Aalborg Kommune

Aal around Aalborg: Cuddle Market today at Huset, and New to North Denmark Fair and walk to support refugees next week

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It was a tough call, deciding which upcoming events to highlight. But I managed to do so. Of course, this is a luxury problem – it means that there is a lot going on in Aalborg, and that is very good news. Surely you will find something that interests you during the upcoming weekend and beyond.The Events Calendar is updated, too, so you can get an overview of all 22 events between today and next Wednesday. Have a good weekend!

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Aal around Aalborg: AaMaze festival, Unlimited Music Festival, and volunteer market (among many other events)

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It’s summer in Aalborg! And festival season has hit Aalborg, in case you hadn’t noticed. It seems everywhere you turn there is music or graffiti (legal) or dancing or…The weather is cooperating so it’s all good. Here is a list of lots of stuff coming up in the next week. Welcome new students! We feel your presence! The Events Calendar has been updated.

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Founder of new writing school in Aalborg exemplifies what it takes to be an international entrepreneur

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SGS[This is the fourth post in a series on ‘immigrant innovators.’ To read the first three posts, click here.] Many people love to write. Some are good at it; a few, very good. While raw talent might play a role in becoming an author, any successful writer will tell you one important fact: writing well takes hard work and practice. And not just writing and revising page after page of text – it also requires practice reading other people’s work with a critical eye and practice having others critique yours. A brand new writing school in Aalborg offers exactly this experience and much more, thanks to the efforts and perseverance of an American writer and teacher who arrived in this city five years ago…

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Aal around Aalborg: Oceans of Plastic – Out to Sea? at Utzon, Vikings at Lindholm Høje, and Fredagsfest i Karolinelund (plus a list of stuff happening over the next month)

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So summer is really here. It’s official. We’re past 21 June. But it still feels like March. Ah well…This is my last post for a few weeks. I’ve listed numerous activities, events, concerts, and other happenings in July. Those that have been advertised up to now, anyway. I’m sure lots more will be happening while I’m away and it probably isn’t that hard to find out what, where, and when (for example, check out this website and this one.) But I’ll be back at the end of July, just in time to write something deep and profound about the Tall Ships Races, which is THE event in Aalborg of 2015. It takes place 1-4 August, in case you haven’t seen all the posters, newspaper ads, or other ads about the event…Events Calendar updated on 26/06/15.

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Two news items from Aalborg Police this week: 1) crime is down and 2) check your digital post!

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politiHere is the good news: crime, already low in Aalborg, is even lower than it was four years ago. A new report from Northern Jutland Police shows that Aalborg Municipality has experienced a decrease in burglary, theft, and violence since 2011. Reported burglaries in private homes and apartments fell from 1,583 to 1,211 in 2014, while thefts dropped from 3,646 in 2011 down to 2,616 in 2014. Acts of violence decreased from 459 to 357 in 2014. And the positive trend seems to have continued into 2015, when, in the first six months, only 378 burglaries, 871 instances of theft, and 134 cases of violence were on the books. “The year is obviously not over yet so much can happen, but so far the figures look good. We have reason to be pleased,” said Deputy Police Inspector Henrik Skals of the Northern Jutland Police.

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Aalborg Kommune daycare centers and childminders receive top marks for child care

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Photo courtesy of Aalborg Kommune's Facebook page (posted 28 May 2015)
Photo courtesy of Aalborg Kommune’s Facebook page (posted 28 May 2015)

Earlier this year Aalborg Kommune asked parents with children in the care of municipal kindergartens (børnehaver) and nurseries (vuggestuer) – together these two are called ‘daginstitutioner’ or daycare centers – and childminders (dagplejere, which are individuals licensed by the state to provide care to up to four children under three years of age in their home) about their satisfaction with their child’s care. Overall, 91% of parents reported being satisfied with their child’s care (50% were ‘very satisfied’ and 41% ‘satisfied’). The proportion of ‘dissatisfied’ or ‘very dissatisfied’ parents was very small – less than 3%. These results are fully in line with the positive study results from 2012. Across nearly all parameters, Aalborg’s results were better than the national average.

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Rasmus Prehn lays out Aalborg LRT project for international students and other residents

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prehnLast night I attended a talk by Social Democratic Member of Parliament Rasmus Prehn about the Aalborg Light Rail Transport (LRT) project. The International Committee of the DSU Aalborg (Social Democratic Youths) organized the event and invited Prehn to come and give a talk in English to an audience of Aalborg residents from various countries. About 50-60 people showed up to hear him speak and ask questions about the project.

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