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Arriving in Esbjerg by accident

Family and housing

"I usually describe Esbjerg as a small town which has all the advantages of a big city"

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Birgit Bech Jensen

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Each year, Esbjerg municipality welcomes more than 5,000 newcomers from around Denmark and the rest of the world. EnergyMetropolis met with some of them to hear their stories . Here you can meet Marta and Antonio who moved from Belgium to Esbjerg.

In 2015, Marta Sawicka and Antonio Carratù, who lived in Belgium at the time, decided on a change of scenery. They agreed that whomever got a new, exciting job first, got to decide where to move. So, when Antonio was offered a job as an industrial product designer after a job interview with Esbjerg-based company Sebra, which designs toys and interior design products for children, the decision was made: the couple would move to Esbjerg. Even though they did not know anything about the area, they are today happy about that decision:

I usually describe Esbjerg as a small town which has all the advantages of a big city

Antonio Carratù

Industrial product designer and newcomer

– It is nice to have city and nature so close. We like being active and appreciate being able to go for a walk in the woods or on the beach. When family and friends come to visit us, we quite often take them to the deer park and feed roe deer or go to the Wadden Sea Centre, says Marta, who is now a graphic designer at the advertising agency Kirk & Holm.

Even though the couple, originally from Poland and Italy, previously had lived in big cities like Milan and Dublin, they do not suffer deprivation in Esbjerg.

– The town has developed a lot in the last few years and cafés and other new places to eat open all the time. I usually describe Esbjerg as a small town which has all the advantages of a big city, explains Antonio, who evaluates the couple’s career options to be better here as well:

– We feel there are a lot more opportunities here, because there are not quite as many candidates for a job and the number of jobs is increasing. I actually think that we will stay – even though we had originally expected to move on in a couple of years.