Because Denmark needs foreign manpower Strong growth in the Danish economy has resulted in a rise in employment and a decrease in unemployment. Therefore, Denmark needs foreign manpower. A series of initiatives have been implemented to make it easier for foreign workers to work in Denmark. Language is just no problem for Denmark! •Danes typically speak many different foreign languages and welcome the opportunity to put these skills to use. Nearly all Danes speak English, many speak German, 10% Danes speaks French. Ideal Working Conditions •This is the result of many factors, but many highlight the positive balance between family and career in Denmark
A safe country to live in: The crime rate among the lowest in the world • Foreign nationals who come to Denmark often cite safety and security as the country's most important characteristics. Children walk to school alone and even well-known leaders in the business community do not have to surround themselves with bodyguards. • The country's parliament is open to everyone and it is not unusual to see a government minister cycling through the city. Even the Queen can shop in Copenhagen or Århus with a minimum of bodyguards. That this notion of security is not just fiction is reflected in the statistics that show the crime rate in Denmark is among the lowest in the world. Population • Denmark has 5.5 million residents. Of these, approximately 300,000 are foreign nationals, 64% of whom come from Scandinavia, the EU or North America. As of 1 January 2007, there were approx. 480,000 immigrants and their descendants in Denmark.
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Pleasant weather. Wonderful Environment
• Denmark is ranked 10th for the greenest countries to live in the world. (Readers Digest)
The country's capital Copenhagen is recognized as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world. The average temperature is 15.6 degrees Celsius in July and 0.0 degrees Celsius in January. The climate is temperate with high humidity and is very windy.
Easy Education requirements • When seeking work in Denmark, it may be helpful to obtain an assessment from the government authority, Cirius. as it provides information on the equivalent level of education in Denmark. If possible, the assessment will also state which Danish educational program your education is most similar to Individual employers determine whether your educational qualifications and work experience match the position. Relatively Higher salary level • Salaries are also relatively higher in comparison with many other developed countries and many services such as medical treatment and schools are paid for via taxes and the Danish welfare system.
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The Danish economy has been performing well over the past decade and combines a relatively high level of GDP per capita with a narrow income distribution. Unemployment reached a 30 year low already by mid 2006, and it has fallen further since then. (Economic Survey of Denmark, 2008 OECD) Brilliant literacy rate of 99% Education in Denmark is compulsory for children aged approximately 6-16. The school years up to the age of fifteen/sixteen are known as Folkeskole ("public school") The Education is completely free of charge and open to everyone with Danish Permanent Resident Visa. Denmark has a tradition of private schools and about 13% of all children at basic school level attend private schools. Almost all educational institutes in Denmark are free.
FURTHER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS • To further assist students in Denmark, all Danish citizens (and many others meeting certain criteria) are offered a bursary, called "SU" (Statens Uddannelsesstøtte which translates to The State's Educational Support), which totals about DKK 2,574 monthly if the student lives with his/her parents or former guardians, and about DKK 5,177 monthly if the student lives away from his/her parents or former guardians. Students can supplement the SU with student loans amounting to DKK 2562 per month, which must be paid back upon the completition of their education.
Health care provision in Denmark is to a very great extent a public task, as 85% of health care costs are financed through taxes. The responsibility for running the service is decentralised, and mostly lies with the regional authorities, however, in fulfilling this task they work in close cooperation with the Government and the Local Authorities. The Danish health care service can be divided into 2 sectors: Primary health care and The hospital sector.
The primary sector deals with general health problems and its services are available to all. This sector can be divided into 2 parts:
• One which chiefly deals with treatment and care: general practitioners, practising specialists, practising dentists, physiotherapists etc. (the practising sector) and district nursing; The other part which is predominantly preventive and deals with preventive health schemes, health care and child dental care.
When contracting an illness, the population first comes into contact with primary health care
The hospital sector deals with medical conditions which require more specialised treatment, equipment and intensive care. In addition to the treatment of patients, both general practitioners and hospitals are involved in preventive treatment as well as in the training of health personnel and medical research. Patients usually start by consulting their general practitioners, whose job it is to ensure that they are offered the treatment they need and that they will not be treated on a more specialist level than necessary. It is normally necessary to be referred by a general practitioner to a hospital for medical examination and treatment, unless it is a question of an accident or an acute illness. It will also normally be necessary to be referred by a general practioner for treatment by a specialist.
In Denmark the vast majority of health services are free of charge for the users. In an international perspective, health status in Denmark is generally reagarded as good. However, high life expectancy, an important indicator, shows that the health status is generally good. All residents in Denmark are covered by the public Health Care Reimbursement Scheme. The citizens do not pay any special contributions to this scheme as it is financed through county taxes. The hospital service in Denmark is the responsibility of the counties and the Copenhagen Hospital Cooperation. The counties and the Copenhagen Hospital Cooperation must provide free hospital treatment for the residents of the county, and emergency treatment for persons in need who are temporarily resident .
All children under school age are entitled to 7 free preventive health examinations by a general
Trade, Industry and Exports • Trade, Industry and Exports From the mid 1960s, industrial exports exceeded agricultural exports. However, farming has by no means ceased. It still feeds 15 million people, corresponding to for instance the total populations of London and Tokyo. • The rapid industrial development may seem baffling, as Denmark’s only natural resources worth mentioning are oil and natural gas and these were only discovered recently, in the 1960s. However, the Danes have managed to extend the natural resources concept. Instead, milk, sugar beets, eggs and meat from the farms were used as natural resources The rules for residing and working in Denmark • The rules for residing and working in Denmark depend on your country of origin and the purpose and length of your stay in Denmark. There are separate rules for Nordic citizens, EU/EEA citizens, and citizens of other countries.
How to get residence and work permit?
• Citizens of non-European countries may be issued with residence and work permits in Denmark for employment or independent business. Residence permits may be issued to foreign employees in accordance with: 1. The Positive List 2. The Green Card Scheme There are a number of schemes which make it easier for highly qualified foreigners to obtain Danish residence and work permits. • The Positive List is a list of the professions where there is a lack of qualified manpower. Persons qualified in one these professions have particularly easy access to the Danish labor market. The Green Card Scheme allows highly qualified foreigners to come to Denmark to apply for employment and subsequently work here.
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