In September 2012 my husband, two daughters and I arrived in Aalborg to begin our new life in Denmark. This is the fourth country my husband (German) and I (US citizen) have lived in together since we met in February 2002. We started out in the US (San Diego), followed by the UK (London), and then Switzerland (Lausanne), where our children were born. We’ve taken turns prompting the moves with our respective career opportunities. This time it was my husband’s – he received an offer from Aalborg University and, after he visited and we took a collective deep breath, we decided to go for it. Among other things, we were attracted by the work-life balance we’d heard so much about, the high quality of life the Danes enjoy, and the country’s reputation for having the happiest population in the world. (OK – we actually took that last one with a grain of salt but it certainly didn’t hinder our decision!)
In the run up to our move we searched for answers to myriad questions – which part of the city to live in? how does one import a car? how does the health care system work? – but found that we had to look in many different places to piece together those answers…if we found them at all. We also used Google Chrome to translate the information we found only in Danish, but those translations often left something to be desired. This gap inspired the blog: to provide information to those who are considering a move to Aalborg, those who have just moved here and are looking for useful information in English, and those who have been here for a while but still seek tips and advice. I post as often as I can about topics of interest, and endeavor to post weekly with events and activities in the Aalborg area. As of April 2016 I work for the EU Interreg North Sea Region Programme based in Viborg, so I have less time than I used to, but I believe in the usefulness of this blog so I will keep posting as long as I am able – albeit less frequently than I would like.
My background: I was born and raised in the United States. In addition to North America and Europe, I’ve traveled, studied, and worked in Japan, Ecuador and Colombia. The bulk of my professional experience is in the non-profit, quasi-governmental and higher education sectors. I hold master’s degrees in Latin American studies and public administration and a PhD in Public Administration. You can read more about my professional background on LinkedIn. (At the moment, I’m the only Sarah Holsen in Denmark with a profile on the site.)
I do my best to report on topics with complete accuracy but I make mistakes. If you find information in any of the blog posts that is not correct or outdated (or links that are broken) please let me know in the comments section of that page or get in touch with me through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Suggestions and comments are very welcome – I hope this helps those who read it! If you have a good idea for a post and would like to be a ‘guest blogger,’ please contact me. 🙂
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