Denmark Relocation: What You Need to Know
Posted by: Richard Tucker, Vice President, Supply Chain Management
Denmark is renowned for its beautiful coastline and ‘hygge‘, which translates as a relaxed comfort zone and makes the country popular with expatriates. Nonetheless, international assignees may still face some relocation challenges. Our latest Relocation Country Guide, produced in conjunction with Cartus’ destination service provider, focuses on Denmark, the challenges facing international assignees, and best practice advice on how to overcome them.
Finding a Home in Copenhagen
Most international assignees relocate to the capital city of Copenhagen. Due to the low availability of properties and high demand, the rental market is expensive. Assignees should try to remain as flexible as possible when searching for their new home, and keep an open, positive outlook. We recommend that organizations set realistic housing budgets and that assignees consider broadening their searches to locations around Copenhagen.
Limited School Places
Due to limited international school places, assignees with school-age children should apply as far in advance as possible and organizations should send authorization for school assistance as soon as an assignment is confirmed. The relocation schedule should allow plenty of time for international assignees to view schools, as families may not always be able to secure a placement in their first option school. It would also be worthwhile considering Danish public schools.
Danish culture is all about cooperation and teamwork plays an essential role in the workplace. Manners between colleagues are informal and relaxed, and a sense of humour plays an important role in everyday life. Danes are motivated by a sense of belonging, recognition, a high standard of living and free time.
When doing business in Denmark, it is important to remember that advance appointments are required, and punctuality is a must. Danes expect direct communication and openness. Assignees assuming management roles should bear in mind that in many Danish companies, bosses are seen more as team leaders and group facilitators as opposed to being key decision-makers that delegate tasks to others. It is important to listen to colleagues and involve them in the decision-making process.
Organizations should consider offering cross-cultural training to assignees and their families moving to Denmark, taking the length of the assignment into account, as well as the assignee’s international experience.