Wednesday, February 27, 2013

25-year-old Unmarried Danes Hate Cinnamon

25-year-old Unmarried Danes Hate Cinnamon

He doesn't seem to be enjoying it. I mean the one tied to the tree...
No, this is not from an action movie where they tie the agent to the tree and torture him. This was real! But no torturing... though he was tied to the tree. You might ask "What The Face"? What did the poor lad do? Well, he is just one of the 25-year-old umarried Danes! Simple like that. If you're scratching your head trying to figure out if you heard it right, that Denmark is a democratic country... Well, you did hear it right. Though

Friday, February 22, 2013

To Apply for Residence Permit in Denmark

To Apply for Residence Permit in Denmark

As I've mentioned in the previous post, I applied for a residence permit in Denmark under the family reunification category. In the post What you need to apply for a residence permit I wrote about what papers you need to have to get married with the Dane you love. Marriage falls under the category of family reunification, along with cohabitation and registered partnership. Read carefully HERE.

Here I am going to write about what documents you need to have to actually apply for the permit and which things you should be especially aware of. If marriage, cohabitation or registered partnership are not the reason you're going to apply for a residence permit in Denmark, you should visit the official website of the The Danish Immigration Service where you can find all the

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Beating Your Head Against The Wall? 8 Points on Why You Shouldn't

Beating Your Head Against The Wall? Eight Points on Why You Shouldn't

Have you ever felt like you're beating your head against the wall? Like you're alone against the crowd?

That's how I felt this Tuesday. It was my first day at language school (which by the way in general was pretty cool!). I "met" so many different nationalities there! There were people from Poland, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Ukraine, Philippines, China, Germany, Armenia... It was strange though that I hadn't really met any Russians :)

Anyway, this Tuesday I suddenly realized how differently people see their lives here in Denmark, in a country new to them (even if they have been living here for over 2 years), how different their ways are to cope with some problems and misunderstandings here. Some complain and even express their anger and irritation regarding Denmark, its culture and its people. They feel rejected and pressured. It all looks black to them. And it's quite hard, if not impossible at the time being, to make them look at the things otherwise. I heard about it before, and any

Sunday, February 17, 2013

In Denmark They Beat the Cat out of the Barrel!

In Denmark They Beat the Cat out of the Barrel!

If someone in Denmark told me "let's go beat a cat out of the barrel and have fun"..... I would say "get off, weirdo"!!

But this was not the case in 1500-1600s. Back then I would probably have said "yeah! let's go for it!"

That's what they call Fastelavn in Denmark. The English closest equivalent would be "Shrovetide". On this day a barrel with an alive cat inside would be hung up and people would beat it up until the bottom fell out. Then the cat was allowed to run away (hopefully still alive!). Yes! Can you imagine? If you ever heard of those days' Danes as a wild and....................

Friday, February 15, 2013

What you need to apply for a residence permit

In order to apply for a residence permit in Denmark you should fall into one of the categories below:

 - you've got a job in Denmark (DK) and signed a contract with your employer
 - you study in Denmark
 - you apply for asylum
 - you want to reunite with your family members (mother, children, husband, wife...)
 - you're an au pair in DK

I'll tell you my story here and that is case 4 here or "family reunification." If it doesn't apply to you, you should visit The Danish Immigration Service. However, should you not find all the information you are looking for, feel free to ask your question in the comments below.

So my story started...........

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Those Funny Danes


Hi! It's my first post in the blog and I'm so excited!!! Today I want to tell you about a weird but still charming tradition of Danes' called Kobberbryllup or Copper Wedding :) 

Last Saturday my husband and I went to such a wedding anniversary. In different countries the number of years spent together and to be celebrated vary a lot. Denmark is no exception. But these charming Danes went even further! When do you think they celebrate the Copper Wedding? You might suggest 5 or 22 or 7... No and no. They celebrate 12 ½ years Wedding Anniversary!!! Where on Earth did they take this number?! :)

If we should believe history, the tradition traces back to 1800s..........