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By Karin Kaas

When Loffy Mathew boarded the aircraft in Bombay to fly to Denmark, the only thing he knew about the country was that Danes are good at making dairy products. Now he knows somewhat more. Because after a year in Denmark, the 30 year old Indian has experienced a little of everything. So what is his overall impression?

Loffy Mathew likes the Danish work culture the most. Working 9 to 5 is luxury compared to what he is used to

Photo: Les Kaner

“Mostly good,” says Loffy Mathew, who loves the friendly Danes and has seen everything worth seeing of Danish tourist attractions. But most of all, he likes the Danish work culture. Working from 9 to 5 is luxury compared to what he is used to. Since 2000 he has been posted to Singapore, Indonesia and Taiwan. And now it is the turn of Denmark.

“In Denmark, the work culture is very different to what I have experienced so far. Here there is no one breathing down your neck all the time. No one constantly telling you what to do. Instead you have plenty of freedom. Superiors show confidence in you, and you have responsibility yourself for assessing how tasks are best carried out, so long as you deliver the required results,” says an enthusiastic Loffy Mathew.

He works for the Danish postal service in Copenhagen. Together with about twenty other Indians, he has been brought in to carry out a very specific task, namely to implement software from Germany’s SAP into Post Danmark. Like his Indian colleagues, Loffy is a specialist in this type of software. He was educated at the University in Pune close to Bombay, where he graduated with a Masters Degree five years ago. Instead of settling down in his homeland, Loffy chose to have some years as a travelling consultant.

“It is a good opportunity to earn some extra money. My salary here is a lot higher than it would be in India,” he says. He is however certain that this type of job only works when you are young.

“When I start a family, I will settle permanently in India,” says Loffy, who is married and accompanied in Denmark by his wife. The couple live in an apartment in central Copenhagen. The Indian service company Tata, Loffy Mathew’s employer, has rented the apartment and pays the rent, insurance and other necessities. Loffy and his wife spend their spare time webchatting with family and friends at home in India, playing cards or socialising with the other Indians and their families, who currently are working for Post Danmark.

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