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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 17, 2023

Summary: People often describe life in Denmark as peaceful, safe, and relaxed. Expats love the high quality of life, the excellent public transportation, the friendly people, and the beautiful scenery. The average cost of living for an expat is around $2,500 per month, depending on lifestyle and location. The population of Denmark is approximately 5.8 million people, and the largest cities are Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg, and Esbjerg. Some of the cons of living in Denmark include the high cost of living, the cold weather, and the language barrier.

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Denmark, they said:

"Expats considering retiring in Denmark should be aware that the cost of living is relatively high, and that the climate can be cold and wet. It is important to research the healthcare system and the availability of medical services in the area. Expats should also be aware of the language barrier, as Danish is the official language of the country. Additionally, it is important to research the tax system and the regulations for pensioners in Denmark. Finally, expats should be aware of the cultural differences between their home country and Denmark, and be prepared to adapt to the local customs," wrote a member in Denmark.

"Copenhagen is a small city but is a gateway to many parts of Europe, make travel a priority to keep things interesting. At the end of the day, it's still a European country and shares many characteristics with its counterparts, although personally I think for expats it's better than the US or UK if you are English speaking for example, although Denmark speaks excellent English and there is hardly a need to learn the local language (at least for a short term stay) However, of course being from the US, I would not rate it as the best expat destination due to its small population and sometimes lack of activities. That being said, it is a great opportunity for immersion in a new culture and to get to know both the country and the Scandinavian culture better. My advice: Denmark is a place where especially if you are from outside Europe or a place where the cost of living is much lower, will be a big change in terms of lifestyle, there are some sacrifices to be made. If you are willing to sacrifice a little, I view it as a great short-term destination, and if you want to stay a little longer, I wouldn’t blame you- Denmark has many appealing factors," commented one expat who made the move to Copenhagen .

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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