Interview with Abril Arteaga Part 2: Earth Klinik

In this episode, Abril Arteaga shares how she has adapted her business, Earth Yoga, to the new reality of the corona virus. Abril has transformed Earth Yoga, from a physical space in the center of Odense, to a virtual clinic with a more holistic concept, offering consultancy solutions and experiences in the field of mental health.

This episode is the second of two interviews with Abril Arteaga. In the previous episode, Abril talked about how she got the idea to start up Earth Yoga in Odense, and about her experiences from the early start up period.

Abril Arteaga is currently organizing the World Mental Health Week for a fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company in Copenhagen, collaborating as a well-being champion; supporting employees and individuals to reach their highest potential. Abril also teaches mindfulness and yoga for international staff at the University of Southern Denmark.

If you would like to get in touch with Abril, you can write to her at

You can find more information on Abril’s webpage and Facebook page.

Interview with Abril Arteaga Part 1: Earth Yoga

In this episode, you can hear about Abril Arteaga, who decided to open a well-being space in Odense six years ago, when she moved to Denmark with her family.

Abril Arteaga has a background in business, and she is among others specialized in ashtanga yoga, mindfulness, meditation, stress management and acupuncture. When Abril arrived in Odense six years ago, she was looking for a place where she could practice yoga, but she did not find what she was looking for, so she decided to create her own place. This was the beginning of her business, Earth Yoga.

The story about Abril’s well-being space in Odense is presented in two episodes. In the current episode (part 1: Earth Yoga), Abril talks about the process of starting up Earth Yoga, and her experiences from the early start up period.

In the next episode (part 2: Earth Klinik) Abril will talk about how she recently has adapted her business to the new reality of corona, and transformed Earth Yoga into Earth Klinik – a virtual clinic of well-being with a holistic approach to mental health.

If you would like to get in touch with Abril, you can write to her at You can also visit Abril’s webpage and Facebook page.

Interview with spouse consultant Aleksandra Jensen

If you are an accompanying spouse in Odense and would like to find a job, Aleksandra Jensen, from the International Community Odense, can help with the job search. Aleksandra is a spouse consultant and she helps international families to settle in Odense.

The International Community Odense was established in 2015 by Odense municipality. The community welcomes and supports international employees and their accompanying partners/families in the city.

In this podcast episode, Aleksandra Jensen talks about the Danish job market and what to keep in mind when applying for jobs in Denmark. She shares tips for how to write a CV aimed at Danish employers, and she talks about how she supports international spouses getting into work related and social networks.

Aleksandra also shares how the International Community Odense helps international families with finding accomodation and many other practical issues that may come up during the family’s process of moving to Odense.

“What we do in particular is to help the family settle in the new country, in the new city”.

Aleksandra Jensen, International Community Odense

International Community Odense’s contact information:

International Community Odense’s Web page
International Community Odense’s Facebook page

How does the Danish health care system work in practice?

Podcast interview with medical doctor and general practitioner Maria Holmegaard Sørensen about the Danish health care system.

Where do you call if your child gets sick on a Friday afternoon in Denmark? And how does the Danish health care system work in practice? How do you for instance choose a family doctor? And what is the role of your general practitioner? How do you get referred to medical specialists, and where can you find information about how to contact the specialist once you have been referred to one? When shall you call your general practitioner and when shall you call “Lægevagten”? Where can you find the phone numbers and adresses that you need to get in touch with the relevant medical assistance?

The guest in this podcast is medical doctor Maria Holmegaard Sørensen. Maria is a general practitioner and she is the owner of Brobylægerne, a medical clinic in Nr. Broby, a village close to Odense, in Denmark.

In the podcast, Maria shares information about how the Danish health care system works in practice, and she gives practical advice regarding where to find the information you need, and whom to contact within the Danish medical system for the medical needs of you and your family.

“when you know where to reach and where to get help, I think that is really important, because then you can feel secure, no matter where you are in Denmark”

Maria Holmegaard Sørensen, MD, general practitioner and owner of the medical clinic Brobylægerne, in Nr. Broby

Links, phone numbers, info and apps mentioned during the podcast

Where to call for medical assistance:
8am – 4pm: Your own general practitioner (sometimes the clinics have a voicemail with a separate number to call during the afternoon)
4pm – 8am (also weekends and holidays): Lægevagten (Region Syddanmark: 70 11 07 07)
Emergencies: 112

How to find a medical specialist:
When your general practitioner has referred you to a medical specialist, you can search for a medical specialist in your area on To find the search tool, you need to scroll down to the middle/bottom of the web page. A predefined search for medical specialists in Odense has been made here: “Find behandler”. To get to the list with specialists, please click on the box “Alle behandlere eller typer”.

Where to change your general practitioner:
On you can change your general practitioner.
When the change has been made, you will receive a new yellow card.

Other links and apps mentioned during the podcast:
Patienthåndbogen – Advise about diseases and treatments, made by Danish health professionals and supervised by Danish health authorities.
– Information about the Danish childhood vaccination programme.
– The latest information in English about the corona virus, on the Danish Health Authority’s website.
“Min Læge” – app for communication with your medical doctor.
“Medicinkortet” – app where you can view your medications and renew prescriptions.

How to start a business in Odense, Denmark

In this episode, Lene Høxbro Larsen (Odense Iværksætterservice, Stjerneskibet), Cristiana Cardoso (Silo Marked) and Henriette Johnsen (The Good Expat Life) are sharing advice and experiences regarding how to start up a business in Denmark.

The first part of this podcast is an interview with Lene Høxbro Larsen. Lene is a consultant for entrepreneurs, and she talks about how Odense Iværksætterservice and Stjerneskibet support entrepreneurs and the early start ups in Odense.

The second part of the podcast is an interview with Christiana Cardoso. Cristiana is the owner of Silo Marked; a new packaging free shop in Nørregade 30, in the center of Odense. Cristiana shares her experiences with starting up her new shop as an expat in Odense, and she gives advice to others who are considering starting up their own businesses in Denmark.

In the third part of the podcast, Henriette Johnsen talks about how Stjerneskibet supported her while she wanted to expand her clinic – the Good Expat Life – with personal empowerment groups for expat spouses. Henriette is a psychotherapist, specializing in expat life issues.

Links mentioned during the podcast:

Link to the contact information of the consultants at Odense Iværksætter Service, Stjerneskibet. On this webpage, you can also find a link to the mini-business plan (mini-forretningsplanen) that you need to fill in before meeting with one of the consultants at Odense Iværksætterservice.

Link to the list of private advisors that supports entrepreneurs for 1-2 hours for free, while the entrepreneurs receive advice from Odense Iværksætterservice

Link to a check list for entrepreneurs starting up a business

Link to a test for business ideas

Link to Silo Marked‘s webpage

Link to The Good Expat Life‘s webpage

The Good Expat Life with psychotherapist Henriette Johnsen

After living several years in London, Henriette Johnsen moved back to Odense in 2015. She has established the clinic “The Good Expat Life” here in Odense, where she specializes in expat life issues.

In the first part of this podcast, Henriette Johnsen talks about her work as a psychotherapist and how she supports the expat community in Odense and the surrounding areas through her practice. She also talks about expat life in Denmark in general, from the perspective of psychotherapy.

While we were producing this podcast, the corona crisis broke out, and Denmark started to close down to beat the virus. We decided to meet online and record an additional interview about how to cope with the social isolation during COVID-19.

In the second part of the podcast, which starts at 30:15, Henriette talks about consequences of social isolation and she explains how the body reacts to fear and anxiety. She also explains how to deal with anxiety, and she shares general coping strategies for how to get through the social isolation period of COVID-19.

For more information about Henriette Johnsen, her practice, and how to cope with social isolation during COVID-19 from an expat perspective, please see Henriette Johnsen’s website The Good Expat Life.

Podcast trailer

In the beginning of April 2020, the first episode of the podcast series “Expat Life in Odense, Denmark” will be released.

This podcast series is about every day life issues for expats living in Odense, Denmark. The series is created to help making the move to Odense smoother, by sharing stories, tips and tricks from expats in the city. Local citizens in Odense, who are in any way involved with supporting expats, will also be visiting the podcast.

The episodes will be posted on a monthly basis.