Poll: As a newcomer to Denmark, what are/were your biggest questions?

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poll_graphicHello! Are you planning your move to Aalborg? Recently arrived? Been here a while but remember how tough it was as a newcomer? Then this quick poll is for you. Please read on.

As you may or may not know, the Velkomstcentre that held events over the last couple of years to help integrate expats in Aalborg – including answering their questions about living here – closed at the end of January this year. The program’s funding, which had been provided by the EU, ran out after the initial two year period it had been allotted. For a while it was not clear whether the Velkomstcentre and their activities would be continued; a couple of months ago it became clear that they would not. To fill the gap left by Velkomstcentre’s closing there is now a group headed by Aalborg Kommune and the Aalborg Chamber of Commerce that is trying to suss the needs of expats and organize activities to address those needs.

The majority of newcomers to Aalborg arrive in August/September and January. Thus, as a member of aforementioned group, I proposed that we plan an event for later this month or early September that would run like one of those that Velkomstcentereand WorkinDenmark held jointly when I first arrived: an introduction to the essentials of living in Aalborg, including a Q&A session. However, we would like to fashion it a bit differently – like a ‘New to Aalborg Clinic’ to which newly (and not-so-newly) arrived residents, be they students, employees of the university or other institutions, or accompanying spouses, can come and talk with different people who are experts on various topics of interest.

To ensure that we cover the main issues, please consider filling in this very simple poll, which will help us form the structure of the event. I welcome input from those who haven’t yet arrived, those who are new to Aalborg, and those who have been here a while. The survey will run through Tuesday, 19 August, 2014.

Please select your TOP 5 issues.

Thank you! (All responses are 100% anonymous.) If you would like to provide more comprehensive feedback, please consider leaving a comment below.

 

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2 thoughts on “Poll: As a newcomer to Denmark, what are/were your biggest questions?

    Bailey said:
    August 12, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I think if my husband’s company hadn’t found us a temporary place, it would have been a lot more stressful to find a place to live, considering how expensive hotels are here. I think the best tip, shopping-wise, for people just moving here from a different country would be to take time to browse in the shops. Go in, look at what they have, download Google Translate and then download the Danish dictionary so you can translate words you don’t understand. It’s nice to know where to find knick-knacks and niche things you might not know where to begin to look for are (hint: Tiger and Søstrene Grene have great cheap knick-knacks).

      sarahinjylland responded:
      August 12, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      Thanks so much for your input, Bailey. I appreciate it!

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