Good and bad things in Denmark?
On June 3rd Team New Times went out onto the streets of Copenhagen and interviewed foreigners - both refugees and immigrants that we met. We asked them:
What is the best thing about living in Denmark?
What is the most difficult thing about being in Denmark?
21 years in Denmark
I think the best thing in Denmark is the law. Everybody is equal when it comes to the law and every individual has to obey it no matter what is his/her position. When it comes to law I am equal to a Danish Queen and that is great. The most difficult thing is the social life. It’s nothing as back in my home country where everyone is social with others. It’s hard to find a true friend who’s not a business friend.
14 years in Denmark
I like the order in here. It’s so organized. The law is perfect. The work system is good and I also like the buildings here, they are great. But, no matter how long you’ve been living here, even if you become a Danish citizen, still there are differences and others treat you as a foreigner. Some Danes are hard to communicate with and no matter how good you are to them, they will forget about you easily.
12 years in Denmark
I like the education system in Denmark. People are polite here. The work is so organized and the country has good democracy. But I feel lonely in Denmark because of the social life here. Danes are always busy and have not enough time to be with others.
1.5 years in Denmark
Denmark is an absolutely safe country and this is what I like about it. I have my peace of mind. I don’t have to worry about my children or their safety when they go around or at school. It is difficult not being with my family. Also, some Danish people judge me before they know me. They start asking questions in their mind about my background and why I’m here. They think it was easy to leave my country.
11 years in Denmark
The best thing to me is that there is freedom of speech here. I think the most difficult thing is security because at present I am feeling very insecure. On 5th of December 2008 some unknown young Danes attacked me and my friend at Kastrupvej. They killed my friend and I was badly injured and was in hospital for a long time. Even now I can’t do anything properly. Unfortunately, the police have not got far with the case. I don’t know the reason behind this.
5 years in Denmark
In my opinion the best thing about Denmark is good economy, education, honest and helpful people. There are many opportunities here and it depends on a person whether he or she wants to use them. I do not agree with the politics here concerning immigration. My husband was a professional footballer. After playing in Denmark for 6 years, he was injured and is unable to play any longer. The Danish government denied our visa applications and we are now looking for ways to stay in Denmark. In these 6 years we settled down, bought an apartment, learnt Danish and are quite well integrated into the society. We never used the social welfare, because we always worked hard for what we have. I also started studying pharmacy and I want to finish my studies here.