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TEFL teacher in Denmark
Denmark is the smallest of the Scandinavian nations other than Iceland. Located between the North Sea on the west and the Baltic Sea on the southeast, it is separated from Norway by the Skagerrak and from Sweden by the Kattegat and the Oresund. In the south, it shares a 68 km (43 mi) border with Germany. The Faeroe Islands and Greenland have been part of Denmark since the 14th century and are now self-governing units within the nation.
During the 9th century the name Denmark (Danmark: “border district of the Danes”) was used for the first time. Subsequently, it ruled over much of Scandinavia, which developed a common Nordic culture. At the same time, because of Denmark’s proximity to Germany, it has also been influenced by German culture.
Today, Denmark’s balanced economy, in which much of its agricultural and industrial output is exported, gives the country one of the highest standards of living in the world. Through high taxes levied by the government, Denmark enjoys one of the most advanced systems of government provided welfare and social services in the world.
Denmark has a temperate marine climate, which is mild for its latitude.
Primary education has been compulsory here since 1814, and virtually all adults are literate. Comprehensive education, consisting of 9 years in a general school, usually for ages 7 to 16, is provided. Students may then proceed to 3 more years in a gymnasium to prepare for university entrance examinations. It has five universities, at Copenhagen (1479), Alborg (1974), Arhus (1928), Odense (1966), and Roskilde (1970), and numerous technical institutes. Folk High Schools are a special feature of the Danish education system. Originally established during the 19th century, they offer courses primarily in Danish history and culture. They are open to all adults.
This country is a pioneer in the development of social welfare programs, long provided free medical care and payments for all workers temporarily unable to work due to illness, injury, or childbirth. Special benefits for pregnant women and young children reduced infant mortality to a low rate. By the 1980s, however, there was rising concern about the cost of social programs, which had come to absorb nearly 30% of the national budget. In 1982, social benefits to individuals were restricted through the imposition of means tests.
Danish hospitality is so great that strangers are invited into the homes for elaborate meals. Should you want to teach English in Denmark, don’t just wander into the country and expect to get hired; secure a job first. Denmark’s second language is English, and the children learn English better there than we learn French in our country. They have no need to recruit teachers from overseas.
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