Denmark; what is this northern country

Year of life in Denmark (part 1)

Scandinavia has turned from a geographical area into a kind of broader cultural concept. Geographically, it includes 3 countries. The article will consider Denmark, its heritage, peculiarities of its inhabitants, geopolitics, tourism.

For the first acquaintance with the country, you need to know the following. It pays in Danish kroner. It was here that the first ministry of labor protection was founded.

Today, 41% of energy is produced by windmills. In Denmark, it is impossible to move more than 50 km from the sea. The Danes consider the swan their national bird.

The state system takes care of citizens. They are provided with housing, free education, insurance, and various social programs.

The action of the system is aimed at ensuring that the entire population is employed. A course of tolerance is being pursued, membership of any social group is perceived as tolerant.

Denmark is located on several islands - Jutland and small Danish:

  • Zeland;
  • Fun;
  • Bornholm;
  • Lollan;
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The area of ​​Denmark is about 43 thousand km 2 on land and 700 on water. The coastline stretches for 7000 km.

The relief is mostly flat, the highest point is 173 km. This is the Ining-Skovhoy hill in the east. The largest river is Gudeno.

Located in the Arctic Circle, Denmark still boasts a temperate maritime climate. The Gulf Stream flows nearby. The warm current makes the air softer. The average temperature in winter is 0 ° С, in summer - + 19 ° С.

A little over a year ago, I received a job offer from the Danish company Grundfos for the position of Big Data Engineer, and emigrated with my wife to the small town of Viborg in western Denmark. In this article I will tell you about the process of finding a job, interviewing, integrating expats into society, and the country as a whole. I hope my experience is useful to someone.

How did I get to Denmark at all?

First, a little about yourself. I am 29 years old, I graduated from NSTU with a degree in software for computer technology and automated systems. After graduating from the university, he worked as a tester in the Novosibirsk office of 2GIS for a little over a year. Then he worked in testing mobile applications for six months, and then flowed to the Upwork freelance exchange. I worked on it for about a year as a C # programmer/data engineer, interrupting with all sorts of small projects, and then found a long-term contract from the Swiss digital-marketing company Cleoo there. I worked for them for two more years, and then I started looking for where the grass is greener, and eventually ended up in Denmark.

Reasons to move

Sometime in March 2018, my Swiss employer invited all telecommuting employees to a weeklong team building in Bern, and this trip still remains in my mind as something completely indescribable. I have never traveled outside Russia before, and this level of street improvement, water and air quality, public transport, and just people on the streets made an absolutely indelible impression on me. Soon after returning from the trip, I calmed down a little, began to read about life in other countries and the possibilities for moving, and after a few months I firmly decided for myself that I want to live either in Switzerland itself, or at least in a country that is comparable to it. according to the standard of living.

The fact that soon after this trip I managed to get married, which, it seems to me, also influenced the decision-making process, also played a role. It is already becoming a little shameful to run around bars and hang out in computer clubs for several days in a row - responsibility appears, and you need to start thinking about the future, at least a little bit.

Select a country for relocation

To begin with, I have decided on the list of requirements for the future country of residence:

1. Not very far from Russia - I would still like to sometimes visit friends/parents without suffering from the high cost of a transatlantic flight.

2. The climate is not too hot - I do not tolerate the combination of high heat and humidity very well, but everything is fine with the cold.

3. A high standard of living - a good salary, not very high prices for housing, inexpensive food/medicine and transport.

4. Low complexity of integration - it is desirable that the locals have a good, or at least neutral attitude towards labor migrants. The availability of language courses, assistance from the state in integration, the ability to be treated in local hospitals - all this belongs to this category.

5. Ease of obtaining permanent residence and citizenship - I would not want to remain attached to an employer all my life and worry about what might happen if I was suddenly fired.

Continuation of my first article on moving to Denmark. In this part I will talk about how I settled down and looked for housing, about paperwork, about my job and the cost of living, as well as about the general pros and cons of living in Denmark.

First steps in the country

Immediately after my arrival, I checked into a local Bed & Breakfast for two weeks and met with a realtor hired by my employer to help me find an apartment. We began to sort out all the available options, and in the end I settled on a small three-room apartment near the center for seven and a half thousand crowns a month (about 90 thousand rubles). Upon check-in, they demanded a deposit equal to two months of the rent, which they promised to partially return upon my check-out. Partly - because about half of the deposit is usually spent on putting the house in order after each tenant moving out.

Most of the apartments are rented out after complete renovation, completely white and unfurnished. The most important plus is that the tenant's rights are very well protected from the point of view of the law, and the landlord cannot just raise the rental price, terminate the contract, evict the tenant, or even come to visit with a sudden check.

After successfully settling in the apartment, I went to the town hall to register and get all the necessary documents. Everything was standard here - I made an appointment, came on the appointed day, gave them all the papers and a week later received a yellow health insurance card in the mail. Then I had to go to the town hall again to get a login and password for government (and not only) online services called NemID.

Immediately after receiving the NemID, I sent to the bank all the documents required to open a bank account, etc. was refused. This embarrassed me a little, and I sent the documents to another bank, where I was again refused. After that, I was already seriously worried, and applied to five banks in a row at once, hoping that at least one of them would certainly not refuse me. And so it happened - I received approval from two banks, and a week later I took out a letter with a bank card from the mailbox.

I still don't know why I was rejected the first two times. It is likely that this was all due to the fact that one of the largest banks in Denmark was recently caught laundering Russian money, and after that all banks decided to stay away from the Russians just in case, so as not to get involved in something like that again.

The seagulls here are just insanely arrogant, they scream loudly, and steal food if they leave for at least a couple of minutes.


The work is going very slowly, no one is overworking, and at about two or three days people are already starting to go home. Work-life balance is perfectly observed, there are no rush jobs, and everyone treats each other politely, they smile a lot. In addition to Danes, the office also employs many Swedes and Indians, several Americans and Iranians, as well as a couple of Ukrainians. The salary is indexed once a year based on the results of a conversation with the boss. Also, once a year we are sent to conferences at the expense of the company, the cost of training courses and certificates are reimbursed.

All this year I've been rewriting and modernizing shaggy legacy code from the nineties, which was written in a mix of C and Fortran and was part of the pump station firmware. As a result, I managed to embed this code into a new C # solution, run it in the Azure Cloud, integrate it with several existing systems, and write a whole bunch of autotests. Now this whole system controls the process of pumping waste water from one cesspool to another, and makes sure that everything flows as it should and flows out where it is needed. The most important thing here is that the pits do not overflow, because otherwise it will be very unpleasant from the point of view of the environment and from the point of view of legal claims.

View of the local town hall and college dormitory.

Cost of Living

Denmark is a fairly popular country, a large number of tourists from all over the world come here every year. But the country has one drawback - these are very high prices. Anyone who has ever been to Denmark will definitely confirm that it is very, very expensive here.

Is Denmark a country only for the rich? Of course not. Yes, it is really quite expensive here, but there are some tips and life hacks that will help you to travel to Denmark and not spend your entire budget. Let's talk in more detail about how you can go to Denmark on a budget and how you can save money.

Denmark Travel Tips


The first point to consider when traveling is transportation. It should be noted that in Denmark a very expensive taxi, so it is better to refuse it right away, since you can go broke from the trip from the airport to the city. In order to save money, it is best to give preference to public transport.

And be sure to take a closer look at buying a pass, it is usually much cheaper to travel with it. The more you plan to use public transport, the more you can save if you buy a pass. By the way, don't count on the fact that public transport is cheap here, it is also not cheap, but much cheaper than a taxi.


The second important point is nutrition. It is important to note that even fast food is expensive here. For example, a burger with a drink at a diner on the street will cost you at least $ 10. Of course, it's not even worth talking about prices in restaurants and cafes. The food here is really very expensive.

But there is one reliable and proven advice - buy food from your local supermarket. This is a great option for those who can cook at home. But even if you do not have the opportunity to cook on your own, then in supermarkets you can definitely find food that you do not need to cook.

With this method, you can save a lot. Therefore, if your budget is tight, then be sure to visit local supermarkets.

Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is an ideal place for those who prefer educational tourism with comfort and sightseeing of unique attractions. Here you will not find too many hateful skyscrapers and supermarkets, but you will fully enjoy the cozy embankments, old houses and castles, as well as parks of amazing beauty. The builders of the city did not follow the path of most capitals, preserving for us the unique spirit of a medieval commercial port - that is why the numerous reviews of Copenhagen from those who have already visited there make every inexperienced tourist a passionate desire to visit it in order to see everything with their own eyes. Let's take a closer look at this amazing place!

Attractions of Copenhagen with photos and descriptions - what to see for an active tourist

The name of the city can be translated as "merchant's haven" - a place where travelers and wanderers from all over Northern Europe gathered to trade, exchange information about the demand for goods and get the latest news. It is not surprising that the city grew rather quickly and by the end of the 19th century turned into a major administrative and industrial center. Today Copenhagen is considered one of the most livable cities in the world - in 2013 it took first place in the ranking of the prestigious magazine "Monocle".

Central District

Other interesting places

The historic city center is surrounded by surrounding areas that were built when Copenhagen got rid of the walls. However, do not think that there is nothing for a tourist to do there - walking along the streets of Esterbro, Hillereda and Christianshavn you can see many noteworthy sights for which the Danish capital is famous.

  • Christianshavn - canal area. According to historical chronicles, the canals themselves were built under King Christian IV, who was concerned about making the Danish capital look like Amsterdam. Dutch architects hired by him designed a wide and full-flowing network of canals, most of which pleases tourists and locals to this day. In addition, in Christianshavn you can see the Church of the Savior, which was built in the 17th century in the Baroque style. First of all, the church is famous for its spiral spire with a length of about 90 m, equipped with an external winding staircase, along which you can climb to the very top to enjoy a panoramic view of Copenhagen.
  • Esterbro is mainly famous for the Langelinie promenade, which simultaneously plays the role of a promenade, pier and park. Most cruise ships dock here, and the famous Little Mermaid is also located here - a statue of the most famous character from the work of H. H. Andersen, which in our time has become one of the most famous symbols of Copenhagen. Here you can also enjoy the view of the sculptural composition of the famous Gefion fountain, which depicts the eponymous goddess of fertility with four bulls.
  • Frederiksborg Castle, located in Hillered, is the famous residence of Danish kings and a true masterpiece of the Scandinavian Renaissance. It is noteworthy that the complex is located on three islands of a freshwater lake, so the tourist will definitely not be bored while examining the architectural elements of the largest palace of the Renaissance. In front of the main entrance to the palace, there is an amazingly beautiful fountain with a statue of Neptune - this detail symbolized the alleged domination of King Christian IV over the seas of Northern Europe.

Copenhagen Parks

Copenhagen Museums

Travel in Copenhagen: fast and tasteful

If you managed to see all the listed sights, then you are a real lucky one, because for this any tourist will need to stay in the city for at least a week. What to see in Copenhagen in 1 day, what places to visit if you have 2 or 3 days at your disposal? Below we will consider detailed routes that are suitable for those who are not going to stay for a long time in the Danish capital. What to see in Copenhagen for the 1st day of your stay:

  • Langelinie Embankment is the starting point of your route from Osterport metro station.
  • Sculpture "The Little Mermaid".
  • The Kastellet military fortress.
  • Amalienborg Palace Complex. On the way to it, we will meet the Gefion fountain and the Orthodox Church of Alexander Nevsky.
  • Royal Danish Theater.
  • New Harbor or Newhavn. A renowned meeting place for urban artists, musicians and poets.
  • Slotsholmen Island. On the island we visit the Christiansborg Palace, the Bersen Stock Exchange and the Museum of Military Equipment.
  • National Museum of Denmark.
  • Tivoli amusement park.

What to see in Copenhagen for the 2nd day of your stay:

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