008: How to Live in Denmark with Kay Xander Mellish

Episode Summary

In today’s episode, Kay Xander Mellish draws on her 15 years of personal experience to talk to us about how to live in Denmark. Hear how to make friends as a newcomer, the benefits and drawbacks of the Danish social welfare system and why you should not expect many compliments in Denmark.

About Kay Xander Mellish

Kay-Xander-MellishKay Xander Mellish grew up in Wisconsin, a U.S. state with 5.5 million people, almost precisely the same population as Denmark. She graduated magna cum laude from New York University, where she studied journalism and art history. Her journalistic work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, Sports Illustrated, Mother Jones, the South China Morning Post, Marie Claire, and in the Danish tabloid BT. She also worked in TV production for CNN and a local New York City television station, and as an editor for ABCnews.com.

Kay moved to Denmark in 2000, and worked at Danske Bank, Carlsberg Breweries and Saxo Bank before starting her own company, the KXMGroup, which helps Danish companies communicate in English.

A professional voice actor, she began producing the How to Live in Denmark podcast in the summer of 2013 as a way to practice her pronunciation techniques. Since then, the podcasts have been downloaded more than 500,000 times.

Guidance for Expats on “How to Live in Denmark

The Book

Final_banner-1Are you moving to Denmark, or already living in Denmark and trying to fit in? Kay Xander Mellish, a foreigner who has lived in Denmark for more than a decade, offers a look at the joys and absurdities of daily life as a non-Dane in “the happiest country in the world.”



Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 11.30.47The Podcast

Living as a foreigner in Denmark, one of the world’s most homogenous countries, isn’t always easy. In the podcast, Kay relates her thoughts about Danish current events, and offers tips on how to find someone to talk to and how to find something to eat.