Friday, 9 March 2012

Moving to Denmark: In the Spotlight Copenhagen

Moving Partnership (MPL) provide high quality, competitively priced removals to Denmark.  We have many years experience in providing international removal services and cater for all types of removals to Denmark, including domestic, commercial and corporate relocations. We can even assist with more specialist removals to Denmark, by offering services such as the importation of vehicles, machinery and pets.  So regardless of whether you are moving to Denmark to be closer to family, have been offered a relocation package with work or require specialist services for removals to Denmark; we can provide a reliable, tailor made removals service to meet your requirements. 

We provide removals to Denmark to all areas including: Aalborg, Aarhus Copenhagen, Esbjerg, Fredericksberg, Odense, Gentofte, Gladsaxe, Randers, Kolding, Horsens, Lyngby-Taarbæk, Vejle, Hvidovre, Roskilde, Helsingør, Herning, Silkeborg, Næstved, Greve-Strand, Tårnby, Fredericia, Ballerup, Rødovre, Viborg, Køge, Holstebro, Brøndby, Taastrup, Slagelse, Hillerød, Albertslund, Sønderborg, Svendborg, Herlev, Holbæk, Hjørring, Hørsholm, Frederikshavn, Haderslev, Nørresundby, Skive, and Ringsted.

Removals to Denmark - About Our Service

For removals to Denmark from the UK / Europe, we offer three different removals services; part load or groupage for smaller removals to Denmark, a dedicated vehicle for larger relocations and a special service which allows you to specify both delivery and collection dates (for full loads only).

For shipping to Denmark from international countries, we provide removals in 20ft and 40ft containers, groupage services and air freight.

Our service works as follows: we compare a wide range of removal quotes on your behalf and pass on the savings that we make directly to you. Quotations are tailored to your requirements and provided free of charge, so there is no obligation to go ahead. To ensure our removals to Denmark are of the highest quality, we only partner with reliable, well respected removal companies. Most of these are either  BAR registered or FAIM accredited. 

Removals to Denmark - click here for full information on our removals to Denmark service or contact us now for a free quote.

Moving to Denmark: About Copenhagen

With a history which dates back to a settlement almost 6000 years ago, Copenhagen is a city which is rich in culture and history.  Originally a fishing village called Havn or ‘Harbour’, the vast majority of Danes made their living through fishing. Nowadays, the city has many architectural wonders, both old and new, and is often referred to as the ‘city of spires.’ This is due to its horizontal skyline which is only broken by the spires of its many splendid churches and castles.  Also located here and well worth a visit is the Amalienborg Palace, one of four palaces which border a square in the city centre. This is home to the Danish Royal Family, the oldest monarchy in the world. 

Copenhagen is famous for the iconic Little Mermaid Statue (‘the little seawoman’) that sits on a rock in Copenhagen harbour in Langeline.  The statue was based on the popular fairytale by Danish poet and author, Hans Christian Anderson who originally wrote the tale of a mermaid willing to give her life in the sea for the love of a prince, as a ballet.  Since its original publication in 1837, the Little Mermaid has been adapted for musical theatre and more recently a Disney film in 1989.

Copenhagen is considered one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world and one offering the best quality of life.  It's inhabitants consideration for their environment is displayed in a number of different ways: the harbour is so clean you can swim it and practically everybody rides a bike.  Over half of all who live here cycle 1.2 kilometres daily and 36% take advantage of the city's many bicycle paths as a means of commuting to work.

Denmark is located in Northern Europe and bordered by the Baltic and North Sea.  The city of Copenhagen is situated on the island of Zealand which is part of the Oresund region consisting of Zealand, Lolland-Falister and Bornholm in Denmark and Scania in Sweden. 

Despite enjoying temperatures about five degrees higher than destinations occupying similar latitude, the climate in Copenhagen is unstable and changeable throughout the four seasons due to lying in the path of the Atlantic's low pressure systems.

Moving to Denmark: Living in Copenhagen
Denmark is renowned as the least corrupt country in the world with Danes bestowing a high level of trust and satisfaction with the country’s political institutions which date back to the age of the Vikings. Denmark has an inherent warmth and hospitality with an egalitarian society which has earned it the accolade of the happiest country in the world in 2010. 

Denmark’s capital city, Copenhagen has a multitude of districts each with its own distinctive characteristics.  Denmark’s neo-modernism architects are continually influencing the streets of Copenhagen with natural and modern buildings.  Danish architecture is of a very high standard and notorious for offering wide open space, contemporary design with a distinctive use of colour, concrete and glass.  Since the completion of the Oresund bridge in 2000 which connected Denmark with Southern Sweden, the cities of Copenhagen and Malmo are merging together to form a combined metropolitan area.

Housing in Copenhagen tends to be a mix of apartments and houses which are available for both rent and purchase.  Rental properties are available on a long or short term basis from as little a period as a month and can be provided furnished or unfurnished.  Whilst Copenhagen generally offers a clean and safe environment throughout, some areas are more attractive than others. The most popular living areas are Aarhus, Aalborg and Odense.

Copenhagen also benefits from one of the most reliable and efficient public transport systems in the world and continues to be developed and improved.  Divided into coloured zones to determine the fare you pay for your journey, Copenhagen’s public transport system consists of Metro, bus and tram and will get you anywhere you wish to go in the city.  Tickets for all three forms of transport can be purchased and used limitless times whilst the ticket is valid.

Moving to Denmark: Working in Copenhagen
As with most Scandinavian countries, you will most definitely be at an advantage of gaining employment in Denmark if you speak Danish, regardless of the fact that most people speak English.

Within Copenhagen the most important sectors for industry and employment are IT, life science and shipping, closely followed by research and development.  Industrial design and furniture also continue to be one of Denmark’s biggest exports with Danish designers creating some of the most usable and aesthetically pleasing articles in the world - the iconic Sydney Opera house was even designed by one of Denmark’s famous designers, Jorn Utzon.

Despite Denmark being the smallest country in Scandinavia, Copenhagen has the largest airport in Scandinavia making it a particularly popular hub for conventions and regional business headquarters.

Moving to Denmark: Leisure in Copenhagen

Copenhagen has an extremely airy feel due to its abundance of water, parks, gardens and cycle paths.  The city’s parks provide the perfect place for relaxation, picnics, sunbathing or a gentle stroll and most offer plenty of playground activities for children.  Faelledparken is Copenhagen’s largest park and is the location for many events throughout the summer months.  King’s Garden is particularly popular with the locals, with its puppet theatre being a big hit with children during the summer.  Frederiksberg Gardens is also well visited; it features a Chinese Gazebo, large open spaces and a lake and canal where you can enjoy boat rides in the summer - from the park you can even see the elephant enclosure from the neighbouring zoo.

Copenhagen is clearly a city which has an outstanding reputation for food, ranging from its infamous open sandwich which is known in Denmark as Smorrebrod (‘butter bread’) to its Michelin Starred restaurants.  Smorrebrod is based on rye bread and traditionally served at lunchtime with a raft of different toppings including seafood, raw beef, herring and egg.  As for fine dining, there’s no shortage of restaurants to choose from as Copenhagen boasts more stars than any other city in Scandinavia.  Perhaps the best known restaurant in Denmark is Noma, run by Rene Redzepi.  Noma appears alongside some of the best restaurants in the world and has been featured in the UK series of Masterchef on a number of occasions.  Newcomer restaurant AOC also appears on the exclusive list of Michelin Starred restaurants.

Removals to Denmark - click here for full information on our removals to Denmark service or contact us now for a free quote.

Moving to Norway - In the Spotlight: Oslo

If you’re looking for reliable removals to Norway or removals to Scandinavia, Moving Partnership can help. We have many years experience in providing shipping and removals in the UK and overseas, including domestic and commercial removals to Norway. 

Our service works to  save you time and money, by comparing many removal quotes on your behalf, to find the best priced, most suitable service for your individual requirements.  We have long-standing partnerships with removal companies worldwide, which enables us command significant discounts on their standard removal fees. This makes our quotes for removals to Norway highly competitive, without compromising quality.

Indeed you can have full peace of mind that your possessions will be looked after during the removals to Norway process, as the majority of the companies that we partner with are FAIM or BAR accredited based on the quality of service they provide.

We cater for moves of all sizes and can offer a wide range of services including full container shipping / transportation by road, groupage and air freight. For removals within Europe, we offer a special service where you can specify the exact dates of your removals to Norway (full loads only). Additional services such as packing, storage, cleaning, unpacking and even removals insurance can be discussed and added to your quotation ensuring that we tailor our services to your exact needs.

We provide removals to all areas of Norway including the capital Oslo and other major cities such as Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim.

Removals to Norway - click here for full information on our removals to Norway service or contact us now for a free quote.

Moving to Norway: About Oslo

If you are considering removals to Norway, and are thinking about moving to Oslo, you should be aware that it is ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world next to Zurich, Geneva, Copenhagen, Paris and Tokyo.  This is however, reflected by an extremely high quality of life; Oslo has held the top spot in the UN’s ‘Quality of Life Index’ for several years.

Founded in 1049 by King Harold Hardrade, the city has been destroyed by fire on several occasions throughout its history.  Oslo is one of few cities in Norway and is the most populated; it is fact the fastest growing city in the whole of Europe due to its population which is increasing at record rates as a result of immigration, high birth rates and national migration.  There are 1.5M people currently living in Oslo, 28% of which account for immigrants. By 2030 this immigration statistic is expected to reach a staggering 50%!

Modernists interpret the word Oslo to mean ‘the meadow at the foot of a hill’ which is very apt considering the wondrous beauty of this city.  Built in a horseshoe shape on the shores of the Oslo Fjord, Oslo is surrounded by green hills, forests, mountains and some 343 lakes.  The largest of these lakes is Maridalsvannet measuring 1.5 sq. miles and provides the main source of drinking water for much of the city. The city centre is compact but Oslo has an extremely airy and green appearance thanks to its many parks and open areas.

Oslo is said to have a humid continental climate, with mild to warm summers with an average temperature of 20-22, however heat waves are not uncommon.  The winter months of January through to March are cold and snowy with average temperatures of -1 to -7 degrees.  Oslo’s northerly location means that the hours of daylight vary dramatically with the seasons.  In the summer months, Oslo’s 18hrs of sunlight mean that it never gets completely dark whereas winter months see only 6hrs of daylight.

Oslo is possibly most famous for the 65-80ft Christmas tree that it has sent to Britain every year since 1947 as an expression of gratitude for its support of Norway during World War II and the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony which is held annually at the City Hall on 10th December.

With a diverse mix of architecture, Oslo is home to many famous landmarks including the Royal Palace, Stortinget or ‘Parliament’, National Theatre and Stock Exchange, all of which were built in the 19th century. 

Moving to Norway: Living in Oslo

Whilst you can't get away from the fact that it is expensive to live in Oslo, it is also one of the greenest and most liveable cities in the world - perhaps a reason why its immigration figures are so high and continue to increase.  

The price of buying or renting property in Oslo is considered to be high, but it is cheaper than in other expensive cities.  Rental properties are in huge demand, and correct at the time of writing, a small one bed apartment in the city centre will cost around 10,000 Norwegian Krone (NOK) or £1100 per month. Property outside of the centre in towns such as Drammen and Porsgrum costs significantly less, and many residents now opt to live further out and commute in to work.

Houses in Oslo are well built and fully insulated with heating in all rooms due to the cold climate.  The quality requirements for housing are high which means that simple inexpensive housing is difficult to come by.

Goods and services, particularly those with an associated labour cost, push up the cost of living in Oslo, due to the country's expensive employment costs.  For example,  the average salary for a barman is 230,000 NOK or £25,000 per annum.  Cars are also very expensive to run, costing almost double that of a car here in the UK. Luckily this is a city which is compact and is serviced by an extensive public transport system, so a car is not necessarily essential. The tramway operates in the areas within close proximity of the city centre and the metro runs underground to service further away suburbs.  Bikes are also available for rent all over the city.

Moving to Norway: Working in Oslo

Oslo has a working population nearing 1 million people with a serious work ethic which means that productivity rates are consistently high.

It is the hub for Norwegian trade with banking, oil and gas and shipping prevalent industries within the city.  Maritime trade and industry is particularly important to Oslo with some of the World’s largest shipping companies and maritime ship brokers based here. There are almost 2,000 shipping related companies within Oslo, employing 8,500 people within this sector.

If you are considering moving to Norway opportunities for work are limited if you don’t speak some degree of Norwegian, but will  depend on the type of work you are after.   If you are looking to work in tourism, certain teaching posts or a bar or café, then language shouldn’t be a barrier.

Moving to Norway: Leisure in Oslo

The Norwegians love the great outdoors and with scenery like that who can blame them!.  Walking, fishing and cycling are all popular activities, or for a great day out, take the ferry to the 12th century Monastery ruins on Hovedoya Island - one of the 40 islands in the Oslo fjords.  As well as the monastery, you can relax on the one of the islands many beaches or walk through the islands lush forest.  If visiting in the summer months get up early as it is extremely popular.

As a country steeped in so much history it’s not surprising that Oslo has many museums - there are over 50 located around the city.  One excellent one to visit is 'Bygdoy' located just outside of the city centre, where you can learn about the history of the Norwegian Vikings. Also be sure to go to the Viking Ship Museum which houses the best preserved Viking ships in the World.  Many of these ships were excavated over 100 years ago and are filled with authentic treasures such as tools, jewellery and sledges.

The Farmers Markets in Oslo are popular with the locals and tourists alike, and are great for sampling and purchasing Norwegian specialities. These include smoked ham and sausages, home made produce such as jam and honey and its many delicious cheeses - the white goats cheese is infamous!

Despite being an initially reserved race, Norway has no shortage of festivals with many taking place in Oslo including 'Oslo Live', a 6-day Jazz festival held annually in August for the last 25 years and 'Oyafestivalen' or ‘Oya’ - one of the biggest rock festivals in Europe which attracts 60,000 people over 4 days.

Removals to Norway - click here for full information on our removals to Norway service or contact us now for a free quote.