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Cost of Living in Denmark

Cost of Living in Denmark

The cost of living is around a quarter to a third higher than in Germany. Copenhagen is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Smaller cities and rural areas are much cheaper.

You would need around € 5,130.05 in Copenhagen to maintain the same standard of living that you could have in Berlin with € 3,700.00 (assuming you rent in both cities).

  • Consumer prices in Copenhagen are 34.74% higher than in Berlin (excluding rent)
  • Consumer prices including rent in Copenhagen are 38.65% higher than in Berlin
  • Rental prices in Copenhagen are 47.25% higher than in Berlin
  • Restaurant prices in Copenhagen are 75.07% higher than in Berlin
  • Food prices in Copenhagen are 28.93% higher than in Berlin
  • The local purchasing power in Copenhagen is 8.70% lower than in Berlin

Average cost of living in Copenhagen (from 06/2020 – 05/2021)

Restaurant Ø € Price € Price from / to
Food, price w. restaurant 17.82 12.10-26.90
Middle class, 3 courses for 2 people. 94.14 65.69-161.38
Local beer, 0.5 l 6.72 4.11 – 8.07
Imported beer, 0.33 l 5.44 5.37-8.07
cappuccino 5.21 3.28 – 6.72
Coca / Pepsi (0.33 l) 3.27 2.00-5.38
Water (0.33 l) 2.60 1.61-4.00
Food Ø € Price € Price from / to
Milk (1 L) 1.33 1.14-1.75
White bread (500g) 2.81 1.34-5.38
Rice (white), (1kg) 2.18 0.94-3.36
Eggs (12) 3.58 2.39-4.84
Local cheese (1kg) 13.00 6.72-34.97
Chicken breast fillet (1kg) 8.52 4.71-12.28
Beef (1kg) 13.27 7.40-22.06
Apples (1kg) 2.63 1.34-4.03
Bananas (1kg) 2.59 1.34-4.03
Oranges (1kg) 2.69 1.34-4.03
Tomatoes (1kg) 4.22 2.62 – 6.72
Potatoes (1kg) 1.89 1.08-2.69
Onions (1kg) 1.44 1.08-2.69
Lettuce (1 head) 1.57 1.34-2.42
Water (1.5 l) 1.16 0.47-2.69
Bottle of wine (middle class) 8.07 5.38-13.45
Local beer (0.5 l) 1.60 0.82-2.69
Imported beer (0.33 l) 2.17 1.34-3.36

Average costs for local transport, utilities, clothing, leisure, education in Copenhagen (from 06/2020 – 05/2021)

Mode of Transport Ø € Price € Price from / to
One-time ticket 3.23 2.02-4.84
Monthly pass 80.69 58.50-107.59
Taxi base amount 6.72 4.71-10.09
Taxi 1 km 1.87 1.21-2.69
Ancillary housing costs Ø € Price € Price from / to
for 85 sqm apartment (electricity, water, garbage, etc. 179.33 105.52-403.46
1 minute prepaid mobile tariff 0.15 0.05-0.16
Internet (60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, cable / ADSL) 33.60 20.17-53.79
Clothes, shoes Ø € Price € Price from / to
Jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 103.32 53.79-134.49
Summer dress (Zara, H&M,… 42.94 17.35-67.24
Nike sports shoes, middle class 111.30 67.24-161.38
Leather business shoes 163.09 107.59-201.73
leisure time Ø € Price € Price from / to
Fitness center, month / adult 38.60 20.17-53.79
Tennis, 1 hour on weekends 30.15 20.15-45.72
a movie ticket 16.14 13.45-20.17
training Ø € Price € Price from / to
Preschool / Kindergarten, private, whole day, monthly per child 417.63 309.32-511.04
International primary school per year and child 11,930.71 4,034.56-20,172.78

Average rental prices / purchase and salaries in Copenhagen (from 06/2020 – 05/2021)

Monthly rental price Ø € Price € Price from / to
Apartment (1 bedroom) in the city center 1,426.62 941.40-1882.79
Apartment (1 bedroom) outside the center 1..120.30 672.43-1,546.58
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in the city center 2,425.06 1,990.38-3,362.13
Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside the center 1,910.59 1,479.34 – 2,420.73
Purchase price of apartments Ø € Price € Price from / to
Price per square meter for an apartment in the city – purchase 6,717.06 5,648.38-8,069.11
Price per square meter – apartment outside the center – purchase 4,668.41 3,765.59-5,782.86
wages Ø € Price € Price from / to
Average monthly salary (after taxes) 3,215.38

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Emigration and Living Denmark – Conclusion

High standard of living, proximity to Germany, many opportunities to find a job, high immigrant satisfaction, peaceful, relatively safe from natural disasters, free of nuclear power, many speak German in North Schleswig. However, one should have a good command of DanishThis is about an experience of a German student who emigrated to Denmark to study.

General provisions for travel and residence (until the corona pandemic)

If you are German, Austrian or Swiss, you can stay in Denmark for up to 90 days without a visa. You can enter the country with your identity card or with a passport. Please note that the travel documents are valid for at least 3 months longer than the planned departure time if you continue your journey to Greenland or the Faroe Islands. Children need their own travel documents.

If your stay is not just about vacation, but you would like to explore Denmark as your future adopted home, there is the possibility to initially stay cheaply in a holiday home or holiday apartment (Denmark in a holiday home). A recommended address for a holiday home in Lökken is Interhome. This saves you unnecessarily high costs for a house or a rental apartment. In order to extend your stay to 6 months, you need to register with the residents’ registration office.

You will be granted a residence permit for more than 6 months if you can provide evidence of an employment contract or – in the case of self-employed work – corresponding evidence of this. You can apply for a Danish residence or work permit online at tyskland.um.dk.

Speaking Danish is an advantage when immigrating to Denmark. Take enough time to learn Danish at home. You can find more information about Danish courses on the website of the Danish Embassy.

Test here for free how well you speak and understand Danish (takes about 3 minutes).

If you are looking for a suitable apartment to rent, you will surely find it on the BoligPortal. It has existed for 20 years and is Denmark’s largest rental property platform. A special service of the portal is that it calls every landlord personally, which means that there are no spam or fake ads.

Cost of Living in Denmark

Current Emigration to Denmark

Current Emigration to Denmark


Area: 42,921 km²
Residents: 5,748,769 (2018)
Population density: 134 E / km²
Form of Government: Parliamentary hereditary monarchy
System of Government: Parliamentary democracy
Neighboring countries: Sweden, Germany
Capital: Copenhagen National
Language: Danish
81.5% Protestant,
3% Muslim,
0, 6% Catholics,
0.26% Jehovah’s Witnesses
Currency: Danish krone (DKK)
1 Danish krone = 100 ore
Exchange rates:
1 EUR = 7.44 DKK
1 DKK = 0.13 EUR
1 CHF = 6.85 DKK
1 DKK = 0.15 CHF
(rate from 13.07.2021)
Telephone area code: +45
Time zone: UTC +1

In 2020, 1,479 Germans officially emigrated to Denmark and 785 came back to their homeland. Within the 10 years from 2010 to 2019, 12,708 Germans officially emigrated to Denmark and 8,445 moved back to Germany. This landed this coastal country on the remarkable 6th place on the satisfaction list of all emigration destinations. In 2020 there were officially 26,135 Germans living in Denmark, most of them on the border with Germany.

In 2017, 11.5% of the population was born abroad. Most come from Scandinavian countries, followed by immigrants from Turkey and Eastern Europe. The official language is Danish. German is recognized as the only minority language. Dialects such as Sønderjysk and Bornholmsk are spoken in some parts of the country. English is the most important foreign language in Denmark, but French still has some influence. About 90% of the students learn German as a second foreign language at least temporarily.

Denmark is divided into the following five regions with a total of 98 municipalities: Nordjylland (Northern Jutland and the islands of Vendsyssel-Thy, Mors and Læsø), Midtjylland (central part of Jutland), Syddanmark (south of Jutland and the island of Funen), Hovedstaden (northeast Zealand with the capital Copenhagen and the island Bornholm) and Sjælland (large part of the island Sjælland and the islands Lolland, Falster and Møn).

The economic upswing and reforms on the labor market have led to a sharp decline in unemployment since the mid-1990s. The country is climatically very balanced; not too hot summers, but mild winters due to the influence of the Gulf Stream. Due to the islands and the rugged bays, Denmark has a relatively long coastline of 7,314 km.

Work – job offer

Perhaps things are not going as well as one is used to in the Danish labor market, the job satisfaction rate, but it is among the highest in Europe. Denmark’s labor market combines flexibility with social security for all workers. Everyday work is characterized by flat hierarchies, teamwork and relaxed, friendly cooperation.

All Danish employers are legally obliged to provide you with an employment contract. You are entitled to a contract if you have been employed for at least one month and more than eight hours a week.

Denmark has one of the highest wages in the EU. However, these are reduced to a moderate level by high taxes. In many cases it is easy to get a job because there are no bureaucratic hurdles and you do not need a work permit. It should be noted, however, that not all German training courses are recognized here. Before starting work, you should apply for a tax card (e-tax card) from the responsible tax authority. If you do not do this, the employer pays a tax of 60%.

Everyone who works in Denmark pays income tax. To ensure this, it is necessary to apply for an electronic tax card from the Danish Customs and Tax Administration (SKAT). Without this tax card, the employer will automatically deduct 55 percent tax from your salary. You can find more detailed information on applying for the tax card at https://www.skat.dk/

As an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, the step into self-employment is made easy. To do this, you need to register your company with the Danish Commerce and Companies Agency. You can do this online at virk.dk (this page only exists in Danish).

There is a particular need for skilled workers in the catering, agriculture and healthcare sectors. Craftsmen, construction workers and engineers are also wanted. The employment office or the central office for job placement and the European Employment Services (Eures) can help with the job search.

If you pay into Denmark’s unemployment fund yourself, you can also take advantage of Denmark’s extensive unemployment insurance, as the following graphic shows (unfortunately only in English at the moment). If you click on the graphic, you will find more information in English on the skift-a-kasse.dk website.

As in Germany, there is a statutory health insurance requirement in Denmark if you have a job. In comparison to Germany, however, Denmark only has state health insurance. To take advantage of this, you should register with the residents’ registration office as soon as possible and apply for a health insurance card. Since the exhibition can take some time, you should cover yourself with a foreign health insurance for the transition period.

Homeschooling, homeschooling, free learning

An increasingly popular alternative to normal school attendance is homeschooling (home tuition or home tuition) or free learning (unschooling). In Denmark, home schooling is legally controlled by the school as an alternative to the compulsory public school system. Inspections are mandatory every year unless specific arrangements have been made.

One possibility to be examined is to have the children taught at home in German by the Wilhelm von Humboldt Online Private School. This means that children can be taught according to the German curriculum by teachers who are accredited in Germany and thus be prepared for the secondary school leaving certificate and the Abitur – information HERE.

Current Emigration to Denmark

Denmark Destinations

Denmark Destinations

Denmark is a country of happy people. Versatile Denmark is a family-friendly holiday destination. Denmark is constantly rocking the top of happiness statistics when it comes to measuring the living environment and quality of life. Tourists in Denmark also get a little taste of this happiness. Legoland is Denmark’s most popular attraction. According to countryaah, Denmark is a country located in northern Europe.


Copenhagen is always worth a visit

Copenhagen is Denmark’s largest population center and a great city holiday destination, combining Scandinavian-style functionality with the atmosphere of Central European metropolises.

The green capital is the main destination for many travelers in Denmark, with plenty to do and see. The Little Mermaid Statue is the most famous of the sights, but you can also get out of the city wildly without a sightseeing tour.

Rent Fillari in Copenhagen and explore the city’s varied residential areas: the vibrant city center, bohemian Nørrebro and trendy Vesterbro. Enjoy Danish cuisine in the Michelin-starred restaurants or street eateries, sit in the atmospheric cafés and watch the stylish Danes tread past.

If you want to have fun, the best amusement park in Northern Europe, Tivoli, is your choice. The amusement park is open at midnight and is also well-suited for adults to spend the night with its bars and restaurants.

Billund, home of Legos

Located in Billund, Legoland is the most popular attraction in the country, with nearly two million visitors a year. In the area you will find a variety of Lego-built worlds, amusement park equipment and everything the little ones in the family could miss.

The city of Billund itself is an agglomeration of just over 6,000 inhabitants that shines with its novelty. In addition to city tours and Legos, there is plenty to do at least for golfers as well as cyclists.


Young but old Aarhus

Århus is Denmark’s second largest city with more than 300,000 inhabitants. It is a fast-growing and urban population center with a youthful atmosphere.

Youth does not just depend on the atmosphere, as Århus is the youngest city in the country in terms of population. Almost one in five Århus residents is a student and almost 35,000 students attend the city’s university alone.

The young population is counterbalanced by the long history of Århus. The Vikings founded the city more than 1,200 years ago. At the open-air museum in the Old Town, you can experience how working and living used to feel.

In addition to the Old Town, the tourist will find several interesting museums in Århus, the most famous of which is the Aros Art Museum, at the top of which the tourist can view Århus glowing in different rainbow colors through a work of art.

Those who enjoy the outdoors can jump on the back of a horse or ride a canoe, without forgetting, of course, the great opportunities for golfing.

Roskilde is a meeting place of history and popular culture

Roskilde is a city of less than fifty thousand inhabitants only about 30 kilometers from Copenhagen. Like Århus, it is one of the oldest cities in Denmark.

The wings of history roar especially at the foot of the city’s prehistoric monuments. At least Roskilde Cathedral, where most of the Queen and Kings of Denmark are buried, can be considered a must-see.

Today, the city of Roskilde is best known for its legendary summer music festival. The Roskilde Festival attracts more than a hundred thousand music lovers and many world-class stars to the city every year.

Museum of Modern Art Louisiana

Humlebæk, 40 kilometers north of Copenhagen, is home to perhaps Denmark’s most interesting museum. The Museum of Modern Art Louisiana’s art collection is impressive, and works by Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso , among others, can be admired on site.

In addition to the collection, Louisiana always has changing exhibitions, and the museum also hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Louisiana’s surroundings are beautiful, especially during the summer, and you can have a great lunch out, for example.

Louisiana is easily reached from Copenhagen by train, bus or car.

Impressive nature on the island of Møn

Møns Klint in South Zealand is one of the best kept secrets in the Nordic countries. Known for its flat terrain, Denmark surprises the tourist just an hour’s drive from Copenhagen with its stunning whitewashed cliffs.

On the east coast of the island of Møn, the vertical shimmering white limestone cliffs reach up to 128 meters above sea level, creating an unreal impression, especially in spring and summer, of a sea that rarely glows like turquoise.

Accommodation in Denmark

Short for DMK by abbreviationfinder, Denmark’s diverse accommodations are known for their hospitality and immediate atmosphere, and there are plenty of options for the tourist. As an alternative to regular hotel accommodation, you can experience romance and noble life by staying in one of Denmark’s many castles and mansions.

Also in terms of accommodation, the price level in Denmark is quite high, but a budget traveler can also find a place to stay in one of the numerous hostels. Even hostels are typically clean and comfortable for the price.

According to an old proverb, every Dane wants to own a holiday home in addition to a flagpole. About 40,000 of the cottages are for rent and their demand is strong. The holiday home offers a natural way to explore Denmark and its countryside. Most cottages are located close to water and scenic areas.



Copenhagen is one of Denmark’s most interesting travel destinations.

The most interesting cities

  1. Copenhagen
  2. Århus
  3. Odense
  4. Aalborg
  5. Roskilde

The best taste experiences

  1. Smørrebrød
  2. Wiener
  3. Hotdog from the street kiosk
  4. Danish beer
  5. Dishes from Michelin restaurants

The best places to visit

  1. Copenhagen
  2. Legoland
  3. Louisiana
  4. Roskilde Festival
  5. Møn Island