Recent & upcoming: Digital Post deadline looms, music, wellness, robots, circus, workouts, back pain clinic, and more!

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As some of you may know, I am currently doing an internship at Aalborg Kommune in the Business Aalborg section. My role is to help plan events and activities that could be useful or interesting to the expat community in Aalborg and strategize about strengthening the international network in the region. Given the positive feedback I get about my blog, I have incorporated this into the job and continue to work on it as part of the internship. One advantage of working here – for the blog – is that I learn about developments that might be important to readers. One of those is directly below. Please take note! It is for this reason that I begin this week’s R&U with ‘news’ rather than ‘events’. Remember, too, to check the Events Calendar for all event listings.


Ikon_digital postDigital Post registration deadline looms

A few months ago it came to my attention that Denmark was marching toward a deadline not experienced anywhere else in Europe: a 100% move to digital communication between government and citizens. That deadline is 1 NOVEMBER 2014. Please read the post I wrote about it here. If you have not signed up to receive your post from the government by digital post, please do! All the links to register are available in the post I referred to above. More information, including where you can get help with registering, is available here (in Danish). And please remind your Danish friends, family members, neighbors, and coworkers about it, too!

Aalborg University gets new director

In November, AAU’s new director will arrive. Antonio Castrone (53) will take over the position held by Peter Plenge since 1998. Castrone has been the CFO at University of Copenhagen the last seven years but at AAU he will be responsible for more than finances, which suits him well. ‘The post covers a very broad area of management. In essence, I am responsible for the entire administration. I have come to know the university sector well during my years in Copenhagen and I have a good impression of both Aalborg and Aalborg University,’ says CastroneAalborg University had a financial crunch in 2012 but fared better in 2013 . The new director feels confident in his future workplace. ‘I know that in Morten Vinterberg AAU has an extremely good CFO, and I look forward to working with him. Universities are under financial pressure today, which requires an administration that can make things both cheaper and better.’ The new director was chosen unanimously from a very strong field of 27 candidates by an appointment committee, according to rector Per Michael Johansen.

Remember your yellow health card when visiting library during non-personnel hours

Just as a reminder: since 15 September you must have your yellow health card or library card with you when visiting the library outside normal operating hours. You are required to swipe your card at these times:

Monday – Thursday: 19:00-22:00
Friday: 18:00-22:00
Saturday: 14:00-22:00
Sunday: 10:00-22:00

New garbage collection policy in consultation period through 4 NovemberGarbage

Aalborg Kommune has prepared a proposal for a new waste management plan, which, among other things, means that residents will have to do more sorting of our garbage and do it better. The waste management plan is currently in public consultation until November 4th. During this period people who have good ideas about how waste should be sorted and handled have the opportunity to put their fingerprints on the plan before it is finally confirmed by the City Council.

In the paper presented at the public consultation stage, all households will have containers for different types of waste, includig a new container with two compartments one for plastic and for metal. These containers will be emptied every month in urban areas and every other month in rural areas. Each household can also dispose of small electronics and CFLs (compact fluorescent lightbulbs) in separate bags with plastic and metal collection. The collection of household waste will follow a different schedule than it does today – single-family houses should not count on their garbage being collected more frequently than every 14 days. The retrieval of large garbage will stop when the new system for the collection of plastic and metal enters into force. To replace this, there will be collection of garden waste for all households on the same every-14-day schedule as other waste. The annual cost of waste, according to the proposal, will increase slightly when all the new arrangements are implemented and the old ones are phased out.

To read more about the proposal, click here (in Danish only).


Concert tonight at Grønlandske Hus

Nive Nielsen & the Deer Children will play this evening, September 26 at. 21:00 (doors open at 20:00). The concert takes place in cooperation with Avalak, which also sells drinks. Tickets, of which there are a limited number, can be purchased at the store in Grønlandske Hus or at the door. The price is 100 kr./75 kr. for students with valid ID.

Musical performances at Huset in Hasseris tonight

If the above doesn’t tickle your fancy, how about music at Huset? The New Spring and SheppardKarlsson will play starting at 20:30 tonight,  September 26 (doors open at 20:00) at Huset. Entry is 50 kr. and with a student ID you can bring a guest for free! You can read more about the musicians at their respective FB pages (here and here). The event FB page is here.

wellnessWellness ‘luxury’ night at Gigantium tonight

Or, if music is a little too much, how about an evening in beautiful surroundings in order to give yourself a great start to the weekend? Then come to Wellness this evening Friday, September 26 from 19:00 to 22:00. Gigantium offers refreshments such as fruit, beer, wine and water throughout the entire evening. Enjoy the saunas, steam bath, and whirlpools. There will also be a salt scrub and products to soften the skin, free of charge. Price to attend is kr. 120 per person. Sign up using this link: or purchase tickets at the cafe.

For those with chronic backpain…

Over 50,000 Danes have recurring back pain. They may have chronic spinal joint problems but never have been diagnosed and therefore go not treated. Tomorrow, September 27 from 10:00 to 14:00, Fitness World at Dannebrogsgade 58 in Aalborg (near the Sprogcenter) in cooperation with the Arthritis Foundation for Ankylosing Spondylitis, Danish Chiropractic Association, and a number of physiotherapists invitse everyone with back problems to “Back Day 2014”. On ‘Back Day’ you can get your back pain assessed by experienced experts. ‘Recurring back pain can be caused by a problem of the spinal joints, but you can fight the pain more effectively if you get treatment quickly,’ says chairman of the Arthritis Foundation for Ankylosing Spondylitis, Jens Tryde.

robotino449x300Meet Robotino tomorrow at the Main Library

Tomorrow, Saturday 27 September, Robotino will visit and entertain visitors to the children’s library from 11:00 to 15:00 together with the three other cool robots that performed best in Aalborg University’s robot competition. The robots were all built in Lego Mindstorms, and were programmed to handle an obstacle course. Students and robots in the competition received points for how fast the robot could get through a course and had points deducted when the robot made ​​mistakes. The event is an extension of the Naturvidenskabsfestivalen (Science Festival).

Det Flyvende Kuffertcirkus celebrates with free performances

To mark their 25th anniversary, The Flying Suitcase Circus (Det Flyvende Kuffertcirkus) will entertain crowds for free at Kedelhallen tomorrow, 27 September in Nordkraft from 15:00. Come see a host of acts, including those by former members. Official FB page here.

Interested in a Thai boxing workout?

Dogma Muay Thai Aalborg, located at Østre Fælledvej 15, Nørresundby, invites you to a free fitness training session next Monday, 29 September at 18:00 that includes cardio, bodyweight exercises, abs and stretching mixed with Thai boxing techniques. Five participants  will win a gift card worth five free trainings. While the event is free, registration is necessary. Dogma Muay Thai has three different classes to fit cients’ needs – Muay Thai, Thai Fit and Muay Boran. You can find out more about these after Monday’s session. See the Facebook page here.

Karaoke-themed International Night at Studenterhuset 1 October

One of the most popular international nights of Studenterhuset, Karaoke Night will take place next Wednesday, 1st of October, (sign up) from 19:00. Come and enjoy a great night with many entertaining performances! The prize for the most entertaining performance is a beer voucher for 10 beers and a 500 DKK credit on Lebara mobile. There will be a database of approximately 17.000 songs on offer so most tastes are covered. See more on the event’s FB page.

Attention war history enthusiasts!

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Lundby of 1864, the president of the Lundby Collection, Leo Christensen, will tell the exciting story of the battle against the Prussians July 3, 1864, which was the last skirmish in the second Schleswig War. The event will be in Danish and take place at Vejgaard Bibliotek, Hadsundvej 35, Aalborg on Thursday, 2 October at 19:00. Entrance is free. You can register by calling 9931 4234 or by email to Read more about the Battle of Lundby here.

Art competition winners’ works displayed at Nordkraft through 19 October

50! The number of artists whose work was accepted in the juried Nordkraft Exhibition 2014. And 92 is the number of works that have passed the censorship committee’s critical review, and which can now be seen in the Kunsthal Nord. North Jutland’s first juried exhibition was held in 2012 in Kedelhallen Nordkraft in Aalborg. There were 27 artists accepted with a total of 61 works. This year, hundreds of artists from across the country submitted more than 1,500 works, giving censors the tough job of winnowing the works down for exhibition. All artists, regardless of experience, were welcome to submit their works to the competition. The examiners had no access to information about their identity or age. Works were selected solely on artistic quality. There is a free tour of the exhibit on 8 October from 17:00 to 18:00. On the last day of the exhibit, 19 October, examiner Trine Rytter Andersen will give a talk at 13:00 and tell about the screening process. The Audience Award will be given out the same day at 14:00.

Big Autumn Flea Market 19 October

Are you interested in flea markets, vintage and retro? Then come to the Big Fall Flea Market at FDF Aalborg Søkreds on Sunday, 19 October from 10:00 to 16:00. There will be lots of stalls, the opportunity to buy coffee and cake, and activities for the children. So bring the family for a nice day at the harbor, and hopefully take home some beautiful goods. See the event FB page here.


Recent and upcoming in Aalborg: Expat + Dane family event, book sale, nature tour, diving, Aalborg house prices rise

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  • Expat and Danish families are invited to participate in the Aalborg Main Library’s next ‘Expat + Dane Family: music and play for families’ event on Saturday, 8 March from 10:30 to 12:30. Music teacher Malene Horsfeldt will lead children in music-oriented play after which there will be free playtime and a light lunch. The aim of the event is to give expat families and Danish families a chance to meet and mingle. While Malene’s activity is targeted at children from 4 to 7 years and their parents, all ages are welcome. Entry to the event is free and no registration is necessary.
  • The Main Library will hold a book sale today and tomorrow (6 and 7 March) from 12:00 to 18:00 and Saturday, 8 March from 10:00 to 13:00. On offer are books, magazines and other materials the staff have sorted out from the library’s collection because they have seen too much wear and tear or are out-of-date. Come check out their great deals!
  • Aalborg Kommune’s nature guides will lead their next tour this Saturday, 8 March from 13:00 to 15:00. Destination: Urbans Kælder in Skovdalen, Aalborg. The guides will take you through Møllepark where you will be able to see and hear the park’s plant and animal life. They will also explain the many opportunities for challenging exercise activities in the park. Finally, you will reach Urbans Kælder, which stands in a place with an interesting cultural history. And in the depths of the cellar is a wintering area where the resident bats can sit undisturbed and wait for warmer times. On the trip you will enter the dark and watch the on-site residents. To join the tour, please meet in the parking lot at Aalborg Tower, Søndre Skovvej 30 at 13:00 and bring a flashlight. (Tour in Danish) (blogger’s rough translation of article in Midt-Vest Avis, 5 March, p. 36)
  • Have you ever wanted to learn to dive? Or are you just curious about what diving entails?  Do you need to update your diving equipment? Easy Dive, which is Aalborg’s only provider of five star PADI training, is offering an open house and spring sale this weekend (Friday to Sunday, 7-9 March) at their new facilities at Gugvej 140, Aalborg. Due to a large increase in business over the last year, the company recently moved from their old location to the new, where they now have over 690 square meters of space. Easy Dive offers several dives a week and gives customers many opportunities to remain active divers after they complete training. They also organize lectures on trips, the marine environment, and courses. To hear more about Easy Dive’s offerings and browse their new location, visit them this weekend! More details available here. (blogger’s rough translation of article in Midt-Vest Avis, 5 March, p. 26)
  • House prices in Aalborg have exploded over the last 10 years. According to numbers collected and analyzed by the Association of Danish Mortgage Banks, single-family homes and townhouses bought in 2003 had appreciated approximately 68% in price by 2013. The increase in Aalborg is much greater than other parts of the country where prices have risen only about 34% over the last decade. Thus, the price per square meter of single-family homes and villas in Aalborg Kommune have crossed the magic threshold and now lie above the average price level in Denmark. This was not the case in 2003 when development in Aalborg lagged behind the rest of the country. (blogger’s translation of article in Midt-Vest Avis, 5 March, p. 18)

Self-service books: Aalborg Main Library to open an additional 35 hours per week

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DSC_4845Have you ever found yourself in bed at 8pm, yearning to read a good book yet staring at an empty bedside table? Neither have I. But IF you ever find yourself in such a position, the Aalborg Main Library can now help! Starting Monday, 17 February the Aalborg Main Library will be open from 8:00 to 22:00 Monday to Friday and 10:00 to 22:00 Saturday and Sunday. Thanks to the resounding success of extended hours since 2012 (opening at 8:00 instead of 10:00), the library’s administration have given the green light to further ‘self-service’ hours at the main branch. This means that you can visit to borrow materials, play, do research, or study with friends long past dinner time – and all day Sunday! While personnel will be available from 10:00 to 19:00 Monday to Thursday (18:00 on Fridays/15:00 Saturdays), you’re on your own outside those times. So now you can relieve that itch to read before bed – even at 9:55pm! 🙂 (See my previous post on the Aalborg Public Library here.)

Aalborg Public Library: A community hot spot

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The entry passage to the main library in the center of Aalborg

I have loved libraries since I was a child. My mother used to take my siblings and me to the library in downtown Moline, Illinois to pick out books every few weeks and we would lose ourselves among the shelves, exploring everything from detective stories (my brother) to ballet (my sister) to horses (me). On Saturdays I would accompany my father there to pick out art for our walls (prints, like books, could be borrowed for a month or so at a time). And as a teen I used the library as a quiet place to study and write.

I have visited and utilized the services of myriad libraries all over the world since childhood. Some have impressed with their enormous collection of materials while others have inspired me to read and write in their huge elegant study halls. And then there is the Aalborg Public Library, which belongs in a category all to itself… Read the rest of this entry »