Moving to Denmark

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    Sep 24, 2010 5:26 PM GMT
    Hi all,

    I am on track in the US to enter medical school next fall. With that said, I am 26 soon and I am thinking that once I start Medical school, I am almost bound to this country for the next 9+ years minimum.

    I've thought about moving to Denmark and starting Medical school there after a year or so of learning the language.

    Has anyone done anything drastic like that?

    Thanks
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    Sep 24, 2010 5:29 PM GMT
    Why the fuck Denmark?
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    Sep 24, 2010 5:31 PM GMT
    Andre_SD saidHi all,
    I am on track in the US to enter medical school next fall. With that said, I am 26 soon and I am thinking that once I start Medical school, I am almost bound to this country for the next 9+ years minimum.
    I've thought about moving to Denmark and starting Medical school there after a year or so of learning the language.
    Has anyone done anything drastic like that?
    Thanks


    Only in my dreams...but it would have been Paris. I've been to Denmark and found it to be a very warm, hospitable place with most natives speaking English and more bicycles than cars!!!
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    Sep 24, 2010 5:47 PM GMT
    I think Denmark has a Fourth of July celebration in honor of the US independence.

    Yes, it does.

    http://www.visitdenmark.com/usa/en-us/menu/turist/inspiration/detkulturelledanmark/heritage/rebild-bakker.htm
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    Sep 24, 2010 5:55 PM GMT
    Denmark is very wealthy, and a very lovely country. It has a very high standard of living and it always seems cleaner and fresher the farther north in Europe you go.
    My sister-in-law is Danish, and my niece has Danish beauty. For weather though you might favour the Jutland peninsula for the moderating effect of the surrounding waters.

    A lot of Danes are multi-lingual.

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    Sep 24, 2010 6:14 PM GMT
    yeah it seems drastic, but I factored many things, most importantly their attitude towards us- the gay community. I speak fluent german and french, I don't think I would have too much trouble learning danish too. Lots of people move to America and start (continue) a new life, why not the other way around.

    Nothing is really tying me down right now.
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    Sep 24, 2010 10:43 PM GMT
    i lived in copenhagen for a year, it's one of the most fantastic cities i've had the fortune of experiencing (and i've lived in LA, new york, rome and brussels, so i have standards...)

    i'm assuming you'd go to school in copenhagen... dunno if living anywhere else in denmark is really worth it. maybe århus...

    just a few random points to things i read in this thread...

    - you really don't have to learn danish... EVERYONE, and i mean, EVERYONE speaks english 100% fluently. a lot of the world-class universities even teach in english. i'm usually quick to pick up languages (i fluently speak 4), but never picked up even basic danish for this reason. of course, culturally speaking it's a lot better to be able to speak danish since it will bring you closer to the locals... but practically speaking, not important...

    - since you already know german and english, understanding (WRITTEN) danish is really, really easy. i've never taken a single danish course in my life and i can easily read something in danish and get the gist. listening to danish, on the other hand, is a whole other beast... but you'll understand that later icon_razz.gif

    - i find it really, really easy to settle into danish culture as an american. though they'd HATE to hear this, i really feel like it's closer to american culture compared to other european countries. plus they're just SUPER friendly and welcoming people in general. and the government actually cares about you! icon_razz.gif

    - don't move because it's gay friendly... i don't really find it more gay friendly than, say, la or new york. i mean, people don't give a shit if you're gay... and that's kind of the point. it's a very progressive, post-gay city. and for this reason, there's not much of a gay community... no gay neighborhood or anything like that. some people find this disappointing, so, you should be aware of it. but also be aware that here you'll find some of the HOTTEST men on the planet and in the highest concentration. you will literally fall in love in the street every five minutes icon_razz.gif

    if you ever want to chat about denmark don't hesitate to contact me!
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    Sep 24, 2010 11:18 PM GMT
    Denmark has one of the highest standards of living in the world and Copenhagen is what city planners have dirty dreams about at night. Do it.

    The Danes I have met are very loud and vulgar but extremely friendly and well rounded.
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    Sep 24, 2010 11:46 PM GMT
    GO! It's a great place, and you're never going to have the chance again!

    And do learn Danish: grammar and vocab are easy; pronunciation is a little rough at first.

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  • GQjock

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    Sep 25, 2010 1:10 AM GMT
    I don't think you could go wrong

    Denmark is a highly sophisticated and progressive country
    Copenhagen is one of the most beautiful cities I've been to
    The people are friendly - the men are gorgeous

    and where can you find a city that was built around an amusement park? icon_cool.gif
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    Sep 25, 2010 1:11 AM GMT
    I've been to Copenhagen. Great gay scene. Go to Christiana (a big hippy dream town)
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    Sep 25, 2010 1:15 AM GMT
    denmark is an amazing country and the med school of copenhagen is very good. However, the med world in the US is amazing and ur teaching and training is far superior to us in the UK. I would take advantage of the fact that you are in a country at the forefront of medicine and science (something which us Brits used to be able to say). Im a med student in the UK and I feel the same, Im bound to this country now and I hate that fact as I want more than anthing to live in Argentina/south america and am still hoping to go after finishing our equivalent of what u call 'residency.' Now also, if u go to Denmark, u need to make sure ur gettin the US qualifications as u lot are funny about who practices medicine over there, so getting the qualification in denmark may mean extra exams if u wish to return to the USA and practice there, unless ur doin the USMLEs at denmark at an international establishment.

    That being said, Denmark is one of my favourite countries, my cousin is Danish and I often visit her and love it there. But u must be sure of what u want as medicine isnt the most internationally transferrable degrees. I am learning this to my horror as it is my worst fear to be bound to England forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to travel forever!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Sep 25, 2010 1:17 AM GMT
    kentstrongtommy said
    Lostboy saidWhy the fuck Denmark?


    what's wrong with Denmark?


    anti-gay Muslim minorities.
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    Sep 25, 2010 1:18 AM GMT
    Andre_SD saidyeah it seems drastic, but I factored many things, most importantly their attitude towards us- the gay community. I speak fluent german and french, I don't think I would have too much trouble learning danish too. Lots of people move to America and start (continue) a new life, why not the other way around.

    Nothing is really tying me down right now.


    If you have french & German already, you will acclimate quickly. icon_smile.gif

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    Sep 25, 2010 1:29 AM GMT
    I loved Denmark when I was there (just visiting).
    The only negative I can think of is that the dollar to krone exchange rate is pretty weak, so everything REALLY adds up -- cost wise.

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    Sep 25, 2010 1:48 AM GMT
    Yep, had Denmark 'marked' as an expat location until they closed the borders for nonworkers. Also, think of Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, and sometimes Germany. Just go for it.
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    Sep 25, 2010 3:57 AM GMT
    I've thoroughly toyed the idea of practicing in Europe when my degree is finished. The United States kinda leads in the Speech and Hearing world, and I've met many Audiologists that have started clinics in other countries.
    Go for it!
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    Sep 25, 2010 4:18 AM GMT
    hauptstimme saidI've thoroughly toyed the idea of practicing in Europe when my degree is finished. The United States kinda leads in the Speech and Hearing world, and I've met many Audiologists that have started clinics in other countries.
    Go for it!


    ugh, please help out this Audiologist I saw in Beverly Hills. Her tuning was so old it couldn't differentiate at a more discriminatory level. She was like at 750Hz then the next increment higher was at 1kHz and I was trying to explain to her that I already know the ringing in my ear is at 860Hz and she's all "No it's either at 750 or 1,000." Stupid fucking bitch.
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    Sep 25, 2010 4:21 AM GMT
    IdkMyBffJill saidI loved Denmark when I was there (just visiting).
    The only negative I can think of is that the dollar to krone exchange rate is pretty weak, so everything REALLY adds up -- cost wise.



    According to many many sources Denmark is the "happiest place to live" because they practically provide you with almost anything and many things are free.
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    Sep 25, 2010 4:24 AM GMT
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    hauptstimme saidI've thoroughly toyed the idea of practicing in Europe when my degree is finished. The United States kinda leads in the Speech and Hearing world, and I've met many Audiologists that have started clinics in other countries.
    Go for it!


    ugh, please help out this Audiologist I saw in Beverly Hills. Her tuning was so old it couldn't differentiate at a more discriminatory level. She was like at 750Hz then the next increment higher was at 1kHz and I was trying to explain to her that I already know the ringing in my ear is at 860Hz and she's all "No it's either at 750 or 1,000." Stupid fucking bitch.


    How do you know it's at 860Hz? Most audiometers are not capable of fine tuning. We do that with other equipment. We have no diagnostic test for tinnitus. Possibly Otoacoustic emissions could detect, and there is some (very little) evidence of that in maybe 2% of people with tinnitus.

    Tinnitus is usually associated with a hearing loss, which there would be an absence of any emissions with a hearing loss.
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    Sep 25, 2010 4:25 AM GMT
    I would suggest you make your decision on where you feel you will receive the best up to date, quality training, not on what a nice country and nice people they are. Denmark is a socialized medical system and I have been on the receiving end of some poor quality treatment by their doctors, several times. Our medical system has problems, but we produce the best doctors in the world. That's why our medical schools are filled with folks from other countries. Wishing you the best buddy.
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    Sep 25, 2010 4:28 AM GMT
    I say do it. You will love when you go there.

    I loved it when I lived overseas. I honestly wish more countries and cities were more like Denmark.
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    Sep 27, 2010 12:25 AM GMT
    thanks for all the honest answers, it'll be a tough decision, I booked tickets for this winter to Copenhagen. Having nice people and progressive is not a good enough reason to kick off US med training off the list - well noted.
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    Sep 27, 2010 7:02 AM GMT
    depends where you want to go.
    im assuming its copenhagen?
    If so such an awsome city. it will seem expensive for americans, but for europeans its pretty standard - compared to England anyway.

    In the winter, you wont see ANYONE walking around because its so cold hha its pretty cool! the air is so crisp and clean.
    I love it because its so quite and empty like a small village, but has everything a major capital hasto offer.

    Visit Osterbro - its a really nice neighbourhood with cool bars and easily accessible. the 3 (?) lakes in that neighbourhood are beautiful when theyre frozen over and some of them will be removed as there building a new metro station there.

    From what iv seen and who ive met, Copenhagen is very multicultural - ive met so many and they are always a mix and so they are very bilingual and have great english skills. Its similar to Montreal and fQuebec that when you go into a store and they say hej, if you respond in danish they wil ltalk danish but if you respind with Hi (its the same sound so you may have to say you dont speak danish haha) they will serve you in english.

    hope that helps! and enjoy it man! its a beautiful city and i cannot wait to go back!
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    Sep 27, 2010 7:41 AM GMT
    hauptstimme said
    JAKEBENSON said
    hauptstimme saidI've thoroughly toyed the idea of practicing in Europe when my degree is finished. The United States kinda leads in the Speech and Hearing world, and I've met many Audiologists that have started clinics in other countries.
    Go for it!


    ugh, please help out this Audiologist I saw in Beverly Hills. Her tuning was so old it couldn't differentiate at a more discriminatory level. She was like at 750Hz then the next increment higher was at 1kHz and I was trying to explain to her that I already know the ringing in my ear is at 860Hz and she's all "No it's either at 750 or 1,000." Stupid fucking bitch.


    How do you know it's at 860Hz? Most audiometers are not capable of fine tuning. We do that with other equipment. We have no diagnostic test for tinnitus. Possibly Otoacoustic emissions could detect, and there is some (very little) evidence of that in maybe 2% of people with tinnitus.

    Tinnitus is usually associated with a hearing loss, which there would be an absence of any emissions with a hearing loss.


    B/c he's Jake fucking Benson