Coming to Copenhagen and NBI – Niels Bohr Institute - University of Copenhagen

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Coming to Copenhagen and NBI

NBI´s culture is founded on Danish culture and is often characterized as informal with an open dialogue from both the top-down and bottom-up. However, NBI is an international environment with scientist from all over the world, which creates an inclusive and dynamic environment.

In general Denmark is referred to as a safe and secure place to live. The crime rate in Denmark is among the lowest in the world, and the 2014 Global Peace Index survey ranks Denmark as the second most peaceful country in the world. The Danes are very committed to green issues and Copenhagen has been recognized as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world. In fact, Denmark is ranked 10th in the list of the greenest countries to live in the world. Furthermore it is worth mentioning that in 2012 Denmark was ranked the happiest nation in the world.

Regardless of the state of happiness in Denmark, it is a huge commitment and transition to decide and move to another country.

Working and living in Denmark is a good opportunity to widen your cultural experience, but it can also be challenging on many levels.

We have asked a few of our tenured staff about their challenges when moving to Copenhagen and the Niels Bohr Institute.

Partners and spouses

Partners and spouses of our researchers are often faced with challenges that may be difficult to deal with alone. They are essentially giving up their personal, social, and professional identity on behalf of a spouse or partner. KU´s and NBI´s ultimate wish is for all our employees to have an exciting and eventful time in Denmark and therefore partners and spouses can find help and support with the newly formed department “Partners and Spouses of International Employees of the University of Copenhagen to the Dual Career ~ Spouse Network”. 

We have spoken with some partners of NBI Scientist about their experiences coming to Denmark. They have shared their stories and favorite spots in Copenhagen here.

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