Expats rate Denmark on its coronavirus capabilities

Published:  5 Jun at 6 PM
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Expats in Denmark are signalling overall approval over the governmental coronavirus measures.

Although Denmark isn’t a major destination for expat entrepreneurs and professionals, those who’re living and working in the Scandinavian state are more than happy with its reaction to the pandemic. In a small survey conducted by a local English language newspaper, the majority of respondents overwhelmingly approved the protective measures taken. Even so, many also found the past several months economically and socially tricky to navigate.

One Oz expat told reporters she loves the peace and quiet of Copenhagen’s inner city, now bereft of tourists, adding that its centre has everything its residents need without having to navigate heavy traffic. Expats from non-European states now living in Copenhagen are also impressed with the manner in which Danish society has dealt with the threat of the virus. Praise also came in for the decisiveness of the government as regards the lockdown and its subsequent opening up, as well as for the positive reactions of citizens to the ever-changing rules.

Danish rationality received a number of compliments, with several expatriates impressed with the discipline shown by citizens and one expat from South Africa emphasising her view of Danes as being obedient and trusting. One Dubai professional agreed, saying he felt Denmark is one of the planet’s most objective countries as it’s based on trust. The only negative result was that a number of respondents noted more discrimination against foreigners than before the pandemic took hold.

Several agreed, saying they accepted that Denmark is racist but adding the tendency seems to be more on the surface than previously. As regards Denmark’s world of work, some foreigners were hardly affected but others had lost their jobs and those looking for jobs had found it far more difficult than prior to the pandemic. One self-employed expat business consultant was unable to access the government’s financial support package and was also unable to travel overseas. Social life has suffered due to the restrictions, with many mourning the lack of social interaction and others needing help with employment and visa issues.
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