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Pros and Cons of Living in Denmark

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Pros and Cons of Living in Denmark. Expats, Retirees and Digital Nomads talk about the pros and cons of living in Denmark

What are the pros and cons of living in Denmark?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Denmark responded:

"Denmark is the kingdom of fairy tales, cradle to grave welfare.The local people are very happy, they don't need to struggle for money, they make money for fun.The scenery is amazing, the life is convenient and the cost is not high.It's a great place to visit, but also a great place to live," said another expat in living in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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What do expats in Denmark appreciate most about the local culture?

"I appreciate for one the Danish fitness aspect, the culture here is very much that which encourages a healthy lifestyle, as many residents of the city walk and bike frequently, as well as engage in other forms of exercise. Diet and nutrition are also important and many focus on incorporating healthy food groups into the diet. Danish culture is also very straightforward, which is good and cuts to the point. And of course: language, for an English native/fluent speaker, this is a safe haven, as Denmark is very good for an English speaker as almost all of the population speaks grade A English," said another person in Copenhagen.

"The backward aspect works to my advantage in many situations. The coastlines are unspoiled, if a little two dimensional. If I were planning to retire here it would be the perfect culture to be an old person in. Only five and a half million people in one big space so chances of meeting violent random crimes lessened. It's all about chance though. Being foreign puts me in a league set quite apart and my oddities are dismissed because I am not 'of' them. Which is quite nice and a ticket to just be myself. Which is good fun," remarked another expat in Allover.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"Definitely the closed off vibes that I got in general from the culture, it will be hard especially if you are loud and outgoing. There is hardly variety here, the same trends and produce and people, little multiculturalism," said another person in Copenhagen.

"Rules that have been put in place to limit and frustrate foreigners irrespective of what kind --- i.e. even if you are hosted by Denmark at their invitation they treat you as if you should be grateful and tax you mercilessly so you leave quickly. Worse, the beaurocrats don't take questions or queries -- however polite you are," remarked another expat in Copenhagen.

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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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