posted by anonymous on 09/30/13.
I'm married to a Dane. We met on the internet and I visited him as a friend before falling in love with the man and the country. He visited me in the United States, and we had a discussion when we decided to get married that we would live in Denmark. He had no desire to move from his home town and I was open to living elsewhere (besides the fact that I absolutely adore the place we live).
I live in South Western Denmark, or Sydjylland. It's very different from Copenhagen, which is a very international city and known for its multiculturalism. Where I live the population is predominantly Danish; and it's harder to get by as an immigrant here (though not impossible). The land out here is quite beautiful though; I live between the sea and the countryside, and just south of a National park, so there's a lot of nature and greenery around me. It's a very pretty part of the country.
The people here are stoic and somewhat simple in their lifestyles (They're traditionally farmers or fishermen and used to hard, physical work). Once you get to know them, though, people here are very welcoming and friendly. My mother in law grew up on a farm, and has this very no-nonsense way about her,...read more
posted by anonymous on 10/22/13.
How much time have you spent in Denmark?
I'm now living my 8th year in Denmark, periods 2000 - 2005 & 2011 - present. When living in the states my family visited usually twice a year.
How old were you when you came to Denmark? Where were you before?
I was born in DK, moved to the states straight after, then again from the age of 7 to 12, and again from 18 to present. I lived in Northern California otherwise.
What brought you to Denmark? What made you choose Denmark over any other place you could've gone?
Well when I lived with my family then it wasn't really a choice I my part but we moved to DK for family. After graduating high school I moved for education, but I had wanted to move back to DK since freshmen/sophomore year but wasn't aloud to due to my parents wanting me to graduate high school first (which evidently was worth jack-shit over here and ended up taking the IB (another secondary education)). I chose DK because I spoke the language pretty well, was a Danish citizen, but also I prefer the social aspects especially in the teenage - young adult ages, I feel that it is a lot more open and responsibility is given to people at a much younger age, already...read more
posted by anonymous on 10/24/13.
How much time have you spent in Copenhagen?
I was there for 6 months.
How old were you when you came to Copenhagen? Where were you before?
I was living in the United States at the time. I was 23 at the time.
What brought you to Copenhagen?
Ostensibly I was there to take some classes to further my MBA. In reality it was because I wanted to travel to a different continent and the opportunity presented itself.
Describe Copenhagen and your impressions of it.
Copenhagen was the city. I was in the Vesterbro neighborhood. It was pretty rough at the time. I remember it being advertised in the school pamphlet as "The Real Copenhagen". It was a predominantly Muslim neighborhood - many an Iraqi flag were flown after a major soccer win. The neighborhood was somewhat lovingly referred to as "Kebab-ville" and lived up to the billing - the foreign food in the area was some of the best I've had even now in my life. The transportation was great. Even in one of the poorer neighborhoods, the dive bars and restaurants were much more expensive than I was used to.
How does the city you lived in compare to other cities in Denmark?
Within Denmark, it was much easier to be an English...read more