Getting a job in Denmark is not easy, but it can be done. It depends a lot on what you can do. And what you can do better than a Dane.
Because, let’s be frank here. If it’s between you and a Danish person, they’re going to hire the Danish person.
The Danish person knows the language, the Danish person knows the culture, the Danish person knows not to bring Brie cheese to the Friday shared breakfast.
In every Danish office I’ve ever worked in, there’s been a Friday shared breakfast, and they always eat exactly the same cheese. Sliced, medium-sharp Riberhus Danbo cheese.
Sometimes I would try to bring a different cheese and my Danish colleagues would smile and nod like they do when a foreigner has done something silly … and then not eat my cheese. They’d eat no cheese at all until someone brought out the sliced, medium-sharp Riberhus Danbo cheese. My daughter and I call it ‘Danish people cheese.’
Anyway, the Danish workplace is about teams, and working together, and getting along as a group, and there’s an automatic suspicion that a foreigner might not fit into that. Back to my original point – to find a job in Denmark, you have to show what you can do better than your Danish rivals.
Image mashup copyright Kay Xander Mellish 2020