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Sustainability: Denmark leading the way?

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Denmark is a very small country and it has less than 6 million inhabitants so we could say that the world does not care whether Danes emit a lot or do not emit carbon dioxide at all. If you look at it this way, it is true that Denmark will definitely not make a difference in this global fight against climate change and global warming. But Danes have learned that by leading the way, they can inspire and help the world find the solutions that are needed to decrease the carbon dioxide emissions while we keep growing in the West and at the same time we keep vanishing poverty from Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. The environmental problems that we face are complex and due to many reasons and cannot be addressed fully in a short blog entry. There are people that might say that Denmark is not an example of a sustainable country because their high GDP/capita makes it more pollutant than many poorer countries. There are many ways to address the climate crisis and I am not here to te

A real Danish winter

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When I came back home last summer everyone was expecting me to tell them that the weather in Denmark was horrible and that is as cold as in the North Pole. I had to tell them the truth. It is known that Denmark and especially Copenhagen is not as cold as other places in Scandinavia but last winter was especially mild. It only snowed once and it was in April! It was dark and it rained a lot but temperatures were rarely below zero so I ended up with the feeling that it had been an exceptional and rare winter. I was right. These past months I got to experience my first real Danish winter. It has had everything from tons of snow, ice, and temperatures way below 0. October, November, and December felt a bit colder than last year but it was nothing extraordinary. But when I came back from Christmas the real show started. We landed and it started snowing. The first weeks of January were full of snow. It snowed almost every single day and the towns and forests were painted in white for some we

Learning Danish

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 If someone had told me 5 years ago that I would be learning danish I would have told them to stop taking drugs. Danish has around 6 million native speakers (less than my mother tongue Catalan) and is only used in Denmark. Before moving to Denmark in August 2019 I didn't even know how it sounded. But now, here I am. Module 4 and watching Borgen in the language of H.C Andersen. If moving to Denmark was the best decision of my life, learning the language is probably the second-best. I didn't think it was worth it at first because, in my mind, English was enough to live in Denmark. And that is actually true as Denmark is a country where most people are fluent in English. But this does not mean that Danish is not the main language in the Danish society and that Danes do not speak it when they are not surrounded by foreigners. So, if you really want to feel at home in Denmark you need to learn the language. Languages are not only a way to communicate. You can communicate yourself in

Jutland Road Trip

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 I am back with the blog after some months to tell you about some spots and experiences that you can't miss. I would recommend this road trip to everyone that is living in Denmark and also to people that have never visited the country before. During my first year in Denmark, I explored Copenhagen and its surroundings a lot but I was really looking forward to leaving Zealand and getting to know the rest of Denmark. A week of holidays in the middle of a pandemic (closed international borders) was the perfect chance to finally visit Jutland. Jutland is a big peninsula attached to continental Europe. It borders Germany. It belongs to Denmark and even if it might not be as known it has almost the same amount of inhabitants as Zealand (the island where Copenhagen is located). They say that Jutland is the soul of Denmark. Most people that live in Copenhagen claim to have Jysk ancestors. It has rural areas but also beautiful beaches, busy ports, and big cities. Out of the 5 biggest cities

Summer in Denmark

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When I came back to Barcelona one week ago, almost no one in my hometown expected me to say that summer in Denmark is something special and worth experiencing. Maybe some of my Spanish friends that have experienced it will disagree with me because to tell you the truth some days were quite rainy and cold but in this post, I'll try to explain how a typical danish summer looks like and how was my experience during these few weeks of summer in Copenhagen. I personally enjoyed it a lot. Danes like to say that there are only two seasons in their country: A white winter and a green winter referring to summer. They have told me that many times these last months just before telling me how lucky I am to spend my summers at the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea. What they didn't expect is me telling them that I was enjoying summertime in Denmark. Sunlight is the reason behind the beauty of danish summers, there is no question about that. During the winter and most part of spring a

Danish politics, economy, religion and more

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The only thing that some people know about Denmark in Europe and the USA is that the Nordic country has great public services and that pretty much everything works fine up here. Is this true? How are danish politics and institutions? What is the danish economy like? What political parties rule the country? Since I moved to  Denmark I have had the chance to know the country and being politics and economics some of my biggest interests I wanted to share some of my findings and opinions with you. Hopefully, the topic won't be too boring. I have checked how many people read my posts and the most read one was the one in which I talked about student parties in Copenhagen so I don't expect this one to become number one. Let's get started with it though. Denmark is a parliamentary constitutional monarchy like Spain. Margrethe II is the current queen and she has been Denmarks' head of state since 1972. She has practically no powers and her role is mainly representative

COVID19 in Denmark

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COVID19 has shocked the world and has changed the lives of millions all around the globe. From those directly affected by the virus, their families, those that suffer from the devastating economical consequences, to those that have seen their daily lives changed because of social distancing/lockdown measures. Everyone has been affected by this weird and sad situation. Denmark is a great place to be during this crisis but it is not immune to this evil virus. In this post, I will try to guide you through the Danish response, the Danish situation, and my personal experience as a foreigner in Denmark during the course of this pandemic. The first case of COVID19 in Denmark was confirmed on 27 February 2020, more or less at the time when the virus started to spread to most European countries. Even though the first days of March saw a big and fast rise in cases the current numbers are very promising. Only around 10,000 cases have been confirmed and 514 patients have lost their lives to the