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How to survive the dark times, plus: Should I move to Denmark?

 

I’m sitting at my desk in Copenhagen right nodanish-fashion-150x150w, and it’s noon, but it’s not really very light. Outside the sky is grey, and the air is kind of thick, and soupy. And it’s cold. I’m indoors, and the heat’s on to the max, but I’m wearing a thick woolen scarf and a knit hat.

These are the dark times in Denmark. November, December, January, February. Dark and cold. You can only get through it with a lot of tea or coffee, and maybe some chocolate.

It’s hard to even move during the dark times. I’ve been told there’s an evolutionary reason for this. That, before modern times, there wasn’t all that much food to eat during the dark times, so people were biologically programmed not move around or burn too many calories. I hear that. I find that on a lot of mornings, it’s hard to even get out of bed.

I got a letter this week. I get a lot of letters from foreigners who hear the podcast and go to the website, HowToLiveInDenmark.com. The letter I got was from Bárbara in Portugal. I won’t use her last name. Bárbara is 18 years old and wants to know if she should move to Denmark.

I took the liberty of looking at what the weather is like in Portugal today. It’s sunny, and it’s 10 degrees celsius warmer than it is here. That’s the difference between 40 degrees Fahrenheit and 60 degrees Fahrenheit, for my American listeners.

Should Bárbara move to Denmark?

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Moving to Denmark

Want to read more? Try the How to Live in Denmark book, available in paperback or eBook editions, and in English, Chinese, and Arabic. If you represent a company or organization, you can also book Kay Xander Mellish to stage a How to Live in Denmark event tailored for you, including the popular How to Live in Denmark Game Show. Kay stages occasional free public events too. Follow our How to Live in Denmark Facebook page to keep informed.

Working in Denmark or hoping to find a job in Denmark? Get the How to Work in Denmark Book for tips on finding a job, succeeding at work, and understanding your Danish boss. It can be ordered via Amazon or Saxo.com or from any bookstore using the ISBN 978-8-743-000-80-8. Contact Kay to ask about bulk purchases, including special orders with your company logo. You can also plan a How to Work in Denmark event with Kay for your school, company, or professional organization.

How to Live in Denmark is the updated version of our very first book based on the popular podcast and the essays you’ll see on this site. You can purchase it on Amazon and Saxo.com, or get the original book on Google Play in English, Chinese, and Arabic. You can also book Kay Xander Mellish to stage an event tailored for your company or organization, including the popular How to Live in Denmark Game Show, a great way for Danes and internationals to have fun together.

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