Resources for learning Danish.

August 23rd, 2013

The increasing amount of duties – half-time work, internship together with my volleyball team practices forced me to quit my Danish course that I had been taking at the university. I regret I cannot continue, so I made a little research for tools that can support my self-reliant learning process. Of course these tools are also very useful while attending an organized course. Continue reading »

DIKU canteen – the Danish way…

April 10th, 2013

The first thing that amazed me after commencement of my studies at University of Copenhagen was… the canteen of my department. The daily organization of this place varies significantly from the others…

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Leveling the distance – remote desktop with TeamViewer.

February 3rd, 2013

Being more advanced than an average user frequently demands helping your family and friends with certain tasks regarding computer usage. It is not that bad when you are in the same room – just a minute and the goal is achieved. If not… Continue reading »

How to get free equipment in Denmark?

January 14th, 2013

Most of you come to Denmark by plane – luggage volume is then limited and you take only the most necessary things. Tableware, drying racks, not to mention furniture is definitely beyond the scope. Fortunately, Denmark is a country where such equipment can be obtained with hands down, at no cost at all!

Danish bank account – Danske Bank vs Nordea.

January 1st, 2013

When staying for a longer period in Denmark, Danish bank account is a necessity. There are two significant players at Danish market – Danske Bank and Nordea. The question – which one to choose as a foreigner is widely asked.

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Choosing Danish mobile phone provider.

December 24th, 2012

EDIT 2013-10-23:
The Gratis50 in Fullrate (previously M1) product described in the article is not available anymore since 20th September 2013…

A good idea is to obtain a Danish prepaid SIM card at the day of arrival to reduce costs even if it is a temporary solution until finding more suitable one.

It is also a hard thing to recommend the one and only solution – consumers’ needs are very diverse. For instance, I am looking for a prepaid, not a monthly subscription. I don’t talk much, rather text more and don’t use mobile Internet at all (maybe it will change with time, but I am already too addicted to being online ;)).

Before I will present my solution, I would like to recommend a mobile prepaids comparison tool – TaleTidPriser. Competition at this market is very strict so current best offer changes regularly – check on your own right before purchase.

Also be aware that some of the prepaid offers require you to register it with your CPR number. Obtaining a SIM card from 7-eleven kiosk is rather the best idea for a first phone in Denmark.

One of the solutions demanding CPR number is Gratis50 from M1 operator (it is not listed in TaleTidPriser currently). It is rationed one starter for one CPR number, but thanks to that you are eligible for 50 minutes of talk and 50 smses per month completely for free. Above this amount, you just pay normal rate. The only catches are: paying with a minute accuracy (not a second) and optional services that seem to be a standard are paid separately. Namely, 9 DKK per month for CallerID, 9 DKK for an answering machine and 19 DKK for calling abroad and roaming. However, the offer still seems to be profitable.

Disclaimer: the article is NOT sponsored by M1 or any other company. I mentioned it because lots of foreigners are not aware of such offer.

Guide to transportation system in Capital Region of Denmark.

October 15th, 2012

The first challenge after arriving to Copenhagen is handling the public transportation network. Well-organized, but very expensive… let me just tell you that for a price of a montly card for 5 zones, I could travel within Poznań for 9 months (with student discount)  ;). Let me outline the system for you. Continue reading »

Week of the year in Google Calendar.

October 12th, 2012

“Academic year 2012 starts in week 36 and block 1 lasts until week 44, because in week 45 the examination period starts. There is also a break in week 42…”. In such way, the academic year organization was described by the university. Strange? Yes. In Poland we do not count weeks of the year but specify time spans, e.g. 3 Aug 2012 – 5 Nov 2012. It is so exotic for me that I still have not became accustomed to it…

Needed little help not to miss any deadlines and organize my timetable efficiently. As a result, my Google Calendar shows number of the week of the year every Monday. How to turn it on?

On the left side of the interface choose an arrow next to Other Calendars, then Browse Interesting Calendars. Switch to tab More and subscribe calendar “Week numbers”. From now, your GCal should help you to deal with Danish calendar handling.

MyDenmarkTV – visiting the country without leaving home.

October 2nd, 2012

I have just started my stay in Copenhagen, so I have still been absorbing the new culture. The results of this adventure I have been publishing within the pages of this web log. Now, I would like to share with you the resource that I used widely before my arrival and found it very useful.

MyDenmarkTV is a weekly show founded by expats sharing their experience gained during a few years spent in Denmark. It is designed to hand over practical information concerning every day life and familiarize newcomers with Danish customs.

At present, the show is not active, but the archive of 100 episodes is a sufficient and valuable material to explore. When considering immigration or the decision has been made – MyDenmarkTV is an obligatory lecture.

Danish letters on Polish (US) keyboard.

September 24th, 2012

Even if not decided to learn Danish while living in that country (majority of Danish society speaks English fluently) and it is acceptable to use ‘aa’ instead of ‘å’, ‘ae’ instead of ‘æ’ and ‘oe’ instead of ‘ø’, it is good to be able to type Danish letters in documents. Continue reading »

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