Moving to Copenhagen, Denmark

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: Moving to Copenhagen, Denmark: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Copenhagen.

What do I need to know before moving to Copenhagen?

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

"Plan first where you need to be -- work and schools -- and chose someplace that is very close to that area. Expect to live in an apartment and not a home unless you have a very large budget for housing expenses. CIS and Rygaards are the only international schools I would recommend in any way. When setting a budget, double or triple it. And, lastly, rent through a rent manager and NOT directly with a home owner. You will have major problems when moving out. I've heard many nightmare stories and ours was bad but not as bad as others," explained one expat living in Copenhagen, Denmark.

"Check out this web-site about moving to Denmark ... especially if you are a member of a "visible minority" (I hate the terminology but you know what I mean). http://somethingmanky.blogspot.com/," said another expat in Copenhagen.

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How do I find a place to live in Copenhagen?

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We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"We needed to rent a furnished apartment or home. That narrowed down our search to only one decently sized townhouse (rakehaus). In hindsight I wished that we had just sucked it up and purchased Ikea furniture to open up our choices. The townhouse was ok but I kicked myself for not listening to my gut instinct that one main bathroom for a family of four just wouldn't work for us. It didn't. And it was a supreme source of frustration because that one bathroom had a shower leak that the owner refused to fix until we moved out and charged us for the repair and cleaning of all the lime buildup. That's common in Denmark -- the owners of rentals will charge you for fixing things they should have fixed while you lived there," said another expat in Copenhagen.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Copenhagen?

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"We lived in a townhouse in the outskirts of Copenhagen in a small town -- Horsholm. We had to move to the suburbs to find a decent sized home for our family of four. It was small but ok. The car park was a long walk to our townhouse which was difficult when grocery shopping American style for a family of four. We had a much lower idea on our housing budget than what reality is there. In hindsight we should have rented closer into Copenhagen in an apartment. Most expats have a large rental cost covered by their employer that allows for more decent living style. We were on a contract and not as an employee so our budget came out of my husband's contract fee," explained one expat living in Copenhagen, Denmark.

"Apartment, I bought it and this is only since the rental market is very limited. Most people "own" some form of apartment here or houses in suburbs. The housing market has crashed and so things have loosened up quite a bit but it is still very expensive," said another expat in Copenhagen.

What is the average cost of housing in Copenhagen?

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If you are thinking about moving to Copenhagen, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"Our housing costs were double what we had thought we could live with in Denmark. We had minimal time to agree to move there and with minimal research we thought we could manage living outside of Copenhagen on a lower rental amount. That was our first mistake. The time it takes to get into Copenhagen either by car or train takes its toll and increases costs. We paid about $8000 a month in rent for a three bedroom townhouse," remarked another expat who made the move to Copenhagen.

"Much higher. The low end of rented apartments is around 1000 USD per month and you do not get much for your money. Most rented apartments, if you can find them, go for between 1500-2000 USD per month," explained one expat living in Copenhagen, Denmark.

What should I pack when moving to Copenhagen?

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We asked people living in Copenhagen to list three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They responded:

"I wish I had brought 1. Over the counter medicines; 2. Purchased more all weather shoes and boots before moving; 3. Hair cutting supplies for humans and canines. I wish I had left home several electronic devices that I thought would work on plug converters but didn't (hand blender; hair dryer); 2. high heel shoes -- very hard to walk on cobbled streets in and got ruined in all the rain; 3. summer clothes -- only used for about 3 weeks tops and took up too much storage space," added another expat who made the move to Copenhagen.

"Nothing comes to mind ... don't both bringing electronics from NA due to different electrical system," explained one expat living in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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Expect to live in an apartment and not a home unless you have a very large budget for housing expenses. CIS and Rygaards are the only international schools I would recommend in any way. When setting a budget, double or triple it. And, lastly, rent through a rent manager and NOT directly with a home owner.

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An expat in Denmark talks about what it's like to move to Copenhagen. Meeting people and making friends isn't easy in Denmark, because Danish people are reserved and take time to get to know. He enjoys the fact that most Danish people are into fitness and healthy eating.

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Copenhagen, DenmarkGuide to Living in Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark: Cost of Living, Healthcare and What to Know About Living in Copenhagen

Denmark Forum Denmark Forum
Join our Denmark forum to meet other people living in Copenhagen, Denmark.

ContributeContribute
Help other expats and newcomers by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Copenhagen.

Healthcare in DenmarkHealthcare in Denmark

Information about healthcare and hospitals in Denmark.

Copenhagen, DenmarkMoving to Copenhagen, Denmark

Expats offer advice about everything you need to know before moving to Copenhagen: what to bring (and what to leave behind), how to find housing and more.

Copenhagen, DenmarkPros and Cons of Living in Copenhagen, Denmark

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what expats and digital nomads have to say about the pros and cons of living in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Copenhagen, DenmarkExpats Talk about Living in Copenhagen

Expats talk about what it's like living in Copenhagen, Denmark: Cost of Living, Healthcare and What Newcomers to Copenhagen Should Know

Expat Report: Moving to Copenhagen

Expect to live in an apartment and not a home unless you have a very large budget for housing expenses. CIS and Rygaards are the only international schools I would recommend in any way. When setting a budget, double or triple it. And, lastly, rent through a rent manager and NOT directly with a home owner.

Expat Report: Living in Copenhagen

An expat living in Copenhagen offers an incredible glimpse of what it's to live there. Although Denmark is very homogeneous, Danish people are open to other cultures. The high cost of living and tight job market can make staying in Copenhagen long-term difficult for many expats.

Expat Report: Culture Shock in Copenhagen

An expat in Denmark talks about what it's like to move to Copenhagen. Meeting people and making friends isn't easy in Denmark, because Danish people are reserved and take time to get to know. He enjoys the fact that most Danish people are into fitness and healthy eating.

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