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Life as an international in Denmark, one of the world's most homogenous countries, isn't always easy. In Denmark’s longest-running English-language podcast, Kay Xander Mellish, an American who has lived in Denmark for more than a decade, offers tips for enjoying your time in “the world’s happiest country” plus insights on Danish culture and how to build friendships with Danes.
 
Danish culture can be pretty confusing, especially if you are not from Denmark. This podcast is on a mission to resolve cultural confusion in the country, and help anyone understand how people in this unique country think and behave. Co-hosts Sam Floy (British podcaster, "The Outsider") and Josefine Volqvartz (Danish TV journalist, "The Insider") speak to experts and members of the public to understand and explain why something so normal in Danish culture is confusing to outsiders. Rather th ...
 
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Getting to Sweden from Copenhagen is easy: you take a quick trip across the Øresund Bridge in your car or on the train. Getting to Norway from Copenhagen isn’t too hard: there’s a ferry that runs every day from Nordhavn. Getting to Germany from Copenhagen, on the other hand, is a headache. But in 2029, a new direct tunnel will open between Denmark …
 
One of Denmark’s cheapest and most colorful vacations is a few hours riding back and forth on Copenhagen’s big yellow Harbor Bus, or “Havnebussen”, a commuter ferry designed to transport ordinary citizens between downtown and the urban islands of Christianshavn and Amager. For visitors to Copenhagen - or residents who need an inexpensive adventure …
 
Our guest in this episode was named one of the 30 most influential women in global business by Forbes Magazine. Her name is Helle Østergaard Kristiansen, and at 43 she is the CEO of Danske Commodities, a 15-year old energy trading company that has become a major player in international energy trading. We talked to Helle about what energy trading is…
 
Sam, Josefine and Andreas (our "audio guy") have a conversation about the things we've learnt from the first season of What The Denmark. We cover: Feedback from listeners Favourite things we've learned from the episodes so far New perspectives on the topics (e.g. does the Danish army have a "flat hierarchy"?) Behind the scenes and some of the stati…
 
The sport of handball has a rich history in Denmark. The country invented the modern form of the game (so the story goes) and the men's team are the two-time reigning world champions. In this episode, Sam and Josefine speak with the head of the Danish Handball Federation, Morten Stig Christensen, about his view on the sport and what it means for th…
 
Is technology a basic life skill? In this episode we meet Louise Overgaard, the mastermind behind Coding Pirates. Louise is on a mission to help both children and adults better understand how technology is affection their lives. Louise argues that its a lot more than just programming. Understanding technology has become a basic life skill! Join us …
 
Esther is originally from The Netherlands, and moved to Denmark in 2019. This is the first of a new type of episode on What The Denmark where we speak with people are learning about Danish culture after moving to Denmark. These interviews, we feel, are a great way to learn practical advice from others adapting to Denmark, but also to get fresh pers…
 
When I mentioned going to Esbjerg for a few days off this spring, many of my friends in Copenhagen said - why? Esbjerg doesn’t have a reputation as a vacation spot, even though its fifth-largest city in Denmark and the youngest big city. For Copenhagen snobs, Esbjerg is a fishing town, which it was 50 years ago but isn’t really anymore. It’s an oil…
 
What do Oscar-winning films, sustainable furniture, and ostomy bags have in common? Majken Kalhave can tell you! In this episode, we meet Majken Kalhave, she is the director of Creative Denmark and she is working to export Denmarks unique creative DNA to the world. But how do you sell something as abstract as creativity and why is Denmark creativit…
 
Getting the dream job (or indeed any job) can be a daunting experience. In this episode of What The Denmark we dive into the practical advice on how to get a job. Whilst this is through the lens of getting a job in Denmark, as you'll hear the tips and advice that Sam and Josefine discuss (a lot coming from Karey-Anne from The Welcome Group in Copen…
 
The Danish job market is a competitive hunting ground. Many applicants find themselves sending out hundreds of CVs without any joy. In this episode we identify what makes the Danish job market different from other countries, and why it is so hard to get a foot in the door. Sam and Josefine speak with Karey-Anne Duevang, CEO of The Welcome Group and…
 
If you’ve ever spoken at length with a Danish person, chances are that their dry sense of humour has resulted in instances of confusion rather than fits of laughter. While Danes seem to have a peculiar pride in their dry sense of humour, many non-Danes struggle with the irony and don’t get if their Danish counterpart is trying to be funny, or is ju…
 
No matter what the tourist brochures suggest, you probably won’t go *everywhere* on a bike in Denmark. And along with food and housing, getting around is a big part of the cost of living in Denmark. Here are a few tips to save money on trains, buses, cars, and even bike maintenance.על ידי Kay Xander Mellish
 
In the previous episode of What the Denmark, we covered the theory on making friends in Denmark and why it can be more challenging than elsewhere. In this episode, we leave behind the theory and dig deeper into the practical advice. Our guests include Ana Sofia, a student from Portugal, and Emilie Møllenbach and Camila Vicenci who are a successful …
 
Danes are notoriously known for being hard to make friends with. In the 2019 report by InterNations, Denmark ranked at the absolute bottom of their ‘Ease of Settling in’ charts. But why is it so hard to make friends and feel at home in Denmark? In these two episodes of What Denmark, we explore this critical issue and give advice on making friends i…
 
In this episode, we meet three Danish startups with huge ambitions. Individually they are working to solve problems such as eradicating poverty, water shortage, and economic empowerment. Now they have joined forces, together with a dozen other Danish SME's, to create TechVelopment. In this episode we discuss Danish innovation and entrepreneurship, …
 
Denmark and other Nordic countries are celebrated for their flat organisations and inclusive work practices, and for a good reason. But what are the downsides of this approach? Why do some people coming in from a more hierarchical culture find it demotivating to work this way? In this episode Sam and Josefine speak with management expert Chris Sher…
 
There's a good chance you've never thought much about the type of duvet you have. But there's actually quite a lot of interesting history, science and culture bound up in the different approaches to co-sleeping, both in Denmark and around the world. In this episode Sam and Josefine speak to people around the world about their experience of using du…
 
Anyone who has spent time living in Denmark knows that it’s one of the most expensive countries around. That’s true when it comes to food shopping, too. One Dane who had lived in the US explained it this way: “In Denmark, every supermarket is priced like Whole Foods.” For those of you who haven’t visited the States, Whole Foods is a high-end grocer…
 
In recent months, we at the Global Denmark Podcast have followed three startup companies that are a part of Urbantech, a Copenhagen-based program that pairs small and large companies, which share a common ambition of creating more sustainable cities. In this episode, the third in our Espresso Series on Urbantech, we speak with these startups about …
 
What are some keys to be being a successful international leader in Denmark? Start with the newly appointed CEO of Stedin, former Managing Director, executive VP and global partner for Bloxhub. We discuss tips for international leaders working in Denmark, how to navigate differing cultural power distances, how Denmark stacks up to the Netherlands a…
 
The Urbantech Program is built around the idea that in order to have an impact on the world, startups need to integrate deeply into their ecosystems to be successful. We do that by working closely with some of the biggest built-environment partners in Europe. Urbantech is an innovation program for the world’s most promising and innovative technolog…
 
Who are the Danish Elite? And how much power do they really have? Join the Global Denmark Podcast as Brian Woodward interviews Christoph Houman Ellersgaard, researcher at Copenhagen Business School, author of the book "Magteliten" (The Power Elites) and co-creator of the project ‘Tied up?' which investigates how powerful people in Denmark wield the…
 
I love old books. I love the kind of old books you get at antique bookstores or on the Internet Archive. And I have a good collection of old books about Denmark. I like old travel guides, most of which are still pretty useful because Denmark doesn’t tear a lot of things down the way they do, in say, Los Angeles or Hong Kong. In Denmark you’ll prett…
 
According to the UN, up to 70 percent of the world’s population is expected to live in cities by 2050.This creates major challenges and calls for new innovative and digital solutions that can push construction and urban development in a more efficient and sustainable direction. This is done through Urbantech – an innovation program for the world’s …
 
While I’m not an authority on the Danish visa or immigration systems, I’m often asked for practical tips about moving to Denmark. So here are a few things to think about when you’re packing your suitcases or, if you’re doing a corporate move, packing your shipping container. Number one, make sure you bring money. Denmark is an expensive place to li…
 
In this episode, co-hosts Thomas Mulhern and Brian Woodward sit down with GDP alumnist Niels Bjerre Poulsen; author, Ph.D. in American studies, lecturer at University of Southern Denmark’s center for American studies, and key contributor on American politics and American history. In this wide-ranging conversation, we explore, the legacy of Donald T…
 
Denmark has had two female prime ministers and about forty percent of the people elected to the Folketing, the Danish Parliament, are women. But when it comes to private industry, Danish women have one of the lowest participation rates in management in Europe. According to the OECD, only 26.5% of managers in Denmark are female, compared to 39.8% in…
 
It might seem like a counterintuitive time to talk about beaches, in the middle of a long, very cold winter. But in these times of COVID, beaches are one of the few places in Denmark you are currently allowed to meet up with family and friends. Beaches, parks, frozen-over lakes: these are the big social meeting points at time when cafés, restaurant…
 
What is surveillance capitalism? Why aren't more people talking about censorship? Join the Global Denmark Podcast as Brian Woodward interviews an American free-expression activist and author, Jillian C. York. In this insightful episode, we discuss how censorship takes place on different platforms, whether all platforms are being censored, what chan…
 
I like to drive. I like to be on the open road, like in the American Southwest - Arizona, Nevada, Utah. Put your pedal to the metal, no one in front of you, no one in the rear view mirror. Just you and the road. You will not get that experience much in Denmark, a small country with a lot of people packed into a small area. There’s not a lot of open…
 
When visiting Denmark, you’ll be offered Danish food, and expressing enthusiasm for it will go a long way towards generating harmony with your Danish friends. The good news is, Danish cuisine offers something for everyone. If you’re a carnivore, don’t miss the Danish pork dishes, particularly "flæskesteg". That’s a crispy, fatty fried pork that’s t…
 
Why does the world of headhunting seem to be so shrouded in secrecy? What are the qualities of a good leader and can foreign executives succeed in Denmark? Join the Global Denmark Podcast as Brian Woodward interviews Morten Winther, one of Denmark's top headhunters and managing partner at the global executive search firm Boyden. In this episode, we…
 
Tova Brandt is Director of the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa. In this episode, she talks with host Brian Woodward about the historical relationship and the longstanding ties between Denmark and the United States. Tova explains the waves of Danish immigration to America, the state of the current relationship between Denmark and the Unit…
 
Breaking News! The Global Denmark Podcast welcomes new co-host, Brian Woodward. In this mini-cast, we welcome Brain and learn more about his background as a communication strategist, journalist, and copy-writer as well as his vision for the continued growth of the podcast.על ידי Global Denmark
 
What can we learn from the Danish model? Join us in part one of two in this special episode of the Global Denmark Podcast as Thomas Mulhern interviews Fmr. Minister, Speaker and President of the UNGA, Mogens Lykketoft. Mogens has had an incredible career, with more than 35 years as a member of the Social Democratic Party where he also served as Min…
 
From profit-oriented gainer to a social entrepreneurship frontrunner. Join the Global Denmark Podcast as Thomas Mulhern interviews serial entrepreneur, investor, and CEO of 1People, Jonathan Tjoa Algreen. In this conversation, we discuss the meaning of business from a societal perspective, what investors look for in promising entrepreneurs, human w…
 
What can we learn about Denmark from its largest and most influential business organisation? Join the Global Denmark Podcast as Thomas Mulhern interviews the Deputy Director General at Dansk Industri, Kinga Szabo Christensen. In this insightful episode, we discuss Kinga’s journey from Hungary to Denmark, initiatives to attract global talents, the i…
 
How do you cultivate a growth and global mindset? Join the Global Denmark Podcast as Thomas Mulhern interview Managing Director of Growth Mindset, Skip Bowman. In this value-packed episode, we learn about the safe to great tool, cultivating positive mindsets both in Denmark and abroad, how cultural aspects and barriers affect change in organisation…
 
It’s a funny kind of summer this year in Copenhagen, quieter than usual, and more like a family event than a cosmopolitan city. Coronavirus came early to Denmark, the borders were shut down early, but they’re mostly open now to other Europeans. But the change came too late for many people to make summer vacation plans, so many of the usual tourist …
 
What is the true value of diversity? Join this week’s episode of Global Denmark Podcast; as Thomas Mulhern speaks with Scott E. Page who is a leading academic, social scientist, author and Professor at the University of Michigan. Listen as together they explore; compositional diversity and diversity bonus by digging into Scott’s book, The Diversity…
 
Vulnerability, Authenticity and Balance Global Denmark Podcast is back with another insightful episode; as Thomas Mulhern sits down with the CEO and Founder of GoodTalks, Pernille Sandberg Bech. In this wide-ranging conversation, we took a dive into Pernille’s journey from Group Head of Talent and Leadership to starting an empowering network that i…
 
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