At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Denmark and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.A British Expat’s Life in Copenhagen
Originally from the UK, Melanie has lived in Copenhagen for over eight years with her husband and son, and her blog is a must-read for anyone looking to relocate to the capital. She shares her thoughts and experiences with the Danish way of life, and shows “there is more to Copenhagen than the Little Mermaid.” Popular posts range from supermarket shopping and neighbourhood guides to child-friendly activities, dealing with the winter months and the city’s best coworking spaces. Melanie is also a regular contributor on the Huffington Post and The Local Denmark, among other sites.
Hygge and Slow-Living
If you can’t get enough of the Danish concept of hygge, Anya’s blog is especially for you. She’s a writer, photographer and stylist living in Copenhagen with her two daughters and British partner. Naturally due to her occupation you’ll find exquisite photos on her blog, where she shares how to live a simple Danish life, filled with hygge, fun, laughter, and quite a bit of cake! Explore her delicious recipes, interior design inspirations and photography tips. She also chronicles outings with her family so there are loads of Copenhagen destination ideas and practical posts, such as her guide to Danish bicycle etiquette.
British spatial designer Phillip has an eye for spaces and places. “Happily imported” to Copenhagen in 1981 by his wife, he has 33 years of expat experiences and knowledge to impart, and has watched the city transform from a “provincial ugly duckling” to a dynamic European metropolis. Discover Copenhagen’s urban landscape and landmarks through Phillip’s well-trained eyes and see how the city’s creative entrepreneurs are pushing boundaries with new developments and regeneration. If you don’t already have an appreciation for architecture and design, you certainly will after reading his blog.
Danish Living Through an African Lens
Long time expat Rochelle and her husband left South Africa for an adventure and never returned. They lived in England for 12 years before his work brought them to Denmark, and on her blog Rochelle shows off Copenhagen, mouth-watering recipes and some lovely flower arrangements through her stunning photography. Be sure to check out her ‘Home Tours’ section for a glimpse inside some stylish Danish apartments that will leave you wanting to boost your own home decorating game, and inject some Scandi stye.
Canadian in Copenhagen
Reading Karen’s blog is like accepting a Facebook request from a lovely new expat connection, and following her regular, cheerful status updates. Originally from Vancouver, Karen studied in Hong Kong and later Sweden before joining her Danish now-husband in his homeland. Karen shares some of her favourite places to eat, shop, and visit in Copenhagen along with tried and tested recipes. The frequent crafter has a whole section on the planning for their wedding – including her thoughts on having the big day in Copenhagen. More recently her posts are about the newest addition to the couple’s lives.
Couple Ann and Michael have lived in the city of Sonderberg since 2011 – being originally from Malta and Denmark respectively. A ‘hyperlocal’ blog, they write about all the places to see, food to eat and events going on in this town in Southern Denmark. With a list of ‘99 things to do’ in Sonderborg, they truly have the city covered! Enjoy their relaxed, informative blogging style and seek out their posts with details on buying a house in the country, applying for residency (EU), cost of living, getting acclimatised and perspective on what it’s like living in Denmark as a foreigner.
The Feel of Home
Irish woman Amy used to live in London, and then moved to Copenhagen where she blogged about studying, cycling and everyday life. Another move saw her frequently travelling back to Denmark where her partner was still living and working in banking. Now, they’re both back in Ireland and ready for the next stage of their lives. Use her blog’s search function to roll through old posts, and read her perspective on Copenhagen life as an expat and then as a frequent visitor.
A German in Copenhagen
Laura moved to Copenhagen to join her Danish boyfriend and along with working in an investment bank, she’s a massive foodie who will provide you with a plethora of eating options and inspiration. Aside from her many posts about the city’s vibrant food and restaurant scene, you’ll find recipes, fashion/style musings and some short-trip inspiration. If you’re new to the city be sure to read ‘How to spend a perfect weekend in Copenhagen’ and download her ‘12 great app’ recommendations to make your Danish life a little easier.
After just a few months long distance, American East Coast girl Angie moved to Copenhagen in 2014 with her dog Sherlock to join her Danish boyfriend (‘The Viking’). She’s loving every minute of her new Scandinavian lifestyle and blogs about it alongside fashion and beauty. Angie is a teacher and also frequently gives readers a peek at her work in the classroom. See if you can relate to her 4 signs of starting to settle in to expat life, and check out her US-Denmark comparison posts.
Food, Travel, Expat Living
American Sage moved to Denmark solo, and was on the brink of leaving the country when she met an Englishman, fell in love, eloped, and moved to join him in the happiest city in the world; Aarhus. She freely admits life hasn’t always been easy and that she and Denmark aren’t exactly soulmates. But Sage and her husband have found their dream home; a big Victorian era, city centre apartment. Her blog chronicles their move, restoration project, travels and expat living. Mid-century modern decor lovers and those interested in small space, European living will especially enjoy Sage’s posts, which include lovely photos.
We’re always on the lookout for more sites to feature – if you run a blog about living in Denmark, leave us a link in the comments and we’ll take a look!