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Episode # 79 – Christmas Market in Nyhavn, Fitness Resources, Interview with Vopium and Family Reunification Visa

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As Christmas is approaching fast we wanted to show you a bit of the spirit at one of the earliest Christmas markets - at NyHavn. You are going to have a glimpse view into what they sell at this market.

In this episode we are sharing some fitness resources. You know how it is like during Christmas, right? Many of us gain some extra weight. So, having those resources handy might be a good idea.

André had a chance to interview a quite international company based out of Copengahen, called Vopium. It is a VOIP service and they have customers around the world. We also show you how they work.

As the last bit of this episode, we answer a viewer's question about family reunification laws in Denmark, which appears to be a hot topic. Enjoy the show. And as usual, leave us your comments about your experiences. We would love to hear from you.

If you have any questions write us at mailbag@mydenmarktv.com

Websites and resources shared in this Episode are as follows:
markedskalenderen.dk (Find Christmas markets)
aok.dk/shopping (Julemarked in Christiania)
aok.dk/shopping (Christmas in NyHavn)
ctcircle.dk (Copenhagen Theater Circle)
fitnessworld.dk (FitnessWorld)
fitness.dk (Fitness)
sats.com (SATS)
politiken.dk (A Politiken article about how you get your partner to Denmark on a basis of family reunification status)
dr.dk (A DR article about point system for family reunification)
freshfitness.dk (Fresh Fitness)

Other Useful Resources:
CopenhagenClicks.com (An ever-growing collection of web resources to make your stay more fun and enjoyable)
Consult with MyDenmarkTV team (Via telephone, to help you make your stay in Denmark more enjoyable)
MyDenmarkTV.com Copenhagen Tours (Book a guided tour by water or by bicycle and explore the best of the sights and sounds of Copenhagen)

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If you enjoyed this episode, you might be interested in:

  1. Episode #29 – Special Christmas Market Edition In The City of Odense
  2. Episode # 78 – Christmas Contest And Win Free Tickets to Tivoli, Interview with Lars AP and Free Book Contest
  3. Episode # 3 – Accommodation in Denmark, the Danish Royal family, study Danish, interviews, restaurants

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11 Responses to “Episode # 79 – Christmas Market in Nyhavn, Fitness Resources, Interview with Vopium and Family Reunification Visa”

  1. Random says:

    You know i had that problem for over a 3 years now … i am 25 years but my girlfriend ( fiance ) she is only 22 years … and i know here since she was 17 ! … and we have suffering all the danish laws that we cant work together … it is really sad and cozing me big head ache now

    I work in Denmark as a IT consultant so i am in the positive list and i have moved here 4 years ago but my problem is that although i am a Danish citizen i am still not that good with the language which make it hard for me to apply for the danish rules

    my fiance is actually very clever she works as a teacher in one of the known universities in her home land which is really kind of sad

    i mean i love this place and i am part of it and making the best projects ever and building the software system for my country ( denmark ) but still i get this laws that prevents me from staying with my beloved … which is really deeply sad …

    I hope any one can help me with this : – (

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  2. Hi there,

    I completely understand your frustration. There are thousands of people inside and outside Denmark with variations of your story when it comes to Danish family reunification visa issues (and I’ve also spent years dealing with constantly shifting, highly annoying and all to often irrationally discriminating immigration laws myself).

    It’s not easy, but don’t give up – eventually love conquers all…especially irrational bureaucratic obstacles!! ;-)

    Tim

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  3. Eric says:

    I love your program and have sent it to my friends and family in the U.S. thank you for this informative program. I and my wife (Danish) are under the family reunification law we are 52 and 53 years old and have been married 4 years April 20th. We are suffer under the rules of this unfair and discriminatory law but many are worse off and we hope to help those and others with our petition we will be handing over to the proper authorities at the Demo held in Copenhagen on the 8th of this month. For those who can not make it to the one in Copenhagen there is one in Aarhus also. Here is a bit of info for the Demo and the petition . I hope everyone will sign and come to one of the Demo´s where I hope “Our Hearts will Beat as One”. Peace & Love Eric og Pia

    DEMO (Demonstration) Kærlighed Uden Grænser
    December 8, 2010 at 4:00pm
    Christiansborg Slotsplads
    (Dette er det eneste sted det vil blive afholdt KBH)
    (Der er også en demo i Århus samme dag)
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/event.php?eid=103404886397309

    Petition
    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/kaerlighed_uden_graenser/

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    André Reply:

    Hi Eric and Pia,

    Thanks for your comments and helping us spread our images around the globe.

    We certainly sympathize with your situation and we’d love to help somehow. We took a look at “Love sees no borders” petition and we’ll try to put it in our filming schedule on December 8. This type of demonstration is definitely worth covering. Once again thanks for your comments and as Timothy wrote above…”don’t give up – eventually love conquers all”

    Kind regards,

    André

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  4. Daniel says:

    I moved to Denmark a couple of months ago and I’m not really into danish society right now. But I’m following the discussion about immigrants in other countries since years. So far I experienced the danish society as friendly but closed, I know just a handful danes – my friends are all foreigners.

    Right wing parties are getting stronger throughout the EU and there’s a big fear in european society against foreigners. Most EU-countries are not immigration countries. For the last centuries people normally left europe (to america, australia, africa). In my opinion this brought away the progressive people and conservative minded people stayed in Europe making it a pool for conservative and nationalist ideas.
    This progress was reversed in the last decades and Europe is still not able to handle it. “Native” europeans are getting more and more afraid of foreigners. The think foreigners take their jobs, they just use the welfare state etc. In combination with populist right wings politics (and the know exactly how to strengthen this fears) this leads to closed societies. Think about the referendum in swiss last week, germany pronounced the end of the multi-culture society and so on.

    As foreigners I think the first thing is to respect the country in which we are living. If the danes vote for a government which decide laws like the family reunification law (FRL), demonstrating against the law will not change a lot. You have to find the roots of the problem against foreigners and try to change it to a positive opinion.

    In general I don’t like being against something – think positive. What can we as foreigners do for the danes and danish society? We can fulfill the rules inclusive the FRL, if we don’t like we can try to make a positive change or move to another place where people may want us.

    #open for discussion ;-)

    Yours Daniel

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    Pia Augustsen Mani Reply:

    Hi Daniel
    Welcome to Denmark :-)
    Let me start letting you know I’m danish – born and raised here and a positive thinking person :-) On that I agree with you. Being positive can cure a lot – but there comes a time where enough is enough. And that time has come now. Yes I know it’s a democratic elected government we have BUT that doesn’t change the fact that one can be very unpleased with what is happening and a demonstration is just one way of letting them know.
    I married my american husband almost 4 years ago and for different reasons we decided to settle in Denmark. That be said, in those 4 years the government have been tightning their law and rules on immigration to a point where I as a dane am extremely shamefull to be a dane. You see, the problem is that this government is representing me – in Denmark and all over the world. And I do not want to be seen as that. Not only because I’m affected by their laws on immigration by taking the freedom to marry a “non-dane”. But because I also totally disagree on the governments totally racistic immigration laws. Not only to first be allowed to even get here (the pointsystem), but also once you are here. These days I ask myself “why is it that most danes think that a foreigner moving to this country is here to “enjoy and exploit” this country’s “fantastic” welfaresystem. BS I say. You never hear about those who have lived here for years, worked and paid there taxes like everyone else. And that is what my husband and I are trying to do. INFORM – and that can be done in many ways. Daníel, the government is with their new pointsystem taking away my personal freedom to choose who I want to marry and also taking the right from me to stay in my country with my spouse.
    Daniel in short – this beautiful country and it’s beautiful people are waking up. That is what is happening :-)
    See you in Copenhagen on the 8.th :-) Experience an old danish tradition and deeply rooted in the danish culture – a Demonstration. :-)
    Pia

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  5. Pia Augustsen Mani says:

    Forgot this one :-)
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/796933/plakat.pdf

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    VladimirChen Reply:

    Hi Pia,

    Thanks for sharing this with the community.

    Just wanted to let you know that MyDenmarkTV crew will be there ;)

    See you,
    Vladimir

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    Pia Augustsen Mani Reply:

    Sounds good Vladimir :-)
    My husband and I will be handing over a petition we initiated the same day at 10 to the ministersecraty of Integration. Unfortunately the minister herself didn’t have time to meet with us.

    See you.

    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/kaerlighed_uden_graenser/

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  6. Nicholas says:

    I havent had much experience with family reunification but I can definitely see how the new rules appear to be a bit discriminatory towards foreigners. Its unfortunate for sure and I think it is a delicate situation. I have definitely had my fair share of problems with the immigration office. Seems these days there is always another hoop to jump through.

    It was really nice to hear the CEO from Vopium talk about embracing diversity. I think that is something that other companies should consider as well. I ve been searching for a job for over 10 months with little luck. I am highly educated with international work experience and have been taking Danish classes. Yet it seems that most companies who’s corporate language is English continue to shut those out because they are not fluent in Danish. I have many international friends who have experienced this as well.

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