Are you thinking about moving to Denmark? If so then you’ve come to the right pace.
Where to move in Denmark? We’ve given you the three most popular expat destinations.
We’ve followed up with 8 Keys to follow to unlock your successful move and followed it up with 5 vital tips for the best time to make your international move along with saving you money too!
Look out for the PS at the end – well worth considering, when making any international move to another country.
Our articles and blogs will give you essential information and advice, tips and tales for moving to Denmark.
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The Danes have the proud title
of being one of the world’s happiest nations.
According to many, Copenhagen, the capital seems to have an equal if not better quality of life than London and some would say that properties are cheaper than many European Capital cities, including London!
Where to move in Denmark?
Small and perfectly formed that’s Denmark! We’ve given you just three popular expat destinations.
Moving to Copenhagen
The capital gives a larger choice of jobs and better pay but this brings higher costs for housing with possible longer commuting time if you have to live outside the city.
If you’re moving to Copenhagen then their welfare system offers childcare and paid leave for their citizens.
It’s a beautiful city, lively and filled with culture.
There are eight neighbourhoods around the city, each with their own style and you’ll need to check them out before moving to Copenhagen
- Indre Byen
- Nyhavn and Kongens Nytorv
Moving to Aarhus?
As an expat moving to Aarhus, you’ll find that the city’s population is young and perfect for you if you are here to study.
With a massive student population leading to challenges in finding accommodation it’s wise to check out forums and research well beforehand.
Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark with a population of only 261K, expect a small town where you can easily walk to everything!
If you are moving for work and you’re a native English speaker then life is easier as the majority of Danes speak English.
For a comparison on prices for food housing clothing transportation and entertainment click here
Moving to Odense
One of Denmark’s oldest cities and the third largest city with 175k population, Odense is the campus of the University of Southern Denmark.
Moving to Odense will open up any dream you’ve ever had for writing your story as it’s the home of Hans Christian Anderson, visit the open-air museum The Funen Village where streets and houses from Hans Christian Anderseon’s era have been recreated.
If you’re an expat moving to Odense and looking for work there are several major industries including the Albani Brewery and GASA, Denmark’s major dealer in vegetables, fruits and flowers.
These crucial 8 Keys introduce you to the challenges you’ll need to unlock if you’re making a move to Denmark.
- Language? Not a problem, so don’t see it as a hindrance, as most Dane’s speak English; they love the opportunity to share their knowledge too. The State offers you free Danish lessons for the first three years, so there’s no excuse anyway!
Top Tip? Frequent the bars and join in conversations with the local that’s the way international football stars move through any language barriers.
There’ll be no problem with language if you’ve a family because education and health together with meeting other families will bring you in touch with necessary Colloquial Danish language.
- Paying Tax? Are you working for UK companies or Danish companies?
Even if you work at the UK and travel there for your work, it’s so easy and cheap to commute that there are some in London who found it more cost effective to move to Denmark and travel to London than move to, say, Brighton and commute.
However, you’ll still need to be paying tax in Denmark.
The average tax bill is 40% click here for further tax info.
However, for those with families, this bill is more than returned in the form of substantially subsidised child care and paid maternity leave with 52 weeks shared between partners.
Even if you are unemployed you can receive up to £400 per week.
Small wonder some couples beginning their families are considering moving to Copenhagen!
- Bureaucracy? Yes, it exists.
Where on the planet can you get away from it?
You need, to begin with obtaining a visa and then a CPR (personal ID number facilitating accurate integration between all Danish systems).
Fitting in, working, socialising and living in Denmark begin with having accommodation, which entitles you to this CPR and you’ll need a registration certificate if an EU resident – or a permit of non-EU.
No CPR? No medical visits, no language lessons, no job – and so the list continues.
Further info on CPR click here
Here’s a Top Tip for paperwork, because every country prioritises documentation: before you make your move, duplicate and triplicate everything about you, your family and pets, save on the cloud and store photos of the paperwork on your iPad for easy access.
You’ll avoid a lot of stress!
- Accommodation: You’re moving to a country with a progressive attitude including owning property.
Denmark has many cooperative housing schemes that form part of a larger residential community.
They’re a cross between home ownership and rental.
To understand how it works and what it means to own an affordable home especially in Copenhagen click here.
Essentially, you pay a monthly fee (like a service charge) into the community enabling you to buy, for example, a two bedroom apartment right in the centre of Copenhagen for £150,000 which will be yours to repair and develop and potentially increase the value.
Of course, you’ll need to pay the mortgage you’ll negotiate to buy the property too.
- Want to rent when you move?
The most popular cities for rental are Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg and Copenhagen.
A tad more difficult though, especially in January and September.
Why? Expat contracts usually begin work on the first day of the year.
Timing really can be crucial when moving. September 1st is the influx of students attending Copenhagen’s universities so another time to avoid.
Top Tip? At the time of booking your removal company (make that top of your to-do list), also book a relocation agency to help you get an advantage, especially if your Danish language is poor.
Click here for one of the largest rental housing portals.
Sign up for networking forums on renting in Den-mark and use them regularly.
If you are single looking to rent, seriously consider connecting with a roommate and sharing an apartment.
Click here for in-depth information on renting in Denmark.
- Maintaining communication and connections when you move. You’ll want to keep in touch around the world with friends and family. By European standards, prices are reasonable. Denmark’s Internet coverage is some of the best in the world. TDC remains the market leader with Telia, Stofa and Tele 2 offering the competition. If you don’t speak Danish, go to the ISPs shops to find the best deal. For more research about the terms, prices and speeds, visit the webpage. Danish mobile broadband, which is normally 3G, will mean you can go online no matter where you are in Denmark. For local Danish mobile deals, sim cards and whether you can use your mobile phone from your home country in Denmark click here. Contracts are usually six months minimum. Top Tip: Get that CPR first. It really is a priority for everything in Denmark. You may also need copies of passport and confirmation of accommodation.
- Begin your plan for moving pets to Denmark well ahead, which could include vaccination, passport and microchip details.
And include the preparation for your children too.
Current medicines and favourite (comfort) foods might not be easily available in Denmark.
You’ll rest easier if you move with two month’s worth of medicines and favourite foods from your own country.
This gives you time to source equivalent in Denmark. After all, an easier settling in period will be worth its weight in gold. You’ll be glad that you did!
Top Tip: source Amazon and other delivery services beforehand, you may find your favourite brands are easily accessed. Although, for example, some over the counter medicinal brands may well require a prescription in Denmark.
- Your Health in Denmark: healthcare system is dominated by the public sector with democratically elected assemblies in all levels.
The state is responsible for legal framework for health, coordinating the delivery of services.
Hospitals are generally owned and operated by the regions.
You’re moving to a great healthcare service where Standards are some of the highest in Europe, although there are private health hospitals if required.
Healthcare is free to Expats if EU citizens.
International health insurance is recommended for non-EU citizens, although once naturalised as a Danish citizen and in receipt of a CPR and health insurance card, access to healthcare is free regardless.
- Expats moving to Denmark should cover themselves with international health insurance until becoming permanent residents in Denmark. An application for residency can be obtained after three months
- Your Danish employer may provide you with health insurance enabling you to gain access to private health meaning less waiting times.
6 VITAL Tips for the best time to move to Denmark AND save money too!
Yes, you can move at any time of the year and you will if necessary.
But timing can be a real asset, saving you money, hassle and stress.
P.S. Feel the fear and do it anyway!
- International Moving Companies will always be hard at work in the spring and the summer.
Nature of the beast if you think about it, with everyone preferring to move in warmer, sunny days.
Prices, therefore, will be higher and waiting times longer.
- Pick low demand months, a month or so before or after major holidays and other religious dates.
Can you take your children out of school?
Prices should be cheaper.
It’s already been mentioned elsewhere that 1st of January and 1st of September are difficult times with Expat contracts beginning and Universities starting their autumn term.
- Choose mid-week removals – they’ll be less likely to coincide with major events and festivals.
- Investigate your route to lower fuel costs.
For example, avoid heavy traffic or hill routes with possible stops and starts.
- How are your negotiation skills? Negotiate a lease to begin mid-month if you’re renting, where you should find better prices from your Removal Company.
- Want access to people in the know? Your international moving company will provide you with the latest facts including a list of specific do’s and don’ts for your move to Denmark.
They’ll see you through from beginning to end of the move and beyond if you require storage elsewhere!
As soon as you’ve made the decision to move to Denmark, book your International Removal Company.
Make that your absolute first priority.
Welcome to Denmark! You’ve made the decision you are making an international move.
First things first, accept that yes, you will have moments of stress and even doubts, but there’s absolutely no need for upsetting your wellbeing (and long term health of you and your family) if you’re prepared to plan ahead.
It’s best to travel to Denmark several times before moving too.
Get a flavour of the country in the good and bad weather, high and low seasons.
Plan in small steps and factor in celebrations too. Otherwise, everything becomes a long uphill struggle.
Make sure you celebrate with friends before you go and factor in times for them to visit you and for you to visit them – free accommodation all around!
Don’t forget to make a plan for the first year living in Denmark, include discovery times to find out and explore more of your new country, make an effort to meet locals every month too.
It’s so easy to hit the ground running and continue with the same old rut you left behind!
Every change is an adventure; it takes time though to move through change.
It takes on average six months to attain a semblance of normality after a move within your own country.
Therefore an international move to another country and another culture may well be longer.
Read books by authors who have moved to Denmark, set up networking through forums and Expat sites and make every effort to step into the community you’ve chosen.