Moving to another country, for any reason, is a big decision. In our line of work, we cause/ help people to relocate internationally all the time, but up until recently it’s not something that I’ve ever experienced.
That is, until last month. At the beginning of April I made the move to Denmark, taking up residency in Copenhagen.
What made our relocation more exciting (if that’s the right word) was that we were given about 5 weeks’ notice before we had to move. My girlfriend is a teacher, which means that she was really lucky to find a job that didn’t start at the beginning of term times, but it meant we had to move fast. That meant packing up our house, selling a car and navigating the Danish immigration system in just over a month.
Denmark is a relatively friendly place to move to (as an EU citizen anyway) but our biggest issue was finding somewhere to live. Finding a furnished flat with such little notice was tough, but we were incredibly lucky to find a great place with a landlord who met us at 10pm to let us in and even left us beers in the fridge.
After we’d ticked that box it was just a case of moving our stuff, which we attempted to do in one trip with just 4 suitcases. We managed to fit everything in there, albeit with a mad last minute dash around Manchester airport to try and find a new case to divide the weight up a bit more – turns out if your bag weighs more than 32kg it’s not allowed on any plane.
That was a Wednesday, we started work on the Monday and since then we’ve been getting to grips with Copenhagen, Denmark, CPR numbers, NEMIDs and avoiding thinking about the tax, but it’s been a great adventure so far.
We were lucky to move within the EU (which may not be so easy next year) but it was still a big job! In our very limited experience, we’d say that the key to a successful relocation is a lot of research, patience, a bit of luck and a lot of bravery to actually do it.
So, that’s my brief but recent relocation story. What’s yours?
I’d love to hear about your international moves.