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Is Copenhagen, Denmark safe for an African American female?

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Since: Jul 08

Bynum, NC

#1 Jul 27, 2008
I'm an African American female and I will be studying abroad in Copenhagen this fall. I'm worried that I will be the victim of a race-related crime. I heard about a Turkish boy named Ozgur Dennis Uzun who got murdered this March because of his dark color, in broad daylight. The killers called him a "black ape." I'm worried that the same could happen to me since I look black and could be mistaken for Muslim or middle eastern (they have some tensions with Muslims and Middle Easterners in Denmark, it seems). I have a short afro hairstyle also and wonder if that might make me more of a target. Should I get it straightened?? I am freaking out. So I need opinions please. Any of you been to Denmark, and Copenhagen specifically? What was your experience like? Any particular neighborhoods to avoid? Thanks!

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Since: Dec 07

Olive Branch, MS

#2 Jul 27, 2008
I'm not gonna lie to you. It possible you may not be like wher eyou are going, I've been all over this globe and some folks are tolerant and others arent, you will not be around very many like you if at all. But hey, you may love it. Good luck and best wishes

Since: Jul 08

Bynum, NC

#3 Jul 27, 2008
Nomadic wrote:
I'm not gonna lie to you. It possible you may not be like wher eyou are going, I've been all over this globe and some folks are tolerant and others arent, you will not be around very many like you if at all. But hey, you may love it. Good luck and best wishes
Have you been to Denmark?

“Come Ride The Peace Train.”

Since: May 08

Misanthropy, US

#4 Jul 27, 2008
Well, Copenhagen seems to be a bigger city (so more openminded), as long as your smart about it and surround yourself with good people you should be fine. But you can be harmed anywhere in the world.
Even in Africa.
Horst

Burghaun, Germany

#5 Jul 28, 2008
natural82 wrote:
I'm an African American female and I will be studying abroad in Copenhagen this fall. I'm worried that I will be the victim of a race-related crime. I heard about a Turkish boy named Ozgur Dennis Uzun who got murdered this March because of his dark color, in broad daylight. The killers called him a "black ape." I'm worried that the same could happen to me since I look black and could be mistaken for Muslim or middle eastern (they have some tensions with Muslims and Middle Easterners in Denmark, it seems). I have a short afro hairstyle also and wonder if that might make me more of a target. Should I get it straightened?? I am freaking out. So I need opinions please. Any of you been to Denmark, and Copenhagen specifically? What was your experience like? Any particular neighborhoods to avoid? Thanks!
No , there is less problems waiting for you than in the States . A big Citty in Europe is still smal in relation to the Citties in the States .
Basiccaly be open minded and enyoy your tour ! Also nearly every citty in Europe has some parts you should not get into , but far less as in the US. Remember , people will treat you how you treat them . It will be OK , don t worry !! Have fun !
Jonas

Denmark

#6 Jul 30, 2008
Hallo, i'm Danish (: I dont live in Copenhagen, but have been there lots of time. I have many familymembers in Copenhagen to, and non of them are racists. For sure some people in Copenhagen are racists, but not more than every other part of the the world I think. About the "bad" neighboorhoods, I can not help because I do not know the town that well.
Marie

Søborg, Denmark

#7 Aug 9, 2008
Well, nomatter where you go there are dangers but crime rates are very low in Denmark and I dont think you should worry. I live near Copenhagen and I would love to help you with anything :D
I am Danish but I have a Cameroonian boyfriend so actually I guess I would like to have some african friends... I dont know how we can contact eachother but write a note here if you are interested, and we can see if we can work it out.

Marie
Proud to be Somali

Valby, Denmark

#8 Aug 9, 2008
natural82 wrote:
I'm an African American female and I will be studying abroad in Copenhagen this fall. I'm worried that I will be the victim of a race-related crime. I heard about a Turkish boy named Ozgur Dennis Uzun who got murdered this March because of his dark color, in broad daylight. The killers called him a "black ape." I'm worried that the same could happen to me since I look black and could be mistaken for Muslim or middle eastern (they have some tensions with Muslims and Middle Easterners in Denmark, it seems). I have a short afro hairstyle also and wonder if that might make me more of a target. Should I get it straightened?? I am freaking out. So I need opinions please. Any of you been to Denmark, and Copenhagen specifically? What was your experience like? Any particular neighborhoods to avoid? Thanks!
I Live there but i dunno any neighborshoods to avoid
But it depends are u gon=ing alone to Copenhagen or u studying with a friend??

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Since: Jul 08

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#9 Aug 9, 2008
natural82 wrote:
I'm an African American female and I will be studying abroad in Copenhagen this fall. I'm worried that I will be the victim of a race-related crime. I heard about a Turkish boy named Ozgur Dennis Uzun who got murdered this March because of his dark color, in broad daylight. The killers called him a "black ape." I'm worried that the same could happen to me since I look black and could be mistaken for Muslim or middle eastern (they have some tensions with Muslims and Middle Easterners in Denmark, it seems). I have a short afro hairstyle also and wonder if that might make me more of a target. Should I get it straightened?? I am freaking out. So I need opinions please. Any of you been to Denmark, and Copenhagen specifically? What was your experience like? Any particular neighborhoods to avoid? Thanks!
Hi Denmark is a save place most people are very friendly...I grew up and I feel very much save..
there is many africans people living in copenhagen
Marie

Søborg, Denmark

#10 Aug 9, 2008
Ok, I have just reread what you wrote (why didn't I do that in the first place?) I guess you are more American than African somehow but still I would like to get to know you. I understand it must be scary to go some place new, but REALLY you don't have to worry like that!
Copenhagen is MUCH more peaceful than most American cities. Of course people commit crimes here as well but one of the big differences is that in Denmark regular people don't carry guns. Don't change your hair or anything, just be your self and put a smile on your face. Lots of black people live in Copenhagen and I think (sadly) there is some risk of racist comments etc but that's it. I assume stuff like that happens in America as well.
So no worries :D
If you like, let me take you on a guided tour around our beautiful old capital, teach you the dos and don'ts of living in DK and perhaps you can help me improve my english vocabulary :D

Marie
Lilybelle

Westchester, IL

#11 Mar 4, 2009
I realize your trip already happened, but in case someone else happens across this forum and has a similar experience, I'd like to share my experience:
I'm African American, Danish American and Norwegian American. Traveled around Denmark in 2006 and visited family. The entire experience was wonderful, except for one racist comment on the return trip, from a woman in the Copenhagen airport restroom. Both of us had young children with us and I was quite upset for an hour or so, before I was able to let it go as one person's ignorance. I've been called worse here on the street in Chicago, but not with my child around.

Everyone else was wonderful, helpful on trains with stroller, friendly, etc.(except for one drunk guy who tried to flirt with me on a street in Copenhagen).

I was surprised by how many people of African descent I saw in Copenhagen.

Some people realize I'm mixed (like Barack), but most assume I'm simply African American. I wore my hair natural and curly while I was there. I'd just say that African Americans should use normal street smarts in Copenhagen -- it is a big city.
radar nyc

Villebon-sur-yvette, France

#12 Sep 12, 2009
hi,
I'm an african american male looking to visit Copenhagen in october. I was wondering if I could meet someone in the city that would be interested in showing me around. I'm putting together a photo-diary of all the cities I've visited and writing about my experiences in a book that I will publish in the near future. so far I've been to paris, rome, san jose costa rica, malaga spain, barcelona, madrid, and a host of other cities. I hope to inform other single african american males and african males in general, of what they might expect on a visit to a particular city or country.
Grant Furguson

Dallas, TX

#13 Dec 15, 2009
I'm an older African American male who was in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Germany many years ago (1962-1965). Visited Copenhagen very often and loved it! I'm sure there have been a lot of changes since my time there, but during that time, Copenhagen was fabulous! The people were so friendly and very courteous. I haven't been back since, but hope to visit again one day. I am currently searching for information about a young lady I met there because I may have fathered a child during my relationship with her. It has always bothered me not knowing. Hopefully, I will find some information. But, to all who want to visit there, I'm sure there have been many changes, but Copenhagen still ranks very high on my list as a wonderful city!

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Lisa

Kernersville, NC

#14 Jan 28, 2010
Hi all. I know this thread started a year ago, but I have questions and concerns if anyone can help me.

I (too) am an African American woman and I will be moving to Denmark as my fiance is a Dane. I am so excited and know that the country is over all VERY SAFE. I also know (from visiting) that there is a fair amount of African people living there though I am more concerned with African Americans for one main purpose:MY HAIR.

I want to be able to go to a salon where I can get it relaxed, flat-ironed etc as if I were at home. I have passed African salons in Copenhagen so I know that may be an alternative. However, I dont know if the African salons focus on more Afrocentric hairstyles like braids or if I can get a relaxer or (sewn in) extensions or wraps like I can at home.

Also, I am totally open to anyone (esp native Danes) who can grant me any pearls of wisdom about your country. My move date is Feb 24th (less than 4 weeks...woo hoo!).

Thanks a lot!!!!

Lisa
Nephilim

United States

#15 Jun 1, 2010
They refused African Americans/Afro-Caribbeans/Blac ks to live in Denmark they're racists I highly recomend not going there if your a Black person.
Dan

Esbjerg, Denmark

#16 Jun 2, 2010
Hello Lisa.

Iam an dane who lives in copenhagen, and i must say there is not alot of racism here... we have many people from all over the world... You should be fine... I dont now why you think Denmark is racist, cause its not... The only immigrants we are having trouble with are the ones from the middleeast... As an african you will feel like beeing home... Denmarks loves visitors to our country, and we are very openminded...

Hope that helped to your question :D
African american

Assens, Denmark

#17 Jun 11, 2010
I recently moved from the usa to denmark to be with my fiancee who I recently married. I have not experinced racism but worse. Just because I'm black everyone thinks that I'm a prostitute. It really hurts to be labeled when know one knows you. Is is because prostitution is legal or most of the black girls here are working girls?
Lisa

Greensboro, NC

#18 Jul 11, 2010
Hello 'African American',

Wow, I'm really sorry to hear your experience in Denmark. I'm shocked in fact! Like you, I moved to Denmark several months ago and married the love of my life, a Dane. I have had nothing but absolutely positive experiences from the people there. I dont think anyone has mistaken me for a prostitute so is it possible it's just your imagination? Or maybe you simply live in a section of Frederiksberg that is known for prostitutes so all women get lumped in that category?

I do hope things get better for you. I love most everything about Denmark except for the weather and the fact that Danes dont like to do things spontaneously and they dont enjoy going out for dinner, lunch, drinks and appetizers. That aspect of life is driving me crazy but otherwise it's been a positive experience.

Best wishes to you.
Lisa

Greensboro, NC

#19 Jul 11, 2010
...Oh by the way, 'African American', I'm black too.
Anonymous

Vancouver, Canada

#21 Aug 23, 2010
I am going to be visiting Denmark with my wife who is Oriental. I am white. I am sure that everything will be OK but unfortunately the only Danish people I have met so far (two males at different times) here in Canada were very arrogant and very rude and I can see them be racist in their home.

So although I hope for the best, I would not be surprised to run across some racism.

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