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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Apr 20, 2023

Summary: People often describe Copenhagen, Denmark as a vibrant, modern city with a rich cultural heritage. Expats love the city's relaxed atmosphere, its excellent public transportation system, and its many parks and green spaces. The weather in Copenhagen is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-30s to the mid-60s Fahrenheit (1-18 Celsius). The average cost of living for an expat is estimated to be around $2,500-$3,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment in Copenhagen is typically around $1,500-$2,000 USD per month, while a two bedroom apartment can cost around $2,000-$2,500 USD per month. The population of Copenhagen is estimated to be around 615,000 people.

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

"Before retiring in Copenhagen, expats should be aware of the cost of living, which is higher than in many other countries. They should also research the healthcare system and the availability of medical services. Additionally, expats should familiarize themselves with the local language, Danish, as it is the official language of the country. It is also important to research the visa and residency requirements for expats, as well as the tax system. Finally, expats should consider the climate in Copenhagen, which is generally mild but can be quite cold in the winter months," commented one expat who made the move to Copenhagen.

"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," remarked one expat living in Copenhagen , Denmark.

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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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