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Episode #40…a couple of little secrets

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Little secrets

So episode #40 of MyDenmarkTV.com is up – and I’ll let you in on a little secret…a couple of the segments were in fact the very first segments that I filmed when I joined the show, so it was all new for me (and really it still is!). I was also fighting off the final stages of the flu during some of the filming, which didn’t help matters.

Unlike the last episode, this one is in our traditional ’5 segment’ format that those of you who are regular viewers are more familiar with. I must admit that at this point, I’m a bit more comfortable when filming the looser, more flowing format (like episode #39) which is more ‘storylike’ and tied to a theme. But clearly there is plenty of value in both types of episodes.

If you’re living in Copenhagen and looking for food and entertainment ideas, you’ll probably be especially interested in the last 2 segments about Nørrebro segment and Julie’s museum tip. I’m a big fan of Ranees, the fantastic Thai restaurant at Blågards Plads (which I have previously reviewed on my blog). And of course, the other segments about joining a car sharing program and Danish Højskole’s might also be quite interesting and useful for you, as well.

Anyway, hope you enjoy!

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Let me introduce The Copenhagen Report

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The Copenhagen Report

I mentioned in Episode #38, where Julie first introduced me, that I actually was introduced to MyDenmarkTV.com when Vladimir contacted me through my blog, The Copenhagen Report. This is a blog I’ve been running since 2004, so it contains a load of information… and history.

I still keep it updated, including making plenty of comments about MyDenmarkTV.com. So now you have the link if you are curious to know more.

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Episode 39 is in the can…

Episode 39

Episode 39

Time for my first blog post as a member of the My Denmark TV team.

We finished filming episode #39 yesterday – my first complete episode as co-host – and now it’s on the editing table. I’m not quite sure why I suggested putting street interviews into the script of one of my first episodes – there are easier segments to film then this sort of thing, as it’s a hell of a challenge approaching people ‘cold’ and asking them not only to spare a minute to answer a couple questions, but to do so on camera. Soliciting interviewees in this way is definitely something that takes me – as it probably would most people – well out of their natural comfort zone. At the same time it is challenging and worthwhile, and Vladimir, in his role as producer and cameraman, kept us pumped for the task. As you might imagine, some people literally run the opposite direction when you approach them – even before you can even get more than a couple words out, but it feels great to eventually succeed – which we did. :-)

We kept it pretty simple and mainstream this time, but there’s loads of useful everyday tips for where to shop for clothes in Denmark – and we’ll of course include all the relevant links below the episode. In the future I hope we can dig into some of the more independent shops, of which there are some great ones around Copenhagen and elsewhere – for example, in Nørrebro and Vesterbro especially.

Hope you enjoy the episode when it comes out on Wednesday!

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Team Update (2)

Dear viewers,

We are excited to welcome 2 new members to the MyDenmarkTV team: Timothy Anderson (Tim) and Silvia Puchovska (Silvia).

Tim will be joining the team as a male co-host and editor. Yeah, our viewers will be seeing more of male presence quite soon ;) and Silvia will help us spread a word about MyDenmarkTV i.e. marketing.

If you are not on our newsletter list or Facebook fan page, you probably don’t know that we announced 2 openings for the role of a co-host (male and female). We were pleasantly surprised to have received so many inquiries. Thanks to all those who’ve contacted us with their applications for the positions. We are still in the process of meeting different candidates. So, we are sure that quite soon you will be meeting new people on our show and we are committed to make the show better and better. No matter what, we have an official goal now: To never miss an episode.

In addition to that many new website features will be released in mid April, 2010. We will share about them in the upcoming months.

Once again, thanks for all your support and we will do everything to make sure to make a smooth transition with all the latest team changes.

Stay tuned!
Vladimir Chen

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Team Update (1)

On behalf of the entire MyDenmarkTV team I would like to update all our viewers that Katie Rice is not in our team any longer.

We sincerely thank Katie for her immense contribution to the show and wish her the best of luck.

MyDenmarkTV team

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Permanent Residence Permit in Denmark After 7 Years, 1 Month and 1 Week

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Permanent residence permit

Sorry for keeping our blog a bit quite lately. This will change.

Ok, on our Twitter I excitedly wrote the other day that I got my permanent residence permit in Denmark after breathing, being, studying, living and working here for more than 7 years now. So, yes I am very excited!!! To tell you the truth, it is hard to believe that I’ve been in this country for almost a quarter of my life now. It seems like yesterday (well almost…) that I touched down on the Danish soil at the Copenhagen airport and took my train to Aarhus (to study).

Why am I saying all this besides the fact that I want to share this exciting news with you? Well, the reason being I want to reflect upon all this time I’ve been in Denmark and share how difficult it may be to get accustomed to a new culture, new people, new ways in schooling/education etc.

Sure, before coming here I was sort of psychologically prepared (at least this is what think) and one can argue it is the most important factor to smoothly settle down in any country. And mindset is good but resources and tools are necessary as well. With only this thought in mind, we’ve built our show because we want anyone who is planning to come to Denmark to experience it as smoothly as possible and make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

Now, I know we’ve shared this with you in Episode 15 some of the general rules and requirements for getting a permanent residence permit, but let me once again reiterate the process based on my own experience. I hope some of you might find it helpful.

  • Generally, you can get your permanent residence permit in 7 years of continuous residence in Denmark. (there are some other instances, but those you can read about at www.nyidanmark.dk, whereas here I will explain what I did to get my permit);
  • You should have no criminal record. I hope it is obvious;
  • Same or similar visa. Let me explain. As explained well in the aforementioned episode, you need to have the same or similar type of visa during your entire stay. E.g. if you have 4 years of student visa majoring in mechanical engineer and right after graduation you get a full-time job as an engineer at Danfoss and have worked for 3 years. Those years will be counted as 7 under your belt. However, if you studied on a marketing manager and then got a job as a journalist (because you have some previous work experience), the chances that they count that as 7 years all together are much slimmer.
  • Dansk Prøve 3 or Dansk Prøve 2. Danish language exam is another requirement. You need to pass that exam, ideally within the first 3 years of your stay. The reason being, the Danish education is free only for the first 3 years. If not, they you will have to pay around 500 DKK per half semester (as far as I remember).
  • If you are employed you need to submit along with your application a job contract and the letter of employment, where ideally it should say what you do, your duties/responsibilities as well as your strength. It would be perfect if your employer could emphasize the fact why it is you who got hired for the position.
  • I applied for my permit half a year before it was 7 years. E.g. if it’s in September that makes it 7 years, it is ok to apply as early as in early February.
  • After you’ve submitted your application, it would certainly take some time for them to get to your case. By the time they are processing the case they might ask you to submit a confirmation letter from your current employer or university. I submitted mine very quickly both via email and snail mail.
  • It is always good to call them once in awhile. If you know that it has been long since your applied for the permit, you might want to give them a call or better yet, ask your employer to support you.

Some people say rules are getting stricter in Denmark, which makes it more difficult for foreigners. With the show we want to reduce gaps between the rules, people, customs and those who are new to the Danish culture. I hope you find this info helpful and let me know what you’ve experienced in Denmark getting your temporary/permanent permit.

Vladimir

P.S. Don’t forget Episode 35 is coming out live tomorrow (well technically it is already today).

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Climate Climate Everywhere

If anyone is keeping tabs on Copenhagen then you probably know the UN Climate Change Conference is kicking off in less than 2 days! In honour of the occasion we decided to film a special which will be broadcast next week and like Vladimir mentioned previously we’ve been having trouble catching a bit of daylight so we changed things up and brought in the magic of green screen, so I’m excited to see how it turns out :)

We won’t be filming during the conference itself as we’re all incredibly busy with studies (Liyuan) and work (me and Vladimir). But my work as a journalist will see me making my very own climate newspaper as well as tv and radio interviews so hopefully I’ll have loads of fun news and photos from the 2 weeks to share with you guys in the new year.

See you then.

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There Are Two Challenges Really …

No show without challenges … As you might have noticed in the past episodes, especially during summer time, the days were much longer which allowed us to shoot practically until 9:00 pm. This has changed. Every day we are faced with the light challenge. These days it’s getting dark around 4 pm and a bit later it will be even 3. On top of that there is rarely sun. I think it has been almost two weeks with no sun. This is tough, but despite all challenges we will continue to make the show available and we are so glad to know that the show helps so many people. Thank you all for your continuous feedback. It really means a lot to us. Here are some pictures we wanted to share from one of our shooting days (Episode #18).

In the middle of filming. Katie and Paul

In in the middle of filming. Katie and Paul

But then rain came

But then rain came

Everyone was running and hiding

Everyone was running and hiding

Even Liyuan and Katie had to hide

Even Liyuan and Katie had to hide

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Nice to Meet You National Geographic Traveler

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National Geographic Traveler

I have been searching around for links referring to MyDenmarkTV and I was really happy to have found a brief review by National Geographic Traveler.

Thanks to Kelly Corrigan from National Geographic Traveler who reviewed the MyDenmarkTV project and shared her review on the National Geographic Traveler website. This is what Kelly wrote:

“MyDenmarkTV.com

While this site virtually takes you to such places as the Copenhagen Opera House and the University of Copenhagen, its three hosts—Katie Rice, Liyuan, and Julie Tran—also explain the ins and outs of daily life in Denmark, such as recycling habits, the drinking culture, cost of living, and the library system”.

We are glad to know that our efforts have been spotted by National Geographic and it is definitely a big honor for the whole team also because what Kelly wrote is exactly what we are doing i.e. not only showing you the places but everyday life things while being in Denmark.

More importantly, and as our advisor, Paul Tyler mentioned “What’s really nice is that they talk about you [MyDenmarkTV] in terms of a TV show and not a website. The language is TV not so much web (which is the way the Internet is going…i.e. more audio visual and ironically more linear content) for example they mention ‘hosts’ and ‘takes you’. It’s this kind of language that I’d argue should be used, making a virtue out of the fact that this is ‘sit back and be entertained’ television whilst also informing and educating – all very Reithian.”

Just wanted to share :) and stay tuned!

Vladimir

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Yes, Google Gave Us 3 in PageRank To Begin With

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MyDenmarkTV PageRank

Yes, we broke through with Google PageRank!

This blog post is a little bit technical and has not so much to do with the show per se, but it does show how popular and important our website is becoming in the cyberspace.

I just looked up for our PageRank and discovered that as of today Google ranked us as 3, which I think is a great start to indicate a good quality content site given our 5 month existence.

If you have no idea what I am talking about, you can find out more about PageRank here or Sandbox effect is also worth reading.

But again this has nothing to do with the show. It is just something I wanted to share on our blog and perhaps show that MyDenmarkTV website is raising its bars before the God father i.e. Google. And we are happy!

Of course most importantly stay tuned for more episodes to come on MyDenmarkTV.
Vladimir

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