Home to some of the happiest people in the world, Denmark features a unique mix of bustling modern life and historic old world that makes it ideally suited for anyone considering a gap year. Usually only known for their Vikings and fairytales, Denmark may surprise with the numerous opportunities they present the modern day visitor.
The Scandinavian country offers its residents a very high quality of life through its exemplary healthcare system, high-ranking universities and high-income equality. Whether you spend your days roaming medieval castles or jamming to music at the Roskilde festival, you’re bound to have a unique and unforgettable experience in Denmark.
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While Denmark is traditionally thought to be one of the richest and well-developed countries in the world, it is still in need for volunteers to help local communities. There are numerous opportunities to spend anywhere from a couple of months to a year volunteering all over Denmark. Projects can range from community building projects and to helping the homeless. Don’t overlook Denmark for your gap year if you’re looking for a way to get involved!
Though travelers know Denmark as a very English friendly country, it still provides an optimal opportunity to study Danish. You can choose to challenge yourself by diving into an immersion study where you will only be allowed to speak Danish for maximum learning. If that sounds like too much, you can always try study at a local high school, where there will be people who willing still speak to you in English. Either way, you’ll be sure to learn a lot from gap year here!
Denmark has its foot firmly in the door of research and development and industry, so you’re going to have no problem finding internship in those (and other related) fields. Most of these internships will be offered in Denmark’s capital city of Copenhagen, which is known to be a bustling city that features beautiful architecture everywhere you look. If living in the city isn’t what you had in mind, know there are internship opportunities all over the country including opportunities in the countries agricultural field.
Planning Your Trip
Cost of Living in Denmark
Denmark is an expensive country anyway you look at it. Most should plan to budget around 550 to 700 euros a month for their gap year adventure. If you plan on living in a major city like Copenhagen or Odense, plan to spend on the high side of that range, if not more. Of course, this will depend mostly on personal spending habits and the type of program you choose to undertake.
Culture and Etiquette in Denmark
Etiquette is pretty standard in Denmark. You are expected to greet others using a firm handshake and direct eye contact. You should always be punctual, as being late will not be accepted. Other tidbits to know are to only seat when told as there are sometimes seating assignments when visiting a family and to always eat everything you are served (though it’s okay to refuse food).
As a culture, Danes are modest people so it may not help to boast of any of your accomplishments. They, as a whole, are very courteous and expect the same from the people they encounter.
Health and Safety in Denmark
Health and Safety is not something you have to worry about in Denmark. It is known to have one of the best health-care systems in the world so you will be in good hands if you are to ever get sick. In addition, crime rates are very low in practically every part of the country.
Contributed by Raj Patel
Gap Year Programs in Denmark
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