Rude awakening: An encounter with Danish tax law

Thus far in my journey I’ve been enjoying many of the benefits of the social welfare state of Denmark without having to pay much in return: (mostly) free health care, affordable  public transport, steep student subsidies, etc. But after a paid gig tutoring undergraduates, the Danish powers that be decided it was time for me to pay up.

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University Park in Winter

I was cycling back from the university the other day and noticed that the university park pond, which in warm weather has ducks swimming in it, had frozen over. I happened to have my camera with me, so I took some photos of the eerie landscape. This winter day in Denmark was equal parts beautiful, haunting and dreary. Most days it’s just dreary.

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Bureaucracy and birth control: Navigating the Danish health care system

Denmark has free, universal health care. One of the perks of paying 37-55% of your income in taxes, I suppose. It’s free to visit a doctor, and you pay a subsidized rate for prescriptions – not unlike the co-pay that many American insurance plans have.

“Free” and “universal,” however, are not necessarily synonymous with “efficient.”

After many phone calls, automated recordings and unresponsive doctors, I finally attained birth control in Denmark. Health care here may be free, but it's not particularly efficient!
After many phone calls, automated recordings and unresponsive doctors, I finally attained birth control in Denmark. Health care here may be free, but it’s not particularly efficient!

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