Moving to Denmark
A Post-Brexit Guide

Moving to Denmark from the UK and wondering what to do since Brexit happened? Well, our up-to-date guide will help you as you prepare to move the country of over 400 islands, that’s a lot. We’ve got great information on residency permits, moving costs, an exceptional moving checklist and even free moving quotes, all to help you move. As they say “af god begyndelse haabes en god endelse” therefore, use our expert guide to make sure that your move to Denmark goes well and you enjoy your new life.

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How Much Does It Cost to Move to Denmark From the UK?

The first thing that you’ll be glad to hear is that moving to Denmark won’t take very long, it’s just across the North Sea by ship and you can even drive there by taking the Channel Tunnel. Neither option, road or ship, take very long, it’s 2-5 days via road and 3-7 days via sea. But it will depend on your needs as to which option you should take.

Of course, then there are the costs, the fun bit. I would be remise in not saying that road can be a little more cost effective, but each has different perks and rates associated with the cost of shipping. Look below for an estimate of the costs of moving to Denmark from the UK:

Household sizeRoad transportSea transport
1 bedroom£700 – £1,500£1,200 – £2,200
3 bedroom£2,000 – £3,000£2,600 – £3,500
5 bedroom£3,500 – £5,000£4,200 – £5,800

Disclaimer. Just remember, these are estimates and are subject to change based distance, volume, and your needs as you move to Denmark.

Of course, the exact cost of your move to Denmark will depend on various factors, namely the exact location, and the volume of your move. Do you want to know more about the costs expect when moving abroad? Then read our international moving costs page.

And don’t forget, you’ll need an international removal company to move to Denmark. So, fill out the form below to compare movers for your move!

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Do I Need a Visa to Move to Denmark?

As a result of Brexit, a UK citizen moving to Denmark will need a visa in the form of work or residency permit to live and work. We recommend you check out the requirements online and then apply at the Danish Embassy in the UK before you move.

If you happen to be an EU citizen, you can move to Denmark without a work or residency permit, but you will have to apply for an EU residence document. You can apply for this after you arrive.

How to Move to Denmark: A Checklist

Moving to a new country is stressful, but we’re here to help! We’ve been doing this for some time, so we’ve got some great tips throughout our moving to Denmark checklist. Be sure use our checklist to make your move less stressful!

Before You Move to Denmark:

Important documents

It’s easy to forget important things when moving, so here is a list of important documents to remember when moving:

  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Medical Documentation (including dental and immunizations)
  • University Degree(s)
  • Police Background Check
  • Visa and Work Permits

Sirelo tip: Be sure to duplicate your documents and also check whether the documents are certified or not.

Finding a Moving Company

Your belongings won’t fit in your suitcase, unfortunately (think of how easy moving would be if they did, one can dream). Therefore, you’re going to need a moving company to help you move all your possessions. Then, why not request some free moving quotes and make moving to Denmark easier.

Packing

Once you have a company and a date, it’s time to pack. Of course, we have some very, very useful tips on packing, so read our expert packing guide. It will save you time and make packing simpler.

Taxes

When leaving old Blighty to live and work abroad, you’ll need to inform HM Revenue and Customs that you will no longer be living in the UK. And since you’ll be working in Denmark, you’ll be paying taxes there, you’ll need to get a tax number from the Danish tax authority.

Just remember, you can only apply 21 days before you start work, and you’ll need your CPR number.

Taking 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, be prepared for that expense.

We, therefore, recommend leaving it behind in storage, ready to be reunited upon your return. Or even trading it in for a bike 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.

What about your pets?

If you have adorable, furry friends that you would like to come with you to Denmark, then heed our advice; in order to move your pet to Denmark, you will need to ensure a few criteria are fulfilled, ensure your pet has:

  • A valid identification in the form of a microchip
  • A veterinary certificate
  • Been vaccinated for rabies

However, dogs that are considered dangerous breed are often not allowed into Denmark even if they do fulfil the above criteria, so make check if your dog is on the list. Of course, if you are looking for more information about bringing your pet to Denmark, read the government’s page on travelling with pets.

A street in Denmark under a nice red sky

After You’ve Moved to Denmark:

Centrale Personregister (CPR)

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) and your tax file number.

You will need a CPR for almost every walk of life, so make this a priority when once you’ve moved to Denmark from the UK. You can’t open a bank account or use the healthcare system without it!

Health insurance

Did you know that the Danish healthcare system is free, just like the NHS? Great news, right? This means it’s 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!

Of course, this does only apply if you are staying long term and are also working. Depending on your situation, you might need health insurance, even just to cover you when you first arrive until you get you yellow health card.

Bank account

Just like the Brits, the Danes never adopted the Euro, and so they use the Danish Krone. Unless you want to endure the cost of conversion fees and struggling to contact your bank, we recommend that you open a new bank account, it’ll make life simpler. Some of the best banks to join are:

Please note, you must have your CPR in order to open an account, so get that sorted as soon as possible!

️Language

Taler du dansk? Well, most Danish people do speak Danish and while the English proficiency is very high, not everyone wants to speak it all the time. So, after moving to Denmark when applying for your CPR, ask about Danish language lessons. Your municipality organises them for you, pratisk, ikke?

Oh, boy! That was pretty thorough, if we may say so. Be that as it may, you might be wondering if there’s anything else. Well, our moving abroad checklist might scratch that itch.

One last tip for moving to Denmark, don’t stress. Things can and will go wrong, that’s life. It’s not the end of the world, just a small inconvenience.

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 

Work Culture

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.

In your Danish lessons you’ll come across the word Jantloven, the Danish mantra that poses that no one is better than another, encouraging equality and diversity. And there’s nowhere you’ll see this more than in the workplace.

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.

Cost of Living

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 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.  

DenmarkUK
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
Cappuccino£4.60£2.75
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!  

Ready to Move to Denmark?

That was quote the informative read, right? You should be ready for your move to Denmark by now and find that det er ingen ko på isen (there is no problem). With our guide, you’re practically an expert at this point.

Of course, if you feel like reading some more, we have no object. In fact, we encourage it! Check out the articles linked below. You’ll definitely find something that will help you with your move.