With two recent international survey showing that Denmark and its capital Copenhagen are not among the top places for expats, with changes to the Green Card Scheme being criticised by current green card holders and with industry leaders pleading for better treatment of foreign workers, it may be easy to get the picture that foreign professionals aren’t terribly fond of living and working in Denmark.
But a new study from Oxford Research provides a strong counter narrative to the perceived doom and gloom.
According to a survey of 1,800 highly-qualified foreign workers, a full 85 percent of them are satisfied with their life and career in Denmark. Around three fourths of them said that the Danish authorities are helpful in providing a successful transition to the country and many report that the companies they work for are also helpful.
“I’m pleased that foreign workers are generally thriving in their Danish jobs. The Danish authorities were praised for making it easy to settle down, but there are areas where we could do better,” the newly-appointed employment minister, Henrik Dam Kristensen, said in a statement.
Business Minister Henrik Sass Larsen said that keeping foreign workers happy is necessary “if Danish companies shall maintain production and knowledge jobs in Denmark in the coming years”.
“It’s good news that the vast majority of foreign workers in Danish firms are happy to live and work here. It underscores that when seen in an international context, Danish businesses are among the utmost attractive workplaces,” Larsen said in a statement.