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Being Black in Denmark

I am back, I had a good break away from here, wish I could say “its nice to be back” but alas….it is not so.

I thought blacks had it bad in England, but I gotta tell you, we have it worse here. Far much worse.

I hesitate to say this but it is a fact.. there is an insidious air of racism that lies under the surface of society. As a person of color you feel it and if one is not careful, it drags you down slowly. Danes are generally mistrustful of all people brown or black. The news especially print media is filled will endless stories of “foreigners” doing one thing or the other and 99% is negative. The general air is “if THEY were not here, IT (theft, murder, riots etc) would not be happening…. The only pages I now limit myself to are the job ad section.. thank you very much.
I’m not sure I can articulate what it is like being black here.. all I can say is that.. Denmark is not Black friendly at all. If you are black.. do not apply. I have been told it is worse in Germany and France.. what do I know, I have never lived there.. but at least you have black professionals in those countries.. in this country.. you should see how surprised people are when they learn of my qualifications and then smile and say.. “but ah, you don’t speak the language, it will be very hard for you to get work.” They are proving to be right on that front, but I shall not be beaten….

I find myself increasingly reluctant to bring up my children in this country. I fear that they will grow up with a “closed mind” that seems to plague most Danes….

Ok enough with the Denmark bashing… got my rant out… Like I said, if you are Black, come visit, just don’t come and live here.



Being Black in Denmark Part II 

I decided this would be the best place for this update.

7 years later I finally feel compelled to say something about being Black in Denmark. I still get random comments from readers and  after the last comment I decided to look into the statistics of this post.  This month it  recieved over 120 vists. That’s big for me. I never pulled numbers like that during my blogging era.

It all sounded good in my head, when I thought about writing this post. As I write  the thought running through my head is “what do you want to say, what has truly changed, is it relevant and is it at all related to you being black”

A lot has changed. I have two children now, own part of a mortgage, got a steady income, still married to a great guy, still love and like him yet I still pine for home.  I pine because I know and believe that my career life would have been different. Certain things would have been easier. My heart would have smiled a little bit more. I pine because I am at crossroads in my self journey. Trying to reconcile my dreams and my reality.

I feel that if I had not been in Denmark, my journey would have PERHAPS been easier. What do I know, PERHAPS NOT. I feel Denmark stripped me of my confidence and I haven’t fully gotten her back. My career died here and I have not been able to resurrect it. I still do blue collar work. I hate going into work everyday. Yet the job applications don’t pan out.. how come? Could be the economy, could be because I am black, could be my luck run out. Every other aspect of my life is perfect.

Socially…that is something else and that is all I am saying. Danes and non-Danes living here know what I mean.

There is a program on TV, a kind of docu/reality series called “Den Sorte Arbejde”, directly translated means “The Black Work”. It follows the life of a Nigerian couple who own a cleaning business. As a black woman it leaves a funny taste in my mouth, because when you watch this show, you are not laughing with them, but at them. Yet at the same time I feel such a sense of compassion and understanding because I get the way they are thinking, the  why and how. It’s complicated. Last week, I turned it off because it was too much, I was embarrssed for them and irritated by them.  The credit roll features 2 black sambo like caricutures and apparently that is ok…

Being Black in Denmark is complicated. That’s the best I’ve got for you 7 years on!

Chika Unigwe explains it best here

Before I go I would like to say that I personally know only 3 black african proffesionals. All three got thier jobs before coming to Denmark. One can hardly string a sentence in Danish, but works for a multinational. The other works for one of the UN branches here, does not speak Danish, another speaks enough Danish to get by. All the other black Africans I personally know work blue collar   and are not university degreed. I say this to give you a perspective of being black and educated in Denmark.



Oh my God! Like really… seriously… what!!

I am considering taking down this post because of all the hate and craziness going on. And yes I do get to read all the crazy comments as well as the sane comments. I believe in dialogue etc etc but dang.. this is getting to be too much. I wrote the original post in September 2006 that is 8 years ago and yes in that time I have changed as a person. Do I think that discrimination situation in Denmark has impoved, to be honest, no I do not. But I do not give it that much place in my life because I go on about my life the best way I know how. I figured out a long time ago that there is not such thing as Utopia. There are going to be people who think all black people are inferior, uneducated and low class citizens of the world. That is on them and not on me. I pay them no mind and they do not bother me in the least. There will be people who think that white people are the devil incarnate, murders and thieves of the world. I pay them no mind either.

LIFE IS HARD: That is fact



So those who want to hate, no matter what color spectrum you occupy, go ahead and do that. That’s your prerogative.

But enough is enough. This is my little home in the space called internet and I will not tolerate any more craziness. I consider myself an intelligent person capable of intelligent discussion. We may not all agree, but we can discuss stuff with respect and without insults.

Behave ladies and gentlemen! Behave or I will delete this blog post cause it is helping no one.



As a result of getting a bit more comments and emails than usual, I logged on to the stats page …lo and behold, folks,  I was genuinely surprised. A post I put up 11 YEARS AGO is getting so much traffic. I am averaging 30 views PER DAY…. PER DAY. In the period 2006 to 2008 I was averaging about 30 views per month or less and now it is per day!

A lot of the traffic is coming from the USA and I am curious as to why?!!

Anyway, that said, here is my update. 11 years on, Being black and in Denmark, has anything changed???

Well…. I am still black 🙂

Do things ever change for people of color living in a country that is predominantly ethnically white or lighter than perceived black. Like really..does it ever change?  Do the biases go away? Do people start seeing you as a person like them as opposed to a “black” person! My experience…. no! Every week I will have to explain to someone that, “no… I am not a refugee or immigrant,” (you have to understand that the word refugee in this country has a very very negative conotation).

Prior to moving to Europe, I had lived all my life on the Continent of Africa, East Africa, Kenya/Uganda to be exact. I travelled much through East and Souther Africa. I was part of the majority. I never stood out. I belonged to the privileged minority of midclass, educated Africans.

Then I came to Europe and I was suddenly part of a minority and not just any minority, but that minority that was / is percieved as being undesirable and pitied in every way and IT HAS NOT BEEN FUN!!


The thing is discrimination in this country is a subtle animal, nothing overt. How do you mean, you say. Just trying looking for a job or getting credit at the shop. Certain jobs are open to you, no problem…. then there is the other jobs. The subtle way people interact with you, the weird expectations placed on you….

The weirdest thing is meeting new people for the first time and literally seeing thier perception of you change once a conversation gets going… the realisation that they are dealing with an equal… it’s a funny shift, one that irks me sometimes. You learn to live with it.

The book “Americanah” by Chimamanda Adichie Ngozi beautifully illustrates what it is like for a middle-class African immigrating to a Western country.

Don’t get me wrong. Danes are like any human being around the world, you find all sorts of humans, the same applies in Denmark. However as a society or a group…. eh… somethings could be better. In the words of Ms Obama… “they can do better”.

Paradoxically enough, I understand the xenophobia. I get it, this time the difference is that I am on the receiving end of it and it sucks.

My experience here in Denmark has made me a more compassionate person. Opened my eyes to the reality that in my own country, I and thousands like me are and have been guilty of the same ish, I am accusing of Danes.

So for everytime you want to express / impose your bigoted opinions and beliefs on someone else based entirely on the color of their skin, try and remember: this is a human being like me, with hopes, dreams and desires like mine.

That’s all I have folks. That’s about it.

Oh and by the way, I am a very happy balanced person. I promise. I know the original post does not read that way, but I am. I had just moved to Denmark, I was in the midst to an immense culture shock. I lost myself in those first years here. I had to find myself again… that in itself has been a journey of it’s own.

All in all, I am happy… but I still would not recommend DK to anyone of color, unless you have lived in a place like America and already used to dealing with this ish… if not… come vist, really come visit in the summer… just don’t look to live here!!







Comments on: "Being Black in Denmark" (231)

  1. Bakari Ali said:

    I would suggest you hop across the Oresund and try to find a job in Malmö. Denmark does have a socially repressive regime that makes it impossible even for Danes married to foreigners to live in that country together.

  2. I give all Africans who live in Europe my respect, it is very oppressive and difficult to make a living there.There are times I want to complain about America but I look at what you people have to go through and I give you marks.I hear Australia isnt much better.
    I wouldnt ever consider bringing up a child in the states so bringing one up in Europe where they would be subject to constant ridicule and oppression would never ever happen.
    Keep your head up!

  3. Nuff respect. As long as you stay enterprising the walls will fall.

  4. Bakari, thanks for the suggestion, but I have swore I am not moving to another non english speaking country EVER!!! I have had more than enough… you are right about the socially repressive regime….but there are ways of getting around it if one is enterprising enough.. kinda…

    Acolyte,…I so hear you…I have been to America more specifically to New York, Chicago and Philly.. and one of the plus points for me was the presence of different ethnicities on the streets , black, yellow, white, brown the whole mix and nice mixing pot…….. I will keep keeping my head up! asante

    Makanga.. asante.. !

  5. Most European are simply blind and narrow minded. I wish I had born coloured, rafiki!

  6. hello you all, i am new in europe dating someone but it just nugs me this issue of plastic smiles and i can see through it, please advice before i sink my black pride into it.
    p/s i love being coloured. thank God for that.

    • I’m dating a German this word reception of us is everywhere. ..but no matter what I do love being black and can’t see why they can’t see the beauty in us♡

      • Because, according to The Bible, The Most High (God) is punishing Blacks (not Africans) for the disobedience of their Hebrew Israelite ancestors. Blacks will be the victim of the most severe oppression for 400 years. That’s why.

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  8. Hey – I’m brown and in Denmark, and it sucks every bit as badly as you say. And when you say that you have doubts about raising kids here, oh believe me, I’ve had that thought every day for my ten years here. Who wants to subject their kids to this constant, grinding ridicule??

    Hey Manky, I wrote that at a time in my life when I was very angry, depressed and very anti-Denmark. I do not take back what I wrote, but now that I have lived here longer and been out in the work place, interacted with more Danes, I am less hostile towards Denmark. Denmark certaintly has a long long way to go in regards to race relations be it, black or brown.

    For me what I find empowering is knowing who I am and what I am worth and that is what I want to teach my child. People will always judge you, and yes in certain places it is worse than others but there none-the-less. As long as I know myself and my worth, then no one and their perceptions can bog me down.

    Am I making sense to you. I could go on.. but….

    • Why do you niggers expect everyone to be nice and friendly to you , just because you’re black? And if they are not, you assume they are “racist”. You come to someone else’s home, not the other way around. Be so fucking kind and learn their customs and traditions. This whole liberal “multi-culti” bullshit, obviously failed.
      Hordes of rampant towelheads riot on the streets of european cities, thousands of these immigrants come along,bringing all their huge families with them, draining the welfare system. What do you expect? Everyone to smile politley like nothing’s happened?
      I’m not a “racist”, i’m a realist. I’m all for “can’t we all just get along” thing, but it’s not the westerners who don’t want to get along,it’s the migrants. You don’t see white people coming to 3 world countries in packs, dictating their way of life. Be thankful,that you had the chance to get out your famine-ridden, war-torn, shithole of a country in the first place.

      • you are racist, starting of saying the N word

      • African Supremacy said:

        Chris, immigrants move to Western countries because such countries have screwed us over since the 19th century. You came to Africa and ruined our beautiful continent, sold millions into slavery destroying well established kingdoms. Next you took our land, introduced warfare and took control of our states during colonization. Today you live off of Africa’s people, raw materials, minerals and oil!! Behind every conflict in Africa is a Western country celebrating. And so you have it- its payback time! And so we will move into Europe, America and Australia and populate your nations (we are gifted with high fertility rates) until the day you surrender. Blame your ancestors for thinking they can get away with the rape of Mama Africa!!

      • Not non-muslim black said:

        Actually, white people have been and still do dictate how and why for their own benefit for CENTURIES in EVERY black country that they have visited and inhabited… Ignorant – you have no idea what you are taking about…poor you…

      • Mr Chris, You have no idea what you talking about. You ain’t no fucking realist. The westerners(you inclusive) have bitten more than they can chew and will surely pay for every dime in due course. We respect the westerners but they don’t respect us back. We(all blacks:Obama is just a present sample) are going to rule the world someday and even your so called country/class and pay back will be definite, just be prepared. Mind you its’ not only in your country, even in asia where i reside, we are being treated unfairly and looked down upon. Chris, i guess you grew up with the notion that black is being attributed with something bad that;s why you are talking of we expecting being treated nice everywhere we go to. My advice to fellow black man is to keep keeping up and continue to stand tall whenever and wherever. God Bless!!!

      • First of all nigger anyone can be a nigger. And to answer your question black people don’t care about how y’all feel it’s a matter of respect. Second I think white people don’t like black because we was born with color .Now white people do so much to be like us they tan get ass jobs and want full lips every white women wants to be fucked by a black man and white men been liking black pussy since slavery days why you think some of us are damn near as pale as y’all

      • Mr.chris I think your is more arrogant than realism. Our Africa is not a shit hole, and it may be where all humans came from, you’ve never lived there, so how are you going to say that?just because it’s on tv doesn’t mean it’s true.
        Also what makes you think whites haven’t destroyed our culture as you’re saying we are to them, last time I checked they stole our gold,ivory, minerals, and our land while on that same land say that we are below them.
        And if you’re white living in america mr. Chris you as well had immigrant ancestors and took away the culture of the native americans who lived there long before whites came. You’re not a realist as you say you’re a plain racist by the way you’re proving your point

      • If you weren’t racist you would not even think about using the word Nigger….how pathetic that you think that you’re superior…..you don’t have any insight as to who’s truly destroying the nations and I’m here to inform you that the Biggest and most ruthless criminals White! Steal kill and destroy other races lifes standing in this world. Be very careful of what you spit out of your hateful heart, get some real understanding of what other races have endured and how it came about before you feel you got the right to judge. You no you reap what you sow and things will change soon!

      • chris your an idiot, white pig like you, it was your fore fathers that destroy africa, and you have the gut to talk rubbish,

      • Maybe i’ve been a little harsh, I apologise for that, but i stand my ground. It’s not the blacks that are the problen, it’s muslims. Black people are harmless, they usually come from impoverished backgrounds, so they have to work hard to succeed. Unlike muslims, who own oil and have spare money to sponsor terrorism, ISIS is a good example.
        For all those critisizing, if you don’t like it here, why do you come here? Why do you come to white countries, if you feel mistreated or looked down upon? Why not to try change your own countries for the better? China did it, South Korea did, Brazil, Turkey and many others. Do you think you can mooch of welfare forever? It’s not making any favours for anyone. Again,it’s just my opinion. Peace.

      • Considering you are not a racist but a “realist”, you must have meant ignorant person when you typed the word “Nigger” then, yes? I feel sorry for you.

      • Mr Chris .your expression does not only define you as a person but it goes beyond that …..its a free world with freedom of speech and all but with that kind of attitude doesnt only target people of colour but i think everyone around you…..your persona is speaking out loud in a very negative way ….retrace your steps because u are a very bitter mean person im sorry but true….how will you raise your kids and what morals will u teach them in this crazy world hope u live 200years to be by there side because i feel sorry for them…….

      • Actually Chris, I do see westerners coming to developing countries in packs! It’s called colonization!!! Africa is a continent rich in minerals, yet over the last 150 years it has been stripped dry by westerners who think they are more educated and advanced.
        In my city today westerners are getting paid up to 3 times more than Africans with the same standard of education if not a higher standard.
        More and more westerners flock here so that they can get paid to the standards of their own countries, yet they have living costs that are much lower!
        So before you bash Africa, try and look through history. Africa is what it is today because the white man could not mind his own business!

      • Monique Mcknuckles said:

        Its a shame to read that this is how people still feel in this day an age, what’s even sadder is that you claim to not be a raciest when the first line of your rant began with such a derogatory slur, well realist if you really understood anything of history outside of your own…you would know that the slave trade made it so that every where on earth is our homes, because we had a hand in building it… Now I’m not going to make any excuse for anyone black or white brown or yellow who uses the government inappropriately, wrong is wrong regardless of the skin color,but as far as the friendly factor can you honestly say you treat all people with or with out a struggle the same, or as you would like to be treated if you were them? Its easy to critize to pass judgment on those you don’t know personally or close your mind to because of society’s views on them but if the same was done to you how would you feel and if it has been done to you where is your compassion?

      • G-Touring said:

        All i want to do is tour the world. Chris, please be mindful of what you say, it may seriously affect tourism in your country. Not all foreign ethnics pose a threat to your nations well being. i think you should direct your energies towards ensuring that your country is not looked at so negatively. I would certainly hate to encounter racists or discriminative behavior while vacationing in your country. I think its a beautiful place, but us outgoing souls usually review these kinds of content before agreeing our next step. Your views would have immediately turned me off from even applying for the visa let alone making the trip. The world has now become a mega mart and I’m sure your countrymen have no intentions of losing out. Do you?

      • Your ignorance is palpable.

      • Then why do you use racist names when referring to the groups of people you speak of (niggers, towel heads ect) of you are not racist?

      • your typical white guy said:

        You are hate filled Racist! Proven by your words and the way you think. Do some reading in your history. You will find white people have been invading other countries and culture for centuries! And the leading group inciting Hate Based discrimination White people 4 is it scientifically referred to Caucasoid.

      • your typical white guy said:

        The down fall of the (Human Race) is hate! Not one collective or specific race or demographic!

      • Wow. You’re not racist, but use the word nigger with such comfort. AMAZING.

      • Black Queen said:

        Shut your racist ass up, if ya wasent racist than the word nigger wouldn’t leave ya pagan ass mouth, O you white muthafuckas!!!!! You bitches are the reason this world has gone to hell, I understand why IsIs are on y’all ass, blowing you sons of bitches up, fuck wrong with you hoes?

      • Bangough said:

        ” You don’t see white people coming to 3 world countries in packs, dictating their way of life”

        Are you on crack???!!! Why do you think European languages are spiken in non European countries??!!! Whites travel the planet to rape and pillage wherever they go!! They’re in Africa, United States, South & Central America!!! Europeans ARE NOT NATIVE TO ANY IF WESTERN OR SOUTHERN PARTS IF THE PLANET!!! They are barbaric and brutally conqured all these regions in search if resource control! YOU CAN’T POSSIBLY BE THIS FUKN STUPID!!! ANYBODY WHO PASSED THE 3RD GRADE KNOWS THIS!!! I AM ASTONISHED THAT PEOPLE LIKE YOU EXIST

      • Omg
        How ignorant
        How un educated
        How unkind

        I pity you
        Niggers really
        Shame on you
        Did your mother not teach you if you have nothing nice to say. shut up….

        The only thing you have done is highlight your lack of basic manners.
        An intelligent individual would express their views more respectfully because we are allowed to disagree and still break bread together

        Close the door don’t slam it……
        One thing all people have it common
        We all have feelings
        We all bleeds
        We all want a better life
        We all waNT happiness

      • Thanks for sharing, planning to move to Denmark joining my Dane boyfriend, but in a Dilemma after reading your post the same problems we are facing in italy but no where can get worse than Italy I call it life bootcamp… dont
        want even to start.
        But I promised my self if I have to switch country I would prefer an English speaking country.

      • Wow you are a disgusting waste of space Chris. It’s one thing to have an opinion but your reply using the N word from the beginning says a lot. You have just made it clear that things in Denmark are horrible if people like you are walking the streets. I wish I could say I was surprised by your response but I’m not. There’s always some racist troll in the comments just being ignorant. It’s crazy I stumbled upon this doing research on what it is like to be a person of color living in Denmark and I wouldn’t even want to visit there if I have to deal with people like you. I’m so disgusted.

      • Chris. Are you a god fearing person? I guess not.

        Let me tell you a story. It starts our with a tail. Here goes:

        The university a professor challenged his students with this question. Did God create everything that exists? A student bravely replied, “Yes, he did!”

        “God created everything? The professor asked.

        “Yes sir”, the student replied.

        The professor answered, “If God created everything, then God created evil since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are then God is evil”. The student became quiet before such an answer. The professor was quite pleased with himself and boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth.

        Another student raised his hand and said, “Can I ask you a question professor?”

        “Of course”, replied the professor.

        The student stood up and asked, “Professor, does cold exist?”

        “What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?” The students snickered at the young man’s question.

        The young man replied, “In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-460 degrees F) is the total absence of heat; all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat.”

        The student continued, “Professor, does darkness exist?”

        The professor responded, “Of course it does.”

        The student replied, “Once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact we can use Newton’s prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn’t this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present.”

        Finally the young man asked the professor, “Sir, does evil exist?”

        Now uncertain, the professor responded, “Of course as I have already said. We see it every day. It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.”

        To this the student replied, “Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is not like faith, or love that exist just as does light and heat. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.”

        The professor sat down.

        The young man’s name — Albert Einstein.

        Dear Chris
        Are you evil. I don’t think so, but I believe your soul is quintessence on how it is when a soul consist only of the absence of good. Just like the people from ISIS. They are not religious. They are of the absence of good

      • Worldpeace said:

        Had europeans, never invaded and spoiled the lands in which black people resided, europeans would not be dealing with the remnants of the many beatings, rapings, and wars they exported to foreign lands. Of course if you put those “African” countries back they way you found them, then I am sure they all would go back to the original countries of their ancestors. ………..You and your kind, invaded took the diamonds, the oil, the minerals, and raped as many as possible…..and when resources wore out, you leave and say to those left…GET A LIFE…

      • WTF! Hey Chris you seriously know very little of the world! Get out of whatever “paradise of a country” your in and tour the world. Not every African (especially me) envys the west. War is all over the world, I mean gun violence,Street stabbers, homicides. ….etc. But in my part of the world, life is cool. I come to the west as a tourist! And pit’s your cost of living, juvenile delinquency and crime!
        Wakenya mpo?

      • What do you call the COLONIAL days? Spain, France and England doing exactly that, going out into “the Third World” and imposing their ways on the Natives!

      • You should get off the peyote before that mythical colorblind dream you’re in ends and that mount of pure unbiased purity you ride in said dream gets as tired of your delusions and hasty generalizations as I am already and tramples you to death.

      • You are so pathetic! I’m white and I’m from Denmark and I am so disgusted by the fact people like you are still around! The first comment was rude and VERY VERY VERY racist! You are not a realist. You are a racist! My ancestors (and yours too I’m assuming) came to Africa and destroyed their beautiful continent, enslaved them and now people like you are running around degrading their culture and hating on them! I was very enraged by your comment but when I saw your second comment degrading muslims I cannot tell you how angry this made me! (I don’t want you to think I don’t care about black people, but my best friend is a muslim, and she DOES NOT deserve this hate!) Muslims are good people and Christians are good people! Don’t say every muslim is a terrorist. That is like saying every Christian is a member of the KKK. I hate you so much and I hope that everybody will look down on YOU. Becase you are so pathetic and people like you are a problem!

        – lots of hate
        a fucking pissed white girl ready to fight you and the rest of all you racist pigs

  9. Hey guys.. i agree with you… I have been living in this country since 1997 and I jnow these country very well. I have studied in Danish universities and I know how difficult it is for black people to live in this country. Manky, you are wrong, and I strongly disagree with you. You are a puppet and everything you say is a lie. I will never advice my black friends to move to this country….

    I love my black people…..

  10. vernon phelps said:

    yes its hard in danmark….but here you get free education…so educate your self to be a citizen of the world…..in the mean time you know that in danmark you have a place to live…you eat every day and maybe drink too….and when you find a girl to sleep with you think you are in heaven………………but take your time ….love and be loved…..but dont for get to educate yourself…….take classes that are free….use the internet….stay in touch with your family and friends around the world and at home and even in danmark….the black university of the world…………black history safari…….all the best to you and yours…

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  12. Att. Black people living in Denmark,

    I’m a co-editor of a small paper for anthropologists at Aarhus University and we are currently in the process of putting together our next edition – an edition dedicated to the theme BLACK alongside the theme WHITE.
    Tonight I sort of stubbled across your forum here, while searching the web for inspiration on the theme black, and I must say it’s very interesting and of course a little disturbing to read your comments. I hadn’t a clue that it was that bad being black in Denmark – but I have sometimes thought about, that is, how it must feel.
    I believe that the various, individual answers to such a question, which this site has plenty of examples of, could serve as highly educational for other students and readers at our university – for them to experience some real firsthand accounts about what it is like to be black in Denmark.

    I therefore pose the question, whether anybody on this site, would be interested in sharing his or her experience(s) of being black in Denmark? It is perfectly fine to write in English and it doesn’t have to be long, but if you would like to write a full article, that would be great too. We’re interested in as many voices as we can raise out of the white silence.

    Our paper “Informanten”: https://sites.google.com/site/onlineinformanten/

    Please write to: petra.k.jensen@gmail.com
    or post on this site and add that I’m allowed to republish it in our paper

    Hope to hear from you!

    Best regards,

    Petra Jensen

  13. Sorry I just realised that this is one persons private blog..? But people seem to be following it, so still hope to locate some people interested in the above. Maybe Mrembo too? Please let me know and please tell me if you know of another place to post my request.

    I hope it is okay that I posted on this blog 🙂

    • Wow! I wrote that blog a few years ago and i still get comments 4 years on. Who would have thought that.

      Mr. Jensen i need sometime to read through the info on the link u have provided before i make a decision.

      Will get back to you sometime later this week.

      Any other black folks in Dk feel free to knock youselves out:-)

      • Yes that’s a pretty long lifespan for a blogpost 😉
        Thank you for taking the time to look at our paper, I appreciate it. And hope of course that you will want to contribute.

        Kind regards,

        (Mrs.) Petra Jensen

        PS. I was just made coeditor, so my name doesn’t appear in the previous editions. We also have a FB page, if you want to check us out there: http://studiebladetinformanten.wordpress.com/

  14. […] Når man blev gjort opmærksom på sin farve, så var det som barn (dengang var der ikke så mange farvede børn endnu), fordi man var den søde lille brune sag og senere var det så knap så hyggelige kommentarer, der gjorde, at man følte man ikke var “som de andre”. Du sidder måske i din “bobbel” og tænker – “jamen vi har da ikke racisme i Danmark” – lad mig så lige ryste dig ud af den vildfarelse – det kan du tro, vi har. Det kan hedde sig nok så meget på overfladen, at det har vi ikke, og du er lige så meget værd som alle andre, men når det kommer til stykket, skal du nok stadig få bemærkninger, som andre synes er hysterisk morsomme (selvom du står lige ved siden af), om farve/race, der enten nedgør folk som race betegnet eller bare fordi de er sorte. Ad dette se venligst dette blogindlæg! […]

  15. I’m sorry to read all this but it’s hardly a surprise to me. The reason why I found this post is because I’m dating a Kenyan girl and I wanted to find some info for her to see about how other foreigners has felt about staying in my home country.
    I know that scandinavians like to think of them selves as open and educated and tolerant people but at the same time as we brag about how well we speak english it seems to be a HUGE problem if it is in a job situation where the applicant has a slight african accent.
    I like my country, I think it’s great but i’m not always so proud of my people.
    In the last couple of years I have made an effort to open up to other nationalities and races in Denmark. It has been an interesting experience. I have put my self in situations where I have been the minority at parties and social gatherings. It’s not easy to get used to being the “kartoffel” (danish for potato, what some blacks and browns call white danes), but I like putting my self in other peoples situation.
    I know that even though my girlfriend has a bachelors degree she might not get a job till she speaks danish really really well or maybe till the color wears off…………..
    She is a nice and talented and energetic girl so I’m sure she will get something to do if we decide to settle down here in Denmark but I must say I doubt that she will get the job that her level of education deserves.
    So yes, I would really like to see people change!!
    …but first things first, I’m going to Kenya soon for the first time. Let’s see how tolerant they are. I hope I will not be treated like a ATM machine or some kind of male mother Teresa that will come to feel the hungry and hand out cars and Iphones.

    The world isn’t perfect but I’m gonna dive into it….. Peace Ya’ll and Eid Mubarak and Merry X-mas

    :p 😉

    • Seven years later and this post is still getting some play! I have been thinking of doing another post about being black in Denmark. The spin on it would be “7 years later, what, how do I feel and think”

      Part of me is lazy, another resigned and apathetic, can’t be bothered to write anything

      I wish you and your girlfriend all the best. If you do indeed get married and decide she will move here, be ready to deal with a lot of stuff.

      Good luck on your trip to Nairobi and depending your your girlfriend’s family’s financial status and circles, you may or may not be treated as an atm 🙂 There are a good number of kenyans who have it going on financially!!!

    • Zainabu said:

      Daniel, we are not all poor in Kenya. We have billionaires here and many people more richer than you. If your Kenyan girlfriend treats you like an ATM machine, she has given you the wrong impression of Kenya. And i wonder what communication you have with your girlfriend for her not to tell you how beautiful Kenya is. But as we say in Kenya, “Karibu”~ Welcome.

  16. Interesting read. My co-worker once remarked the exact opposite and said in Denmark they LOVE black people. I dont really consider myself black, I consider myself mulatto (like Obama) but visually, most people would loosely call me black. After my co-worker’s revelation, I just decided to poke around and see. Google returned a few Denmark Interracial Dating websites, but then I stumbled upon this page amidst those. Ah well, I guess I’ll keep on looking.

    • Couldn’t help but think, what are you looking for?.

      I know of some blog posts about being black in Denmark, only thing is that they are in Danish.
      Oops, I have not been blogging for a long time and seems like I got rid of the links, can’t find them and can’t remember the blog names at all.

  17. why do all the blacks want to immigrate to other nations anyway if your so proud of being black why not take that pride to your native regions and reform those crap hole nations instead of destroying the ones you come to.

    • Now how am I even supposed to start answering this… nah.. can’t be bothered!
      Been there, done that, discussion got old.

    • white folks are so stupid. willeta jones yall are savages why dont yall go back to the caves yall came from and eat raw meat like yall always do.

    • I’ve been a school teacher in Copenhagen for 14 years now. I’m a black British woman from London and I’m pretty sure I haven’t ruined anything here in Denmark. I moved here from London because my ex-hubby was a Dane. I speak very good Danish and have never had any racial problems. I know that’s not true for everyone, by some black people are actually happy in DK…

    • Why do white folks always go to other countries to destroy them? Why not stay and perform your evil deeds on your own selves? People say the stupidest things. Mtcheww

  18. and by the way I am black too

  19. I’m curious as to why you live in Denmark if the racism is so bad? And is it possible for you to move to another country where it’s not as bad? What’s keeping you there?

    • what is keeping me here? The answer is in the blog. Moving is not an option now but could be in the future perhaps earlier than I am even anticipate. But yes moving is something I would consider and considering.

  20. it is horrible and it is not your job to educate a whole country but I think it is important that you are in Denmark and seen to be thriving. I have lived in a small minded part of London for some years now and although I still over hear some obvious and open racist conversations (and I mean racist not just open to interpretation) I feel like it is important just to be here and not just back down and disappear or pretend to be less than you are or have achived because we exist we have much to contribute as positives to this world and it really has to accepted.

  21. Nationalist said:

    I hope you and your children will die in pain, fucking niggers. Why do you keep coming to white countries? Even YOU know, we do NOT want you here, so why you fucking monkeys don’t go back on trees. We all hate you with all our hearts but you are just too dumb to understand and move here anyway. I’m really looking forward to another likenazi movement, when we will fucking burn you, kill you, gas you.

    DIE black bitch.

    • You are really a sad person. Idek what your situation is but I can tell that you live a sad life. You’re extremely small minded and was probably raised by that by your parents, even though that gives you no reason to attack someone you don’t even know just because they’re black living in a country you feel they shouldn’t be apart of. She has said herself that living in Denmark is hard and she has faced racism so you don’t have to come on here harassing her even more. As a black woman myself, I aspire to visit Europe and I hope no ignorant people would come up to me and say I’m a “monkey” and all that. We are supposed to help each other rise up, expect you are helping to bring us all down. If black people are not personally bothering YOU than leave us alone. Let people live their lives without being judged for their skin. You don’t know her situation, you know her skin color. Open up your eyes and accept others !

    • Nationalist why dont yall savages go back to the caves yall came from. all white people have ever done was kill and steal. yall stole the land from the native americans, and if you read your history you will see that we were here first. i the USA. whites are devils, and all they mean to do is destroy. every country yall visit yall destroy.

    • At Nationalist,
      So I am supposed to what now, cry, be angry ,sad and afraid because you came out with all your wrath and racism- This is so old, tired and boring. Try again.

    • African Supremacy said:

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah Nationalist!! I bet you still wear your diapers!! Your rant is so infantile ( do you even know what that word means??)


      I’m sure it’s futile to even respond because of his mentality as well as it being an old post, but so……Nationalist, you are hilarious! I got a good laugh reading your post today! You need to be a comedian. From the looks of your post, so overtly filled with hatred, you and others who think like you are UGLY in the inside! That’s probably why most of you are so damn UGLY on the outside too! Just hope your Neantherdal “Nigger” hating ass don’t burn up in the sun, Captain Caveman ! Be careful about wishing bad upon others-it seems to backfire for generations to come! In the interim, stop hating and find you something or someone to love! For we are a beautiful race, filled with many colors and complexions! Blacks can produce children with blonde hair and blue eyes, as well as children with dark hair and green eyes or dark hair with brown eyes!. We are a multifaceted and multifunctional race! You hate US and hate on US, only because you HATE YOURSELF! Trust, I am not here to change your perspective or opinion, but wanting to wish demise on someone and their children shows you how wicked you and your heart is: reflect on more notable public figures and scrutinize their demise. Like you-NOT PRETTY!

    • Nationalist, your mother should’ve swallowed. You are a filth. You don’t even know the poster and to wish death on them is horrible. What you wish on others I hope happens to your daily. You need to go through this life being tortured because of who you are as a person and maybe one day you will see how wrong it is to think and feel that way. But of course you’re a big, bad tough person on the internet where you feel safe to be a hate filled punk

    • Dear nationalist
      Let me give you the same reply I gave the other racist Chris, but first of all remember not to write “we all hate you” – we dont!

      Dear Nationalist.
      Are you a god fearing person? I don’t think so.
      Do I think you are evil – no I don’t think so but I believe your soul is quintessence on how it is when a soul consist only of the absence of good. Just like the people from ISIS. They are not religious. They are of absence of God

      You don’t have to find God. I haven’t found the God they preach bout in church or other religions, but I believe God exist, only I just call it Good

      Let me share a tail with you – I hope it will make you think. Here goes:
      The university a professor challenged his students with this question. Did God create everything that exists? A student bravely replied, “Yes, he did!”
      “God created everything? The professor asked.
      “Yes sir”, the student replied.
      The professor answered, “If God created everything, then God created evil since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are then God is evil”. The student became quiet before such an answer. The professor was quite pleased with himself and boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth.
      Another student raised his hand and said, “Can I ask you a question professor?”
      “Of course”, replied the professor.
      The student stood up and asked, “Professor, does cold exist?”
      “What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?” The students snickered at the young man’s question.
      The young man replied, “In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-460 degrees F) is the total absence of heat; all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat.”
      The student continued, “Professor, does darkness exist?”
      The professor responded, “Of course it does.”
      The student replied, “Once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact we can use Newton’s prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn’t this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present.”
      Finally the young man asked the professor, “Sir, does evil exist?”
      Now uncertain, the professor responded, “Of course as I have already said. We see it every day. It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.”
      To this the student replied, “Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is not like faith, or love that exist just as does light and heat. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.”
      The professor sat down.

      The young man’s name — Albert Einstein.
      I wish you a fantastic day and hope you see the light some day. The world is much more pleasant when you do

    • This is one of those frothy-mouthed hate comments one merely laughs at and moves on 😀

  22. Nationalist: you are so idle. you are a looser and live with fear. You are embarrassing the white community. Grow up!!

  23. Heya all,
    Was just looking for some info about being brown or black in Danmark. Wow been reading all this, I really feel bad about this idea now damn, my girlfriend lives in the South East and we were planning as she can’t travel now, that I will move there. I just feel bad now,
    and try consider and think my decisions again though we both really in love and want to settle our life together, sad that racism exist and will surely always do. But didn’t expect in 2014 this color barrier was also so North in Europe, or guess only my lack of knowledge about Northern countries weigh light in the balance. And well I only speak 4 languages and non from Northern countries. Ok guess, best way is to go there for few days instead of moving to install, or maybe get a better destination, where the white people have been travelling a bit around the world, and realize that other cultures and colors exist, and that they all not murderers, dealers, or only good to sweep floors or work in waste gathering shits. Narrow minded is hard to live with or around, now if it’s a full population, no wonder would feel unwanted. Saw racism in many countries been in like 20 different countries in the world, lol and the one I chose to settle seems the worst solution now, back to my plans.
    Sorry for my elglish, just a bit surprised and sad about all this.

  24. Black dude! said:

    Denmark does not count Black people (people called *neger* in Denmark or (persons with sub saharan african features) in statistics therefor has little to protect them against racism such as Afrophobia or Anti Black Racism as instructed by the EU and UN? Black people are outlines in the EU as being high risk to racism yet Denmark does not implement any special tools as other European nations have to protect them. you can be beaten up and called Neger and the police with only file it as assult and not a hate crime!

  25. blackguy said:

    like how bad is it really??
    i was born in Austria and things have been tough here too
    for instance hatecrimes against blacks and being called ‘neger’
    but lately things changed… you see more and more black people in public adds and the newspaper and working in good jobdescription
    im planning to do my master degree in denmark ? would you advice me to do it over there?

    • Blackguy,!
      I do not think it would be wise of you to make your decision based on what you have been reading here. Do not get me wrong, my experience of Denmark as described in my post is real and true. That said I feel that I cannot persuade nor disuade you from coming to Denmark. It has to be your own decision based on more research than this simple blog. In terms of seeing black people in the media, Denmark is eons and eons behind and the image of the black african is still one filled with negativity but one also needs to take into consideration that black people make up a very very small percentage of the society as a whole so I guess our buying power is not seen as significant enough to warrant ads having black people!

  26. Interesting thread and it is great to see people speaking out. I must add that one element that allows alot of racism towards black people to excist is the devision and unwillingness of the black populations to unify and effect change for black people and part of that is how Denmark gives out money and how dissunified people of african descent are. There are real human rights violations being committed against black people in denmark but to tackle them black people must be prepared for the work and effort it takes and partiipate in the change.

    Please find out what African Empowerment Center is doing and for your support in achieving!


    • Victor,
      I feel it is important to keep in mind the sheer number of black people in Denmark. According to Google, Denmark has a population size of 5.6mil, 95% of that being ethic Danes, 3% other Europeans, 1% Asians, 0.5% Africans and 0.3% others??!!

      Statistically Black people or people of African origin do not have a strong voice because our size is so insignificant economically and otherwise. (though the media would have you believe we are responsible for all the ills of this society) That said, I am in no way suggesting that because we are so few in numbers, discrimination should be allowed to run rampant.

      I would also like to stress that as an African living here, I am in NO WAY LOOKING FOR NOR SOLICITING FOR handouts of any form or nature whatever the name attached ala affirmative action etc. I firmly believe in being an upstanding contributing member of whatever society I am. And yes,

      My long disclaimer out of the way, let me tackle what you stated about the unification of Africans here.

      If as tribes in individual countries we are unable to unite, how do we expect the Diasporan Africans to unite. The expectation is a bit unrealistic in my opinion. When we come here, many times the only thing we have in common is our color and the racism we face, apart from that, culturally, socially etc we are so different that bridging that gap becomes mission impossible.

      I feel that as Africans here in Denmark, our job is to shift and change perceptions of who we are by the way we live and thrive in communities here. We must also challenge racism in a manner that is none violent or combative. The racism that I have experienced here in not “in your face” but an institutionalized, socialized kind. I could give examples from as early as 2 weeks ago.

      All that said, we must also live. Live life and be happy and be proud to be as black as we are because it is fabulous being African no matter what anyone says or thinks!

      Thanks for the links.

      • Hi Mrembo,

        I agree and understand lots about Africans in Denmark because i am a diaspora African who has been working within the community grass roots for some years now listening to what Africans say in private about various forms of Racism as well as being a memer of the larger body of human rights activist in Europe comparing statistics, evidences and comparing them. I in no way am suggesting combat or violence but democratic means which are the only means western governments and bodies who recieve our tax dollars aknowledge. It is important that people be willing to do the work collectively and not just complain about racism. I also am not suggesting that its something wrong with recieving money from the Danish government at all because its the money tax payers like myself put into the system, its our money based on our rights in this nation. I am however speaking of the details behind the monies are allocated and recieved by Africans puts them often for the last 30 years in a non progressive and inclosed stance which is harmful and not progressive in stopping racism. In democracies stopping homophobia is not based on your nationality or ethnicity or tribe but being homosexual. Racism towards black like being called neger and not being counted in statistics and how to fight it is the same. It requires not your ethnicity, not your nationality but simply you alnowledging your proud of being black and that racism towards blacks should not be tolorated structurally, systematically or otherwise. It simply needs you to be active collectively to stop it.

        I hope you understand my point because no matter if we are born here or not, etc we must do better collectively and organizationally as black people to stop it. People need to know that Black people have a significant role in stopping racism no matter what and today we have other blacks all over willibg to help us in the EU and other international bodies if we in Denmark step up and do more than complain. Alot of us complain but dont join the active fight against it that is ongoing today via various orgs.


      • Victor,

        I hear you and agree with you 100% about being active in doing something to change the system rather than sit back and complain.

        I will look further into the links you provided. I did look at the facebook page and read some of the articles. They were interesting but dated.

        I will admit that my activism stage is over. I have never felt that Denmark is home or will be home for me- Like almost every African I know, I plan on leaving at some point. Because of this sentiment I am not so engaged in fighting for change in the system. However I will participate and join in a movement for change that appeals to my values

      • Mrembo,

        Glad to hear your comments. In speaking about racism things can get heated, however the subject in Denmark is needed expecially concerning Black people.
        Having some background in human and civil rights i can make a few statements i hope folks here take home with them;

        First, Mrembo i commend you for this blog as the subject is needed and is often over shadowed by discrimination against Muslims and Denmark and Muslims have taken up alot of focus while the Afrophobia or systemic racism towards black people and our issues in general seem to get little play from many not only danes.

        2. Im glad this blog is using the term black, because we all experience a particular form of discrimination.

        3. We all know Denmark is not the worst place on earth nor the only place dealing with issues of racism because my own nation USA deals with it. But one cannot work to fight against racism while covering it up or not speaking about it. I do not agree with ever comment here, however i do support dialog on the issue as i believe PAD have alot to offer Denmark and the world, so we need our own dialog with Danes, and yes even about the issue of Black Danes. Yes they excist but not acknowledged by their own state. Better Statistics need to be established in Denmark on black people, pad and sort europeans to establish by fact how well we do in society otherwise no one can speak clearly on the topic of how racist denmark is or is not! So lets all agree to push for statistics if we really care about the subject!

        Cheers to all of you,

      • I forgot to mention Blacks in Denmark are comprised of various groups including continental Africans, Black Europeans, “Mullatos” or mixed Blacks, African Americans etc. And the only thing you need to have in common to fight against anti black racism or afrophobia as its called in the UN and EU level is to be one of these persons called black or neger. It only takes education and a care for solving the problem. I believe the bigger element stopping Blacks from organizing against racism is fear not numbers. Another factor is African embassies are basically not protecting their citizens rights while being abroad, so Danish goverment has little reason to protect africans or black people from structural racism or any other form. Their not being challenged by african nations at all. Sad but true. Its in the peoples hands and if the people dont stand together to stop it, they need to understand they wont stop it. Thus accepting it!

      • Being a small number or miinority does not at all mean you should not be protected by the same human rights others enjoy like others enjoy. If anything the protective measures have been assigned by the UN and EU because we are minorities. They UN and EU are waiting on black people to claim their right to be counted, and their right to be protectes against hate speach and structural racism etc. Lol

      • Blacks in Swedin and Germany are having marches together for their human rights and to fight racism so Africans uniting is a reasonable expectation because its happening in France, Amsterdam etc. Its happening all around Denmark! Blacks in Denmark are jusy not informed of it as they really should be. You should really take a look at those links because AEC is one of those organizations which is non ethnic but diaspora orientated to the issues and they have lots of info nationally and continentally on the issue of racism in dk and europe! Check em out, its we worth attending one of their meetings or even joining!


  27. I grew up in denmark. Until I was 7. I’m not black but brown and I didnt’ have as bad as an experience as the Poster. I lived in Copenhagen, it was starting to get multicultural at that time. Denmark is a great country to grow up in, especially for children, lots of camping/outdoor activities, nice cottages.
    This was back in the 80’s to early nineties when we lived there.
    When I read posts like this it makes me wonder if it was the same denmark I grew up in.
    We had plenty of native danish friends and lots of foreign danish friends too. I do agree there’s a bit of racism, but i’m referring to the flat out racists… like “don’t sit next to her, she has brown skin” that incident happened on the bus. But stuff like that is rare. but I don’t think it’d EVER happen to me where I live now. I talked to an old friend, and she said it’s because they feel inadequate about the strength of their nation, idk if that’s true or not.

    Danish people in general just keep to themselves though, my mom always jokes that if you fall or break your arm in the middle of the road, danes are not likely to stop and help you . I know that’s probably not true for everyone there but they do keep to themselves, mind their own business.
    My dad was a Dr., we had it all right but eventually we figured it was easier to move out… it’s hard to grow a patient base there especially at that time with so little foreigners.so we moved to North America, which has been a great experience, the culture is different and more open I guess, nobody really gives a damn what color you are here, as long as your making $$$, a different kind of shallow idk. Everyone is treated the same in denmark even the garbage man. so it’s different everywhere.

    I feel like If i had as bad of an experience as the poster, I’d move out of there asap.

    • Black dude! said:

      outright racism is rare is Denmark although it accures. But in Denmark the wider form of racism which not to many people seem to step out of their personal bubble to investigate is systemic racism such as not counting how many blacks live in your country. It seems like a small thing but when you know how the laws work on a larger level just refusing to do that means your systemically able to get away with racism without any one stopping it or documenting it!

    • Constance Guyton said:

      Hello, my name is Constance. I had just become aware of the racism in Denmark. I am a black American. I would like to research what products the people in Denmark import here to America and boycott them. I’m sorry for the troubles you have there. I will pray for you and your cause. Right now all I have to say is Demark, look out. I hope you don’t export anything here that we Black African-American need or uses here in the States.

  28. Black dude! said:

    Anyone who really cares about racism in Denmark regarding black people or folks often in that catagory SORT, NEGER or MULLATO in Denmark should sign this petition!

  29. Cecilie said:

    Oh my God… That first post broke my heart.

    I am a young, Danish girl, and this probably shouldn’t bother me, but it does, because, God, I respect blacks with all of my heart. I am writing an outline about black Americans for my final exam, and I wanted to know, how blacks in Denmark felt. But if this is it, I think, I would rather not know, because, wow… It really hurts me, that I am a part of a community, where blacks doesn’t feel wanted.
    But God, I just hope, it will change. I have been in Gambia, this little coutry in the northwest of Africa, and it was truly the biggest experience of my life. I often experience black people as being the happiest and most loving people, and I don’t know, how many times a black man or woman has made my day just by smiling at me – something Danes would never do.

    I am not black, I am not gay, I am not a muslim – I am not anything, that makes me exposed. I am just a typical, blond, Danish girl. But still, my heart longs for justice, and I am truly sorry on behalf of my nation.

    Thank you for being part of the most amazing “race” on earth, and please remember; not every Dane is like what you bescribed.

    • Black dude said:

      Hi Cecile,
      Thank u for understanding and showing the positive thing about DK and that is, all Danes are clearly not racist and many are capable of listening without taking personal offense to them directly as individuals!

      Please join the many in changing some of these issues in a simple way through entering a new positive dialog on these issues but also supporting a big issue at the root which is how we here in dk collect statistics! Please check out this page and support the request to have statistics collected on SORT or Black people so as to better gain access to tools to curb the problem today! http://Www.facebook.com/PAD.BE.DK

  30. Sad to say but it sounds like a sterile dump teetering on moral bankruptcy. Why would anyone choose to move there voluntarily ?!!

  31. lisa from south africa said:

    i want you people to count your blessing so you can say thank you to this people that accommodate you for years,we can talk about this people racism but what you forget is some african countries even worse than this, i love my african countries i always feel comfortable with my black people but some will treated you like shit, talk to you any how becoz you are in there country i know what am talking about is hurt than from white people have being travelled to 6 african countries, but no place like home.tried to understand this people, show them you are one of good one they will give you a chance, some black people destroy the good and decent black people so we have to buy our honesty with gentleness and sense of human when dealing with white people,blv me there is a place in there heart to show us love and care if we do the same one love everybody

    • Lisa from South Africa,

      No one is forgetting some african people can be racist, tribalistic, greedy and dastardly, but Africa the current state it is in is not the standard black people who for centuries while living in the west use to point out the standards of issues in the west. You must remember plenty of black people who experience racism do not come from an african nation! Many come from the USA, South America, Europe and the Carribean who experience racism. So one must be clear this post is about racism towards blacks not certain african nationals!

  32. i was gonna right my story……. but fuck it, from what I’ve read it seems to me denmark and the uk are the same the racism is systematic…… and here i was falling for a danish girl who wanted me pack up leave my world and go be with her……. and my sisters nagging me to move denmark too because she’s married to a dane so that i can be apart of my nieces life…..and after reading so many blogs similar to this one naaah fuck them I’m staying put.

    • write* lol and please excuse my language…… I’m stuck now do i tell this amazing girl no….. and do i say to my sister i can’t do that because over there ill never get a chance a fair shot to succeed……. yet danes tell me there is no racism its a lovely country people are lying to you.

      • It’s a shame that you feel this way. You obviously don’t care enough for this girl, because og you did, you would move here for her. And for yourself. Denmark isn’t so bad after all. I know, we have struggles, all countries do, but you could have found your place.
        One of my dearest friend’s father is black, and he has been living here with his Norwegian life for crazy many years. Today he has three dautghers and two beautiful granddaughters, and I am sure, that if you ask him, he is not regretting his decision about moving to Denmark.
        You could have a pleasant life here – maybe even a good one – if you just tried.

      • If* instead of ‘og’.
        Norwegian wife* – sorry.

    • IAmMeThankYou said:

      OMG THANK YOU AND SAME! lol Like this guy likes me and wants me to move to Denmark with him. At the time, I said “Oh, I don’t see the problem with that!” But I thought that I did a little research about Denmark, then BOOM this pops up. (I am grateful for this blog). All of the ignorance and childishness on here is making me want to stay. :l BUT I am also going to Japan soon. SO i’m looking forward to that! Ugh I hate it when people judge you for you skin even without knowing the person. I thought there was a saying that said, “Don’t judge a Book by it’s cover.” 😦 Anyways…

      • Claus Asp said:

        Judging a countrys population from media is not leaving many good places..
        I tell you the danish population have lately been so helpful to refugees as not many other places.
        I had my Zambian girlfriend visiting me this summer in Copenhagen, and everywhere people were so welcoming. We will marry and live here in DK.
        Dont judge a dog on its skin.
        Good luck to everyone

  33. @Cecilie no it’s that i don’t care noooo far from that but if they make life tough for her because she chose to love a foreigner….. on my part what type of love is that. to her it my be worth it but in my mind i will always question feel like maybe if i hadn’t come she would’ve had a better life…… i’ll have to think about it. oh trust this girls me on my knees.

  34. South African
    Hi I am a South African and am currently looking into studying in either Denmark or Finland. The education is apparently of a high standard and very cheap. Is it that bad? Also as a student can I get a job as well or is it best to register for a year worth of a language (Danish)? Is getting accommodation easy and affordable for black people?

    I live in a racist country but its mine and I don’t meet it everyday and feel I am well seasoned in dealing. Is it that bad? It sounds as though one should be careful just walking or jogging the streets.

  35. ChuckAustin said:

    This contributor wonders what the commentators or visitors here, or indeed the fantastic principal involved in this interesting and long-running blog, would make of relations between the indigenous White hosts and the counterparts of the objects here as to what the latter are up against – as to realities on the ground in Denmark, not just from the perspective of the blogger – in, say, the Netherlands, another beautiful Northern European country that on many fronts is in the same league with Denmark.
    The Netherlands itself cannot be called an immigration country, but it, starting from being a heaven for refugees way back, has become home to a sizable population of immigrants most of whom have become naturalized Dutch citizens – down to the third generation already – in a nation famous for its liberal, tolerant, integrational, progressive traits and so on and so forth.
    Well, the relevant issue here is the spectre of discrimination, and limited opportunity a Black person in a Whiteman’s country may experience. Hence this contributor’s curiosity. A firsthand veritable witness, who started out as an asylum seeker from West Africa, of over 14 years in the matter of the Dutch approach towards those who comprise about or even over 10% of the country’s well over 16 million inhabitants as being of Western origins and another 10% who are of non-Western roots, in which Blacks are sizably represented. The emphasis here then becomes: being Black in the Netherlands/Holland.
    ‘Experiencing Germanic Europe: Above the Alps, Below sea Level-NL’ is an eBook, ISBN 9789462284753, by Chukwudi Austin Anene, and it comes in useful particularly with regards to the gist of the main subject here.
    It can provide you with an authentic picture on a number of facets surrounding comparable realities prevalent on the ground in yet another non-English speaking country, say, from the perspective of someone like Mrembo.

  36. The Truth Hurts said:

    So it’s 2 am here in the states, and I have been reading thru all of the opinions posted here on the topic of racism. And I have found multiple comments that are very disturbing.
    So as a black man, I feel it necessary to put some of you in your place. I had hoped that someone was going to discuss some of the more relevant issues most won’t put on the table, I refuse to have a filter in what is about to follow. But maybe, just maybe, it will shine a much brighter light on the issue of racism, and how it’s manifestation has corrupted the entire world. I was raised not to see color, and could care less what color you are. But lets start at the beginning and take a look at some things…….And it begins with greed.

    For many years whites have gone around the globe and attempted to take what was not theirs. You have gone to Africa and created havoc. You enslaved us as a people, sold us like animals, killed our men in some of the most gruesome ways, raped our women, and molested our young girls. Then you discovered that our land was rich in gold a diamonds, and proceeded to make yourself at home and took what you wished.

    Then there was Columbus. Who taught him how to read a map? You came to North America, smiled in the Indians faces, and then when the time was right, you turned on them. Slaughter, shot, hung THOUSANDS of native Indians, and those who survived the first three fates, were subject to the diseases you brought over with you….THEN you took their land and called it your own.

    Nowadays it’s the relationships with the Arab countries.You can’t be as vicious in your ways with them because the whole world is watching. But you have managed to swindle and trick them into obtaining their oil, and just as history has proven, just like clockwork, you have pissed them off. Now, they are bombing almost anyone across the globe. 9/11 can be blamed solely on the Bush family (Do your homework)…All those people died because of this bottom line. Greed.

    I find it funny though, you haven’t had the courage to mess with the Asian population. And wisely so….they outnumber you. Heavily. And you just might get your but kicked if you tried.

    There were remarks that indicate that blacks need to go back to their own “undeveloped” country, as it was put. Maybe we should. So here’s the deal that should be on the table:

    Say we split things 50/50:
    We’ll go back under specific conditions. Give us back the diamonds and gold you stole, then, sacrifice the same number of lives you took, raped, beat, and manipulated. And maybe we can call it even.

    Now even though this is text, I can hear most of the responses by whites. “Sir, you sound like an idiot”….maybe I do. But answer me this. Who is be held accountable for all the lives you took and ruined?? The societies that you crippled because of your greed? You are the only race that walks around and blatantly exhibit tones of racism, but most people of color don’t go around degrading your race, unless provoked. Someone has to answer for your crimes?? And if you say that your actions were not criminal and disgusting, it only brings me to the next paragraph……

    Why is it when this subject comes up, whites act like they did nothing wrong?? You will deny being racist, but turn around behind closed doors the racial remarks thrive. Do you even recognize that what you have done and continue to do is considered to be forms of racism to people of color? You continue to be bold in your presentations but become silent when your are questioned about your actions and when you are asked to answer for your actions.

    Most whites will reply that many civilizations had slaves. “We were doing what history has already depicted”. Maybe so, but at some point you have to evolve and do what’s right. What if you woke up tomorrow, and every person of color was raiding your homes, grabbing your wives, husbands and children. Raping your wives and daughters in front of you, and ending your family member’s lives. Ahhhhhhh….. Now who’s wrong? Only with the thought of that does it begin to exude some clarity. I can see your jaws getting tight from here. But I am quite sure there are some blacks who would love to sign on the dotted line to close this deal, and sadly so. Because two wrongs definitely don’t make a right. I would never wish your behavior to be repeated at anyone’s expense, by any other race. Don’t get this twisted……

    But it’s a WHOLE different story when the shoe is on the other foot, indeed.

    I didn’t enjoy writing and presenting these facts, as they are just that, …..the facts. And the above is going to get a LOT of comments following. The only good thing is that the world, surprisingly is getting away from some of it’s racial issues. But progress is slow, and we still have so far to go. There are a growing number of whites who can’t stand the problem of racism. And not all whites are racist, and nowadays it’s not only whites. Your hated is a virus that has spread to other countries. And because most black don’t travel to most parts of the world, other countries can only assume by what they see in the media.

    Some whites are not proud of what your your history depicts, and will admit that they are ashamed of their ancestors. But the rest of you need to get right. If you have a hard time swallowing what I’ve written, maybe you need to sit and have along talk with yourself about the type of person you are. If you don’t like blacks because we cause problems, or other people of color because they affect your way of life, maybe you should have thought about that before you destroyed these peoples lives. You cannot raise a young dog, kick him as hard as you can once a day, tarnish his environment, and expect him to be happy and loyal as an adult. He will eventually, instinctively, get fed up, and begin to fight back. If your hateful ways continue, you are going to get bitten.

    And you have no-one to blame….. except yourself.

    …..We now return you to your regularly scheduled “I hate black people” program.

    • Very very well said.

    • By “whites” you mainly mean British, French, and Spanish. The Scandinavians and Eastern Europeans have done nothing to blacks, and owe them nothing.

    • Fedupwiththelies said:

      The truth hurts…….Written very well and on point….. It’s four years later but I must respond….I have been teaching my children this truth for forty years….. I’m a lover of History and truth and give thanks to a Jewish History teacher I had in the fourth grade growing up in Philadelphia. He opened my young eyes so widely that I would devour anything historical that I could get my hands on……The European stole, raped, maimed and mutilated in so many countries that it was sickening…. Then had the audacity to label those tortured “SAVAGES” whenever an attempt was made to defend themselves and their families?? They flooded Black Communities with drugs as an attempt to destroy us but it backfired. The war on drugs only started becuase their children are now some of the biggest addicts…. The overflow of guns cannot be controlled because the Government has made Hundreds of Billions of Dollars annually on Armament trades…. Still they blame Black people for violent crimes… GREED! If they truly want to stop the senseless deaths caused by drugs and guns then stop making money off of them by bringing them into the country!

      Now, we here in America are dealing with the “Anti-Christ” as the leader of this nation….. Surely the European has finally succeeded in choking themselves because they cannot control him and he is dead set on utilizing his greed and hatred……. My offspring understand that 2 percent of all Europeans are truly decent and ashamed but, the other 98 percent are not going to be happy when Karma comes to collect…..I came to this site while researching possible countries that would be great to move my family in hopes of getting away from bigotry and hatred towards Blacks…. Denmark comes up as one of the happiest places to live…After reading this I can only think, hmmmmmm…. Maybe I will just focus on securing and supplying an underground bunker for my offspring so that can survive the fallout……. For I truly believe that “The Great Babylon is Falling.” Maybe the Millinialswill be successful in creating a new world devoid of the greed and hatred that has plagued this world for so long!

  37. To the black south African planning to study in Denmark. I studied studied there 1 year ago, I am an Angolan. I must strongly advice you to keep away from this small racist nation.

  38. What a bunch of BULL SHIT!!!!!!! I’m so furious with this. I’m Danish and I can not agree with anything that you’ve said thus far. That we’re a racist nation??? I don’t know open and loving people like I know Danes. There’s so much different culture here just by talking different districts of the capital, Copenhagen. I think it’s beautiful to see that cultures are allowed and they have people’s INTEREST. Don’t generalize. Please. Racists are to find everywhere… SADLY, YES, but do not project that Denmark is a racist nation, I will not have that. Like, do you have some type of group of people that was Danes, that was ignorant? Yeah, that’s sadly a common flaw to find in HUMANS. I’m proud of Denmark, assholes can be found everywhere in the world. Don’t egg each other on or the fact of racism. I understand if it is still difficult for a black man/mixed, to live in communities because racism is sadly still a topic. But please don’t but a stamp on a COUNTRY. On PEOPLE. If you’ve met a count of motherfuckers that needs love in their life. That was all. Black/Brown people are appreciated in Denmark like everybody else. End of story. Whomever says otherwise has a PROBLEM…That’s the difference. ONE LOVE

  39. I was watching CNN today and saw how Happy everyone appeared to be. I decided to see if any Black people lived in Denmark.
    I agree with you. Life is what we make it.
    There are all kinds of people in the world. I’ve learned to ‘live and let live’

  40. ChuckAustin said:

    This contributor wonders what the commentators or visitors here, or indeed the fantastic principal involved in this interesting and long-running blog, would make of relations between the indigenous White hosts and the counterparts of the objects here as to what the latter are up against – as to realities on the ground in Denmark, not just from the perspective of the blogger – in, say, the Netherlands, another beautiful Northern European country that on many fronts is in the same league with Denmark.
    The Netherlands itself cannot be called an immigration country, but, starting out from becoming a heaven for refugees way back when, it has up into our time (when things have soured) become home to a sizable population of immigrants most of whom have become naturalized Dutch citizens – down to the third generation already – in a nation famous for its liberal, tolerant, integrational, progressive traits, and all that.
    Well, the relevant issue here is the spectre of discrimination, and limited opportunities a Black person in a Whiteman’s country may be up against. Hence this contributor’s curiosity. A firsthand veritable witness, who started out as an asylum seeker from West Africa, of over 14 years in the matter of the Dutch approach towards those who comprise about or even over 10% of the country’s well over 16 million inhabitants as being of Western origins and another 10% who are of non-Western roots, in which Blacks are sizably represented. The emphasis here then becomes: being Black in the Netherlands/Holland.
    ‘Experiencing the Realities of Europe: The Netherlands, No Immigration Country’ is an eBook, ASIN: B00R7RU0S6, by Chukwudi Austin Anene, available on Amazon, and it comes in quite useful particularly with regards to the gist of the principal subject matter here.
    It can provide you with an authentic picture on a number of facets surrounding comparable realities prevalent on the ground in yet another non-English speaking country, say, from the perspective of an entity like the amiable Mrembo.

  41. Hi Mrembo. i saw a PhD opportunity in Denmark online which i got interested in so i decided to check out the level of racism in the country before i start up the application process. i just can’t believe racism is still as dominant as most comments have suggested. caught between two minds right now. all the best. take care.

  42. How did you come to be in Denmark? is there no possibility of relocating?

  43. How did you come to be in Denmark? is there no possibility of relocating?

  44. Hi, I am a Black woman and I plan on visiting Denmark from the U.S. in summer 2015. Your post is very helpful. Seems like Denmark is just like every other country, including the U.S. when it comes to racism. I was just wondering how I will be received when I visit and I have gathered that as long as I am a visitor, I should be fine. I do not plan on moving to a country with less minorities than where I’m from because I have enough to deal with here as a Black woman. I am sure that living in Denmark has many challenges for educated Black people but that is everywhere! Nevertheless, I am looking forward to visiting Denmark. Thanks, again.

    • Victor Bennett said:

      Hally, you will be recieved with alot more respect than many of the stories you witness on this page generally, and in many ways you may be helpful to the society, but also if you plan on living here that is when many of the issues sink in. But still as a Black American you will still be received pretty well in comparison to many!

    • Denmark is fine. Come and visit. I’ve lived here for 25 years now. I’m a black Brit of Caribbean parentage ☺

  45. Fuck danes

  46. Yes, I believe that your postings are helpful, they give great insite from a person that is living there. I just started to date a Denmark gentleman from Fla, I’m a black female and I wanted to know how well they ( the Country) would recieve me,and have you seen any interacial dating or marriages? I would like to take a trip with him over there one day,our friendship grows. He is there now to bury his mother, very sad time for him. But I will be waiting in the state to welcome him home. Thanks

  47. Dear all
    Am dane, well actually half south-european, and its both great and sad to read all the different experiences and attitudes described here.
    I am living in central copenhagen, and I see lots of africans every day, usually accompanied by danes. Both schoolkids and adults.
    Its true we danes prefer to be with people like ourselves, maybe more than in other cultures. Its a part of our DNA, but take a look at how fascinated we are about black music, dance etc. We prefer our intake of foreign cultures to take place in front of TV, or on a beach abroad, its true also. In the young generation, I see lots of mixed couples, and I sure its going to change attitude around our small capitol.
    I am about to take my african girlfriend with kids to Denmark for relocation. I think job and career as very important for integration, and its a thing we work on already.
    I am sure it takes a bit of a open and proactive attitude to make network here as foreigner, as well as a caring partner. We will do our very best.

    • princess said:

      I recently moved to Denmark I haven’t experienced any kind of racism in any way. It’s clear though that the Danes are sad and depressed people compared to Africa where smiles and laughter welcome you to a new society. Apparently I’m made to understand it’s the weather that makes them antisocial and dull

      • Claus Asp said:

        I have often wondered why we are all laughing after a few minutes, when I am together with africans:-) So its the weather.
        There is a big difference in our moods in winter and summer, and in general we might be very self-controlled compared to others.
        I am curious to see, which other diffencies I will find in future.
        After all, we are the only responsible for our own luck and happiness, no matter where and who we are.

  48. Hey guys! Denmark like most of Europe was a real black/moorish nation before the cave dweller came out after the last great world event, look up Saint Maurice. Denmark, 1462,Oh and fyi, There was a reason the used the term “black knights”. Most if not all were moors and apart from that,cultivated some of the greatest civilizations known to man (Rome). As a child
    Eventually people will start to ask the that real burning question, why do we keep putting the black nations down? Theft is the answer. to steal what they do not own. in my family that are called “the unclean one” They moved from the caves and high mountains to live among the sun people. They saw the were happy and had food. Not to mention shiny things such as gold and diamonds. Im sure you know where this stories going. This story has been passed down for a very very long time. and im only gonna share a bit. Not hating in anyway. just understand that the danes of today are of slav/huns from the hills of south Asia. know your blood. Many credited people have wrote on this subject.

  49. I quite liked your post. Honest.

  50. I was just wondering how black people are doing living in other countries where there minority and came across your post. Interesting to know that from Denmark to the US where i am. Its the same for us. #lightbulb

  51. I was thinking of moving to denmark to study but thanks to this article I’ll have to think again and find another country.

  52. Hello I’m not going to specify my race in this comment because it’s 2015 and I believe that at this point in time it’s completely unnecessary. Our cultural histories are important to an extent because they helped us to become the way we are today, but rather than dwelling and putting blame on others for the pitfalls of where each of us has come from we should leave the past the way it was… All we can do is work towards a better future by teaching our children to live without hate or prejudices and give them the opportunity to live a life free of racism and oppression.

  53. Does it really matter which country? Denmark, France, Germany, USA… to be of African ancestry (African, African American, or any MIX) is to be seen as a person of color in the world. We can rant about negativity encountered where you might find your feet planted or we can be who the hell we are, the epitome of greatness globally. Despite odds we still exist and we exist everywhere. More importantly we continue to migrate and populate despite the odds, leaving our footprints for historical encounter. Lets change the conversation to what makes us great and why we refuse to disappear. We live, we laugh, we create and by our continued existence we conquer. Let us celebrate our visibility, we exist and will continue to do so. — an African American woman “visiting” Paris and loving my blackness.

    • Hi all, I have read all these comments. South Africa is a truly beautiful country. I have researched other countries to see where would I like to go on a working holiday if at all possible, and have realised how lucky I am to be part of this beautiful country. Well written CafeFTP. In life you are responsible for what you say and do, but cannot know what another person will say or do. Work hard, play hard and hold your head high. Know your own self-worth. What you allow to happen to you is what is important. I came, I saw, I contributed rather than conquered. Choose a happy life. Stay safe wherever you are. We are indeed all over. Viola Davis said it….. the difference is only… the opportunity. So grab yours (opportunity) for it is not always going to be given to you. Conquer if you must but enjoy most of all.

  54. After reading this blog I find it interesting that the U.S. Democratic Party is the party most blacks vote for here in the U.S. Yet recently one of their candidates said they wanted to make the U.S. More like Denmark. I wonder if blacks pick up on this and why they would continue to vote for democrats? I wanted to see if blacks had it better in Denmark than America and that’s how I found this blog, but it does not seem they do so why would blacks vote for a party that wants to make America more like Denmark or Europe. Just curios?

    • I might not be the right person to answer the question from Jessica Dufour, but the the welfare system we have here is for everyone with a CPR-number, being white or black. I know a few black people here and several other immigrants, being well integrated and having many danish friends. I can not see any reason why black people would not be able to have a good life here and be a part of society. At the moment our government tries to keep out refugees, just like US, and so thousands of citizens here have formed comittees helping refugees where our government wont. This has surprized everyone, and actually shows danes as being more empathetic than their own government.

  55. CiCi Hunter said:

    Wow these are interesting comments here. I am African American and up for consideration with a Danish based company. I searched this topic just out of curiosity to see if I had to travel there for any length of time (likely several months) how I would be treated and received. It looks to be a mixed bag of sorts, and indeed outside of Copenhagen it appears that I may have more difficulties than within the city. I know that the job would require time in a much smaller town, so it makes me a bit anxious or hesitant. I don’t think it would keep me from accepting the job, but it certainly puts me on alert that I may have to deal with some things and attitudes while there. And normally here in the US it is extremely rare that I encounter anything I’d consider racist and certainly nothing blatant.

    • Dear Cici Hunter and anyone
      I dont think you will face any trouble. Having a job will build the social relations you will need, and danes are not more racist than anyone else on the planet. We tend to stick with those who are like ourselves, and those who are in same social positions or companies.
      Your experience here depends mainly on your own attitude, like everywhere else.
      Good luck

  56. Maybe you should leave the country and go back to a majority brown country if you hate it so much.

  57. Let me say that you should not let the small minded racists who feel compelled to present their hate-filled views here lead you to delete this blog. Dialogue even with the most ignorant in out global society is valuable even if it helps you to gain an understanding and acknowledgement of those among us who lack simple human decency. This is a great vehicle for a much needed discussion.

    I have researched life for nonwhites in Denmark and despite the oft presented fairy tale of kindness within your societies, I have only found hate and hostility towards those who are not like you. As a result, I removed myself from consideration for a career opportunity there because I have no intentions of hopping into a time machine to subject my wife and children to experience the hate, hostility and outright ignorance that seems to come quite naturally to so many in polite Danish society. Unfortunately, the incredible ignorance which is deeply embedded in Danish culture cuts deeper than racism and serves as daily validation of your national ignorance of how to maintain human relations built on mutual trust, respect and human decency. I believe that there is something to be learned from everyone you encounter.

    For an allegedly intelligent realistic person (Chris) to think that his use of a racial slur does not make him a racist but a realist is a joke. I wish you no harm in your future however I do hope that any nonwhite person who comes upon you in a moment of need or distress leaves you whatever you fate may be. Clearly as you have displayed traits that make you expendable in a new world where we need people willing to recharge out to others of different beliefs, colors and perspectives to solve our shared problems. People like you illustrate why I believe that as an American we should leave many of you to suffer your own fate and simply look after and protect ourselves.

  58. Cry more, die more.

    Would you yourself gain respect for a person whining about not being good enough?

    Start your own business instead and prove your skins worth as you are clearly obsessed about colour yourself.

    Make Denmark want you!

    And i believe it can be boiled down to relationship rules as you have to win over personalities.

    If you are looking to date a man, which kind are you attracted to?

    – A sad looking, whining man crying about feeling like a fish on land?
    – A positive, adaptive, strong-minded fighter, who can make things happen and naturally sees boundaries as objects that has to be reformed, broken or altered.

    Listen carefully “Cry More, Die More”

    To me it looks like you are channeling a lot of energy into negativeness and i truly wish for you to make a 180 degree turn as it reeks of loser.

    I only have respect for losers that are able to elevate themselves up to eventually be a winner.

    Are you going to be a loser who is whining all your life?

    Another thing:
    Which animal do you like the most?
    A mosquito?
    Or a Tiger?

    It is what YOU Choose to do all life people judge you upon.
    If you are a bloodsucker, expect to become bashed on a daily basis.
    If you are strong and mighty, expect people to respect you.

    And in case you rely on a religion to exist, then you are not a person, then you are a religion. Dont be a pussy hiding behind mohammads legs or jesus legs. Stand on your own legs.

  59. You’re going to burn in hell you rascist biggot.

  60. Hey, Tammy…Obama isn’t black. He’s half black. The other half, oh, my, is white. So, he’s bi-racial, not black.

  61. Maxx Wright said:

    Thank you for your experience, NOservices and ensight. I’ll look to definitely ponder escaping the USA.

  62. Just happened upon your blog. Please keep writing it as I learned a lot from it. I live in the United States and have always wondered what it would be like living in another country as a black person. Great insight and I look forward to your continued post.

  63. I found your blog looking for info on being black in Denmark. I see the struggle is real. It’s very simple why white humans fear black/brown seed as a whole; we out number them, and to add insult to injury our seed changes them in to us. The whole zombie (nigger=dead man) walking and turning others into them is based on our seed converting the demographics and making the pure white race an endangered species. The only way to change this is to change the way they identify them selves as humans and not as a race. So I urge you to not identify yourself not as black for that is an inherited threat. But instead say you are not black but you are an earthling ie human. The more you repeat this the more it will catch on like everything we do they copy ” monkey see monkey do” as they have done in music, religion etc. And understand that through you there DNA will be revelant that there culture and important contribution good and bad will be celebrated and not forgotten. Soon with in the next 20 generation pure white as a race will be no more. But will live on in womb of a Black woman. For no matter how many of the people of the brown seed you kill sterilize “put in ovens” all of this may slow the inevitable but will not stop it. WE DONT DIE WE MULTIPLE.

  64. Stacey Walls Senat said:

    I’very got news for you. Being black is hard no matter where you go. I’m American and my children, husband and I still face racism. In schools and at work.

    Have you seen our version of Adolf Hitler? Donald Trump?

    Whites are always threatened by intellectual black people. In America, it used to be illegal for blacks to read and right. Punishable by death.

    So I wish you the best but the world is a horrible place for black people.

  65. >The news especially print media is filled will endless stories of “foreigners” doing one thing or the other and 99% is negative.
    It’s not only US. I’m from an Asian country and the media here always
    tries to portray foreigners (including white, black or other asian countries) in a negative light. Every time I try to point out this fact, they call me traitors or tell me if I don’t like it here I better emigrate to another country. The internet is always full of these comments, really.
    Interestingly, these people acknowledge descrimination problems in other countries and say “America is a terrible country with a lot of racists! They don’t know what human rights are. ” and so on but when it comes to our own problems, they say it’s the fault of foreigners. And because of conformity culture, no one would stand up and speak up unlike the US. In the sense that you have some right minded people fighting against descrimination and injustice against foreigners and that liberals are growing bigger, I feel America still has more hopes.

  66. dvndf,vdf,v said:

    go back to africa you nigger!!!

    • You’re a loser and clearly an idiot if your best response is “go back to africa you nigger!!!” Just another example of why some women should swallow then we wouldn’t have to deal with pigs like you.

  67. I just happened upon this and enjoyed reading it.

  68. Hi

    I really enjoyed reading your blog it was honest and real! I too have moved to a country not black friendly (Ireland) which has been a shock to the system to say the least as I was born and raised in London. Believe it or not London is Utopia compared to other European countries which are racist. At least you get black professionals. Gosh we even elected our first Muslim Asian Mayor. Now that’s progress !

    I think ignore what the negative people say you are just sharing your truth. I have been in Ireland for 6 months now and have struggled to get professional jobs despite my education Degree and work experience. The vibe being that I am black and then combine that with being a female haha. I have had to settle for blue collar work. But I have said I will give this place a real chance and if I don’t make any progress. I will tap my feet together and say “there is no place like home. ” At least I tried.

  69. Wow just read all the comments. Alot of ignorance. Yes it’s hard to be black but it’s not hard to be black where ever you go in the world Haha. People need to travel more. Being black in Bermuda is amazing , being black in Jamaica ain’t too shabby being black in different countries in Africa feels GREAT !

    However, like I said before its YOUR truth ! To be honest I will not moan about England again after this experience living elsewhere. England is definitely progressive. Still a long way to go but better than most European countries. France is ok they have a black female candidate going up for PM , I think.

  70. I commend you on your blog. It is 2016, there is an election in progress in the USA. I came across your blog out of curiosity. I was watching Anthony Bordain. One episode was about the Conga and how Leopold came and pretty much did a genocide on the people there, and the city looks very poverty stricken. The next episode was about Denmark and some fancy restaurant that serves moss lol. Also, the election hasn’t mind raising with trump saying he will build a wall to block out illegals….and Sanders preaching semi socialism. I saw Denmark was socialist but failed to see any people of any color than white. I am if mixed raise, I look like a Filipino some say but I am Mexican, black and white and i feel American. It saddens me the world we live in. I googled if there were any blank people in Denmark, I wanted to know if despite its supposed equality if it was racist in any way shape or form. This is disappointing to read. I empathy for u. Much love

  71. Yours is a beautiful and honorable series of posts about an important topic — racism and its impacts. I am glad you wrote it. Thank you. I arrived here through your answer and link on Quora.

    Now it is ten years since you wrote the first words, in 2006. Here in the USA, President Obama and his family have shown the ignorant people an example of a family which is not as often reported in the media. So everything is changing — but slowly. And I think with the xenophobia, sexism, and racism of Donald Trump as a presidential candidate, the healing scab of the cuts of racism (from slavery, on) are being picked away. Some people are destructive and I am convinced Trump makes America worse for all of us.

    Anyway, thank you for telling the truth as you see it.

  72. I applaud the writer’s courage and those who are racist are just plain ignorant and uneducated! What does the color of your skin have to do with the quality of one’s character? ! It is 2016, get a clue!

  73. Brown eyed boy. said:

    I lived in DK in the nineties..i am a north African , brown and attractive to Danish chicks..:) I enjoyed DK..Great girls, best beer and awesome cheese! Travel and explore..stop complaining! . peace Y’all!

  74. Hey. Thanks for that read. I enjoyed what you talked about. That was my main question. How it feels to be black in Denmark??. Appreciate your reality check. Cause it is real, ppl of black color are treated different. I don’t care who believe it. Open your eyes and ears. Thank you.

    • jacintalevendal@gmail.com said:

      Today we celebrate Mandela day.
      Sent from my BlackBerry®

      • 4rmGhana said:

        Wow, I’m really impressed. This post is still alive and helpful after 10 years. Well all I wanna say is, experience is the best teacher so don’t be let down by any comment or opinion. Racism is everywhere and even within Africa. Same goes for homosexuality… (Shit is real). And for those hoping for it to end, good luck, I bet Teleportation would be a thing by then.

  75. Hey! You should look up Dr. Kelly Karlsson. She’s s chiropractor in Helsingor.

  76. Hi😀 What are church going people there like?

  77. Anonymous said:

    Quick story. I was in Amsterdam recently and was out at a night club having a great time when my friends pulled me aside from my own personal dance party and said “hey come meet this girl!” I happily followed as my friend pushed through the crowd to find her again. I go over to her and say hi and try to get a little convo going. The petite girl with short blonde hair has difficulty looking me in the eye and basically runs away very awkwardly. “Hm that was weird” I thought to myself and went on with my dancing unfazed. My friends grab me and ask what the heck that was, and I shrugged and carried on.

    Later on in the night they apparently decided to approach the girl since their curiosity had gotten the best of them. They we’re confused because when my friend pointed me out from a distance initially, she explained how beautiful I was and expressed her disbelief that they even knew who I was! That’s when my friend went over to get me. So they approached her and asked why she ran off like that and apparently she was too nervous/awkward to be in my presence, even though she really wanted to be.

    So they came over and got me for a second time and quickly explained. I talked to the girl again who turned out to be from Denmark, made her feel comfortable, and talked/danced with her for a bit and all was well. After the club I joked with my friends that they must not have many black people in Denmark and how the way she reacted to me (a tall half black young man) was quite funny. This situation is what prompted me to google search about black people in Denmark, and I this post is where I wound up! Thanks for the info!

    I think with each generation racial barriers will continue to dissolve. After all, prejudices are learned/passed down from historical events/attitudes, and history is always eventually forgotten.

  78. Hello everyone, I have lived in Danmark for 18 yrs. I would go back to USA, but now I feel too much like a foreigner in my own country. I used to run my own business in Copenhagen from 1998-2006. Being a black American I can say that I grew up with racism in my face. Coming to Danmark put it directly back in my face. Danes can be very racist and hurtful people. I remember my friend had a few friends that came right out and told me they would not be friendly with me and I should look elsewhere for friendship. There are still times when Danes will not sit next to me. I’m followed in store most times. I’ve tried to say hello to neighbors, but they ignore me. I’m sorry I remained in Danmark too long. Now it would be next to impossible for me to go back to the states. I know it’s racist in the states, but at least it’s in my own language. I’m thinking of starting a people of color club in cph. If any one is interested bornholm54@ymail.com

  79. Tumusiime said:

    Come to Africa and see the hospitality. All races are respected, and given first priority because they’re visitors. If you can’t see it just know there’s a problem (you are subhuman), go to a neurosurgeon for that animal brain and heart to be replaced with human stuff.

  80. Vanessa Hall said:

    ☆NAMASTE ~☆☆☆☆

  81. Love your insight

  82. Nikolaj Blinkenberg Willadsen said:

    I totally follow. I will not go into long debates, although I would love to tell you about how I feel about my country. Denmark used to be one of the more tolerant countries. Yes, we have fascism, and it was bad in the 70’ties, but concentrated against Turks.
    Anyways, it all started again with Primeminister Anders Fog Rasmussen getting the power. He invited Dansk Folkeparti to the power and as the first prime minister, he opened up the flanks, coorporating with the extreme right. That is the first time it ever happened I Denmark, and we have been aiming to the bottom ever since. I’m seriously considering moving out, but don’t know where to go.
    My ex-girlfriend is from Kenya, and my girlfriend before that from Cuba. Dating a black I really saw how it really was, and I’m ashamed to be a Dane.

    So mark my words. In my book you are more than welcome. I love the global society, I love cultural diversity as I see as a gift to learn me more about life. And then I’m just more attracted to blacks, although color isn’t my preference, I just tend to find black more attractive and I bond more with black women – I don’t know why, and it is in fact annoying, because it narrows down my chance of finding a new gf…

    But again. At least one Dane thinks that you are welcome here. That you are a gift.


    • jacintalevendal@gmail.com said:

      In response to Nikolaj

      It is extremely encouraging to know there are those like you. We are all beautiful in our own way. Many years ago a SA (Coloured) girl married a Danish guy. We are referred to as Coloured here. I said he married his African beauty. There is a song by Helmut Lotti which goes..Out of Africa comes the heartbeat of the world. What is inside us is more important than what we look like on the outside. Kindness knows no particular colour. Just be kind and respect all.

      We are on this earth only once. Don’t be held back by pride, prejudice and perception. And misconception. Keep an open mind and an open heart.

      From a peace lover.
      Sent from my BlackBerry®

  83. My partner and I were entertaining the idea of moving to Denmark, but being a women of color, I wants to know how color people are view and treated in such places. Coming across your blog give me a glimp of that reality. I have been living in a multicultural country for over 10 year now and I know there no such thing as a utopia but I’m happy I live in Canada.

  84. Mr.Rogev Duckett said:

    Thank you for the information. I wondered if a Utopia existed for African people . I wonder how many African people live there and is there a postive community of support. I currently live in America and have all my life. But I am still wondering if there are alternative places to live with the benifits of living in Denmark (great minimum wage, free health care,etc ) without hate or discrimination.

  85. I live in USA. I read about how wonderful Denmark and other Norwegian counties are. How they provide free edication, medical, and 20.00 min wage. I read online and see they are a mostly white society. Why are there no black or brown countries that are as prosperous and happy. Is it racist to ask this basic question? Why are we ridiculed and called racist if we can not examine why certain cultures and races do better than others? That’s all just wonder how the world would be if people were more honest in their spinning of statistics.

  86. Dr. January said:

    I just came across your post and as others have already expressed: “Thank you”!! I am a beautiful AMERICAN, well educated with an associates, bachelors, two masters and a doctorate degree. I am a 21 year US Air Force Retiree and a LADY with an extensive law enforcement background on local state and federal levels…My skin is brown…beautifully brown – like that of ALL my people…from the richest cocoa to the earthiest savory to the cafe au lait. WE ARE AMERICAN…My family’s history is recorded on HBO Special and in several books…one of which is entittled, Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy who discovered he is black. You see WE AMERICANS are the descendants of slaves and my father (according to my 106 year old grandmother who has a street named after her in the mountains of Tennessee) a Georgia “cracker”. My point? You must know who you are and stand strong and confident. Do NOT allow any man to steal your power. Walk in your authority and give not heed to the ignorance that IS racism. I must also tell you that with the election of Donald Trump many I know are in deep despair and most of us have wondered where we might go to simply live our days out in peace and without undue scrutiny of those who suffer from NEGROPHOBIA and feel it their duty to exact negativity on those different from themselves. I thought about TINA TURNER and wondered how it might be to live elsewhere…not because I am angry or afraid…just because I am weary of the truth about racists in America: They are simply insecure, afraid and CURIOUS about those of us blessed with the beauty, intelligence, strength and tenacity that has and always will be our victory in the face of adversity…I am just too damn tired to be patient, teach, tolerate and playcate stupidity. Be well, and soar like the wind my beautiful brown, red, black white, and yellow family. OURS is the kingdom. Please keep writing and posting your experiences around the world and be sure to join dicussion at Eleventh Hour Revival Ministries on Face book…Be warned: It is a POSITIVE space and negativity is NOT tolerated or welcome!

  87. Renee Nelson said:

    Dang….we were THINKING & i use that term loosley thinking of moving but after reading this……we’re really really good on Denmark. Thanks for the info.

  88. AMINU DABU said:

    You got me scared with your blog.I am a Ghanaian student.I will be moving to Denmark to study in January 2017,wish I could stay much longer in Denmark to pursue my carrier.Racism is onething I decline,how can I cope.

  89. Virginia Hill said:

    You wrote a very interesting article.it held my interest! Keep up the good work.

  90. sally ganakas said:

    I have never been to Denmark, nor am I black. I appreciate your post, as it gives insight. You are right, there is no Utopia, but I hope you are happy and finding love and friendship. I can’t explain the world, or people’s behavior, or bigotry, hatred…any of it. I only know I’m so tired of the negativity. It is terrible to feel outcast in any way… and yet we still do it to each other. Shame on us all

  91. I am an American Negroid women. My genealogy traces back pre slavery on this land. I am Native, African and Caucasian (by force). My journey as a so called Black woman has been one of racism within and outside of my community of people. Most of the businesses owned in my community are operated by foreigners. Major businesses have unseen faces, but we know who runs the world. I have decided to live based on my morals and convictions. Unfortunately in my lifetime I don’t see human equality with fair trade happening. The scales are definitely tipped. Dark skinned people are a world market. Nooone will ever equalize us. We must do it for ourselves. The day we get tired of “being used” as a whole is when our experience in this world will change. Until then we are mental slaves. There will never be equal opportunity given to us. Simply because no one is truly equal. We are supreme in genetics and ability. Until we realize that, as a whole group, we will always be just making it. No matter whether we’re rich or poor. Pride comes in whole reality, not parts. My goal is to live the best life I can. I understand that opposition in race, gender, and stature exist. The best life to live is a life full of faith in God and blindness to evils of the world. As a “Black” person once you take your mind off possibility in spirit and place trust in man you lose all grounds. We’re a long way from our Great ancient societies. But what must fall down must rise up again. I can live mediocre. I know my children to come are great. Nothing stays the same. We will rise again. That’s the science of nature. We will be the economic force again. The world will be colorful for us again. Hopefully one day every one will except their place in nature and we’ll be balanced on this planet.

  92. I’m not sure if the author of this post will ever see this but she really did help me in giving me knowledge about Denmark and whether or not they are welcoming to blacks. I pray that her journey takes an unexpected turn and she ends up in a distant land of acceptance and lots of “light” and prosperity! As I read this post I thought of all the great places in American she would love to live and raise her children. There are so many places where the sun is shining and the sky is the limit for all races. Of course racism is everywhere but there are some pitiful places where the dark cloud of hatred and racism is so heavy that it literally weighs you down. I pray someday soon this person can move her family out of Denmark and live a free and happy life. Lifted forever!

  93. Wow I really enjoyed reading your blog and oddly found it from a quote I heard on an American TV Show. I usually don’t comment on blogs, however being an educated black women myself in America… i’m almost certain that I have experience similar environments in my 29 years on this earth. Out of the Many countries I’ve traveled too America and maybe South Africa takes the cake with the subliminal lingering racism…. Always leaving me with the feeling that I should gracious that i’m allowed to do the things that my education and career enable me to do. So long story short, Find satisfaction in proving those people wrong and find satisfaction in knowing that we all come from supreme stock, that has ingrained a resilience within us all that could never be explained or duplicated. Be strong my black sister, teach your children all about being proud of their ethnicity and showing people what they are made of! Lastly if you don’t like the career you have don’t settle and get back to the passion you had for the things you use to do.

  94. Just saying but Denmark has continually been listed as the happiest country in the world.

  95. Hi. I was interested in coming to Denmark but not anymore. Why did you buy a house there? Sell it and move to the Caribbean or somewhere that’s black friendly. Peace of mind is important. Don’t live in that country, I felt your pain reading your piece. Be strong.

  96. Baby Bull said:

    I have never responded to a blog since the internet has been alive. I marched with Dr. King in St. Augustine, Florida as a young teen and marched all three times with the group from Selma to Montgomery, including being hit in the head on the Bloody Sunday, on the Pettus bridge. I was an early member of the Black Panthers in Oakland, CA and was in the march on the capital in Sacramento.

    I’m not sure how I got to your page, but so glad that I was able to read your blog. Is your husband a Dane and if so, does he see under-the-surface air of racism now, as equally as you do? I found your posting mesmerizing, a sensible and intelligent read. One of seemingly acceptance, understanding and growth. My, my, my, what a journey you have been on and seem to still be on, albeit, with much more confidence and inner-control.

    I want to say that I understand just how you feel, but that is only because I’ve dealt with racism all of my life and while it has gotten better over the years and one of my oldest friends is white, things still swirl in the under current of American’s White folks sense of inherent-entitlement. However, everything that has changed for the better, are things we fought tooth and nail for and the White power structure only gave up because mass turned against them or they needed to quiet their fear of greater lost.

    Unfortunately, I think with our current President Trump and especially with his recently released budget, that things may get decidedly worst. Not only do I think that his cabinet of billionaires will worsen things in America, I think they will negatively effect people of color all around the world, and cause racism everywhere to overtly and covertly thrive and fester.

    I felt genuinely good while reading your post and I wish you and your family the best of whatever world you choose to live and grow in. No matter what, I hope you maintain your mental strength and inner-control.

    In any case, my dream thoughts of moving to Denmark have changed to a visit. 🙂

    • The fact that this is you first ever response on a blog and that you walked with Dr King has drawn me out of my “observation post” and compelled me to reply.

      Thank you Sir for your kind words and for taking the time to write to me.

      You asked if my husband is Dane and does he see the undersurface of racism as equally as I do? Yes he is a Dane.: I have posed your question to him right now and this is his response: ” I don’t see it the same way you think I see it. I don’t see institutionalised racism in the way that you think it is very obvious.” He continues to say that he does not think that Danes are racist as opposed to simply not liking anything or wanting to deal with anyone that is FOREIGN” potatoe / potato!!

      The husband and I do not always agree on discrimination issues in Denmark. I have learned to accept that my reality is not his reality. His experience of his homeland is not my experience and vice-versa. Perhaps I should get him to write about his experience as a white man living in Africa and travelling in Asia and America.

      Donald Trump becoming the American president has had ripple effects around the world and the way it has affected me personally is that His verbal barrage against Muslims and Mexicans has heightened the “anti-foreigner” sentiments by Europeans towards all people of color. The rightwing parties are getting bolder with their demands and so forth.

      The political issue with reference to refugees and immigrants is a hot one. It is an issue which I personally feel that the left winged parties have been too chicken to deal with thus leading to a growth in rightwing supporters even here in Denmark. Immigrants are not without guilt or blame in this situation.

      So like the rest of the world, I watch to see where things are going and rest assured in God, that at the end of the day, we are all His creation… we are just really good at botching things up.

      Peace be well and do come visit especially in the summer, it is truly lovely!

  97. Baby Bull said:

    In a PS posting, I just wanted to say that using negative terms like nigger, honky, white trash or the like will not help and only serve to keep your mind caged. Listen to the other side, hear their words and try to converse intelligently with a desire to learn. It’s only with tolerance and understanding will we ever over come this tool (racism) of those in power.

  98. Hi, I live in the U.S. I enjoyed your blog and look forward to reading more. I would love to visit DK. I can identify with every thought and expression. The same occurs in the U.S. not much different. Please continue to inform the world this is what it (people of all races)needs to know to reconize we are all human and color does not matter. Thank you.

  99. Hi
    I have responded before. I am from South Africa. In response to Baby Bull and Sandra, I feel the same way that it’s good to have this platform learning about racism still being so prevalent the world over. However, colors belong in a crayon box… As long as we are gonna have to tick boxes racism will remain. So sad. To anybody wanting to try a new country not just Denmark I’d say don’t let racism put you off. Who you are on the inside should be stronger than the next persons outer person. The world belongs to us all. As for billionaires Baby Bull they are the minority. Let us pray that they will surprise and make positive strides towards goodness and wholesomeness in America.
    Tata Mandela did so much for SA and the world. Let us build on that and believe.
    It’s what you put our more than what you receive.

  100. I think you’ll see many people with interest in Denmark from Americans. The racism here has sparked since the current administration. I read your blog some time back and was pleasantly surprised to see the update. As an African American, I was thinking about Denmark, as it’s taughted to be the happiest place in the world to live. I guess racism is everywhere. It’s really sad.

  101. P K Leitzell said:

    I just saw Sunday Morning show and it said that Danish people are ranked the happiest country in the world, yet they said they have the highest cancer rates in the world, smoking and alcohol is a significant problem as well as depression. So I figured something doesn’t jive. Can you give some insight into their ranking ???

  102. I’m a “black” American, although my skin color is not black; I am labeled as such. I was curious how we lived elsewhere since I never been outside the U.S. and I am not surprised by your commentary, I think I hoped it were different someone in the world. With that being said, you must first understand the reason why black people are hated so much, If you would listen to the Israelites, they will teach you the true nature of white people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSHj3n2619g. The fight is real and the truth hurts, them! Keep the truth alive.

  103. David Pledger said:

    Through my job I am to visit Denmark the latter of April next month. I am a black man and we (4 others-all white) are scheduled to be there shy of two weeks. I have never traveled internationally and have been quite concerned about my well being there. Can you give me insight on what to do-places to visit, and not to do. Thanks

    • Hi, Will you be travelling to the mainland or Sjælland(Copenhagen is on Sjælland). I live on the mainland so if you are in Sjælland, I really cannot help. I can count on one hand the number of times I have been there. The main attractions in Sjælland are: Tivoli which is an amusement park, the museums, a statue called the little mermaid and Amelien Borg, the queen’s palace.

      On Jutland (the mainland) there is the famous Legoland, museums and Gammelby: I am really bad at this. I recommend Google. 🙂

      You will be absolutely fine and safe in Denmark. There is no need for worry. African Americans tend to get treated better once people know they are AfricanAmerican.

      Be yourself and have fun.

  104. Agertoften said:

    Am Also black and living in Denmark and I disagree that Danes hate black people. The fact that their hospitality has been abused by migration and lazy foreigners is reason enough not to have a positive attitude towards such people. Asians are very active in sustainable jobs and as such well appreciated.
    So if you find it difficult living in Denmark, please move on and build your life in Africa!

  105. Howard Thompson said:

    Thank you so much for exposing the ugliness of racism without being passive aggressive or angry. I sense your desire for equality and respect and as a citizen you deserve it!!! Those who hate is are sick and bedridden, infected with ignorance.
    I have looked at those who hate and told them that I am your mother and father and from my genes you were conceived…

  106. Loved reading everything here. I lived in the US and for the sake of perspective: it felt so much better being a minority there. Denmark is a whole different monster for me and I can’t seem to quite wrap my head around the racism and bigotry against blacks here. Keep writing and posting your experiences because, whether you know it or not, you are helping some of us place our own experiences into perspective. I also like how you have posted your experiences over time. I would also recommend Denmark for visiting. NEVER for living if you are black. There are many other places where people of colour fare so much better socially and economically. Not Denmark!

  107. KenyanBlackAndProud said:

    Fuck’n white people!I think Danes are takin racism too far being black i dont think anybody wakesup and chooses his race your born in it with it.Learn to respect 1 another irrespective of race.

  108. Olishar said:

    I am an African American. My parents, their parents and their parents and their parents were born here. Nonetheless, most around the world know the “Black” American experience. I am happy to learn that you’ve adjusted to being Black in Denmark. However, never settle if you believe everyone is not treated equally. Nonetheless, I wanted to bring my family to visit Denmark, my college age sons shared an article they read on the top ten places (around the world) that Black folk shouldn’t visit because of of racism. Denmark was one of the top places. I did research and ran across your blog and other information. Now, I am not as intrigued with visiting Denmark as I was as a young student learning about the Danes and the Vikings. My focus is now on visiting places where being Black is welcome and comfortable for my family. We have enough of dealing with being Black in the USA, more apparent now than in recent years. Please stay true to who you are and perhaps God’s purpose for having you in Denmark is to show that all humans are just humans. The souls are the same but all of us have different coatings.

  109. Your blog views are increasing in number because more Black folks are expanding their travel portfolios. Denmark, Belgium and Ireland are seeming like great places to visit. I’ll be in Copenhagen this summer. I’m also planning to visit Ireland & Scotland one day. I live life like “What’s the worst that could happen?”. <-that's rhetorical of course. LOL I grew up in Ohio, USA. In the 1980's, I was called "Nigger" and bottles were thrown towards me when I walked to school through segregated neighborhoods. I wouldn't live in Ohio again…because I fell in love with the east coast cities of Baltimore, Philly and NYC– BUT, Ohio taught me that humans are complex, fault-tolerance is essential to peace of mind and the most important thing in life is to try and find COMMON GROUND. I'm SO happy you wrote your blog and I LOVE that it's one of the first things that popped up on Google after I typed "Denmark for Black People". <-there are no mistakes. Walk in your purpose 😉

  110. Linda Parker said:

    I always thought how interesting it is that Danes, and other Europeans think it’s JUST FINE and DANDY that they can go to Africa and anywhere people of color live, and take the f¿#k over and no should say ANYTHING to them!! The GALL of them! They go to these countries finessing the people with their bs, looking down on them, and raping the land, women and children, and the European women seducing the men of color to weaken their resolve to have sovereignty in their country. Yet not allow Africans or people of color any type of REAL power in European countries! I place a huge margin of dysfunction on the Africans, and THEIR readiness to be ruled by their colonialists!!!

  111. Gwen from the USA said:

    Interesting….and I thought this dilemma was only in AmeriKKKa.

  112. This is the big problem with Africans, their sense of entitlement. My own mother and went to Africa to volunteer teaching back in the 60s, many people I know in modern times did VSO programs and MSF. Im from Ireland, we didnt have any colonies in Africa and growing up we always had the African funds box in every shop and pub for collecting money for schools and hospitals over there. When my mother first there she was shocked by all the how there were all these modern schools and hospitals, something a poor country like Ireland didnt have.
    So fast forward to modern times and we have west Africans (mostly) hopping on planes 9 months pregnant somehow getting on a plane and losing their passport before touchdown. Also the fact that you have to apply for asylum in the first EU country you land in. There are NO direct flights to any African nation. They are given accommodation, meals and cleaning done for them (both dishes and clothes, yes I know someone who works in an asylum centre) and yet still complain about a lack of choice of food? I thought you were fleeing for your life and were happy to be alive. And yet you expect the native population who have to struggle to live (and were talking about struggle in a western developed world so dont compare it to a third world one) to just shrug their shoulders and not care? Of course they are annoyed. Werent you annoyed when white colonists lounged around and used your labour to have a cushy life? Sound a bit familiar?
    Its nothing to do with skin colour, thats such a convenient and childish way of viewing life, its your attitude. No one ever had a problem with someone coming here to work, China has a repressive regime but you dont see them in asylum centres or unemployment offices.They had colonialism too by European countries.
    Unfortunately youre perpetuatuing the image of “white mans burden”. A surly black with a chip on her shoulder.

    • Are you suggesting she should be happy about white oppression? Your post is ludicrous.

      • FYI, I am a U.S. African-American. I stepped away from this Blog for a time and I was both surprised (slightly) and shocked at the venom and dislike in the air. Surprised at the Danes continued ignorance and stand of false superiority. I am saddened as well for my African-American counterparts, who seem to lack the ability to let love grow and to teach with patience and understanding to those who might benefit. What a crazy world we live in, White people scared to death that they might lose their stolen seat at the top of the economic chain and people of color impatiently demanding their rightful place as well. Yet, those who are willing to share and share alike are met with distrust and/or the lack of movement. Those who think they have an inherent right and refuse to live equally, are slowly perishing as a result of their greed and selfishness. And yet, their is enough for everyone, provided the continents work together.

        Have you forgotten that we all live on the same world and therefore, by that fact alone, we are all related. And what are your reasons that you don’t realize that this world is fastly becoming a world of tan colored people. Forget that man’s oldest bones were found in one continent, forget the stupidity of white supremist, just realize that this world is a melting pot.

        If your brother/sister is in need, reach out with an open hand, not a closed fist and cold back. Do unto all others as you would have them do unto you and/or your children.

  113. Very very interesting and informative. I really appreciate your perspective. I am a black American woman. Here in the U.S. racism never goes away. So i understand your plight. There is a meme on Facebook about Denmark being the best place to live. As far as minimum wage, work hours, health care etc.. Its drawing alot of attention to the country. Your blog gives a personal insight. Thank you and, keep your eyes and mind open. Take care.

  114. I have been helped by reading your initial and follow up posts. What comes through more than anything else is that, you are a warm and caring person. Please be encourage to continue your courageous journey through a difficult situation. Being an African American, I can identify with what you have described. The important thing is not let it get you down and keep you from enjoying you full life and purpose in this world. While we cannot change everyone’s attitude, we don’t have let their perception and down right bigotry change who we are as persons. Keep pressing toward the mark of the higher calling. Black is indeed Beautiful! Because God made it so!
    Pastor B.

  115. Well Pastor B.; I don’t know if God made it so, or if what we call “Mother Nature” has and is doing it. But Your Words are well said and I hope heartfelt by these readers. As for God, I was on the Pettus Bridge on “Bloody Sunday” and I didn’t see God there. I’ve seen many brothers lynched and I didn’t see God cut ONE rope. I’ve been to Vietnam and I surely didn’t see God there, and on the most frightening night of my life, when I saw the KKK, openly, for the very first time, lined up on a hill in Florida, as I marched with Dr. King in 1964, all I felt was my heart beating, a dry mouth, lack of air, and an overwhelming fear, but I never heard God say, “Peace Be Still.”

    Yet, with all of that I say, “Bless You” in the hopes that a rectifying God does exist.

  116. And YES,Yes, yes, Black is beautiful, and to me, nothing is more beautiful than a woman of color. Yes, there are beautiful women of all colors in every race and all of them should be respected and revered, as they give life to this world and continue us ALL forward into existence. It does not matter the color of a woman, she should be duly loved and I feel sorry for everyone who doesn’t realize that the single Greatest Gift to man, is a “Woman.”

  117. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your life as a Black Woman in Denmark. I happen to be doing research on life outside of the racist United States of Amerikkka. As I am also a Black woman in Cincinnati, Ohio USA. I read somewhere that Copenhagen was a very friendly and welcoming place for Black Americans, after reading your blog Im having to rethink this idea of leaving this country. I would never want my family to feel more racism, discrimination and isolation especially outside of the “norm” here in Amerikkka. I am glad that your views picked up and I wish you continued success in your life. Thank you once again.

  118. I’m a black woman born in the USA and I wanted to answer your question about the traffic coming from America. Well, I can tell you why I’m here…because Donald Trump is our president which makes me want to vomit every time it crosses my mind. Also the racism here is out of control. Police are milling unarmed Black people without repercussion. White Supremacist groups aren’t hiding like they use to and don’t get a crap about what others say.

    Thanks for writing this blog and being very open with your experiences. It’s useful. Maybe one day I’ll visit Denmark to see what you’re taking about.
    Hopefully I’ll find the right country for my family and I because USA isn’t for us.

  119. Thank you for keeping your blog moving forward. It is both informative and inspirational. God bless you and ours!

  120. I am a black woman and looking to expand my horizons and do a little more traveling. I wanted to visit Denmark after seeing a segment on tv titled “the happiest place to visit”. As I watched all of these restaurants, carnivals, the cobble stop e streets…then I seen a few black people walking down the street! WOW!!! Black people, I want to go there. I started doing research and seen your blog!!! I loved your piece!! It would actually be my reality there. I changed my mind! I hate that your still going through this and that you have noticed that your treatment is a little better because your one of “the good ones”. Same treatment WE receive when were residents anywhere.

  121. Frankie Ray said:

    I live in Nottingham England. Where they are 101 percent 2 faced. Whenever you are in the Minority, unfortunately there will be some people. Who are either wicked, Mental Unstable or Just Idle Trouble Makers. Looking to cause you trouble. Having said all that, I prefer straight forward peoples because then you know, where you stand. I mean who wants to get stabbed in the back. The xenophobia will decrease, with time. Maybe you should try and get a job in the Media..!

  122. Frankie Ray said:

    I live in Nottingham England. Where they are 101 percent 2 faced. Whenever you are in the Minority, unfortunately there will be some people. Who are either wicked, Mental Unstable or Just Idle Trouble Makers. Looking to cause you trouble. Having said all that, I prefer straight forward peoples because then you know, where you stand. I mean who wants to get stabbed in the back. The xenophobia will decrease, with time. Maybe you should try and get a job in the Media..!

  123. Nessa Gentry said:

    Thank you for this insight I have always wondered if there was a black population in Denmark. I’m mixed and my son is black. I’ve thought of bringing him there for world exploration as we are from the US and I want him to learn about the world thru travel but now I’m not sure it would be a welcoming place. Are there black natives?

    • Hi Nessa, I am African-American US man, my sister-in-law and my mother-in-law are Japanese, my wife is 1/2 Black and 1/2 Japanese, I have Nieces and Nephews who mothers are Caucasian, Hispanic, Japanese, French Creole, German, Korean, and Black, and through parents, my grandparents on both sides are a mixture of white Irish, Black, Indian and mostly Creoles. The looks in my family are quite diverse. Having said all of that, and loving every bit of my family history, having researched it for years, I would not, advise anyone in my family to ever travel to Denmark or to visit any other Danish city, given the tone and bitterness of this blog. I was taught by my family and we now teach our own, that prejudice is a disease of the weak, and fragile mind, one that suffers from the fear of being inferior, and these folks seem to suffer from it a great deal.
      Having read the above posts (if you have), you should greatly fear subjecting your son to this area and teach about the Danish from a distance.

  124. I wish I read this before accepting a scholarship to study for my masters here. It is the most painful experience of my life and I wish I could give it up and go home. If you’re black don’t come to Denmark, if you do, stick to Copenhagen and return to your country.

  125. Happy New Year! Has much changed for you in 2018?
    Are there any black community events like the Notting hill Carnival in London?

    I may move there being a person of colour how bad is it in 2018?

    • Hey, I’m not OP, but it’s still pretty shit in 2018. I moved here about 6 months to start university and I regret it. It’s really isolating living here. I do however attend an international course so there’s other students who are in a similar situation as me (I’m still the only black person but they’re cool) so i’ve made some great friends and stuff. But if you have other options I suggest you take those. Or just come visit for a few weeks, you’ll get the vibe quickly.

  126. I saw a post on Facebook saying why Denmark is the happiest country in the world. So I decided to research “black people in Denmark” and came across your blog. I live in the United States and I am black. I know the discrimination that we as black people face, though I have never faced it myself. What made you choose Denmark out of all other countries you could have moved to? Could Denmark possibly be worse than America. Because I honestly don’t feel like any place is worse than here when it comes to feel inferior and looked down upon because the color of ones skin.

  127. Dear Ms. Mrembo ,
    Thank you for your insight and honesty on your Danish journey. I am Caucasian woman living in Aurora,Colorado which is just East of but connected to Denver. In my particular community I am frequently a minority at the mall or a store and this has been an eye opening experience for me and while I am grateful I am also very aware that a short drive will put me firmly back in ” majority ” territory and this is not an option for my neighbors . I grew up in a very diverse area of the Southern US and have lived all over this country, never feeling an outsider , even when visiting Denmark years ago .My point ; I’m truly sorry that we ( people ) are not yet where we should be and while America has many issues , in the marrow of our bones we recognize each other as self . We care for and about each other and we ( the people, don’t listen to the news ) care for and about you. I know I speak for the vast majority of Americans in saying you would be welcome in our country and that without our blue collar workers America would not exist. Trust me , we love our trash men/women and respect those who built, clean and repair.
    Forgive my lack of grace in my writing
    and please forgive my intrusion onto your site but it made me a little sad to
    hear of your struggles. Allow me to extend the welcoming hand of America to you . Should you ever choose to visit my family would be honored to show you the plains to the East and the Mountains to the West and I promise you no one will spare you a glance other than to admire your beautiful soul . Take care , my sister.

    • Karen;
      I’ve been following this blog with a certain degree of sadness and then I read your moving words of care. I am a Black American (since I’ve never been to Africa, I prefer the title of black), I marched with Dr. King in Augustine, Florida and from Selma to Montgomery. I’ve seen and talked with so many facades of I’m not prejudice. I know there are many, many people out there who genuinely care about all of their fellow men/women, but I honestly can’t remember the last time I was moved be the spoken and/or written word of a White American who came across as simply another human being, devoid of color. This old man appreciated and was warmed to my core by your words. I think I would’ve loved to have lived closer to you, shared coffee and ideas. Stay Well lady!!!

  128. Jessica said:

    I love that you have continued to update this post. I’m planning my honeymoon and thought about visiting DK specifically because it’s known as such a happy place. But of course, I always have to educate myself before traveling as I am African American and Queer.

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