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Moving to Denmark

A Comprehensive Guide on Relocating to Denmark

Knowing the steps to move to Denmark is essential for your upcoming move. This guide provides insider information on visas, housing, banking, healthcare, education, and all the requirements for moving to Denmark. To start, be aware that almost everything requires having a CPR number. Find out here how to apply for one and what you need to do next.

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You already have your mind set on this destination. Now you need to get your plans in motion. How to move to Denmark? Is it easy or hard to move to Denmark? This will depend on several factors. If the language barrier is a concern for you, you will be pleased to know that most Danes speak English well. However, it is advisable for you to at least learn conversational Danish, so you can integrate quicker.

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

There are many things to know before moving 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.

What do you need to move to Denmark? If you are not an EU citizen, you will need to apply for a visa. If you are an EU citizen, on the other hand, you won’t need a visa to enter the country. Nordic citizens (Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, or Finnish) relocating to Denmark have it even easier.

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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 current and well-organized information on the process of moving to Denmark, you are in the right place. 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 is 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 certainly save money if you have them shipped by land (this will be possible depending on your country of origin). Be aware that you must be in the country and properly registered as a resident at the time your shipment arrives.

You should not have a problem when storing any household goods in Denmark. There are plenty of storage companies in the country. InterNationsGO! can find storage solutions near your place of residence and provide a variety of options.

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, the ones required in Denmark are the same as the routine immunizations you should have received as a child in most countries.

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Visas & Work Permits

How do you get a Danish visa and work permit? Different rules apply depending on where you come from. EU and EEA citizens 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 thelocal immigration platform. There you will find a comprehensive list of all the Danish visa requirements. Typically, the first step will be to find a job because most visa types in Denmark require a work contract (or a promise of one). 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 two weeks.

Most Danish visas cost around 3,000 DKK (480 USD), which includes a residence permit. In fact, when applying for a visa, you are applying for a work permit and a residence permit  in one. The only thing you need to do after getting your visa is to register to obtain your Danish tax number.

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Housing

Finding accommodation in Denmark is not easiest of tasks. Whether you are looking to buy or rent, be aware that prices are high. To get the best deal, you will need to understand the local housing market. In this section, 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 market may not be as fair to expats as it is to native Danes. For instance, you may have a harder time finding a reasonable mortgage rate.

You should expect to spend quite a bit on housing in Denmark. The average rent is around 8,800 DKK (1,400 USD) in city centers, and even higher in Copenhagen at 16,600 DKK (2,600 USD) a month.  Utilities in Denmark will add roughly 880 DKK (140 USD) to your monthly expenses.

As for average house prices, the cheapest houses range between 1 and 3 million DKK (160,000 to 500,000 USD). The houses in this price bracket are 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 2,000,000 DKK (320,000 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 standard of the Danish healthcare system is high. The doctors and staff are trained and qualified. 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. However, you are able to take out private health insurance in Denmark, which will 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

To open a Danish bank account, you must be in Denmark and properly registered as a resident. You will not find any non-resident bank accounts in the country.

In this section, we will advise you on the best banks in Denmark where to open an account. Be prepared to pay high bank fees in most of them. We will also 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. This is an account specifically set up for government money transfers, ensuring you will be able to receive all the state benefits you are entitled to.

Find out exactly how much you will be taxed in Denmark—chances are your tax rate will be high. Most personal income is subject to AM-tax of 8% (labor market contribution). This tax is deducted from the income before the other taxes are calculated. The income tax rates include state, municipality and even church taxes. The tax rates go from approximately 36% up to 51%, exclusive of church tax. Including AM tax, the rates are between 41% to a whopping 55-56%.

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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 Danish education system.

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 anyway, 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 must 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 (7,500 USD) gross (or higher in the capital), although as much as half of that can go towards taxes.Paying social security in Denmark ensures several benefits, such as maternity, sickleave, etc. This applies whether you are an employee or take up self-employment in Denmark.

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Living

Before your big move, having clarity on the pros and cons of living in Denmark is essential. One of the main drawbacks of living in the country is the high cost of living. Taxes take up a large chunk of your salary. Add in rent, utilities, and other living expenses, and it can get quite expensive to live here.

This section covers the practicalities of relocating to this Nordic country. Are you wondering what you need to do if you plan on driving in Denmark? Do you need to exchange your existing driver’s license? The good news is that you may do so easily 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. Read our Living in Denmark section to learn more.

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Updated on: September 07, 2020
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