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Why relocate to Denmark?

Danish Mentality

Danish mentality is based on two core values: democracy and equality.

Democracy is a cornerstone of Danish society and on the work place you will experience a democratic atmosphere, where power is decentralized. Decisions are usually taken collectively and managers will function as a moderator rather than the decision maker. Freedom of speech is an important characteristic of democracy and Danes will make their personal views and opinions known at the work place and elsewhere.

Equality is also important and deeply ingrained in the Danish people. Discrimination is not tolerated. The underlying principle is that everyone is equally important and has a role to play in society. Thus, women and men treated alike on the work place, and official tittles are almost never used. As a result Danish companies have a flat hierarchical structure compared to other countries. 

Danish Welfare System

The Danish society has a great welfare system, which ensures health care, child care, elderly care, and education for every one registered in Denmark. These benefits are financed by taxes and you should expect to pay a big part of your salary to the Danish government. A special tax scheme for researchers was implemented in 2011, which entails a tax rate of 26 % in the first five years of working.   Yet, this system ensures a high living standard in Denmark and economic growth. The main principle of the Danish welfare system is that all residents have equal access to social services regardless of their social background.    

Danish Work Environment

The Danish work environment is characterized by a flat organizational structure with a low power distance between managers and employees. Having a higher position in a company refers to a higher degree of responsibility, but no more rights or special treatment. The horizontal structure invites open dialogue between management and employees. Danish companies offer good working conditions, modern facilities and high-quality technical equipment. Competence development is highly prioritized and most workplaces regularly offer continuing education to their employees.

Danish Work-life balance

Most expats moving to Denmark describe the work-life balance as one of the great advantages of living in Denmark. A full time position in Denmark covers 37 hours a week and a normal work day will be from 08:00-16:00. Danes focus equally on developing their working lives and private lives. The limited amount of working hours promotes efficiency and punctuality at the work place. Meetings at the workplace are well-structured and everyone is well-prepared.

Safety and Environment

Personal safety is high as well. Children walk/bike to school and well-known business leader, actors and politicians do not have to surround themselves with bodyguards. Even the Royal family can do shopping with a minimum amount of bodyguards.The Danish way of life is based on mutual trust and tolerance. Compared to many other economically advanced countries, crime rates in Denmark are low. But naturally you should be vigilant and take care of your valuables. Danish police is very accessible and helpful, so don't hesitate to contact them for assistance if you are in need.

Denmark is a well-organised country with a clean and safe environment. This is reflected in its clean forests and beaches. Also, water is drinkable from the tap and recycling is part of daily life. The country does not experience devastating earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes or other natural disasters, nor is there any dangerous wildlife.

Aarhus – the capital of Jutland

Aarhus is the second biggest city in Denmark with 320.000 inhabitants. The population is young due to the presence of Aarhus University, and therefore, it is a vibrant student city. Aarhus is large in a Danish perspective, but small at the same time. Aarhus offers everything a big city can offer, but still you can reach everything by bike. You are never far from nature, as the city is surrounded by woods and beautiful beaches. During the year Aarhus hosts several events: NorthSide Festival, Sculpture by the Sea, Tall Ships Races, Jazz Festival, Aarhus Festival Week, Food Festival, Viking Moot, and many more. 

Aarhus University Campus is located in the city centre, where the yellow buildings encircle a beautiful park. The park accommodates teaching facilities, museums, and dorms, all in the same simplistic architectural style.  Aarhus University has made it to the list of most beautiful campuses in the world several times. The Huffington Post, for example, selected Aarhus University for its list of the 15 most stunning university buildings around the world. The list also features Cambridge and Oxford University (GB) and Otago University (NZ) (2013).

The city also offers you great opportunities to join different business communities and social activities aimed at internationals. University International Club, International Community Erhverv Aarhus, and Aarhus Expat Internationals are the three most active communities in Aarhus.

Aarhus has different types of districts to live in: old and new. The Latin Quarter and the area around Jægergårdsgade offer old beautiful apartments and tiled streets. The harbor, on the other hand, is covered in new architectural projects such as the award-wining Iceberg. You can also find normal single-family houses in the suburbs around Aarhus.

Denmark is known for its gastronomic skills and in Aarhus you will find plenty of good restaurants and cafes with various kinds of food and price levels. Most are located near the small river down town, but also in the Lantin Quarter, at Frederiksgade and around Jægrgårdsgade you will find some of the best meals Aarhus has to offer. Obviously you should try the Nordic kitchen when you are in Scandinavia. The Nordic kitchen reflects the purity, freshness, simplicity, and ethics of the region.

Top reasons to choose Aarhus University.


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