I would like to connect with you on linkedin. I am worried about racism, discrimination etc and more importantly, I am worried about not fitting in. You do need at least basic Danish to do so, however. The image as the happiest country in the world is just a bubble. If an employer still prefers papers over real life experience, you don’t want to work there anyway. As I said, most Danish employers would rather hire a Dane unless they simply can’t find one with the qualifications they need. I has started applying online and waiting for good response. Just speaking English is not enough This post was really helplful There are however public ways of insuring oneself against the largest part of the bill by becoming a member of Sygeforsikring Danmark (Health insurance Denmark). Sure it’s possible! Please give me an overview since you’re already in Denmark. I know very little about the psychology business in Denmark, so I think the best move would be to find the union that represents psychologists here and ask them. And also you mentioned about Denmark loves Linkedin, Yes it’s 100% true specially IT related jobs are available for English speaking people in Denmark. You’ll have to decide how much of the Danish culture you want to take on board and how much of your own culture you want to keep. I would recommend trying to start make contacts and build networks now, and plan on a minimum of 6 months of job searching before you are offered a position. Below is a selection of resources for searching for employment opportunities as a foreigner in Denmark. 1. Below is a selection of resources for searching for employment opportunities as a foreigner in Denmark. How’s the construction market for me to settle down with my family of 5? I am scheduled to defend my master thesis in physics on November. Please tell me if this is possible? However, my boyfriend (Danish) and I have decided that we would like to move to Denmark and start our lives. I would like to study social sciences in Denmark; and I have three children. So non-EU citizens can expect to receive no financial support while studying and pay fees of around 6000 euro per year. The first time I was unemployed in Denmark, I approached 100 companies with personalized letters. Two more tips. I wish you have a great life ahead!! Hey Pratap, When people come from English speaking countries – the US, Britain, Australia – they often ask me if speaking English well is enough to get them a job. I know you are only a blogger, but I saw you gave the others some good tips, so I will try briefly to describe me. As I understand it (and I’m no expert), you might then be eligible for some support from the Danish state. You have to put up a clear picture of yourself smiling and looking friendly in whatever type of clothing you wear for work. It would be great if you could also provide me estimate rent. I am an indian national who is an Indian qualified teacher for 12 years. There’s a website called Fiverr where people will copyread your CV or your LinkedIn profile for only five US dollars. I suggest that you join one of the many “Expats in Copenhagen” groups on Facebook, where the members will have a variety good feedback related to your move. The Danish person knows the language, the Danish person knows the culture, the Danish person knows not to bring Brie cheese to the Friday shared breakfast. Is there any site, where I can apply for a voluntary year in denmark? (See my other blog post, https://www.howtoliveindenmark.com/stories-about-life-in-denmark/moving-to-denmark/). I’ve always found it useful to figure out “How can I use my knowledge to help people while making money?” and then work backwards towards the actual job. Hi, I am an international student from Uganda doing a masters in one of Denmarks’ best Universities. You must meet various requirements before you can obtain an approval. If you are a Nordic or EU/EEA citizen, you can start your own business in Denmark. I am looking to apply in DK as well. But a few sectors are facing skill shortages. Also, some of the links above could be affiliate links, which means that I will earn a commission (at no additional cost to you) should you decide to click on the links and make a purchase. Assuming you have the right working visas and it is tourist season – roughly May to September – then it’s certainly possible. Hi Kay,your article is really helpful.I`m in the VISA issue process(Greencard). I do have a few more questions: I’d like to relocate to Denmark this year, but like many others, I also have 0.01% Dansk. i started looking for a job but really felted like it was the end of my life when i failed to find a job of my professional and later found a hospitality job. Thank you for all these posts and look forward to reading more! You need to have min.10h/week worked and at least 3 months of working. Coming to Denmark literally killed their careers. Glad to be able to help! Could you please let me know what are the good places to live in and around Copenhagen. The jobs don’t pay well, but they’re relatively easy to get, particularly in Copenhagen, and particularly for men. Now I am in a dilemma and would like to seek some advice from you. I guess it will take around an year to finish the authorisation process. Best regards, The idea of self employment has come up so your advice around there is very helpful. If you can use the job center as a way of finding out which jobs are going begging that you – with a little extra effort and training – could fill, then they’re useful. Do a Google search so you know about any news connected to the company. Hi Kay, I just came across this article you wrote, and thank you for your time in writing it! Your best bet is to play the role of “Man who really wants to work at X company because he’s so passionate about what they do” as opposed to “Man who just wants a job.” If you do have to call back, I would wait at least 10 days, and then lead with something like, “Congratulations – I see you’ve signed a big new contract with ABC Company” or “I just realized that you also make X. I wanted to tell you that I have some interesting experience with X” as opposed to just “So, are you going to hire me or not?”. I don’t have answers for you, but I can suggest the “Americans in Denmark” Facebook group. “Working in Denmark was not really hard, but all of the ‘social’ after work gatherings irritated me. Therefore, brother Maurice , Mr. Kay Xander Mellish’s advise worked for me. That said, I cannot advise you about specific IT jobs or the skills most in demand in Denmark. We now leave in Tanzania in the process of moving to Denmark. The labor market in Denmark is well-known for great working conditions and job mobility. I should also point out that I know several people of African and Asian descent in well-paying and powerful positions in Denmark. I would use the next couple of days to study up on the company, finding out all you can about their products, projects and competitors. If you are looking to spice up your dating life, check out my post on the best online dating sites in Denmark. In general,the Danish job market can require very long lead time, particularly for someone coming from outside the country. The tax rate is then approximately half of what the highest tax rate is in Denmark - it changes from time to time, but currently the rate is 27%. We had a huge number of responses and a range of interesting, helpful insights and experiences. Hello Rene, Do you have any idea regarding the ranking of this collage in term of adding value to your resume for looking out for job after completion of the course? Close. As I’ve B.Tech in Aeronautical Engineering and don’t have any experience in my relevant field. I have seen some adverts from UN bodies for english speaking jobs that i can apply for. Your best opportunity, as a foreigner, is to have those qualifications. Worldwide Jobs Guide: Be sure to check out my posts on how to find jobs in any country in the world. So, you have to have a job skill, plus English, to work there. I wonder if the “employment situation” is similar here in the UK as it is in Denmark – media and family members complaining about not being able to find jobs, or not being paid well. And it is not only about job. They talk about their professional challenges, future plans and encounter with a work-life balance in a Danish way. I have ACCA, Msc accounting & B.Com Finance. However, you are incorrect on one point – education in Denmark is most certainly not free for people from non EU countries. Hello Kay! Thank you. I’m a Tanzanian married to a french man with a child. The official language is Danish. Copyright © 2021 Visa Hunter. It’s a good match. shir. EU citizens do not need either—they are free to enter the country and take up work right away. I work in advertising/digital roles and I see ageism all the time in London? I am a 26 years old seafarer, Third Officer to be more specific with over 5 years experience in the industry. being honest I would like to go to Denmark and work there because I found love there. Healthcare service in Denmark is almost exclusively covered publicly and financed by the five regions. I have been applying for jobs and last week i got a call from an employer. Otherwise, it is not as smooth as I imagined! In the mean time, of completing the authorisation process ,what kind of job sector is open for foreign trained dentists with green card visa like from the industrial sector or university etc. do you know if there’s a studying in english for accounting That said, I’m acquainted with several people of African origin who are very happy in Denmark – and several people of non-African origin (white and Asian) who have had trouble fitting in. Is there any guidance in any of this you can give please? unfortunately, i did not accept and later heard from one of my friends that they hired some one else. You can learn more about me here. Well, I shall say I’m at a panicked stage. Kindly take sometime to email me regarding all of it and your personal experience. Uncomplicated paperwork. In the meantime I could learn of course! I have already planned on taking Danish Language courses here. By the time you’re finished with school, you’ll have a network that should make job hunting easier. But unless you’re a perfect fit, don’t rush apply for these jobs, where you’ll be competing with a lot of other people. Hi Jaffar! In every Danish office I’ve ever worked in, there’s been a Friday shared breakfast, and they always eat exactly the same cheese. I would not recommend at all to consider Denmark to work or live. The working culture is the best in the world, and my professional experience here has solidified my commitment never to move back to the US. Job centers are basically designed to match open jobs with unemployed people; they’re not designed to think creatively, which is what you need to do if you’re a foreigner looking for a job in Denmark. There you have it. Hi Robiul. I recently applied for a scientist post in Novo Denmark, and done with first round of interview.I have a few questions,I would really appreciate if you can help- Thank you very much for sharing this. It’s really interesting and full of good advice. It’s hard to get a job in Denmark, but the good news is that everyone is rooting for you – particularly the Danish government. Kay Xander Mellish is a writer living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Job wise: i am interested in organisations like WHO, UNICEF, Red Cross, so similar to what i have been doing before but am open minded and would consider the tourist industry (hotels-events management), English speaking nations and their embassies or international organisations requiring project management/administration skills. The only real exception is dentistry, which is mostly paid for by the patients themselves. So after receiving recent news from academia, trying opening at both big and small companies – I’m left with either giving a go to my business idea or seeking opportunities in Asia. Can I get any jobs in Aeronautical Indystry ? As you said, If you really wanted to settle in Denmark, you should learn Danish. I sent out more than 100 before I got a job in Denmark – but I did get a job. Thanks so much 🙂. Super duper, lots of humor and very useful for me. Thank you for this post. I was recently hired to write a speech for one such person, who is SVP of one of Denmark’s largest companies. As I understand it, if you are from outside the EU you cannot even qualify for SU for two years, after which time you are on the same footing as an EU national in terms of working for 10 hours per week to qualify for SU when studying. The #1 reason for leaving the country was that their partner couldn’t find an adequate position. I am married to a Dane and we live in London but she is going back and i plan to follow end of the year/beginning of next. Logistics sounds like his best bet, but I suggest he start working hard on his Danish, since the logistics field may require working with a lot of people who are not gifted English speakers. Hi Kay. Can it be a good idea? what will you suggest me to have a job coz i have strong command in english language and can speak Japanese as well. Thank you, and thank s for the tip, I will definitely keep that in mind! General Job Search Engines and Classifieds. If you’re a music producer, you don’t have to wear a suit. My office would be in Copenhagen (near Holmes Kanal). “Fitting in” will really be on you – you can never really become Danish, and as a blonde, green-eyed American who has been here for 16 years, I still often feel like I don’t fit in. I am a ‘black-british’ citizen and I am about to finish my undergraduate degree here in the UK. I have Masters in computer science with research publication and over 8+ years of software development experience. Also try jobsindenmark.dk or workindenmark.dk. In certain cases however, foreign nationals can perform work-related activities while in Denmark on a visa, without holding a residence and work permit. Spoken Danish has to be heard to be believed. I plan on getting a job when we get over there. Assalamualaikum Haider. Any advise will be helpful from anyone. My question is, do you think we will need all $24,000 USD to support ourselves, or do you think by me working a minimum wage job, and him a part time job we will only need some of that money? And I think you’ll have to send out more than 2 applications! I am an M.A graduate in Culture-Language-Media from the university of Flensburg, and I have lived in Fyn since a couple of months. I am wondering whether these jobs required Masters degrees? I plan to move in a year, during which I will learn basic Danish, pay off debt/save money ( I need 8k to move there I’m told). It’s the sad truth about a very pitiful country. Thank you, I’ll try and do that and see what comes next. 🙂. Below is a selection of resources for searching for employment opportunities as a foreigner. Since your partner is going to sign a work contract in Denmark, they will have fulfilled the criteria for receiving a residency permit as a worker. I don’t speak any Danish. It took a first class degree, then it takes so much effort to keep pursuing my dreams. This is my recommendation: search the job ads on databases like Jobindex.dk and WorkinDenmark.dk. Or do you have a masters? And what you can do better than a Dane. Thanks. I have Indian Nationality and currently residing in India. Hi Kay, They want to get you working as quickly as possible – so you can start paying your giant Danish taxes. With the sites below, you can expect to get a 0.5 to 1.0% response rate (people who will respond back to you to whom you sent your application/CV.) Thanks for quick response. I do not know where to start. I am so worried about finding work it starting to stress me out. Thanks for your message, although I am not a job counselor or Danish government spokesperson, and I don’t know much about the shipping business. As per my Agent I’m also qualifying for it. In Denmark, careers and business opportunities are central to a good lifestyle. So Please share me your ideas on how to go about making this work. Thanks, Yuliya! You will also have the opportunity to seek full-time employment when you have completed your studies. Hear all our How to Live in Denmark podcasts on Spotify and on Apple Podcasts (iTunes). Hi Maurice! I think this will do. Good also to have an idea of time frames for finding work. 🙂. If you’re just moving here with a partner, you might want to consider this as a way to start out. I’m just a blogger and I can’t help you get a job. I got about three responses…and one job, where I stayed for 8 years. The reason going to Denmark is the pay should be better but i am so worried i won’t find anything and have better chance in London. 1)I am in Canada currently-do NOVO people prefer people in Denmark over foreigners even when the foreigner has a better resume? I speak English, French and Spanish. i don’t know how hard it was for other people but in my case got a problem with accommodation, CPR, bank account. Someone with a PhD looking for a high-end management job probably has high expectations and very specific talents, so I can understand why he or she might have trouble finding an ordinary “job.” I had an acquaintance with a similar background, a lawyer, who ended up starting her own one-person company and did very well. Other jobs in private industry seem to center on IT/Pharma industries which i am not familiar with. How do you think, does a mix of a British Bachelor’s degree and a Swedish Master’s degree plus a lot of international experience help in anyway? Hi Susy! most frequently asked job interview questions. I will suggest, however, that you change your approach and focus less on your years of experience and more on what you can offer a potential employer. Your article will be helpful for me. He thinks he will get a part time job with the school. Hello! There are SO many reasons to get married in Denmark as a foreigner. However, they should be properly registered in the country (for a CPR number, a health card, etc.) But I do recommend workindenmark.dk and jobsindenmark.dk. Learn how your comment data is processed. I have heard from many of my friends and have read in several books and magazines that Denmark is one of the most awesome places to work as the work – life balance culture is perfect compared to most other nations. I heard that there are very few opportunities for IT in Denmark, Is this correct? I’ve lived in Denmark for more than 10 years now and let’s be frank, finding a good job as a foreigner if you are not directly headhunted is basically impossible. 3 years ago. I also got recently Denmark Green card. EU or EEA nationals EU nationals and EEA nationals may under certain circumstances purchase property in Denmark without obtaining the permission of the Danish Ministry of Justice. I am a architect and I have 2 years of working experience. I often recommend working as an assistant in a Danish day care center. As per my Agent I’m also qualifying for it. Very interesting and at the same time funny article. Im a mexican psychologist living in Spain, I am searching for psychology jobs in DK, I would like to know if you know any psychology english speaking center or centers where its required basic danish? If you’re a foreigner, finding a job in Denmark is not easy, but it can be done. If you are a citizen from outside the Nordic countries, EU/EEA and Switzerland, you have to apply for a residence and work permit in order to be self-employed and/or operate an independent company in Denmark. It is certainly harder to apply anywhere for a job without a degree. Hi, I am a good expert on quality control and quality assurance. they buried their education and previous working experience and payed for another education in Denmark (2-3 years without job, just study you have to pay for), 2) they were learning Danish for min. If you think there is an error in the information, please bring it to our attention so that we can correct it. Hello, everyone. Dreadful shame. General Job Search Engines and Classifieds. Now i am getting problem of getting job in Copenhagen as i don’t know anyone here. That said, Denmark has some serious problems. Otherwise, I’m not an official Danish government spokesperson. Try http://www.workindenmark.com, or the Danish Agrifish Agency, http://agrifish.dk/, or even the Ministry for Fisheries and Agriculture, http://en.fvm.dk/the-ministry/fisheries-and-aquaculture/, Hello everybody. Check out workindenmark.dk and nytidanmark.dk for official information about immigration. Is there any field in Denmark looking for someone like me in the relevant sector or if you can just tell me where to approach, it would be of great help. The answer is no, even though there are many companies that have English as their corporate language. As this is a cheap way to avoid large bills, almost ha… Ideal in a purely professional sense would be a consultancy job since I do have knowledge, skills and expertise to do that. Despite sharing a border, our Ambassador, Lea, finds out that the working culture in Denmark and Germany are worlds apart. Swedish employees working as researchers or so-called key employees in Denmark have the opportunity to be taxed under a special Danish tax, called "forskerordningen". Please give me an overview since you might be already in Denmark. Thanks… I am from Bangladesh a south Asian country….I completed Masters on management from national University and got 2 years experience in Sr. Executive position in a commercial fishing company.Now I am willing to do job in Denmark.Do u have any suggestions for me?? Sounds like you’ve had a tough time, and I’m sorry to hear that. 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