Moving to Copenhagen | European Removals
Copenhagen is one of the safest cities in the worlds, according to the Safe Cities Index, and it’s one of the greenest. Bikes now outnumber cars in the city centre, making it a hub for personal health, too. Oh, and it’s the capital of the world’s happiest country. Denmark has topped the World Happiness Index a number of times now, and is currently sitting in the number two spot, just behind its neighbour Finland.
Indexes, reports and awards are all well and good, but what’s it like for expats who’re moving to Copenhagen from the UK? We thought we’d talk to some of the many clients we’ve helped with removals to Copenhagen. We asked them what it’s like to live in the city, and what advice they can give to expats about to take the plunge!
Winter is Cosy, and Cold
For British expats there’s not too many surprises; winter lasts around 4 months, the days are short and it can get pretty cold. But somehow, the Danes do it better that we do in the UK. Christmas markets are up and running by the end of November, you can go ice skating, and there’s a cultural love of snuggling up at home with candles, warm drinks and family, friends or a good book.
You’ll Keep Getting Things Wrong
One of the hardest things about being an expat is getting things wrong – however hard you prepare for your new life. There are a whole host of cultural mores that you don’t know you don’t know until they trip you up. For me it was being accused of queue jumping in a pharmacy – because I didn’t realise I needed a ticket from the dispenser. At moment like that you feel a real outsider.
Learning Danish Takes Time
The good news is that most people speak English in Copenhagen. I say this not as an excuse to not learn Danish, but as a safeguard you’ll be able to communicate whilst you’re learning. It’s not a language you’re likely to ‘pick up’, so I’d definitely recommend lessons – which are state subsidised. And give yourself time – accept it’ll be a while before you’re able to string a sentence together.
Copenhageners are Friendly
When you don’t know the language, the social rules, or what food to order in a restaurant, the temptation can be to stick with other expats. It’s far more rewarding, though, to try out your stumbling Danish, and just open up about your bewilderment or uncertainty. In the vast majority of cases Copenhageners are eager to help, and a small social encounter can turn into a friendship.
Schepens Can Help With Removals to Denmark
Schepens has been helping families to move to Denmark for over a century now. We’re a fourth generation, family-run business and we love working in this cosmopolitan country. Our goal has always been to provide stress-free removals to clients, whether their moving locally or internationally. We take every care, therefore, to support customers who are making their home in a new European city.
Tailored Removals to Copenhagen
However often you go through overseas removals, each one is unique in terms of the challenges and rewards it provides. That’s why Schepens provides professional move co-ordinators for every client moving to Copenhagen from the UK.
They will work with you to create a removal plan tailored to your specific requirements. Schepens removals services include:
- Professional Packing Services. Our BAR trained packing teams provide a range of services, from packing up your home to labelling your boxes.
- Shipping Insurance. Your goods will be insured whilst in transit. Should you require additional Accidental Damage, or Extended Liability, we can arrange cover.
- Non-Standard Goods. We’ve moved grand pianos, antiques, and fine art overseas for our clients. This involves bespoke packing, handling and shipping.
- Self Storage. If you require storage whilst you’re abroad, Schepens has local storage facilities. We provide door-to-door service, and a secure environment.
- Removals Vehicles. Your goods will be shipped in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, ensuring minimal or no movement of vehicle content.
Second-to-None Customer Service
It matters to us that every single Schepens client has the best experience possible for their move. To this end, we train all our removals teams to the industry standard. This means that all our employees are able to offer a professional removals service, provide proactive responses to challenges, and go the extra mile where necessary.
Moving to Copenhagen from the UK? Schepens is a leading provider of European removals, with over 100 years of experience. Call us today on 01794 323558 to find how we can help.