Moving to Denmark
So a move to Denmark is on the cards? Whether this is your first move, or if you are true veteran of the trade, we can assure you that this page contains essential information about how to move to Denmark, the costs associated with a move, and further useful details about what life in Denmark entails. Take a look at our top ten international moving companies for an initial guide, and then read on for more specific information about your Danish adventure!
How Much does it Cost to Move to Denmark from the UK?
We know that, with the excitement of moving abroad, comes not so exciting costs. To make your life that little bit easier, we have provided you with a platform to read reviews and compare removal companies to find the best fit. To give you an initial idea of what to expect, below is table outlining the estimated costs for a move from London to Copenhagen by road.
|Size of Household||Time||Cost|
|1 bed flat||9-12 days||£1,750-£2,350|
|3 bed house||3-5 days||£2,700-£3,700|
|5 bed house||3-5 days||£4,400-£5,900|
Of course, the exact cost of your move to Denmark will be dependent on various factors, namely the exact location, and the volume of your move. Not sure how much stuff you have? Don’t fret! We have provided you with or handy volume calculator to get you on your way.
How to Move to Denmark: A Checklist
Moving is a daunting task. If you are unsure where to begin, do not worry; we have done the legwork for you. Keep reading to learn what you need when moving to Denmark from the UK or visit our moving abroad checklist page for more general information.
What documents do you need?
We know that Brexit has been clouded in uncertainty, and that this has probably made you more nervous about your move to Denmark. While, like most others, we also do not know exactly how the referendum decision will affect UK citizens’ European residency rights, we have done our best to outline what we do know here.
If you move to Denmark from the UK before the 31st December 2020, you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement. This means that you will retain your European residency rights, even after the transitional period is over, provided you can prove that you were residing legally before the end of 2020. This takes affect for up to two years. Unfortunately, it is too early to know exactly what the situation will be if you move after 2020. However, we recommend the Danish government website for further information.
Regardless, of what happens with Brexit, if you are planning on living in Denmark for more than three months then you need to register with your local civil registration office, known as a Folkeregistret in Danish. Once you have done this, you will receive a Central Person Register Number (CPR). You will need a CPR for almost every walk of life, so make this a priority when organising a move to Denmark from the UK.
Moving to Denmark with a Pet?
Phew…over the most tiresome part of moving to Denmark from the UK. Although, we imagine you also want to make sure that your feline and canine friends are not left behind. In order to move your pet to Denmark, you will need to ensure a few criteria are fulfilled. Make sure:
- Your pet is micro-chipped
- Your pet has a rabies vaccination
- Your pet has an EU passport
However, dogs that are considered dangerous breed are often not allowed into Denmark even if they do fulfil the above criteria, so make sure you read into this further when immigrating to Denmark. We recommend Pet Travel for more advice.
Moving to Denmark with a Car?
This may be a sore spot for some, but unfortunately moving your car to Denmark is complicated and expensive. Moreover, most people in Denmark choose not to own a car as tax is so high, exceeding the cost of the car. We therefore recommend leaving it behind in storage, ready to be reunited upon your return. Instead, join the 4.2 million cyclists in Denmark, who pedal more than 1.13 million kilometres on their bikes everyday!
However, if you and your car are inseparable, we understand. Just take note that there is a mandatory registration process to complete within two weeks of your arrival. Find out more at FYI Denmark.
Sort out your Bank Account
You will be pleased to know that expats in Denmark tend to find organising banking, money and taxes a relatively easy process. However, you must have your CPR in order to open an account, so get that sorted as soon as possible! Once you have this, we recommend banking with one of the main three banks in Denmark below:
Life in Denmark: What to Expect
Once you have completed your move to Denmark from the UK, we are sure you will still have some queries. Once again, we have got you covered! Read on to find out more about the happiest country in the world.
Working in Denmark
While most businesses in Denmark operate in English, a basic understanding of Danish is preferable. If you do have an understanding of Danish, be sure to get a Danish diploma to demonstrate this to employers.
While Danes are some of the most efficient workers in the world, this is offset by a stress on the importance of a work-life balance. In other words, Danes do not ‘live to work’. Staying extra hours at the office is discouraged, and the entire month of July is often taken off to enjoy the short (but very sweet!) Danish summer. Sound up your street? We recommend Jobindex.dk and WorkinDenmark.dk for job advertisements.
Cost of Living in Denmark
We are sure you are already aware, but unfortunately, living in Denmark does not come cheap. However, salaries are usually high enough to offset the cost of goods and services. Nonetheless, it might be wise to save up some money before moving to Denmark to ensure you can start off on the right foot! If you are interested in money-saving tips, check out our cheap removals page.
To give you an initial idea of how much things cost in Denmark, below is a table comparing common cost of living metrics to the UK. Of course, exact costs will vary depending on location.
|Rent for 1 bedroom apartment in the city centre||£849||£758|
|Basic monthly utilities for 85m2 apartment||£157||£155|
|1L of milk||£1.09||£0.91|
|0.5L of draught beer||£5.45||£3.63|
|1L of gasoline||£1.31||£1.27|
We hope these numbers have not scared to too much! Given that Scandinavians are the world’s highest per-capital consumers of coffee, it might be a good idea to get yourself a coffee machine; four cappuccinos a day at £4.60 each is likely to burn a hole through your pocket!
Accommodation is likely to be a priority for you if you do not have a house or apartment organised already. Take a look at these popular rental websites to begin your search. Remember, moving to Denmark is exciting!
Healthcare in Denmark
Right, and now onto some more good news. The Danish healthcare system is free, so this is not something you have to worry about too much when moving to Denmark from the UK. To access health services, you will need a yellow health insurance card, so make sure to organise this upon your arrival. To do so, you will need your CPR number, so make sure that it a priority! Take a look at the following page to learn more about healthcare in Denmark and how to apply for your yellow card.
Congratulations! You have now discovered all you need to know about moving to Denmark from the UK. Now, fill out our free quote form to get up to five removal quotes, and save up to 40% on your move to Denmark. What are you waiting for? With a little help from Sirelo, before you know it you will be enjoying all that the happiest country in the world has to offer! Make sure you get on board with ‘Jantloven’, the Danish mantra that poses that no one is better than another, encouraging equality and diversity.