How to read the guide
This is an excerpt from the Worktrotter's Guide to Denmark.
The book is divided into two parts:
The first part contains general information about Denmark. It gives a brief overview of the country’s history, geography, political system and monarchy, as well as Danish habits and etiquette. It also introduces important Danish personalities and companies that have had a great influence on the country and continue to do so.
The second part can be read as a user’s manual. The chapters are arranged in the order in which the topics are likely to be relevant for getting settled. It does not necessarily need to be read in sequence however. On the contrary, you can look up the topics of interest to your situation at any given moment. In addition, you will find a list of important contact information at the end of the book to help you settle down in Denmark quickly.
All the information in the book relates – at least, insofar as what is available – to the year 2009. Since Danish administrative legislation is often subject to change, information will be reviewed and updated regularly – and made available on the
Worktrotter website http://www.worktrotter.dk/guide.
The guide points to important websites where you can find further information. But web links can quickly become outdated. That is why every link in the book has a number. They are tagged with (Lx), in which x is the number of the link. You can find the list of links via http://www.worktrotter.dk/guide. Registered users of the Worktrotter website can thus avoid the need to key in the full hyperlink. And it gets even better: the hyperlinks are regularly reviewed to ensure relevance, so that the information you access is up-to-date. Note: if you do not have Internet access in Denmark yet, you can use the Internet free of charge at libraries.
Throughout the book British English is used, but where necessary the American word is provided in cases where expressions may be unclear.
The guide contains a lot of Danish terms (always in singular form) that you can use as search words on the Internet. They can also serve as a tool for orientation in everyday life or when you make a request to the authorities. The most important
terms are highlighted by being underlined.
The book includes many tips. However, some of them concentrate on the Copenhagen area. I would be very grateful for any hints and tips you might have about other parts of the country. Please send any such input to feedback @ worktrotter.dk.
You will find certain companies named in various contexts. When this occurs, it is never meant as a recommendation but merely as an illustrative example.
It is inevitable that the content of this book is, to a large extent, based on my subjective perception and my own experience. So there is no guarantee of objectivity. However, to supplement my own perspective, I conducted interviews with 15 expats from nine different countries regarding their experiences. These interviews are summarised in Chapter 6. The input of many others is referred to throughout the guide.
Despite the intensive research that went into writing this guide, the reader may still find imperfections or even mistakes – that is unavoidable. I would appreciate your ideas and suggestions, pointers to errors or omissions, and, of course, positive feedback. Please send your information to feedback @ worktrotter.dk so that mistakes can be corrected and your feedback taken into account in future editions. Corrections will be made available on http://www.worktrotter.dk/guide.
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