Personal Interview

September 30, 2009 at 12:48 am (PRCA 3333)

For my International PR class we has to interview a non U.S citizen. I interviewed a friend of mine named Morten. He is from Denmark and moved to the U.S with his family at the age of thirteen.

1. How do the media operate?

-In Denmark media is transmitted mainly through the T.V and radio, but mostly T.V.

2. How effective do you think this method is?

– I think it is effective but in Denmark, if you have basic cable you only get 2 channels. This means that there is not much of a variety on T.V.  However, these 2 channels do provide the most important coverage.

3. What is your view of global business?

– I think that it is positive because when you are conducting with other countries business workers can find the cheapest and most effective way to do things.

4. What do you think about relationships formed through global business transactions?

-I think that it is good to form these relationships, but it can be difficult because different countries have different laws and policies that influence decisions.

5. What are some of the biggest differences you noticed between Americans and the Danish?

-I think that in the U.S  people care a lot more about religion than the do in Denmark. Another difference is the number of cars and the availability of them. In Denmark, I only have one friend who owns his own car. Here every friend I have owns one. They are also a lot cheaper in the U.S.

6. Is public relations a major that you are familiar with in your country?

-Yeah, but it is not a very popular choice to study. It isn’t mentioned very often.

7. What are the most popular majors people in Denmark study in college?

-The main ones are political science and economics. Danish media is not as interactive as American so it is not viewed as important.

8.How did you feel initially about being a part of  a different culture?

-At first I was pretty timid and nervous.  I didn’t know the social norms and how to ‘properly’ interact. But after I got here I realized that Americans were very accepting.

9. What advice do you have for an American seeking employment in your country?

-I would say you should be open to new ways of living. Even though both our countries are western cultures we are very different societies. You should be yourself and keep your values, but also accept the culture your living in.

10. What pretense did you have about Americans before you moved here?

-I thought they were arrogant. I thought Americans didn’t care about the rest of the world because they didn’t need to.


1 Comment

  1. Andrews said,

    Some interesting comments.

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