English teacher in Denmark - how difficult is to get a job


My boyfriend and I want to move to Copenhagen in about 3-4 years. He's an English teacher, has bachelor's and master's from English teaching and 10 years of experience. We plan on being fluent in Danish before we move, we started learning half a year ago. We're from Poland so all the EU rules (if there are any) apply.

Is it difficult to get a job as a foreigner in a Danish school? I have done some research and from what I found I understood that if we're from EU and he has the right education and some experience, he should just go to a commission and get a confirmation that he meets the requirements.

However, I recently joined a fanpage for expats in Denmark on FB, and was told that:

a) Danish public schools do not employ foreigners as teachers.
b) to find any kind of 'good' job in Copenhagen you need to have contacts
c) with "name like mine" I will not get a job because if "people hear a name that sounds like you're from 'eastern bloc' they will think you're a scammer or a criminal".

Can you guys tell me if this is true? I don't know about a), but the other two seem like complete BS for me.

What you're describing is Xenophobia; it happens everywhere.  Whether it's endemic in Denmark I have no idea, but to say that none of what you have heard exists there is probably also BS.

I know it is xenophobia and there's a lot of it in my country, which is one of the main reasons I want to go to Denmark - because I always thought that it is egalitarian, inclusive and friendly. I do realise that xenophobes are everywhere, though it's hard for me to believe that there is a lot of them in Denmark, enough to make finding a job difficult because of my name. I have never experienced anything of the kind on my trips to Denmark and would be really surprised if what I was told was true.

However, as I want to check all pros and cons before we move, I would like to know if other people have a feeling that this may be accurate.

If you look at the politics of Denmark, the Danish Peoples Party, who are generally regarded as a far-right group and anti-immigrant are an increasing force in Danish politics, but that's not unique as it appears to be spreading across Europe, sadly, it's not a good time to be "different".

Being a schoolteacher in folkeskolen (elementary school) needs a special 4-year long education (professional bachelor's degree (not an academic bachelor). It's a must to speak Danish, but I understand that this will not be a problem for your boyfriend.

Being a teacher in gymnasiet (secondary school) needs a master's degree plus professional postgraduate teacher training.

https://www.studentum.dk/studieguiden/k … erer-11356

If it'll be difficult to find a job as a non-Dane, depends on your education, profession and experience. In some fields, e.g. within IT and engineering) you can find a job even if you not speak Danish, but in nearly all other jobs, you'll have to speak Danish (unless we talk of odd jobs as cleaning, dish washing, paper delivering).

You don't have to fear being discriminated. Polish people are all know as hard-working and reliable people, and they are highly appreciated.


Thank you so much Nellie! Judging by my boyfriend's education and experience the chances are looking pretty good - that is, given that Polish credentials will be recognised in Denmark :)
do you think it would be a worse option if he'd just get a job in a language school instead of a public one? In Poland it means better pay but a lot of unpaid hours and also a non-permanent job, new contract each month for 30 days so not very secure - is that kind of contract even a thing in Denmark?

I cannot see that your boyfriend's education meets the requirements for teaching neither at the primary school, nor the secondary one.

If he could find a job in a company which offers language teaching for their staff, it would be a good choice (I guess so), but e.g. Berlitz school writes ......... and teach in your mother tongue. I take this as he can teach in Polish, not in English.

Studieskolen wants people with a master's degree:

Then we have the many evening schools. Look at the range of courses  they provide every year, and you'll be impressed. However, a great deal (the majority?) of the courses will never start due to too few participants (at least 10 people shall enroll the course). It may give some lessons a week, but you cannot make a living out of it. Forget all about the evening schools, AOF, LOF, FOF ....


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