5 Things You Should Know Before Moving to Denmark
BY: Nicole Danielsen, Account Manager at MediCarrera
Denmark is well renowned for being one of the happiest countries in the world. The secret behind it? High living standards, a strong welfare system and a healthy balance between work and private life! Here’s what you should keep in mind before you move to Denmark:
1. Advanced healthcare systemThe technology used in Danish healthcare is getting more and more advanced, especially with the development of new super hospitals, which will have the latest equipment. Skype consultations are now on trial basis in some regions, to make consultations for incapacitated patients easier. Information sharing is now under development, as every Danish citizen’s health record is stored in a confidential online platform. The purpose is to make it easier to treat each patient by knowing their entire health history.
2. Work-life balanceWorking in the Danish healthcare system revolves around the work-life balance, as people treasure their free time. This prevents potential burn-outs and gives doctors and nurses the energy to dedicate themselves to every single patient. There’s even a so-called 11-hour rule, which says you can never work more than 11 hours in one shift and everyone is entitled to a daily rest period of at least 11 consecutive hours. You also get 6 weeks of paid vacation each year. After relocating to Denmark, people that used to work long hours might experience some difficulties with extra time on their hands. It’s therefore important to engage in other activities such as sports or a book club. This helps expats settle down and building a social circle.
“Working in the Danish healthcare system revolves around the work-life balance, as people treasure their free time. This prevents potential burn-outs and gives doctors and nurses the energy to dedicate themselves to every single patient.”