Kay Xander Mellish’s ”How to Live in Denmark” podcast is a great way to get to know Danish culture from the point of view of an international. Originally from the US, Kay has lived in Denmark for more than a decade and has become a dual citizen of both the US and Denmark.

“Denmark is one of my favorite places in the world, but it can be tricky to set up a life here if you are a newcomer,” Kay says. “Many Danes have social circles based around their families and people they’ve known since their school days, so it isn’t always easy to make Danish friends as an adult.  

“And Danish culture is full of unwritten rules that the Danes aren’t always aware of  themselves.” 

Kay has written several light-hearted books about those unwritten rules, including “How to Live in Denmark” and “How to Work in Denmark.” Both are available in paperback, eBook, and audiobook format.

 “The most important thing for internationals in Denmark is being able to maintain what’s important to you about your own culture while getting involved with aspects of Danish culture that work for you,” Kay says. “That might mean joining a sports club like a running group, or taking language or dance classes, or it might mean getting involved at your kid’s school or volunteering at local events.” 

“When you’ve just arrived, the Danes probably won’t reach out to you, so you’ll need to reach out to them in order to build a social and professional network.” 

Kay is also a keynote speaker about Danish culture, and in particular speaks to corporate audiences about Danish workplace culture and business etiquette in Denmark. Follow Kay on LinkedIn, where she often writes about aspects of Danish professional life.