Living Denmark

Danish way of living

Income equality – Hygge – Low crime rate – High level of English – Danish Welfare

Denmark is widely cited as one of the world’s most liveable places and according to the OECD it has the world’s highest level of income equality.

Located on Scandinavia’s southern edge, Denmark is Europe’s gateway to the Nordic region. Denmark is a safe and secure country with a very low crime rate. The Danes are relaxed, informal, and often ironic. “Hygge” – making people feel at home – is an essential part of life. Maybe that is why the Danes have so often been named as the world’s happiest people. Most Danes also have a good command of English, so you can communicate easily even if you don’t speak Danish.

The standard of living is high and the economy performs above the European average. Accommodation, food, and transport are therefore relatively expensive in Denmark compared to other countries. On the other hand, salaries are correspondingly high, and services such as medical treatment are free of charge.

Living costs

The economy in Denmark performs above the European average, which means people who live here enjoy a high standard of living. This is reflected in the living costs and, therefore, accommodation, food, transport and leisure are relatively expensive in Denmark, compared to many other countries. However, Danish salaries are correspondingly high, and many services such as medical treatment and schools are paid for via taxes and the Danish welfare system, due to this no user fees are charged at the point of use. 

Budget Examples From Past Interns

  • Rent: €250 (incl. internet, water and heat)
  • Food and utilities: €200
  • Phone: €10
  • Transport: €58
  • Socialising and Entertainment: €54 (Nights out, day trips, cinema etc.)
  • Other expenses: €11 (Gym, streaming, Clubs etc.)

TOTAL: €583/MONTH

1 EURO= DKK7.45

  • Rent per person: €345 (incl. water and heat)
  • Food and utilities: €240
  • Phone and internet: €25
  • Books and study supplies: €20
  • Socialising and Entertainment: €240 (Nights out, day trips, cinema etc.)
  • Other expenses: €35 (Gym, streaming, Clubs etc.)

TOTAL: €905/MONTH

1 EURO= DKK7.45

Top Money Saving Tips: 

  • Check supermarket’s discounts periodically, you can get necessary products for half-price or even less.
  • If you need to buy furniture and such, check out Facebook Market and/or Reuse.
  • Note down all your expenses and keep an eye on them.
  • Try to make food at home, it’s always cheaper than going out.

Must Have Apps When Living In Denmark

  • These MUST HAVE APPS will make your stay in Denmark more convenient and they will save your money as well! 

Life in Denmark

  • Lifeindenmark.dk is part of the common public portal in Denmark called borger.dk.
  • Danish Etiquette. Being in a new country requires you to learn some new rules of etiquette so that you are not spoiling your chances for further invites.