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Berit Viuf

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Berit Viuf er journalist, og har i en længere årrække sideløbende arbejdet med kommunikation og undervisning i en række danske virksomheder, forskningsinstitutioner og organisationer. Som ung boede Berit i perioder i USA, Argentina og Brasilien og har derfor selv stiftet bekendtskab med hvad sprog og kultur betyder for at kunne falde til i et nyt land. 

Hun har to voksne børn, som begge har gået i den danske folkeskole og gymnasie og som nu er i gang med deres videregående uddannelser. Sammen med Jens Frahm-Rasmussen har hun virksomheden xxx, som specialiserer sig i, at formidle viden om Danmark til erhvervslivets udenlandske kunder.

Berit's three best tips for living in Denmark 

Learn Danish. Even though you can get along easily by only speaking English in Denmark, you will miss out on many social events, as local people will tend to converse in Danish when not speaking directly to you.

Join a club. It doesn’t matter if it is football, ceramics or wine tasting. Two thirds of all Danes are engaged in a club or association, so this is where you will meet potential new friends.

Take initiative. Danes do often not do much social outreach, but tend to stick to the same group of people. If pushed a bit, most Danes will appreciate socialising with new people. Don’t be afraid to suggest things to do, and be patient.

Jens Frahm-Rasmussen

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Jens Frahm-Rasmussen har siden sin tidlige barndom elsket at møde udlændinge, at rejse og det man kan kalde andres landes ”hverdagskultur”: hvordan er er liv et andet sted egentligt? Derfor har han også boet længere tid i USA, Argentina, Tyskland og Østrig, og undervejs taget en kandidatuddannelse i interkulturel ledelse fra CBS.  

Jens nyder sit liv som underviser, guide for udlændinge, rejseleder, på egne rejser – og mellem kolonihave på Amager, lejlighed i byen og kæreste og børn. Sammen med Berit Viuf har han virksomheden xxx, som specialiserer sig i at formidle viden om Danmark til erhvervslivets udenlandske kunder. 

Jens’s three tips for living in Denmark 

Go explore. You are going to spend some time here, and you can’t work all day anyway, so why not immerse yourself? Everybody experiences culture shock when living in another culture, but your life will be so much enjoyable if you give your new country a chance. 

Dive under the surface. Make an effort to try to understand the place you live. What is the logic behind the things you find strange or even wrong? You don’t have to agree, but if you can at least understand how people think and feel, things become easier and more enjoyable.  Find a book that appeals to you about your new place and consider taking a course on the culture.  

Go online. Use the internet to find groups and activities, and get out there. There are many offers – on Meetup.com, facebook groups, Internations, guided walks, networking events, museum, exhibitions, clubs and much more.