“Danes Worldwide” meet in Aarhus, Denmark
I was at a great social event tonight at Cafe Støj in Aarhus with the new Aarhus chapter of Danes Worldwide who until now only have had events in Copenhagen. The topic was “Moving back to Denmark” and the organizer Jakob Bejer told us about his experiences moving back after 16 years in Nigeria.
Mostly Danes Worldwide help Danes abroad and they try to influence opinions in Denmark. For instance, they worked hard for Danes being able to have dual citizenship which is now possible. Recently it has been more about the immigration rules when Danes move back and want to bring their families from my abroad, which has become almost impossible. They have an excellent website with all their services https://www.danes.dk
I used to be part of the expat community in the Dominican Republic in Santo Domingo and Las Terrenas with people from all over and tonight I was spending time with Danes who have been all over. They often have some of the same characteristics, for instance, wanting to try something different, learning about other cultures and the feeling of more independence, maybe.
The expats and their different challenges are similar to the digital nomads I read about on social media pages, although they are more of a younger crowd. I heard the same issues tonight with immigration when traveling, health insurance and clarification regarding tax on income. To me it has been easy to move back until now. Harder to move away from the Dominican Republic. And I still have some practical issues to deal with around tax returns here and there.