something rockin' in the state of Denmark?
January 3, 2012 6:22 PM Subscribe
Is Denmark (specifically Copenhagen) a terrible or awesome place to live as an expat?
posted by threeants to Travel & Transportation around Copenhagen, Denmark (12 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I recently got excited about the prospect of living in Copenhagen for a while (this would be further down the pipeline, but in any case the logistics aren't part of the question); I was most enthralled by the bike and ped infrastructure, which is my field of study/practice as well as a huge factor in my personal quality of life. But the more I looked into Denmark, the more it seemed that fellow foreigners had only bad things to say about their experience there-- that the people were cold, aloof, and unwelcoming, that it was too expensive, that the social scene was boring and impenetrable, etc. Does this ring true with others? Most of what I had read about the city made it seem amazing, until I read the actual thoughts of expats.
Is this just a symptom of Self-Selecting Whiners Syndrome? Or is Denmark really not a nice place to be for people who are somewhere between tourist and lifer? I've lived in a few other countries before, so I'm familiar with the general and typically-surmountable frustrations of culture shock. Is this more than that? I'm very much the type to make a great effort to learn the language and culture when I'm living abroad, and I also tend to have a pretty optimistic, good-humored attitude and thick skin when it comes to experiencing new places and people. Also of note is that many of those who I read comments from seemed to have been living in less cosmopolitan areas, outside Copenhagen-- maybe that is a factor.
I'm a mid-20s, single, US male.