Moving to Denmark

Last updated: December 2, 2019

If you’re planning on moving to Denmark or need convincing to do so, you’ve come to the right place! This page provides all the information that you will need to prepare yourself for the big move. You can take a look at our list of top 10 international moving companies in the UK you’re planning on using a removal company to help you.

How to Move to Denmark

Moving to Denmark can be a big a daunting task and it can be hard to see where to begin. This section shows all the essential things that you need to do in order to move to Denmark with ease. If you’re interested in some more advice on moving abroad, read our page which goes through 34 things that you should definitely be preparing.

Visas to Denmark

If you’re moving to Denmark as a UK citizen, you don’t need a visa. However, if you’re planning on living in Denmark for more than three months then you need to apply for a EU residence document. Once you have done this, you must register with your local civil registration office (Folkeregistret). Once you have done this you will receive a central person register (CPR) number.

We are unsure how this will change after Brexit, so if you would like more information on this you can visit our blog on Moving to Europe after Brexit or the UK government website for more advice.

Can you afford the cost of living in Denmark

Unfortunately, Denmark is not a cheap place to live. The cost of living in Denmark is high, but even though it’s an expensive expat destination, salaries are high enough that it usually counteracts the high cost of goods and services. Below is a table of some living costs in Denmark:

City scoresCosts per city
CityQuality of lifePurchasing powerSafetyHealth careCost of livingPollution
Copenhagen786590786725
CityCappuccino price1L milk priceOne dozen eggs priceThree room apartment rent
Copenhagen£ 3,94£ 0,99£ 2,75£ 1.583,53

It might be a 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.

Moving to Denmark with a dog or cat?

You may be wondering how you can bring your furry animal along with you to Denmark. Well, if you’re planning on moving to Denmark with a dog, cat or ferret there are certain import regulations that you must follow:

  • Your pet must be micro-chipped
  • Your pet must have a rabies vaccination
  • Your pet must also have an EU passport.

There are other regulations that must be met, visit Pet Travel for more advice.

Moving to Denmark with a car?

Unless you’re completely in love with your car, moving your vehicle to Denmark may not be worth it. It’s very expensive and there is a very long-winded registration process that you must do within the first two weeks of importing your vehicle to Denmark. If you would like to find out more, FYI Denmark explains the process in detail.

The two main ways to transport your vehicle is either driving yourself or shipping it in a container. Take a look at our container shipping costs page for more information on prices and sizes of containers.

Moving to Denmark

Living in Denmark

Denmark is a fantastic place to live. It has been regarded as the country where “the happiest people in the world” live. So, if you need more of an insight into what living in Denmark is actually like, keep on reading.

Working in Denmark

Speaking English is usually not enough if you’re planning on working in Denmark. You must have a basic understanding of Danish, despite most business being done in English. Having a Danish diploma can help as most employers will see it as a sign that you will fit well into their company.

If you don’t have a Danish diploma, fear not. Try looking on Jobindex.dk and WorkinDenmark.dk for job advertisements that fit your skills and try to tailor your CV to what employers are looking for.

Healthcare in Denmark

Healthcare in Denmark operates across national, regional and local levels. The overall regulations are decided by the state, which also supervise the functions of the healthcare system. All healthcare in Denmark is financed by taxes and supported by central government block grants, reimbursements and equalisation schemes.

If you would like to access healthcare in Denmark, then you have to apply for a yellow health insurance card. If you would like more information on ordering this card, the healthcare section of the Copenhagen website explains how you can do this.

House Prices in Denmark

When moving to Denmark, I’m sure you might be curious in what the housing market is like. If you’re interested in house prices in Denmark, the global property guide gives a rough guideline to what the average house prices are in different regions in Denmark.

Accommodation in Denmark comes in a variety of types and usually of very high standards. It is more common for expats moving to Denmark to rent apartments instead of buying. Renting prices are on average cheaper to what we are used to in the UK.

Popular ways to find apartments in Denmark is via newspaper advertisements and online listings. Estate agents are also a reliable way to search for a new home; however tend to be a lot pricier. Popular rental websites include:

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Education in Denmark

The Danish education system is broken down as follows:

  • Pre-school (børnehaveklasse)
  • Primary and lower secondary education (grundskole)
  • Upper secondary education (ungdomsuddannelser)
  • Higher education (videregående uddannelser).

Pre-school is obligatory and helps children ease from day care to primary school. Upper secondary education provides 16-19 year olds with three choices:

  1. General Upper Secondary School
  2. Technical and Commercial Upper Secondary School
  3. Vocational Education and Training.

Moving Costs to Denmark

Size of HouseholdTimeCost
1 bed flat9-12 days£1,750 – £2,350
3 bed house3-5 days£2,700 – £3,700
5 bed house3-5 days£4,400 – £5,900

Above are the estimated costs for removals from London to Copenhagen by road. Moving costs to Denmark will vary depending on where you have to move to and also the volume of your move. So, you will get different quotes depending if you’re moving to Aarhus, Copenhagen or any other city in Denmark.

There are also several other factors that affect the overall cost of moving to Denmark. If you would like a better idea what your overall move will cost, you can look at our International Moving Costs page.

What Next?

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