm
midwest summers allow for gorgeous and plentiful farmers markets that I love to visit. Luckily, the fresh late-summer produce is in full swing right now here in Denmark, too. People often ask me at the pie shop – or while I am teaching pie baking classes – what my favourite pie is. And while many make my “Top Pie” list, Peach Pie is my Numero Uno. I think it’s because the window for great peaches and nectarines is so short, so this pie truly is a once-ayear pie. For me, it literally tastes like the last warm rays of the summer sun and begs for cold vanilla ice cream to slowly melt over the top.
HAPPY END-OF-SUMMER, NO MATTER WHERE YOUR DESTINATION SHOULD HAVE BEEN!
ERIN CHAPMAN CO-OWNER, THE AMERICAN PIE COMPANY With over 20 years’ experience in the advertising indus-
PEACHES’N’DREAMS / SOUR CREAM PEACH CRUMBLE PIE
the cold water until you’ve added enough to just in corporate the dough.
SERVES 8 SLICES
#4 Use your hands to finish bringing the dough
TIP: YOU CAN MAKE THE PIE CRUST AND CRUMBLE A
melt in the warmth of your hands, but pressing hard
together, working quickly so the butter chunks won’t
FEW DAYS IN ADVANCE AND STORE IN THE REFRIGERATE UNTIL YOU’RE READY TO ASSEMBLE AND BAKE!
115 g butter, cold
(½ cup / 1 stick)
150 g flour
(1 1/3 cups)
1 teaspoon sugar
out later. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 3 days. You can also freeze the dough at this stage, and it will keep for up to 6 months.
100 g butter, cold
150 g flour
(1 1/4 cup)
100 g sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
often, to form a circle that is about 5-8 cm larger than pan that is approx. 23cm/9 inches.) Fold the dough in half, then in quarters, and place in the pie pan. Then unfold and adjust to centre it. Fold the edges of the pie dough in and under around the edge of the pie pan, then crimp or flute the edge using your fingers or
½ teaspoon cinnamon
you can simply press a decorative border with a fork.
/4 teaspoon salt
Once the borders are crimped, chill the crust until ready to fill.
FILLING 7-8 peaches (or nectarines),
peeled & cut into quarters 150 g sugar
( /3 cup)
50 g flour
( /3 cup)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract 200 g sour cream
surface and roll out the prepared dough, rotating it the diameter of your pie pan. (You’ll want to use a pie
#5 Wrap the dough ball tightly with plastic wrap. Then
#6 Once the dough is chilled, generously flour a clean
/4 teaspoon salt
50 ml, cold water
the centre of your dough together into a ball. flatten into a round disk. This will make it easier to roll
SINGLE PIE CRUST
enough, so you don’t have any pockets or dry spots in
( /4 cup) 3
Beaten egg for brushing crust
SINGLE PIE CRUST #1 Cut the cold butter into cubes, and keep chilled. Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl you can get your hands into.
#2 Place cold butter cubes into the flour mixture and, using a pastry blender or fork, begin to cut the butter into the flour mixture until smaller chunks form. Continue to do this until you have a mixture with pea sized butter chunks and few larger grape-sized chunks left in it. NOTE: You can also do this step with a food processor or stand mixer, but be careful not to break down the butter into a fine crumb. Larger chunks of butter in the dough = flakier crust.
#3 Drizzle in half the cold water and, using a rubber
#1 Cut the cold butter into small cubes. #2 In a small bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Add the cold butter cubes and using your fingers or a fork, press the butter into the sugar mixture, until you have a crumbly consistency with pea-sized crumbs. (You can also pulse all ingredients in a food processor). Keep chilled until you’re ready to top the pie.
ASSEMBLE & BAKE
#1 Preheat the oven to 1750C / 3500F. #2 In a mixing bowl, add the sliced peaches, sugar, flour, and vanilla. Gently toss until the fruit is well coated. Stir in the sour cream until combined.
#3 Pour the filling into the prepared pie shell. Cover the
try, working both in Denmark and USA, Erin has specialised in brand building and image development for lifestyle, food and fashion clientele at both national and international level. Erin attended DIS, Denmark’s Study Abroad programme in 1996 and made a connection with Copenhagen. She moved to Denmark permanently in 1998 with two suitcases and a pocketful of change. Working in the advertising industry she worked her way up as a senior creative, as well as a voiceover artist, and then began her own brand and design business in 2006. Merging her love for food and art direction, she began food styling and cookbook design for other authors, and then proceeded to continue with recipe development, publishing two cookbooks in Denmark. While living in Los Angeles, Erin worked with several US brands on image and recipe development and upon returning to Denmark, she partnered with Dorte Prip in 2015 to introduce The American Pie Company in Copenhagen. Erin is happily married to her Danish husband and is the mother of a sassy seven year old daughter who speaks fluent “Danglish”.
peach filling with the crumble, squeezing a few pieces of the crumble together to create some larger
#4 Brush the pie dough edges with beaten egg (or milk) and bake for 55-60 min, or until filling is bubbling slowly and the crust is golden brown.
spatula, begin to bring the dough together by
#5 Allow to cool completely before serving. Store in
pressing it against the side of the bowl. Add the rest of
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ABOUT FOLKESKOLE AS AN INTERNATIONAL FAMILY RELOCATING TO DENMARK, DANISH EDUCATION MIGHT APPEAR CONFUSING. HOW MUCH YOU DO KNOW ABOUT FOLKESKOLE? WE HELP YOU FIGURE IT OUT.
TEXT JOSEPHINE WAN
SINCE SOURCES REGARDING Danish schools in English always only cover the official information, let's look further into Danish school life, and what to expect.
PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS Children start zero grade in Folkeskole (primary and secondary schools in Denmark) at the age of six and finish ninth grade when they are about 15-16 years old. Most pupils go to the same school throughout these 10 years, though some change schools for different reasons. Sometimes, pupils also change schools or classes to form better relationships with their fellow pupils. One of the values Danish schools hold in high regard is the well-being of children. Homework and exams are often not the focus. Instead, they put the children’s happiness and well-being first. Danish pupils do not wear school uniforms, and they call their teachers by first names. It is common to bring their own lunchboxes (madpakker) for lunch. As soon as they finish eating, they run outside to play. Pupils in Danish school have a remarkably simple and relaxing school life. A good day for them is to be with their friends, eat lunch together, play together, and learn something new together. Most pupils do not have homework to bring home, a good family life balance is vital within the Danish culture.
SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS Social relationships are essential for pupils’ school life and well-being. Teachers focus on creating a good team spirit and respect amongst the students so that no one is left alone or feels left out. Classwork is often is done in a teamwork setting, where students all contribute, help each other and present results as a group.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION Many Danish schools have special arrange-
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ments in the school like mates (makker) for new students who join the school. They are assigned a mate who will be with them for the first few weeks, so they are not alone during break and help them settle in. The mates enjoy assisting new students, and they have received training in how a mate can help. This enables a good start at the new school while they adapt to a new environment and make new friends.
LEARNING METHODS Children are encouraged to learn through thought, discussions, observations, and discovery. This helps improve their knowledge as an individual and learn how to work as part of the community. This prepares them for being independent and cooperative at their tertiary education later in life.
FOR INTERNATIONAL FAMILIES Reception class (Modtagelsesklasse) is available in most Danish public schools, and the purpose is to introduce the Danish language and the Danish education system to non-Danish speaking children. For more information, you can visit https://international.kk.dk/artikel/reception-classes-public-schools
"SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS ARE E S S E N T I A L FO R S T U D E N T S SCHOOL LIFE AND WELL-BEING." Unlike international schools, Danish schools are free. If you haven’t been relocated to Denmark with the help of a relocation service, and are still searching for a job – government schooling is a practical, economical option. You can always contact the schools for enquiries – you may contact the school principals directly. Their email addresses can be found on school websites. They are usually immensely helpful in answering your questions, and they may also suggest you pay them a visit, so they can talk to you face-to-face and show you around. There are many Facebook groups you can join before moving to Denmark. Become a member and post your questions, there are lots of helpful parents that are willing to help and give advice. Do not worry about asking questions in English, most Danes don’t mind, and they want to help. See this as an opportunity to reach out to locals moms and dads in the area, a problem shared is a problem halved. THE-INTL
Born and raised in international Hong Kong, Josephine developed her interests in languages and culture from an early age. She speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, English, German and Danish, and she has travelled to over 20 countries. Living in Denmark since 1999, she’s been a Danish citizen for 10 years and speaks fluent Danish, and considers herself fully integrated. However, she still remembers the challenges when she first moved here: the language barrier, who to ask for help and advice, etc. She hopes to contribute and share useful insights and positive experiences with other internationals through her articles. https://www.facebook. com/trainofthoughtBYjose phinewan @my_train_of_thought_ by_jj https://dk.linkedin.com/in/ jjyanyanwan
IT'S TIME FOR PRIDE!
SUSAN JESSEN SPIELE LIBRARIAN Susan is a librarian at Roskilde Library, and in charge of the English section. She does English events all year; everything from expat dinners and pub quizzes, to karaoke nights and book talks. She is also busy with Roskilde Hor-
One of the highlights of August, even if we have to do it online this year; the celebration of love and identity in any shape or form with fellow humans. You can join the party with these titles. Enjoy!
FUNNY, ROMANTIC AND EMOTIONAL RED WHITE & ROYAL BLUE BY CASEY MCQUISTON Alex, the First Son and Prince Henry of England are enemies. After their long-held feud escalates to a disaster at a Royal Wedding, the two are forced to fake a friendship in the spotlight to smooth international relations, and it changes everything!
IMMERSIVE, INTENSE AND THOUGHTPROVOKING SWIMMING IN THE DARK BY TOMASZ JEDROWSKI In Poland in 1980 two young men meet and spend a dreamlike summer together, falling in love. Back in Warsaw, the harsh reality under the communist party and the catholic church sets in. They both have to find a way to survive.
VULNERABLE, INTIMATE AND HONEST A YEAR WITHOUT A NAME: A MEMOIR BY CYRUS GRACE DUNHAM Fo r a s l o n g a s t h e y can remember, Cyrus Grace Dunham felt like a visitor in their own body. Moving between Grace and Cyrus, Dunham brings us inside the chrysalis of gender transition, challenging our most basic assumptions about gender.
ror, a club dedicated to scaring the town.
INSPIRING, COMPELLING AND ENGAGING RAIN
BY MARY M. TALBOT T wo y o u n g wo m e n , Cath from London and Mitch from Yorkshire, are getting involved. Not just with each other, but in the fight for the environment and against climate change. Cath goes to visit Mitch in Yorkshire during the flooding in 2015.
DID YOU KNOW? The Danish public libraries are indeed for the public, and we take great pride in offering an excellent service to all our guests – who in a way is also our employers! So whatever questions you might have, do not hesitate to contact us. At Roskilde Libraries, our motto is: Ask us anything, anytime – so please do!
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CELEBRATING DIVERSE INTERNATIONAL ESBJERG NO INTERNATIONAL DAY? HERE’S MY ALTERNATIVE. PHOTOGRAPHS CÉLINE MARTIN-PEDERSEN / ESBJERG INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
TEXT CATRIONA TURNER
AFRICAN NETWORK ESBJERG This network, of course, represents many countries, including places as diverse as Sudan, Nigeria, and Congo. Namibian Amanda Ndorokaze is the admin, and says, “We are always willing to welcome more active members and organisers.”
Part of a larger global network, Esbjerg Toastmasters coaches members in public speaking and leadership and is usually represented on the International Day stage. Organiser Jette Holten Lützhöft says, “we’re all about diversity. Presently, we are 20 members from 12 countries.”
THERE’S A PROMOTIONAL video for Esbjerg which I found before we moved here. It shows all the hyggelig moments of Danish daily life you’d expect. But I had to watch it again carefully, after an initial overwhelming impression of whiteness and blondeness among the citizens. To my relief, there were at least a few signs of diversity. Even better, very soon after arriving, I fully experienced the diversity of the Esbjerg community on International Day, with food and performances from all over the world, and myriad countries represented. With this year’s event cancelled, I’m offering a snapshot of that diversity on the page instead of the stage, and hopefully inspiring new connections.
source of connection. “I also appreciate the International Community and Esbjerg Women’s Network in helping you get settled in a new place.” She’s on the organising team for the Women’s Network, which “organises events where all women of Esbjerg, irre-
INDIANS IN ESBJERG
Just before lockdown, Esbjerg’s Newcomer Service announced the opening of the appropriately-named International House, their new venue on Torvegade. “At the last welcome meeting we had 140 newcomers of 16 nationalities, representing 5 continents,” says Maria Anglada of the Newcomer Service. She adds valuable insight: “Esbjerg started with people coming to work from other places. So locals are used to interacting with newcomers. This is, for me, the key to diversity here.” With more events being organised now, International House can finally come into its own – check our events page to see some of what’s on offer.
Inderjeet Kaur is an organiser for the Indian network. She says, “It’s great to be able to celebrate big cultural events together.” Having moved from Copenhagen three years ago, Srishti Chauhan finds that a diverse experience is more accessible here. “In Esbjerg, everyone knows everyone,” she explains, “so we end up knowing more about the different countries and cultures.”
ESBJERG WOMEN’S NETWORK Swati Pandey is a recent arrival and agrees, the Newcomer Service is a great
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"IN ESBJERG, EVERYONE KNOWS EVERYONE, SO WE END UP KNOWING MORE ABOUT THE DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND CULTURES." - SRISHTI CHAUHAN spective of cultural background, can connect and socialise.”
RUSSIAN SPOKEN HERE Elvira Caspers represents the Russianspeaking network, which she describes as “different nationalities united by one language. We include Kazakhs, Ukrainians, Tatars, and Russians, among others.” The community is very active in the daily lives of Russian-speakers here. “We help each other integrate,” she explains.
Filippinsk Dansk Integrationsforening focuses on celebrating both cultures. Both Fastelavn and Santacruzan are on their calendar, and their Julefrokost combines Danish and Filipino foods and traditions. Marirose Ginez-Linsbauer is admin of the group and says that “Esbjerg has become a melting pot of different cultures, where cultural diversity is respected.” However, she’s struck by the separation of particular groups into “so-called ghettos,” and she sounds an important note of caution: “To make Esbjerg a more cosmopolitan and truly global city, we must focus on a more open integration policy. Seeing a foreigner live side-by-side with a Dane is not a far-off idea.” Clearly, this is just a small selection of the cultural diversity in Esbjerg; there are endless opportunities to connect and broaden our perspective. Check the list below for more, and bring some international hygge to your Esbjerg life! THE-INTL
CATRIONA TURNER WRITER AND BLOGGER Catriona is a writer and blogger currently living in Esbjerg, Denmark. A veteran of six international moves since leaving Scotland just over a decade ago, she’s also lived in France, Uganda and the Republic of Congo. At her blog, The Frustrated Nester, she writes about Danish living, travel and the expat life. Her writing has also been published in the anthology Once Upon an Expat, and its follow-up Life on the Move, published in June 2019. She’s working on a memoir of international living, and is also a freelance copyeditor and proofreader at theword-
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ENTHUSIASM IS CONTAGIOUS BEING AN EXPAT-PRENUER HERE IN DENMARK HAS BEEN SUCH A FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE FOR ME. SO MUCH SO, THAT I'M OFTEN TRYING TO CONVINCE OTHERS TO GO SOLO AS WELL. PHOTOGRAPHS ISTOCK / UNSPLASH.COM
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THE THOUGHT OF becoming self-employed for many is quite intimidating, especially in another country like Denmark, but I genuinely believe it's worth taking the chance. I always refer to Pippi Long Stocking who said it best - "I have never tried that before, so I think I definitely would be able to do that." We as entrepreneurs are typically very good at sharing information and ideas, we are often eager for the opinions and reviews of others and often include the best insights into our own thinking. Inspiration, passion and confidence are just a few of the benefits I've personally gained from making meaningful connections with other like-minded entrepreneurs. Sharing our resources has been a massive kickstart for my life as an entrepreneur. People often tell me that they enjoy my professional "energy and enthusiasm". They can see that I really enjoy doing what I do. I just love to motivate others, co-create ideas and most importantly, connect people I feel could benefit from each other. I'm always introducing people who I think would benefit from meeting each other. Helping others has always been important to me. Sharing my knowledge, experiences and expertise's to help others grow, is basically what initiated my idea of starting a co-working space for entrepreneurs.
COLLABORATION IS KEY The industry I'm in, Relocation and Settling of international working professionals are small here in Denmark. Everyone pretty much knows everyone. At least, I do after over a decade in this business. I've said it before, and I'll say it again… I believe there are no competitors in business, only potential collaborators. I am really good at what I do, but only a little good at everything else. By collaborating together and utilising each other's strengths, it allows us to learn and grow our companies faster. We can only benefit from sharing our own challenges and solutions with other
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"IN MY OPINION, COLLABORATION ISN'T JUST IMPORTANT, IT IS AS ESSENTIAL AS YOUR BUSINESS IDEA ITSELF." Laura Wintemute, Founder of International Headquarters entrepreneurs. By pitching our ideas to others, and hearing their feedback is extremely valuable and inevitably strengthens our own skills. Many entrepreneurs have likely faced the same problems as you and might even have the solutions already in place. Encouraging someone and giving them great advice now could reap plenty of rewards in the future. Building a network of support, for you and others, means you have a source of support and innovation as well as a place to promote your company's accomplishments. One of my favourite days of the months is our "IHQ Center Stage". A bi-weekly workshop where we focus on one of our collaborating companies. The lucky company gets a chance to practice their 30-second pitch, ask for advice or just run an idea
by the team. I always feel so inspired after these workshops. Being "self-employed" doesn't mean you have to go at it alone. At our co-working space, IHQ, we have taken our collaborations to the next level. Among other things we: Advertise together. Share marketing efforts. Share trade show booth space. Co-author presentations, workshops and seminars Co-brand promotional programmes Offer referrals (with or without commissions). Redirect business to each other's Websites. By joining entrepreneurial organisations, provides you with a chance to meet and network with other like-minded individuals. When you're ready to take the chance, let me know. I'd be happy to hear your idea and introduce you to the right people to kick start your company! THE-INTL
Laura is Canadian. After years of living abroad and travelling the world, she moved to Denmark in 2007 and started her new life as an expat living in Denmark. Laura’s experience working in the Danish relocation industry, encapsulating both her experience as an expat and her desire for helping people, which is WHY she started Homestead. Homestead offers Settling in Services and Workshops focusing on the day to day challenges of expats, as well as the cultural differences in both their work and daily life. “In House” consultations for International employees are also one of Homestead’s specialties. Customized, personal consultations focusing on the individual employee. Homestead. We Are Your Settling in Experts. www.homesteaddenmark.com
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NOT MUCH BETTER THAN
NORWAY AS TRAVEL OPENS BACK UP FOR DANISH RESIDENTS, CONSIDER SCANDINAVIAN NEIGHBOUR TO THE NORTH FOR FRESH AIR, EPIC SCENERY AND PLENTY OF SPACE.
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AH, NORWAY. The big brother of the Scandinavian siblings. To me, Norway is like the tall, athletic hulky older brother who braves Arctic temperatures and winters without light while running up mountains with kids on his back to then all ski down. Norway believes that every problem can be solved simply by going outside. For me, beautiful rugged Norway might be one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Mountains plunge into cold, clear waters where orcas swim and cod run plenty. There are fjords to find and fjells to follow. Get ready to be awed. Norway is truly amazing. From Denmark, there are several ways to get to our northern neighbour. From Zealand, you can take an overnight DFDS ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo. Or drive up through Sweden. While current guidelines still don’t put parts of sister Sweden on a safe travel list, you are allowed to drive straight through to Norway without quarantining. Note that if you do decide to make an overnight in Sweden, Norwegian authorities may ask you self-isolate for ten days. Coming from the Jutland side, you can pop aboard a high-speed ferry from Hirtshals to Kristiansand, along the Norwegian Riviera.
EXPLORING NORWAY With so many places to explore outside the big cities, don’t be daunted by where to start your planning. For those who aren’t driving, looking at https://www.norwaynutshell.com/original-tour/ is a great way to get out of Oslo and explore the gorgeous fjord region. Customizable itineraries take you above Nordic treelines before you climb aboard historic trains, like the Flåmsbana as they chug past roaring waterfalls on the descent down through the hills. From here you can cruise through Aurlandsfjord and into the smaller, but no less impressive Nærøyfjord. Wind your way down one of the world’s windiest roads with epic views from every turn. End up in pretty seaside city Bergen where you can get away from any crowds you might encounter with plenty of nearby hikes or kayaking in more fjords to explore. From here you can catch a tour to the swoon-worthy Sognefjord. This summer, all the tour providers along the Norway in a Nutshell route are operating at 50% capacity to encourage safe distancing and keeping their trains, busses and boats clean. Do your part and follow the health guidelines. Looking for a little more freedom to roam where you want? Get inspired for your Norwegian road trip by checking out Norway’s most scenic tourist routes. Nasjonal Turistveger https://www.nasjonaleturistveger.no/en offers 18 stunning drives that will take you off the main highways and into some seriously epic scenery, many in southern Norway. With the freedom to wild camp along the way,
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ERIN GUSTAFSON WRITER & BLOGGER
Erin is a travel writer and culture hound exploring a life across borders in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is the creator-in-chief at Oregon Girl
bring your tent to keep your trip costs down. Norway is notoriously spendy, but there are ways to keep your visit on budget. Allemannsretten or the right to roam is allowed on any “unfenced” land in Norway for up to two nights. Make sure you plot your site at least 500 meters from any house or cabin and be respectful of the environment. Or maybe you just want to get away from it all - then there is a Norwegian hytte for you. In the Oslofjord region, find the perfect hut, or cabin, that will fit all your people. Bring the fishing poles and pick a spot with a dock. Score access to a dinghy to row or possibly a canoe for two. You can search https://www.oslofjorden.org/hytteoversikt for just what you’d want. Willing to trek a bit or go from cabin to cabin? Check out the Norwegian Trekking Association’s website: https://english.dnt.no/routesand-cabins/ for serviced or self-catering choices and the routes
to get you there. This year, each stop must be booked beforehand to keep things safe and clean. For internationals living in Denmark without a Danish passport, it is good to note that you will be required to prove your residency when crossing the Norwegian border. If you don’t have a blue and pink residency card for each person in your group, be prepared to show your legal residency papers. There is something for everyone in Norway. From rugged to active and everything in between, nature is supreme up north. And there is plenty of it to explore at your own pace and in your own space. Enjoy our Scandinavian neighbour Norway. All guidelines and Danish Health Authority recommendations were up to date at the time of publishing, but as always check with current protocols before your trip. THE-INTL FOR MORE INSPIRATION ON NORWEGIAN TRAVEL, CHECK OUT www.oregongirlaroundtheworld.com
Around the World, a blog that focuses on sustainable travel for the whole family. With a background in graphic design, photography and art history, Erin has a creative way of seeing a destination and believes that travel choices can have positive impacts for both the traveller and the communities visited. A local in Denmark since 2014, Erin has embraced the green city of Copenhagen and loves to share her insider tips. For more Scandinavian travel inspiration and Copenhagen culture, follow Erin around the world here: oregongirl aroundtheworld.com @oregongirl_ aroundtheworld @oregongirlworld www.facebook. com/oregongirl roundtheworld/ www.pinterest.dk/ oregongirlworld/
NASJONAL TURISTVEGER OFFERS 18 STUNNING DRIVES THAT WILL TAKE YOU OFF THE MAIN HIGHWAYS AND INTO SOME SERIOUSLY EPIC SCENERY, MANY IN SOUTHERN NORWAY.
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A combination of frozen and freeze-dried berries gives this sponge cake a delightfully sweet and summery flavour. Frozen and freeze-dried berries are more affordable than their fresh counterparts, and also enable you to make a delicious cake even when your favourite fruit isn’t in season. PHOTOGRAPHS CLAIRE BOGUSZ / ISTOCK
RED BERRY CAKE MAKES A 20 CENTIMETRE ROUND, 3-LAYER CAKE
CAKE: 350 g softened butter 450 g sugar 384 g flour (hvedemel) 4 egg whites (room temperature), or 120 ml liquid egg whites (æggehvider) 1 tsp vanilla sugar (vanijlesukker) ¼ tsp baking soda (natron) 2 ¾ tsp baking powder (bagepulver) 250 ml whole milk (sødmælk), room temperature Approximately 200 g frozen berries, a combination of strawberries (jordbær) or raspberries (hindbær)
FROSTING: 225 g softened butter 200 g softened cream cheese 1 kg icing sugar (flormelis) 1 tsp vanilla sugar (vanijlesukker) 2 tbsp strawberry or raspberry jam 20 g freeze-dried raspberries or strawberries (found in the baking aisle of grocery stores) Optional décor: fresh strawberries, freeze-dried berries
FILLING: Raspberry or strawberry jam (approximately 2 tbsp between each layer)
METHOD #1 Preheat oven to 1600C. Grease your cake tins and dust with flour. (If you have one cake tin, you’ll need to repeat this process and bake the layers individually.) #2 Using a mixing bowl and electric mixer,
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cream butter and sugar together for 2 minutes. The butter will be light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. #3 Add egg whites and vanilla sugar and beat for 1 minute; no longer or your egg whites will change the consistency of the batter. #4 In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and baking powder. #5 In a chopper or food processor, puree frozen berries until smooth. Add puree to a liquid measuring cup with the milk. #6 Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to butter mixture and beat until incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl. #7 Add half of the milk/strawberry puree to batter and beat until combined, and then scrape down the sides of the bowl. Continue alternating flour and milk mixtures, ending with flour mixture. Do not over-mix. #8 Divide batter into tins and bake for 20 30 minutes, or until lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in tins for 10 minutes and then on a cooling rack until completely cooled. #9 For the frosting, in your chopper or processor, grind freeze-dried berries. Using an electric mixer, cream softened butter and cream cheese on high for 3 minutes. Add vanijlesukker and jam and mix until combined. Slowly add flormelis and freeze-dried berries and then beat on medium speed for 2-3 minutes until light, fluffy and creamy. Note: If frosting is too thick, you can add 1 tbsp of heavy cream (piskefløde). #10 Stack your cake layers together, adding frosting and jam between each layer. Frost outside of your cake and top with fresh berries or freeze-dried berries if desired.
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CLAIRE BOGUSZ BAKER AND BLOGGER
HELPFUL TIPS AND HINTS Use a star-shaped pastry tip to create frosting rosettes on the top of the cake. You can use strawberries, raspberries, or a blend of berries in this recipe. Top your cake with a tangy cream cheese frosting that’s naturally tinted pink with freeze-dried berries and jam.
Claire grew up moving around frequently, never imagining she’d have the opportunity to experience raising her own children as expats one day. In 2018, her husband’s job relocated the family from the USA to Copenhagen. Living in the capital city, they’ve loved biking, travelling, and the ability to immerse their three children in a foreign language. Donuts to Danish was born out of Claire’s passion for creating art and her love of baking. She finds great joy in helping others celebrate special moments with custom-made cakes and cookies. For order inquiries, email email@example.com www.donutstodanish.com @donutstodanish
HOW TO FIND MOTIVATION WHEN YOU'RE JOB-SEEKING?
I know personally that it can be tough to stay motivated while job searching. Here are some steps that have helped me a lot and I hope they will do the same for you.
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THE THREE KEYWORDS here are: Weekly action plan, weekends off, and last, but not least – get curious. Do you have it all under control?
A WEEKLY ACTION PLAN – MONDAY-FRIDAY Just as if you were working full time, when job seeking, it is a good idea to have a structure in your everyday life. When I was a job seeker for the first time in 2015, I did not have a plan, which did not help me at all. I realised later that sitting with my computer 12 hours a day will not get me a job. I hope you will not make the same mistake. Think of job-seeking as a process where you need to climb many stairs before you get to your goal. Sometimes, you have to pause, evaluate, and then continue. You have five days a week to actively fill your calendar with activities that can get you closer to your target. Fill these days with writing applications, networking online and offline (very important!), exercise (do whatever clears your mind), coffee meetings (online and offline), learning new skills, unforeseen activities. Hopefully, learning Danish is also part of your week. Having a structure helps you ease your mind, so you know you have everything under control. Follow your to-do list every day and relax when you have time off. Even though job seeking is a 'full-time job', it should not be a 24/7 job – it's not healthy.
WEEKENDS SHOULD BE OFF – IT IS CRUCIAL! Have you ever wondered why you cannot reach job consultants or other professionals on the weekends? Well, they also want to rest and recharge – so should you. Do whatever makes you happy and recharged. I, for example, enjoy a walk or a bike ride in nature, it is very calming and gives me peace of mind. Doing yoga, reading a good book, baking, or kayaking – weekends are for all these activities which you might not have time for dur-
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" H AV I N G A S T R U C T U R E H E L P S YO U E AS E YO U R M I N D, S O YO U K N OW YO U H AV E E V E RY T H I N G UN D ER CO N T RO L . " ing the week. And it is so essential for your mind, body, and soul. If something pops into your head related to job search, write it down for your Monday's to-do list, so you do not have to worry about it rest of the weekend. Out of sight, out of mind.
CURIOSITY CAN BE THE DOOR-OPENER FOR YOU I have heard it multiple times and have experienced it myself. Curiosity could be the trait which gets you ahead of your competition. For example, do research in the industry you want to work in. Find books, podcasts, or e-books about it – there is so much knowledge out there. Just take it all in. Wr i t e t o p e o p l e w h o work in companies where you want to work. Reach out to them, ask questions like, 'How is it to work at Company X', 'How is the working culture at Company X' or 'Would you recommend working at Company X – tell me about them.' People are generally nice and eager to help others. Be humble, say 'thank you' and take in all the golden nuggets which you can get. Reach out also to new people who you don't know and get inspired. A weekly plan, relax during weekends, and genuine curiosity – these are the three steps that can help get you back on track. Happy (job) hunting! THE-INTL
GREETE ELURI JOB CONSULTANT Greete was born in Tallinn, Estonia and has lived in four countries and on four continents. After high school exchange year in the US, Greete caught a ‘travel bug’. Since 2010, Denmark has become her second home. Her background is within international marketing. Greete changed her career to work with her passion - to help international job seekers in Denmark. For the last two years, she has been actively creating content in Linkedin and organising different events for job seekers. Greete believes that with the right mindset, skills and tools you can be successful in the rigid Danish job market. www.linkedin.com/in/ greeteeluri/ firstname.lastname@example.org
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THIS IS THE MINDSET BEING PUT FORTH DURING THIS NEW CHAPTER IN THE SCHOOL'S DEVELOPMENT. THE SCHOOL HAS REACHED FULL CAPACITY AT THEIR RYGÅRDS ALLÉ CAMPUS AND IN LIGHT OF THAT HAVE DECIDED TO SECURE ALTERNATE LEARNING SPACE FOR THEIR IB MYP5 (GRADE 10) AND DIPLOMA PROGRAMME STUDENTS (GRADES 11-12).
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THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL of Hellerup (ISH), a PreK – Grade 12 IB World School located in Hellerup, is moving their High School to a new campus in the Østerbro district of Copenhagen in August of the 2020-2021 academic year. The move is a strategic decision to accommodate their growing student body and provide an enhanced learning experience for all of their students.
ISH'S HISTORY The current Head of School, Nedzat Asanovski, has been with the school since its inception. In 2008 Nedzat was working as a teacher in a Danish school when he was approached with the proposition of opening a new international school for expat families. With a growing number of international families moving to Denmark, the demand for English education was growing. This idea appealed greatly to both his pedagogical and entrepreneurial character, and he accepted. After approval from the Danish Ministry of Education, the formerly named Østerbro International School opened their doors in the summer of 2009 with 60 students and 4 teachers.
A NEW CHAPTER Throughout the years, the school has undergone many changes and developments. In 2015 the school became a certified IB school offering PYP, MYP and DP which allowed them to become a full IB continuum school. In 2015 the school also changed location to Hellerup from Østerbro and subsequently underwent a name change from Østerbro International School to the International School of Hellerup. The move to the new campus in Hellerup on Rygårds Allé allowed the school to grow their student body from approximately 270 students to over 550 as of 2020. In 2019 the school turned 10 years old marking a milestone in the school's journey. Although the school has undergone many changes in its short lifespan, it has allowed the school to develop into a wonderful environment for students, families, teachers and staff. The school prides itself on being dynamic and strives to find ways to cater to its students as best possible.
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GOING BACK TO OUR ROOTS The school was founded initially in Østerbro on Præstøgade. The new High School campus is going to be located in the same building as the school was initially founded in. Some of the students that started in the school when it was located on Præstøgade will be returning to the old campus to attend High School. "I started at that school, and it's going to be fun to go back to where it all started," says Aiswarya Roy an MYP4 student. For the school, it is a full-circle moment which allows them to both go back to their roots and see how far they have come.
ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES The new campus will exclusively host the MYP5 and Diploma Programme students, allowing them to have their own environment to develop both academically and socially. The general consensus amongst students and staff is very positive. Camille Wenner, a current DP1 student, says "It is going to be really nice for all of us to come together as IB students." According to Nedzat Asanovski, the Head of School, "We believe that the great culture that we have in DP is going to trickle down to MYP5's even more now." There are expected to be around 40 MYP5 students, and 60 Diploma Programme students, totalling approximately 100 students for the first semester at the new campus. Most of the school leadership and administration will stay at the current campus on Rygårds Allé, but the current Secondary School Principal, Mustafa Gezen and the IB Diploma Coordinator, Evis Qeska, will both be permanently located in the new campus.
ISH AT A GLANCE The International School of Hellerup is a Not-For-Profit IB Continuum World School with close to 600 students from more than 70 different nationalities. They offer the full continuum of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes: Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) as well as Pre-K and Kindergarten classes. Due to
the highly unique and diverse backgrounds of the students and staff, the school prides itself on ensuring a highly inclusive environment for all. "Our mission is to provide the highest quality education in a student-centred environment by empowering individuals to fulfil their human potential to become purposeful life-long learners and responsible global citizens." ISH is located in the quiet residential area in Hellerup close to a forest and sports facilities. Being a medium-sized, affordable private school allows them to offer a wide range of academic and extracurricular activities to their students all while being accessible to many families.
LOOKING FORWARD The school will continue to grow and adapt to the demands of their students. The school-wide community is looking forward to the new chapter the expansion to the new campus will bring and are excited to see what the future holds. As of now, no major changes are being pursued, but the development of the school will continue. The management team is always open to making changes that will be of benefit to everyone; students, teachers, and families.
"WHAT MAKES ISH A UNIQUE SCHOOL IS THE ATTENTION WE SHOW EACH STUDENT. OUR INDIVIDUALISED SUPPORT HELPS STUDENTS AT ISH PERFORM WELL ABOVE THE WORLD AVERAGES IN IB DIPLOMA PASSES AND AVERAGE POINTS GAINED. OUR NEW CAMPUS WILL ALLOW US TO OFFER THE SAME CARE AND THE SAME APPROACH TO MORE STUDENTS." - NEDZAT ASANOVSKI, HEAD OF SCHOOL
B e s t BEAUTY BUYS
MEN VERSUS WOMEN, BEAUTY EDS FAVOURITE PRODUCTS FOR GUYS AND GIRLS! Hello August! In this month’s issue, I thought we would show some love to our male readers and include them in our beauty best buys. Whether you’re looking for ideas on what to buy your partner or like me, you need to find a way of stopping the hubby from sneaking into your beauty draw and using all your favourite moisturisers and hand creams. Or if you are merely interested in knowing what alternatives are out there, you will undoubtedly enjoy the carefully selected items I have handpicked.
1. SUNSCREEN FOR MEN Jack Black Water Resistant sunscreen, SPF 45 - 239 kr Designed for the active outdoor type of man. Fast absorption and water-resistant. 2. SUNSCREEN FOR WOMEN Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection, SPF 50 - 209.95 kr High-factor protection and normal face cream in one. Keeps skin supple and moisturised. 3. HYDRATING MOISTURISER FOR MEN Clarins Men’s Hydrating Moisture Balm - 329 kr Leaves skin soft and protected. Great for cold and sunny days. 4. HYDRATING MOISTURISER FOR WOMEN Kiehl’s Ultra Face Cream - 399.95 kr Lasts up to 24 hours and adds an extra layer of protection to the skin.
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6. TINTED MOISTURISER FOR WOMEN Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Oil-Free - 349 kr Sheer coverage. Long-wear formula with a semi-matte finish.
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5. TINTED MOISTURISER FOR MEN Perricone MD - Face Finishing and Firming Tinted Moisturizer - 585 kr Gently tinted to add a little glow for the guys who do not wear makeup but need a natural finish.
8. AFTER SUN FOR WOMEN La Mer - The After Sun Enhancer - 950 kr Wonderfully rich in texture and packed full of the finest ingredients to protect the skin.
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10. HAND CREAM FOR WOMEN Clarins Super Restorative Hand Cream - 369.95 kr For the 50 plus age range, but great for any age. Melts quickly into the skin, and the fragrance is divine.
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AIRLINE SYSTEMS THE LEADING AIRLINE IN THE SCANDINAVIAN COUNTRIES. PHOTOGRAPHS ISTOCK
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AIR TRAVEL BETWEEN the Scandinavian countries and globally from them took a giant step when Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) was established in 1946 through a consortium agreement between three Scandinavian airlines at that time. Det Danske Luftfartselskab in Denmark; Den Norske Luftfartselskap in Norway; Svensk Interkontinental Lufttrafik in Sweden. This new Pan-Scandinavian airline offered citizens of these three countries its first intercontinental commercial flight, between Stockholm and New York, that very same year and the company that we know as “SAS” was formed by 1951. The consortium today consists of four separate carriers, one based in each of the three founding countries and one for international flights - all branded using the SAS name. The SAS Group has grown into a globally known brand that operates scheduled passenger, freight and mail flights between more than 100 cities around the world.
THREE DECADES OF GROWTH In 1949, SAS expanded its intercontinental service to Bangkok via Europe and Central Asia. Two years later, the service was extended from Bangkok to Tokyo and by 1954, SAS even managed to pioneer a polar route to Los Angeles and then three years later to Tokyo. SAS was the first airline to fly the Caravelle, a revolutionary loss in 1980. It was threatened by increased competition from French-built jet with its engines mounted on the rear of the fusethe recently deregulated American airline companies and lowlage and also ordered special cold-weather versions of the DC-8 cost operators. and DC-9 from Douglas. The SAS Board placed the Swede Jan Carlzon in charge of About this time, SAS was confronted with a basic problem in a strategic turnaround with a new focus on SAS as the Busiairline economics. Most of its destinations were European, which ness Airline. Copenhagen and Bangkok became the two hubs meant that most of its flights were of short duration. This, in turn, between Europe and Asia and punctuality became an integral translated into frequent take-offs and landings and increased part of its marketing and the SAS staff became known as “Carwear and tear. Moreover, the cost of preparing an aircraft for anlzon’s Soldiers”. other flight was incurred more frequently. There was, therefore, an economic incentive to operate “long haul” flights to more disPOST CORONA CHALLENGES tant destinations. The 2020 global lockdown has given SAS new challenges after During this period, SAS also suffered from “overcapacity” - too having to park most of its fleet for over two months. many aeroplanes. A solution to these problems arose when SAS As a consequence of the broad mobility bans imposed due to was approached by officials from Thailand who wished to estabthe outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, SAS has announced a relish their own international airline services. SAS was chosen over duction of its workforce by up to 5,000 full-time positions; 1,700 other airline companies because Thailand of those in Denmark (approximately 1,900 fullregarded the Scandinavian countries as potime jobs will be cut in Sweden and 1,300 in litically neutral. "THE 2020 GLOBAL LOCK- Norway). The airport in Copenhagen will be SAS began a limited diversification in 1960 most affected by the restructuring. D OW N H AS G I V E N SAS when it purchased the Royal Hotel in CopenSAS sent 4,000 of its 4,300 employees in Denhagen. Later SAS established a catering subN E W C H A L L E N G E S A F - mark home on paid standby during the temposidiary and a charter airline called Scanair. rary termination of airline traffic in Denmark T E R H AV I N G T O PA R K in March and April 2020. In a press release on Furthermore, in 1965, SAS created the first Europe-wide computerized reservation serMOST OF ITS FLEET FOR 28 April 2020, the CEO announced the restrucvice (or “CRS”), providing the company with turing programme of the hard-pressed ScanOVER TWO MONTHS." a significant advantage over its larger Eurodinavian airline company. The management pean competitors and combined “internal” assured that the redundancy plan will be imand “external” expansion programs made plemented following the labour law practices SAS a primary international air carrier by the end of the seventies. in each affected country. Consequently, like many other airlines, SAS is forced to adapt JAN CARLZON ERA its business model to survive the new challenges created by the After nearly two decades of profitability, SAS suffered its first glocal lockdown. THE-INTL
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MARIANO ANTHONY DAVIES PRESIDENT & CEO OXFORD BUSINESS SERVICES APS
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.
IS ON THE RISE AARHUS AND EASTERN JUTLAND IS HOME TO MANY INTERNATIONALLY-MINDED COMPANIES AND ORGANISATIONS THAT ALL CONTRIBUTE TO THE INTERNATIONALISATION OF THIS AREA. INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SHOWS YOU THE DIVERSE SCENE ON WHICH INTERNATIONALISATION IS BUILT.
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COMPANIES HAVE FOR some time been realising the need for highly skilled internationals. This is evident in the story behind the coalition, Destination AARhus. Founded to attract and retain international IT-professionals, Destination AARhus is unlike others not publicly funded - it was created by and for local companies. While many Danish companies are well equipped to employ internationals, far from all are where they need to be. What they all have in common, though, is the recognition for how much they need highly skilled IT-professionals now or will in the nearest future. While Danish Universities over the years has increased the number of IT graduates, more and more companies are also becoming increasingly digital. This escalates the demand for employees to a point where educated Danes are no longer sufficient in numbers. We need to look outside the borders of Denmark to successfully strengthen the competitive edge and bring local companies into a more digital and innovative future.
BY COMPANIES, FOR COMPANIES While Denmark offers help and guidance for internationals through several organisations and public institutions, a rare coalition of companies has recently appeared in Greater Aarhus. Looking only a few years back, in 2017, a handful of Greater Aarhus' biggest companies decided to form a coali-
tion. Despite their differences in industry, from banking to consultancies and toy manufacturing, they all shared a common need for highly skilled IT-professionals and thus founded Destination AARhus. The coalition attests to how much these companies value, attracting the right internationals. By sharing insights and knowledge companies across, they put aside competition to help each other better on-board IT-talents. And by investing in Destination Aarhus, they support the understanding that a coordinated and transparent process in close collaboration across companies, organisations and public institutions is crucial in attracting, welcoming and retaining internationals.
and deciding to stay is that there are interesting job opportunities in companies open to hiring internationally. To see, that the business landscape is shifting, and more companies actively invest in knowledge about what makes an excellent on-boarding process into a new job (in a new country) is unique for this time. Looking back over the years, internationalisation is more and more actively discussed within companies. Internal changes are being made to accommodate internationals. Collaborations between companies and organisations are increasing. Destination Aarhus represents how companies see their future. And that future is increasingly international. THE-INTL
AN INTERNATIONAL FUTURE Denmark is small, and the Greater Aarhus area is even smaller. International IT-professionals are in high demand across the world. Many countries, organisations and companies want their attention, so the individual companies from Greater Aarhus faced a challenge. Their voices were not loud enough to be heard, and the IT-place brand was not strong enough to help draw attention. Today, Destination AARhus represents 12 leading companies all voicing their common goal together, thus slowly putting Greater Aarhus on the IT World map. As an international, an essential element for deciding to move to a different country
"WHILE MANY DANISH COMPANIES ARE WELL EQUIPPED TO EMPLOY INTERNATIONALS, FAR FROM ALL ARE WHERE THEY NEED TO BE." - DESTINATION AARHUS
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COMPANY PROFILE Destination AARhus is a coalition currently consisting of 12 companies, who annually invest in a business network, where we through collaboration innovate, re-think and develop better ways to attract internationals, make the local IT environment more attractive and share best practices when it comes to welcoming, including and retain-ing internationals.
INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY We offer a wide range of events, seminars and online activities that help internationals get settled in Denmark. Learn more on our website or follow us on: @internationalcommunityAarhus @internationalcommunityaarhus
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PETS AND HOT WEATHER
Summer is a great time in Denmark to get out and enjoy the weather. It's even better for your pets to experience nature at it's best, but a word of caution - watch the sun! Tarek from The Pet-Agrees shares some helpful tips and hints to protect your furbabies.
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gets warm, we typically want to spend more time outside, and it's a great time to have some fun with your furry family members. Unfortunately, the heat can be a danger for them, leading to health issues such as heat stroke.
KEEPING YOUR PET COOL DURING WARMER WEATHER During warm months, you'll need to keep your pet cool. Make sure that the temperature doesn't get too hot in your house, and make sure that your pet has shaded areas to go to if they're spending any time outside. Even better, don't leave them out in the hot weather: short outside breaks are best when it's cooler, such as in early mornings or late evenings. Your pet should always have access to clean, fresh water, but that's especially important during summer months. Without access to cold water, your pet is at a higher risk of developing health complications such as heat stroke. While you should never leave your pet in the car, this is especially true when it's hot outside. It's very easy for temperatures to soar in your car and cause your pet to overheat. Simply cracking a window is often insufficient, so leave your pet at home or visit a pet-friendly store that you can bring your dog into. Veterinary visits are recommended at least once per year, and getting in a visit in
"IF YOU SUSPECT HEAT STROKE, TRANSPORT YOUR DOG OR CAT IMMEDIATELY TO YOUR VETERINARIAN'S OFFICE."
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the spring or early summer will allow you to consult with your vet on flea and heartworm prevention options. Your veterinarian can also work with you on determining your pet's ideal weight, as overweight pets are more likely to suffer from heatstroke.
POSSIBLE HEALTH CONDITIONS WHEN IT'S HOT OUTSIDE When your pet is having fun outside and running around with you, it's easy for them to get overheated. After all, they don't sweat like you do. Heat stroke is characterized by elevated body temperature, and it can lead to weakness, collapse, seizures, and even death. Prevention is the key. If you suspect heat stroke, transport your dog or cat immediately to your veterinari-
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an's office. In the meantime, you can place wet towels on their body, ice packs around areas such as between their legs, and even spritz a little rubbing alcohol on their paw pads to help heat evaporate. Hot spots are another risk of heat exposure, and dogs are more at risk for developing them, especially when they have long hair. While most dogs don't benefit from having their fur shaved, you must brush their coat regularly to help prevent matting, which can trap moisture and lead to hot spots. Likewise, prevent external parasites, such as fleas, which can irritate their skin and lead to skin infections. Topical hot spot medications can be applied to your dog's skin, but a consultation with a veterinarian for antibiotics and anti-itch medication may also be necessary. When the weather is hot, the ground heats up, and that can make your pet extremely uncomfortable. Hot concrete can even burn their paws, so take care not to spend much time outside in the heat of the day. If you do need to walk your pet on sidewalks or roads to allow them to get their daily exercise in, consider booties for their paws to help protect them from damage. Take care when the weather gets warm and protect you and your pet from the hazards of getting overheated.
WE'RE HERE FOR YOU The Pet-agrees is not just about providing exercise and attention for your pets while you're busy or out of town. With us, you'll have the advantage of having a veterinary educated team member who understands your pet's needs to look after your pet. If you have questions, send us a message today. THE-INTL
TAREK ABU SHAM OWNER, THE PET-AGREES Tarek was born in Amman, Jordan and from an early age has had a love for animals. He met his spouse in Amman and then soon embarked on an expat lifestyle that took him to Dubai, Prague, and now Copenhagen. Originally a veterinarian, Tarek reinvented himself professionally and decided to launch his own company. With The Pet-agrees, Tarek has combined his veterinary experience with his entrepreneurial spirit. The Pet-agrees cares for pets in the Copenhagen area, offering services including pet-sitting, walking, and more to come soon. www.thepetagrees.com
THE PAIN OF DISCRIMINATION THE DARK SIDE OF DANISH SOCIETY
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EVEN THE BEST societies in the world have dark hidden secrets, as nothing we build in this world can be perfect. Denmark is a great place to live. Unfortunately, it is also plagued by discrimination. This can be found in many places in Denmark, where Danes and Internationals cross paths. Systemic discrimination is unfair, and it needs to be stopped for the sake of Denmark. As a newcomer in Danish society, after the initial euphoria of being in what used to be called “the happiest country in the world”, you start to understand that your identity (skin colour, name, ethnic background, language knowledge and/or accent, faith and sexual orientation) play a role into how you are perceived by some of the Danes. Living for a decade in Denmark, I have seen it with my own eyes. However, little did I know, just how widespread was the problem. Seconds after posting a request for discrimination stories on a large Facebook group, hundreds of messages started to pour in. From “go home” been shouted at in the streets, to “I am allergic to foreign doctors who are trying to speak Danish!” that was said to a Romanian doctor at the emergency room. The stories presented a spectacle of pain, which took me on a rollercoaster of emotions, from deep sadness to extreme anger. We tend to associate specific markers of identity, being biased towards those with similar features and discriminate against those who are different. Unfortunately, this tribal mentality doesn’t fit the current globalised world. Our world is smaller than ever, making it difficult for tribal mentality to become legitimate in governing societal interactions. Homogenous populations are a thing of the past. Today, we are governed by the ideas of “one world, one people” and “united in diversity”. Discrimination is not only about pain but is also about equality of treatment and meritocracy. We want to believe that if we
work hard, we will obtain what we desire. However, the moment when a feature that you were born with, weighs you down, making it impossible to achieve your dream job, then that is the moment when we need to talk about systemic discrimination.
HOW DO WE COMBAT DISCRIMINATION IN DENMARK? As inhabitants of an EU member state, we are protected by the European treaties. Article 2, from the Treaty of European Union, mentions “non-discrimination” as a fundamental value. Article 10 from the Treaty of Functioning of European Union, says “the Union shall aim to combat discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.”. And in that regard, national equality bodies have been established (EQUINET). In Denmark, there are two institutions we can address as victims
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of discrimination: The Danish Institute of Human Rights (Institut for Menneskerettigheder) and the Board of Equal Treatment (Ligebehandlingsnævnet). The Danish penal code states that discrimination is punishable by a fine or imprisonment for up to 2 years, however, that only works if you convince the judge that your pain is greater than the aggressor freedom of expression. If you are denied service because of your identity markers, it is punishable with imprisonment for up to 6 months. Unfortunately, there is no Danish law on discrimination within the labour market. Another way to combat discrimination is to join your local Integration Council (Integrationsrådet), which is part of the Council of Ethnic Minorities. A body that gives advice to the minister of the interior/integration concerning questions regarding refugees and internationals. THE-INTL
NARCIS GEORGE MATACHE POLITICIAN Born in 1990 in a village in the north-east of Romania, Narcis made Aalborg his new home since 2009. Smitten by the Danish model, he decided to get involved in the local community leading to him becoming a strong voice on the topic of usage of the local political rights by the internationals. In 2017, he became the first nonDanish citizen to run for regional elections and to represent Denmark in the Council of Europe. He holds or held leadership positions in European Youth Denmark, Europabevægelsen, Socialdemokratiet Nørresundby, DSU Aalborg, and Frit Forum International. www.facebook.com/ NarcisGeorge.Matache/
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