Cost of Living in Denmark

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Cost of living in DenmarkDenmark is an expensive expat destination and the cost of living is high, even by European standards. Eating out, utilities and petrol are especially pricey. Luckily, salaries are relatively high to somewhat balance out the high cost of goods and services in Denmark.
Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, is one of the most expensive cities in the world and was ranked 24th out of 209 cities in the Mercer 2016 Cost of Living Survey. 
The good news for expats in Denmark is that they can expect a very high quality of life, especially for those with children, which might make up for the high cost of living. Expats living in Denmark can expect to spend most of their salary on accommodation, food and drink, and transport and communication

Cost of accommodation in Denmark


Accommodation will be responsible for a large percentage of expats’ monthly expenses in Denmark. Expats should consider the location of their housing carefully, as this can often affect the price. In particular, Copenhagen's small size along with its popularity means that accommodation is scarce and expensive. In 

The cost of utilities is not usually included in the rental price so it's important to budget for this additional expense. When searching for somewhere to live, the cost of the initial deposit will be up to three months' worth of rent.

Cost of transport in Denmark

Transport in Denmark can be reasonable if using the trains and buses, but can also be very expensive if using taxis on a regular basis. Petrol is also notoriously pricey, as is the cost of buying a car. On the other hand, cycling and walking are popular and are both cost-effective ways of travelling.

Cost of food in Denmark

Groceries tend to be on the expensive side in Denmark and expats may experience 'sticker shock' the first time they venture into a Danish grocery store. However, with careful budgeting it's possible to minimise costs. Buying locally produced goods and avoiding imports as much as possible can also bring down expenses.

Cost of schooling in Denmark

The cost of education for EU citizens in Denmark is very low, as tuition is completely free, though expats may have to pay for learning materials such as textbooks and other miscellaneous items. For children who are not EU citizens, schooling in Denmark can be very expensive with international schools being particularly expensive.  

Cost of living in Denmark chart

Prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices in Copenhagen for November 2016.
Accommodation (rent per month)
One-bedroom apartment in city 8,900 DKK
One-bedroom apartment outside city  6,500 DKK
Three-bedroom apartment in city 16,000 DKK
Three-bedroom apartment outside city 12,000 DKK
Dozen eggs 27 DKK
Milk (1 litre) 7 DKK
Rice (1kg) 14 DKK
Loaf of white bread 16 DKK
Chicken breasts (1kg) 70 DKK
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) 45 DKK
Eating out
Big Mac meal 70 DKK
Coca Cola (330ml) 20 DKK
Cappuccino  35 DKK
Bottle of beer (local) 45 DKK
Three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant
400 DKK
Utilities/Household (monthly)
Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile) 1 DKK
Internet (Uncapped ADSL) 180 DKK
Utilities (average per month for small apartment)
1,200 DKK
Taxi rate/km 15 DKK
City centre bus fare/train fare  25 DKK
Petrol/Gasoline (per litre) 11 DKK

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