What is it like to live as an expat in Denmark? In this interview, Daniel, a software engineer from beautiful and sunny Portugal, shares his experience about living in Vejle, Southern Denmark. Hopefully his story will be a great source of inspiration to you all. Enjoy the read!
I’m originally from Portugal.
I’m a Senior Application Developer at LEGO.
Traveling, sports, and cooking.
I was looking for a more challenging position in a good company that would also ensure good work-life balance. Denmark is considered the happiest country in the world and it’s also known for a great work-life balance, so it was a perfect match.
Two and a half years now. I moved here in November 2015.
I was suggested for this job, but usually LinkedIn is a good starting point.
The work-life balance is great, but there were a few things I didn’t know about that made me even more impressed. Things like safety, low crime-rate, cleanliness, and social security make sure you are welcomed.
Image source: opdagelse.dk
Making new friends. Moving alone to a country where you know no one is a big challenge and establishing new friendships is extremely helpful.
I live in Vejle, a town in the southeast of the Jutland Peninsula. Housing is super expensive compared to the pricing of apartments in Portugal. Generally speaking, the cost of living in Vejle is ok and balanced with wages.
Vejle, Southern Denmark. Image source: Climate-Data.org
Yes, the prices shown on Numbeo are quite accurate. For instance, it is possible to rent a 3-room apartment (2 bedrooms + a living room) near the city center for approx. 7,000 kr (~ €900). If it is a 2-room apartment, the prices start at approx. 5000 kr (~ €650).
On-time and reliable. However, a monthly pass is rather expensive.
That is quite relative, depends on which IT area, experience, where in Denmark, etc… but the union’s website usually has this information available so that is the best source.
Companies in Denmark represent a great choice for IT people as they offer a great working culture and conditions as well as challenges. You won’t feel like an IT guy working in a basement away from the stakeholders. Here, you feel IT and business go hand-in-hand for working towards a goal.
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