Where are you from?
I was born in Aarhus but I haven’t lived here since I was 6, I moved back a year ago. I’ve been living in Cambridge, Rønde - a town outside of Aarhus, London, Copenhagen and the north of Greenland.
I come from a background in arts and theatre, which I worked with for 8 years but then I got sick of being poor (laughs). I decided to start studying Innovation & Entrepreneurship, which is why I came back home. In the future, I’d love to combine my background in theater with my business studies.
What is it that you like the most about Aarhus?
I like the fact that it is a city, but it is small enough for you to walk and bike everywhere. You cannot take a stroll around Aarhus without meeting somebody you know. Even after living here for only a year, I feel I’m at home. Because it is a small neighborhood - it’s cozy. I also love when I can find the smaller things going on in the city that are not obvious at first glance, the art and craft scene, among other things, is great.
My favorite street in Aarhus is Vestergade, this is where my parents would party when they were young and now it is where my family has their business (Sirius Hunde). It is just a very nice street, everyone is friendly and there is always something going on. It also has some of the city’s best coffee places - Bill’s Coffee is my favorite spot.
What would you like to improve in Aarhus?
I think Aarhus needs to be more welcoming to internationals that are moving to the city. We’ve improved a lot and it has become much more accessible. Having many international friends and going to an international class, I suddenly realised the difficult bureaucracy that people coming from abroad and settling into Aarhus have to deal with.
Obviously, the city can’t improve the Danish system as a whole, but there are certain things that we can do to help people along the way. Perhaps more information in English. More specifically when organisations do social events, it would be nice to have the same post both in Danish and English, so international people would know what is going on so that they feel included.
What do you want to do in the near future?
I would like to feel completely settled here in Aarhus and try to expand my social network as I’ve only been here for a year. I’d like to feel more rooted to the city. I’d like also to buy a place, especially if I ever move abroad again, so I have a home to return to – like a summer house. My whole family is here, so if I move somewhere else it would be nice to be able to come back here on holidays throughout the year. I really missed my family when I was away.
If you had all the power in the world and all the resources in the world, what would you do?
I would love to improve the life conditions for children that are less fortunate than others. I worked with kids in the north of Greenland and I also volunteer for Safe the Child here in Denmark. No matter what society you live in, there are children that struggle. and I think that it is important that we try to help them, so they have a fair chance in life. As a society, that shows your level of humanity.