Aalborg is the fourth largest city in Denmark with a population of 125.000. Aalborg is located in the north of Denmark, in the region called North Jutland. Aalborg has about 25.000 students at Aalborg University and consequently Aalborg is a very student friendly city. There’s plenty of things to do and see which we will mention later in the text.
The urban area of Aalborg covers 139 km^2 (54 sq mi), while the municipal area reaches 1144 km^2 (442 sq mi). One would say that Denmark is a flat country, but in fact Aalborg is quite hilly if you go just outside the city centre; this is especially known to all the students that bike to the University of Aalborg everyday - this makes you sweaty in the morning! Limfjorden (a strait in northern Jutland) separates the southern part from the northernmost part of Jutland. Because of its position close to the fjord there is an expansive harbour front.
Aalborg is also close to Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark, where you can go by train.
The early settlements of Aalborg traces back over 1.000 years. Because of its position by a narrowing in the Limfjord, it was originally a crossing point and later in the Middle ages it became a important harbour.
In Denmark the weather doesn't change that much from one region to another. You can read about the weather under the main wikipage for Denmark, or go to the danish website for weather: http://www.dmi.dk/eng/index/forecasts/forecast_for_north_jutland.htm
The two hospitals in Aalborg
There are two hospitals in Aalborg; “Sygehus syd” and “Sygehus nord” (“sygehus” means hospital, “syd” is south and “nord” is north). Sygehus syd is the biggest hospital with most of the different departments, while Sygehus nord is most known for its department of gynaecology and obstetrics, and its department of paediatrics. They are both located in center of the city. Please visit following website for more information: http://www.aalborgsygehus.rn.dk/Fakta+og+tal/English/
As the hospital in Aalborg can be very busy and understaffed especially in the summer period we sometimes place students at departments on Sygehus Vendsyssel in Hjørring. It takes around 45 minutes to get from Aalborg to Hjørring by train.
The medical students in Aalborg are having clinical training in Sygehus Vendsyssel in the first 3 years of their education.
Research at Aalborg University
The University of Aalborg offers a lot of high qualified research within a wide spectrum of medical topics. Both at the campus and the hospital research is conducted with great and world-acknowledged results. This is what the Faculty of Medicine at Aalborg University writes about their research: “Research at the Faculty of Medicine combines the traditional health science/medical areas with research in engineering and forward-looking humanistic and social science. Research is the foundation for the Faculty of Medicine’s study programs. The research is aimed at all aspects of the improvement of health. Results can be used preventively, in the health care system and in related industry. The composition of the research means that it ranges from basic science issues to visible application in society.” Read more at; http://www.medicine.aau.dk.
You will be staying at a student flat.
Getting to Aalborg
Denmark has four airports. If you arrive at Copenhagen Airport Kastrup we recommend you to buy a total flight ticket and take a flight directly to Aalborg Airport (it will take about 45 minutes). From here there are busses to Aalborg city several times a hour, and the ride takes about 20 minutes. You can also go by train to Aalborg city from Copenhagen Airport Kastrup (it will take about 4-5 hours), but flying is often a cheaper alternative.
For more information please visit: www.flysas.com/en/uk/?vst=true
Getting around in Aalborg
The two hospitals in Aalborg are located in the centre of the city, which means that you can easily get there by bike or by foot.
You can rent a city bike: In Aalborg you can find the city bikes dotted around the town in allocated bicycle stands.
It is easy to recognize the bikes with their blue colour and a map in them. Each bicycle has a coin slot for 20 kroner - You get your 20-kroner piece back again when you return the bicycle.
If you want to take the bus you can pay cash in the bus. One ticket is 22 kroner.
You can also ask you contact person or the LEO for a "rejsekort" (travel card)
Rejsekort is an electronic ticketing system for travelling by bus, train and metro. This requires a 50 kroner deposit.
North Jutland is the biggest vacation area in Denmark. It has plenty of beautiful beaches and just south of Aalborg is the biggest forest in Denmark, Rold Skov. At the tip of Denmark is the city of Skagen located. It is a beautiful town with lots of small yellow houses and a busy fishing harbor, a beautiful scenery and light many artists have used through many years. ‘Grenen’ is the most northern point in Denmark. Here you can see the two great oceans, ‘Vesterhavet’ and ‘Kattegat’, meet. Skagen is also known for its intensive nightlife , especially during the summer.
Fun facts - Did you know?
- The well-known Danish skin cosmetician, Ole Henriksen, whose skin care products are sold internationally, is born in a city near Aalborg. Today he owns a beauty clinic in Beverly Hills. Ole Henriksen sometimes visits Aalborg to present his most recent beauty products. See him in a cool music relation here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0hju1LbbUo.
- Aalborg is also known for the Utzon Center architected by one of Aalborg’s most famous architect, Jørn Utzon. You may have heard this name before because he is also the man behind Sidney Opera House
- The biggest carnival event in Northern Europe takes place in the streets of Aalborg. It is a very popular event in the end of May.
- Aalborg is famous for making its own liquor, akvavitsnaps, which is the national drink of Denmark, along with beer. It’s especially a tradition to drink this at Christmas and Easter, but is also enjoyed at other occasions
A place of interest is "Nordkraft”. A refurbished powerplant that now hosts a wide range of culturel activities such as the concert venue Skråen, the art cinema Biffen, and Nordkraft Theatre. If you are more into sports, you’ll be happy to find DGI huset (House of DGI) in Nordkraft, which has all sorts of sports activities - among these a great climbing wall. Please visit following website for more information on Nordkraft (unfortunately only in Danish): http://www.nordkraft.dk/ We have several art galleries, where the biggest one is called “Kunsten”. If you like to shop, Aalborg has two whole streets and two big shopping centers. We have lots of parks located in the center of Aalborg, where you can enjoy nature. Also we have a zoo and an amusementpark, Fårup Sommerland. At the harbor there are multiple areas for recreational activities, a football court, a swimming pool and parks.
Also visit following website for generall information on being a tourist in Aalborg: http://www.visitaalborg.com/international/en-gb/menu/tourist/aalborg-tourist.htm
Exchange Aalborg consists of approximately 7 medical students, where Professional Exchange and Research Exchange work together arranging the stays of the incoming students. Some of our tasks consist of providing the exchanger with a contact person, arrange social programme and finding accommodation. We do whatever we can to make sure that the stay become an unique and unforgettable experience! Please have in mind that Exchange Aalborg is only run by volunteers.
When visiting Denmark, there are some things that you need to bring with you:
- Cash (Dollars or another worldwide currency) to change money at the airport (to Danish DKK.) or VISA/Mastercard
- Insurance papers for Health- AND damage-insurance.
- Student ID
- Vaccination papers
- Reflex hammer
- Warm clothes (especially if your are visiting in September-April)
- Mobile phone
You don’t need to bring your own hospital uniform. The hospital will provide you with this.
Your contact person will contact you by email before your arrival in Aalborg. You can ask your contact person questions about your stay, the hospital, your journey, arrival, Aalborg and much more. Be sure to exchange phone numbers with your contact person, so that if plans are changed it will be possible for you to reach each other. Start reading these wikipages thoroughly! If your questions are not answered you can direct them at firstname.lastname@example.org which is answered by the Aalborg LEO.
If you bring your phone you can buy a Danish SIM card which makes it cheaper to use your phone in Denmark. Your contact person will be able to help you with this. Your contact person will also take you to the hospital the first day. Be sure to be ready on time!
- http://ifmsa.org/exchange/scope/explore/conditions/view/25, Professional Exchange: Exchange Conditions of IMCC (Denmark)
- http://ifmsa.org/exchange/score/explore/conditions/view/52, Research Exchange: Exchange Conditions of IMCC (Denmark)