11 October 2016

Pam Louis - Expat in Denmark

Pam Louis - Expat in Denmark

Are you an expat?  Share your experience with a Fun and Simple video interview.

Q: Where are you originally from?
A: I originally from Uganda

Q: In which city are you currently residing?
A: I am residing in Denmark.

Q: What do you do in your new city?
A: Currently I am looking for new opportunities.

Q: How is the quality of life in your new city in comparison to that of your home city?
A: Denmark has a lot to offer, well and organised medical system, school system, etc. However, as a foreigner, life can be hard due to cultural differences.

Q: How would you rate the healthcare system in which you are currently enrolled?
A: Good.

Q: How does the cost of living compare to that of your home city?
A: The cost of living is high in Denmark. However, due to differences in economy between Uganda and Denmark, it is hard to compare the two nations.

Q: Did you use a relocation company to help you with your move?
A: No.

Q: How easy or difficult was the relocation process?
A: N/A.

Q: Did you move here with any family members?
A: Yes.

Q: Did your spouse and children find it difficult to adapt to their new job and schools? 
A: My spouse is Danish.

Q: How did the family, including you, do in acclimating to the new culture and surroundings?
A: It is always difficult to “fit” into a new family with different values and culture. So it was not easy and still isn’t.

Q: What is your favourite mobile app which you use to aid you in your expat life?
A: N/A.

Q: What is one piece of advice you’d like to offer a new expat in your new city?
A: Reach out to the Danes, don’t wait for them to reach out to you – it will never happen. And don’t take the difference personally. That is the way it is. It is mostly individualistic rather than collective lives we live and colleagues might laugh but will always go back home to your family. Join international social networks, it is the only way to survive and to get acquainted with different people in the same situation as you.
PS: meeting cultures at work might be different from the way meetings are held elsewhere in the world. Participate actively and always air your opinion about your work/tasks. This applies to the evaluations and appraisals.