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Denmark at a Glance

Moving to Denmark

Denmark has a lot to offer for expats who enjoy great food, beautiful scenery, and a relaxed atmosphere. Are you ready for moving to Denmark? InterNations offers advice on visa requirements, public transportation, and other aspects of the little European kingdom.

Formerly a Viking nation and a major European power player, Denmark has now evolved to a thriving nation which plays an important role in European and Scandinavian politics. Expats moving to Denmark will not only benefit from the country’s close proximity to other European nations; they will also enjoy the comparatively mild climate and high quality of life. In fact, Denmark is said to be one of the happiest nations in the world.

But moving to Denmark has more to offer than a beautiful countryside and a happy population. The Danes are a very design-savvy bunch and are known around the world for their style in furniture, fashion, architecture, and graphic design.

Denmark: Facts and Figures

Moving to Denmark takes you to a small country just north of Germany, located between the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. The country includes not only the peninsula Jutland, but also several major islands called Sjaelland, Fyn, and Bornholm. Expats enjoy a temperate climate with mild and windy winters and cool summers.

With a size of about 43,000km² and a population of over 5.5 million people, Denmark is the smallest, but also the most populous country in Scandinavia.

The Autonomous Provinces in Denmark

When talking about moving to Denmark, most people refer to Jutland, Zealand, Funen, and the surrounding islands in the North and the Baltic Sea. However, there are two autonomous provinces which belong to Denmark as well: the Faroe Islands and Greenland. A move to Denmark’s provinces gets you in touch with a completely different environment, culture, and language, not to mention a rather frosty climate.

The Faroe Islands

Expats on their way to the Faroe Islands should expect to travel another two hours by plane from Copenhagen. The 18 mountainous islands, located in the North Atlantic Ocean are the right place to enjoy dramatic landscapes, wild oceans, and peaceful mountains. The Faroe Islands offer you almost 1,300km of coastline. Moreover, you are never more than five kilometers away from the ocean. The largest town of the archipelago is Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroes, with almost 20,000 inhabitants.

A move to Denmark’s Faroe Islands will also introduce you to a nation descending directly from the Vikings. Faroese, the language of the locals, derives directly from the Old West Norse language spoken in the Middle Ages. It was declared the official language of the archipelago in the twentieth century and is used in all matters of life. Other Scandinavian languages, such as Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish are spoken as well. However, expats moving to Denmark’s autonomous provinces need not fear! Many Faroese have a good grasp of the English language as well.

Greenland

Would you prefer an even frostier environment? Greenland will impress you with giant icebergs and layers of inland ice which are kilometers thick and frozen solid. Unexpectedly, you will also find green mountains here and beautiful wildflowers, next to the fjords and hot springs. The flora and fauna is indeed breathtaking. Upon moving to Denmark’s northernmost province, you may encounter whales, seals, polar bears, reindeer, and more wildlife.

Greenland’s native people have learned to thrive and survive under extreme conditions. Located east of the Alaskan archipelago, Greenland has traditionally been home to hunters and sealers who lived in small, isolated communities. The culture of Greenland is still reflected in the country’s language, clothing, and food. A basic command of Danish, which is a minority language here, as well as Greenlandic (also known as Kalaallisut) can be of great help for the few expats in Denmark’s northern autonomous provinces.

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