The old Danish post service you know... Just three times more expensive!

 

Regular readers, from my first post here back in September 2010 (which was - selvfølgelig - about farts - "Mind your language!") will know that I am in l-o-v-e with Denmark and those crazy Danes! (I'm Scottish but I felt like I had finally come home when I moved here to Copenhagen in 1998.) I love the traditions, the humour, the contrasts, the people. There is only one thing that gets my goat up (okay then, two - if we count the blatant Danish overuse of the 'F' word - "I swear I heart Denmark!"). And that, dear readers, is the Danish postal service! Boo! Hiss! ;-)

Don't get me wrong. I love our postmen (and especially our very nice parcel lady, with whom I always have a long chat).

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But the cost of sending a letter? Daylight robbery! I've growled before about price increases ("Pass the smelling salts, I'm buying Danish stamps") but even I couldn't foresee this new craziness. Here are the current options if you want to send a letter or a greetings card to a friend. I know I've said it before, but even Dick Turpin had the decency to wear a mask - ha!

Brev (letter) - for letters within Denmark, delivery takes up to 5 days - cost: 8 Danish crowns (roughly USD 1.20 or UK£0.91). Keep in mind that not all postboxes are emptied every day, so it may take even longer than 5 days to arrive...

Quickbrev (quick letter) - next day delivery - cost: 27 Danish crowns (roughly USD 4.07 or UK£3.06). Oh, and you can't just pop a Quickbrev in the postbox. You have to physically hand it in to the post office! I kid you not. Honestly, it would be funny if it wasn't true!

And if you want to send a birthday card to a friend outside of Denmark, for example, Europe? That costs 25 Danish crowns (roughly USD 3.77 or UK£2.83). You can use a postbox or hand them in to the post office... But, again, keep in mind that not all postboxes are emptied every day.

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PostDanmark is now part of nordic PostNord - a Swedish Danish conglomerate. Bringing with it a colour change from the traditional red to blue. So all post bikes, vans, uniforms, logos etc are now blue. But, they assure us, postboxes will stay red. Hmm, let's see what happens... And the snappy marketing line they have come up with? "Post du kender. Bare blå." "The post service you know. Just in blue." Perhaps they should have said. "The old post service you know. Just three times more expensive!"?
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Funnily enough, our neighbours the Swedes, also served by PostNord, continue to enjoy normal postal rates. How on earth did they manage that? Answers on a postcard, please! Oh, wait, don't bother. Just send me an email instead...



Have a terrific Tuesday!

Diane :-)

Gotta catch 'em all! Food waste...GO!

While others around the world are trying to 'catch 'em all, here in Denmark I'm invariably trying to catch...the best food bag! ;-)

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Forget Team Mystic, I'm on Team Fight-Against-Food-Waste. There are several apps in Denmark which connect socially responsible food stores and restaurants with overstocks to hungry (and canny...) customers who enjoy getting a bargain. My favourite is TGTG (Too Good To Go) which is available for Apple and Android. The app also covers the UK and Germany.

Once you are logged in, you can search on a map, or search by offers which are nearest/cheapest/closing soon. The offers mainly fall in to two categories. Restaurants: where they provide you with a box and you fill up on sushi/whatever they have in their buffet. Bakers: where they provide you with a 'magic bag'. Usually a mixture of bread, bread rolls, cake and Danish pastries.

As regular readers will know, I just l-o-v-e Danish bread and pastries (did you miss my 6 part run down on Danish pastries? go catch it here!) So I've - selvfølgelig - been trying what bakers are offering. Here you go. All fresh. All food that would, otherwise, end up in the bottom of a dumpster at the end of the day.

This entire bag, from a baker in Kongens Lyngby, cost 25 Danish crowns (roughly USD 3.75 or UK £2.85). Two loaves of bread, one ham and cheese sandwich, a couple of te birkes, a couple of kanelsnegle and about 10 assorted rolls.

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This entire bag, from a baker in Charlottenlund, cost 30 Danish crowns (roughly USD 4.50 or UK £3.40). One loaf, one loaf of ryebread, three te birkes, two kanelsnegle, 4 teboller, a pizza snail and two sausage rolls.

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There was so much food in these bags that we actually ended up putting half of it in the freezer. To give you some perspective on price, one loaf of bread at the baker costs roughly 30 Danish crowns. Our next stop will be trying out some sushi...

What can I say but yum, yum, yum - everyone on Team Fight-Against-Food-Waste wins!

GO! Have a marvelous Monday!

Diane :-)