Danish is the national language but close to 90% speak fluent English and the kids begin to learn English at school as third graders.
Feel Good City
Aalborg is at the same time a dynamic, international city and the Danish provincial capital, which has always cherished its own history and unique atmosphere. The city is buzzing with activity day and night in every season. It offers a very rich and rewarding student life and the atmosphere is informal and friendly. There are many green spaces in the city, which is split by the Limfjorden.
The Student’s House
The Studenterhuset (or the Student’s House) is the popular meeting point of all international and Danish students. It is located at Gammeltorv 10, right in the center of the city. You can meet new friends during International Nights held there every Wednesday from 9pm, but you can also listen to popular Danish bands playing there live. You’ll be surprised at the student-friendly prices for beverages.
Jomfru Ane Gade is another must-visit spot for all students! Jomfru Ane Gade is Aalborg’s amusement street with Denmark’s longest continuous stretch of restaurants, clubs, cafes and bars. At nightfall the street turns in to a real mecca for all night-life lovers and the atmosphere is vibrant.
The Cultural Heart of Northern Jutland
Aalborg is also the cultural heart of North Jutland. Therefore, you can enjoy all kinds of concerts, operas and musicals at different venues. International artists quite often play in Aalborg. You can find cinemas, theaters, cultural centers, festivals, art galleries and the art museum Kunsten, or you could visit interesting historic sites like e.g. Lindholm Haje, a viking burial site, or the remains of an old monastery buried under ground. There is also a zoo and the beautiful waterfront with its many marinas. The largest carnival in Northern Europe takes place in late May when the city streets are filled with festive figures dancing in parades through the city to the park where there are concerts from several stages.
Cafes and Restaurants
Aalborg is known for its many Danish and international restaurants and the highest cafes and bar density per inhabitant in the country. You can find food and drink at any price range. Even students can eat out at reasonable prices.
When it comes to shopping, Aalborg has shops in every price range to allow people on a student budget to find what they need. Aalborg has all sorts of specialty shops to suit any need or interest. In the southern part of Aalborg, know to locals as City Syd, there is a large shopping are with more than 100 stores of every kind plus two shopping centers with specialty shops. There are many events all year round including free ones that are suitable to a student economy. During winter there is an ice skating rink at C.W. Obels Plads where you can skate for free if you bring your own ice skates.
Sport and Active Lifestyle
For people who like to maintain an active lifestyle, Aalborg features public swimming pools, a number of fitness clubs and different sport clubs for tennis, football, handball and bowling. Running events are also very popular and anyone can sign up to take part usually at a small fee.
The city has a football stadium, the Energi Nord Arena, home of Aab Fodbold. If you prefer ice hockey, the largest ice stadium of Denmark just happens to be part of the enormous Gigantium sport and culture centre in Aalborg. Gigantium is also home to various events like flea markets, fairs and talks.
The surrounding countryside offers water, forests and varied terrain to its visitors, perfect for rowing, kayaking, mountain-biking or running.