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Healthcare and Education in Copenhagen

Life in Copenhagen is largely characterized by diversity, social equality, and overall excitement. In our Expat Guide, you can learn all about Copenhagen’s city districts, the housing search, healthcare, and education to get ready for living in Copenhagen!
Copenhageners like to cycle to work to stay healthy and in shape.

Free Healthcare, but Research Your Options

Denmark’s healthcare system is excellent and offers an abundance of medical facilities and services to all citizens. In the spirit of the welfare state, all residents indeed enjoy equal access to healthcare services. Specific services and health insurance schemes are organized by municipalities, while hospitals are run by one of the country’s five regions.

Your CPR number and yellow insurance card automatically qualify you for public health services. While the public health system is of high quality, public health insurance may not always cover everything. Dental care, for instance, is not included, and you could consider taking out additional insurance for this. Make sure to bring your insurance card whenever you go to the doctor’s.

Hospitals in Copenhagen

Rigshospitalet is the biggest hospital in Copenhagen and offers the most information in English. There are, however, a number of other hospitals in the greater Copenhagen region:

  • Amager Hospital
  • Bispebjerg Hospital
  • Bornholms Hospital
  • Frederiksberg Hospital
  • Gentofte Hospital
  • Glostrup Hospital
  • Herley Hospital
  • Hvidovre Hospital
  • Nordsjællands Hospital

In an Emergency…

You can receive emergency medical care in Copenhagen in a few different ways. In absolute emergencies, for instance if someone is badly injured or falls unconscious, you should call 112 and explain your situation as calmly as possible. You will be asked where you are, and an ambulance will be sent to your location. Under 112, you will also reach the police and fire department.

Sometimes, you can be ill and feel you need medical attention by a doctor, without it being an emergency. In such cases, you can simply call your general practitioner, whose number is on your yellow insurance card, and schedule a time to be examined.

If it’s outside opening hours (usually 8:00 to 16:00) or on holidays, you should instead dial 1813 to get a hold of a doctor on call. A doctor will then answer your call and either give you a consultation over the phone, ask you to visit one of the emergency service centers for consultation, or send someone to visit you at home. Home visits are usually only an option if you are too sick to visit an emergency service center yourself.

Additionally, there are a number of pharmacies open 24 hours a day, such as the Steno Apotek close by the central station, and the following hospitals offer 24-7 emergency care:

  • Amager Hospital
  • Bispebjerg Hospital
  • Frederiksberg Hospital

Education Options: Keep the Cost Down and Go Public…

Expats who live in Copenhagen with their family have different options in terms of their children’s education. Public schooling begins at the age of six and is free of charge. Before enrolling in the public school system, expat children up to the age of 16 even have the option of attending a “reception class” to get an introduction to the Danish language and the overall school system in their new home.

Copenhagen is divided into different school districts, and children attend schools and reception classes in their particular district. Once you have picked a school, you should contact their admissions office for more information.

…or Pay to Go International

Like in many other countries and cities, some expats decide to send their children to an international school. To some, this kind of educational environment better helps the children overcome culture shock and avoid the obvious language barrier. Although, you should note that, while international schools are a great choice for expat families who plan to stay in Copenhagen for only a short period, they also make it harder for children to get fully immersed in the local culture. International schools in and around Copenhagen include:


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