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Cost of Living for a young family of 4 in Aarhus Denmark

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ADODH
1/23/2016 10:02 EST

Dear fellow Expats and Local Danes

I am about to enter the negotiation process with a company in Aarhus next week. I am doing some research on the cost of living in Denmark for my family (age 4 and 5 months old). and tips for negotiating Danish employment contract. Any information regarding to the cost of living, Danish employment contract negotiation (such as holiday package, pension plan, bonus, 13th month, vacation money, and other secondary benefits) would be useful.

Below I have summarised an estimated cost of living based on information that I have found from forums and other resources on the internet. Please feel free to correct my finding if you think I may have over or under estimated, or if I have missed something.

The estimated prices are based on monthly expenses.

Estimate cost of living for family of 4 in Aarhus:
Rent (4 rooms furnished) - 10,000 DKK
Utilities (electricity, gas, water, garbage) - 2000 DKK
Internet - 300 DKK
Mobile phones - 500 DKK
Media license fee - 200 DKK
Grocery - 7000 DKK
Road tax (medium sized family car) - 300 DKK
Car insurance (all risk) - 500 DKK
Liability insurance - 200 DKK
Fuel - 2000 DKK
Public school (including afterschool) -3000 DKK
Day care - 3000 DKK
Sport clubs for children (football and swimming) - 1000 DKK

Total: 30,000 DKK

Based on my estimate, I would need to make at least 30,000 DKK (after tax) per month in order to get by. This would mean I would need to ask for at least 600,000 DKK per annum as salary. Do you guys think this is a feasible salary range for a senior mechanical engineer with 10+ years of experience.

I appreciate all your input and efforts in helping this discussion.

Kind regards,

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