Help is always given to those who ask for it in Denmark!!

Official website of denmark

Official website of denmark

This is not a Harry Potter movie and I am not Professor Dumbledore who is going to tell you what you have to do and how? You have to understand yourself what is needed and come forward to make things done. Looks strange but that is very normal and part of life in Denmark. Taking initiative, have opinions in discussions and being straight forward is considered very good way of interacting in the land of vikings. If you have a problem and you do not speak out very clearly than it will be perfectly assumed that there is no problem at all. So taking initiative is a great help while residing in Denmark.

Many people come to Denmark from a country where procedure have been already fixed or specified by someone else. Say for example, I have undergone my bachelor studies in my country under a fixed curriculum. I did not to worry for many things like finding subjects, making study plans etc. The situation is entirely different in Denmark. Flexible study system is one of the major differences I felt while coming to Denmark. More important is the fact that it is expected that you take your own initiative in defining your study line and then execute it with the help of your supervisors. First step is always yours.

This also reflects in other spheres of the society. People who take initiatives on their own are highly appreciated. Those who put efforts in time bound execution of tasks are well respected.  In Denmark, an effective contribution is expected from every participant.  As long as you have questions, feel free to ask to bring more clarity into it. Danes are very tolerant people, love to discuss and answer questions.  Once you agreed on something and put a definite framework, it will be a moral and ethical foundation for the concerned person to execute it as per the agreement.

Apart from the other things, it is a good idea not to expect that everything will be told to you. If you are good in taking initiative, then you can live very well in Denmark. If you are not then you might face lot of problems. Land of vikings Denmark has an open society, where everyone has freedom to speak.  Taking initiative and becoming responsible for your own development is one of the key aspects of this freedom.

So if you are coming to Denmark then try to develop this aspect to avoid certain basic problems, because someone has truly said, ‘Help is always given to those who ask for it’.

(Help is always given to those who ask for it in Denmark!!, in Denmark.Dk, published on 16-04-2012)


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