Pros and Cons of Living in Copenhagen

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By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

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

What are the pros and cons of living in Copenhagen?

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Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Copenhagen 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," remarked another expat in Copenhagen.

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

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"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 expat in Copenhagen.

What do expats find most challenging?

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

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

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Information about healthcare and hospitals in Denmark.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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