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Moving to Denmark

A Comprehensive Guide on Relocating to Denmark

This guide shows you all the steps to move to Denmark, from visas to housing, banking, healthcare, education, and more. Familiarize yourself with all the requirements to relocate to Denmark. Almost everything requires having a CPR number, and you can read about applying for one, as well as a visa or a job, in these sections of our guide.

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Is it easy or hard to go to Denmark? Why head to the country in the first place? If you find yourself with all sorts of questions on how to relocate to Denmark, you will find practical and up-to-date information in all sections of this guide.

We show you the benefits of relocating to Denmark, such as free education and healthcare, as well as the downsides, like heavy taxes.

There are many things to know before going to Denmark. For instance, you may have difficulty finding accommodation in larger cities like Copenhagen and Aarhus. You should also expect high fees for almost all Danish banks. Luckily, we have done all the research for you and show you how to avoid some of the most common setbacks expats may experience.

As for what you need to go to Denmark, this includes a visa if you are not an EU citizen, as well as a job offer. If you are an EU citizen, on the other hand, you won’t need a visa to enter the country. Nordic citizens relocating to Denmark have it even easier.

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Relocating

Whether you are moving abroad for the first time or relocated multiple times before, the process raises many questions. Our complete guide to relocation will ease your doubts along the way, from the initial preparations to how to negotiate a relocation package, we help you GO! prepared with the key answers.

If you are looking for information on the process of moving to Denmark, this section of our guide has all you need.

There are several ways you can ship your household goods to Denmark. The choice you make will depend on your budget and urgency. The cheapest way is to ship your household goods by sea, but your items will take longer to arrive. If you are in a hurry and money is not an issue, shipping by plane is your best bet. However, you will generally get a better trade-off of time and money if you have them shipped by land. You must be in the country and properly registered as a resident at the time your shipment arrives. You have up to a year to import your items.

You should not have a problem when storing any household goods in Denmark. A simple search for storage companies near your place of residence should provide a variety of options. You can even do your research in advance and compare prices online or rely on InterNations GO! to find storage for you.

If you are moving to Denmark with pets, have a look at the list of animals that are allowed in the country. You may not be able to bring your dog with you to the country if it is considered a dangerous breed. If your furry friend is approved to go to Denmark, make sure to have its vaccinations in order. Other requirements include a pet passport and a microchip.

As for your own vaccinations required for Denmark, these are the same as the routine immunizations you should have received as a child in most countries.

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Visas & Work Permits

The sooner you know how to get a Danish visa and work permit, the sooner you can move there. Different rules apply depending on where you come from. Citizens of the EU and EEA do not need a visa, and nationals of other Nordic countries have it even easier.

If you do need a visa, expect to carry out the application process for a Danish visa entirely online through the immigration platform. There you will find a comprehensive list of all the Danish visa requirements. Typically though, the first step will be to find a job since you will require a contract (or a promise of one) for most Danish visa types.

After submitting your visa application, you should not have to wait too long for a response. In fact, some visa types can be processed and approved in a matter of weeks.

Most Danish visas cost 3,025 (445 USD) which includes a residence permit. In fact, when applying for a visa, you are applying for a work and residence permit all in one. The only thing you need to do after getting your visa approved is to register in the country for your tax number.

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Housing

Finding accommodation in Denmark might not be the easiest of tasks. No matter whether you are looking to buy or rent, prices are skyrocketing. Regardless, we show you exactly how to rent a home in Denmark and cover all types of houses you will find in the country.

If you want to know how to buy a house in Denmark as a foreigner, a word of caution—the rental market may not be as fair to expats as it is to native Danes. For instance, you may have a hard time finding a reasonable mortgage.

Expect to spend quite a bit on housing in Denmark. The average rent is around 8,800 DKK (1,300 USD) in city centers, and even higher in Copenhagen at 16,600 DKK (2,220 USD) a month. That is not including utilities in Denmark, which add roughly 880 DKK (120 USD) to your monthly expenses.

As for average house prices, going to Denmark now means you are facing the highest prices in decades in the country. The cheapest houses (between 1 and 3 million DKK (149,000 to 445,000 USD)) are extremely sought-after and sell fast, whether they are a good deal or not. This means you have little to no bargaining power if you are looking to become a homeowner. For reference, a 140 square meter apartment costs 1,923,000 DKK (286,220 USD) on average.

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Healthcare

The healthcare system and health insurance in Denmark should cover all your medical needs. This will be free of charge if you opt for public healthcare.

The Danish healthcare system is of high quality with trained and qualified doctors and staff. Their efficient data storage system ensures your medical information is accessed by medical professionals across the country, giving you more accurate treatment no matter where you are.

As is common in most other countries, there are waiting lists for elective surgeries and procedures in the public system, but you are able to take out private health insurance in Denmark if you feel the need. This will mostly reduce waiting times to see doctors. This section of our guide will explain how to find a doctor in the country. Keep in mind that you will need referrals from your family doctor to see any specialist, whether that is in the public or private sector.

If you are worried about the process of giving birth in Denmark, you have nothing to worry about. You are in good hands when using a doctor and midwife from the public healthcare system, and you will find everything you need in the hospital for a comfortable stay.

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Banks & Taxes

Opening a bank account in Denmark is usually reserved for those who are already in the country and properly registered as residents. You will not find any non-resident bank accounts in the country.

We cover some of the best banks in Denmark with which to open an account. Just be prepared to pay high bank fees at most of them. In this section we break down all the necessary documents you need to open an account. Do not forget to appoint one of your accounts as your Nem Konto, an account that is specifically set up for the government to transfer money into, so that you are able to receive all the state benefits you are entitled to.

Find out exactly how much the tax is in Denmark—chances are your tax rate will be high. All income received in Denmark is taxed at 8%, regardless of the level of income. On top of that, you must add the national and municipal tax as well.

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Education

Whether you are looking for international schools in Denmark or a reputable state school, make sure to read this section about the education system in the country.

The school system in Denmark may seem confusing at first. For example, the compulsory schooling includes one year that is optional, yet nearly all students take it anyways, making it seem almost mandatory. We list some of the best schools in Denmark, for several educational levels, whether they be private, public, or international schools.

When it comes to higher education, you are sure to find great state schools, free of charge.

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Working

What is it like to work in Denmark? In a nutshell: 37 hour work weeks and a generous salary. Danish residents are not expected to work overtime, but they are expected to be productive and play an active part in their company, no matter their position or how long they have been with the company. The Danish business culture is also fairly straightforward. Being a critical thinker, an autonomous employee, and, above all, a team player is key to a successful career in Denmark.

In this section, find out how to get a job in Denmark and how much you can expect to receive. The average salary is 47,000 DKK a month (7,000 USD) gross (or higher in the capital) although as much as half of that can go to taxes.

Paying social security in Denmark ensures several benefits in case of need such as maternity, sickness, etc. This applies whether you are an employee or take up self-employment in Denmark.

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Country Facts

The high cost of living in Denmark may be the one, if not the most, evident drawback of living in the country. With taxes taking up a big chunk of your salary, when you add rent, utilities, and other living expenses, it can get quite expensive to live in Denmark.

This section covers the cost of living and other practicalities of relocating to the country. What do you do if you plan on driving in Denmark? Can you exchange your existing driver’s license? The good news is you may if your country has an agreement with Denmark. If you have a European license, you will not need to exchange it at all.

If you have problems getting a Danish license, or simply decide to pass on the added costs of owning a vehicle, you can rely on public transportation in Denmark, specifically their bus and train networks which cover the most populated areas.

 

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Updated on: November 26, 2019
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