Newcomer info

Practical info for internationals living and working in Denmark

Moving to a foreign country and adapting to a new culture can take time. However, coming to a country like Denmark where the standard of living is generally very high and people feel happy and safe will most certainly make this process easier. Denmark has a well-functioning infrastructure, a strong educational system and rich cultural life that can make living in Denmark a great experience for you and your family.

We take good care of you!
The Newcomer Service Team in Southern Denmark is aimed at welcoming all newcomers to the region – both national and international – helping them settle, and introducing them to social networks and activities in the local area. Contact your local newcomer guides in Southern Denmark and get help straight away. They offer a wide range of services, both pre- and post-arrival, will help you find answers to your questions.

Almost all Danes speak and understand English, which makes it easy for foreigners to work and live in Denmark. However, learning how to speak Danish is highly recommended because it will help you engage with people both socially and at work. Joining an association or club where you can enjoy and perhaps share an interest with Danes is a good way to meet people and create a personal network. Also, in this case, speaking the Danish language will give you an advantage and help you get settled.

Work-life balance
The Danish working culture is based on collaboration and personal responsibility. Everyone is encouraged to contribute with ideas, and the atmosphere in the Danish workplace is a blend of professional and casual. You will find that both the working culture and regulation of the labor market in Denmark will give you the opportunity to balance any career with family life. Work-life balance is important to the Danish workforce, which is surely one of the reasons surveys find the Danes to be the happiest people in the world.

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It’s totally acceptable to say

“I’ve got to get the kids. In fact I’d say that people would find it strange if you didn’t”. Hear Ken Cordes tell how he experiences the Danish work-life balance