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What you need to know when moving to Denmark

People moving to Denmark, are mainly those who are looking for a sense of comfort, contentment, and security. Hygge is not an isolated case of Sunday afternoon tea. For Danes, it is a way of thinking and living. Tours of parks, cafes and hidden places in the cities are organised for all those who want to immerse themselves in this feeling of contentment with the little things.

Danes are considered the happiest nation, regardless that they are paying some of the highest taxes in Europe. The Danish monarchy has built a strong economic position and is satisfactorily integrating into the global market. You can find out what you need to know before moving to Denmark in the lines below.

What language is spoken in Denmark?

The official language of Denmark is Danish. The citizens of the country's self-governing regions, Greenland and the Faroe Islands, use Greenlandic and Faroese respectively in their daily lives. Despite the presence of these regional languages, Danish is the most widespread.

A significant percentage of the monarchy's population is fluent in English (86%). This is due to its compulsory study in state primary schools.

Students can study German or French as a third elective language. German is spoken by about half of the Danish population (47%). Swedish can also be heard on Danish streets, although it is not as common as English.

Speaking these languages when you move to Denmark will help you adjust to your new environment, but you'd really connect with the locals if you try to learn their native Danish. Look for extensive information on the policy of providing free language training after registering in the country.

Moving into a new home

The housing market in Denmark is highly competitive. Many people want to live in the bigger cities and this makes it even harder to get a good deal. If you want to be competitive with other Danes, you need to use numerous ways to find good deals.

Ask your employer about existing agreements with landlords. They can assist you by placing an enquiry among your colleagues. Register on apartment platforms or contact a broker.

Housing that is rented out is known as "lejebolig". It comes both furnished and unfurnished. Repainting the walls and repairing any damage that has appeared on the floor before vacating is common practice.

If the home is not in good condition after you leave, you may not receive your deposit back. It is advisable to inspect the property thoroughly beforehand and record all defects in the move-in documentation. Read the terms of the contract carefully and make sure to take pictures of the space before and after you move in. Proper preparation before moving to Denmark would ensure you reduce unexpected issues.

Housing costs take up a large portion of many people's funds. Anticipate your budget well, before you start searching. In most cases, EU citizens are exempt from presenting a contract to work in the monarchy. If you are relocating from the UK or another third country, you will need to provide proof of legal residence in Denmark. Familiarise yourself with the requirements for obtaining a work visa. Also, pay attention to the conditions for moving and subsequent storage of your belongings.

Buildings and river in Denmark

Find your new job

The average monthly salary for the country is DKK 40 600 (approximately EUR 5 460). The salary varies considerably based on the chosen field of study, professional experience, and city of development. Academic achievements have a strong influence.

Individuals with doctorates and master's degrees are highly rewarded in the country. The numbers will work in your favor once you invest the time to hone your skills.

Before you are tempted to move to Denmark just for the wages, it is advisable to get to know the taxes that go along with them. The monarchy ranks second in standard of living, just behind Switzerland. This directly affects the costs of keeping it. Danes pay significant tax fees, which could amount to 52% of their salary.

Work-life balance is important to Viking descendants. They spend a maximum of 37 hours at work. The length of the working day depends on the sector chosen, and shorter stays in the office are seen in certain places. The idea of a 4-day working week is positively received in the country and some companies are implementing it successfully. Currently, it is not a mainstream practice, but there is potential for expansion in certain sectors.

At the heart of the Danish world is the attitude that everyone should be able to spend enough time on their personal interest and family activities. Many companies provide the opportunity to work from home for one or two working days. During the rest of the time, visiting the office is encouraged for healthy communication with the team.

Moving to Denmark with kids

Denmark's education system is one of the most developed in the world. You can choose between state, international and private schools for all levels of study in the country. State schools are the most preferred because the education there is free.

The system of education and assessment is tailored to the needs of the students. For children who do not speak Danish, most public schools provide special classes. These mainly focus on learning the language and culture of Denmark and preparing the students for the transition to regular classes with other locals.

Nurseries and kindergartens are not compulsory, unlike pre-school education. Many Danes trust the Vuggestuer day care centres. Reception starts around 6 months of age. Once a child turns 3, they can be enrolled in Børnehaver (kindergarten).

Thanks to the favourable learning conditions, Denmark attracts many university students every year. Higher public education in the country is fee-free if you are a member of the EU, EEA, or have Danish citizenship. People with permanent residence can also study for free.

There are no large financial debts during studies, and additionally, student aid is available to most students. This gives rise to an educated and aware society that is satisfied with its achievements.

Universities have affordable tuition fees for UK and other third-country students. Contact selected universities and find out their admission requirements.

Having a pet in Denmark

Moving to Denmark with a pet is subject to certain mandatory requirements. The animal must be microchipped according to ISO 11784/11785 and have a rabies vaccine. If you are coming from a third country, prepare a passport and a certificate of examination from a veterinarian.

You can move to Denmark with up to 5 pets. It is advisable to have the animal with you when you enter the country. If circumstances do not allow it, the pet can cross the border up to 5 days before or after you, accompanied by an authorised person.

If you are the owner of a dog, after successful entry into the country, you need to register it with the Danish Dog Register for the first 4 weeks. You will need to get it insured, which is compulsory.

Moving an animal to Denmark from the UK or other third-countries must be done through one of the designated Traveller's Points of Entry. Make sure you know which are these, so you could avoid future complications.

Denmark has restrictions on certain exotic animals and dogs. Dog breeds such as the Pit Bull Terrier, Caucasian shepherd, American bulldog, and others cannot enter legally. Look carefully at the requirements of Danish law.

Driving in Denmark         

EU and EEA citizens are not obliged to replace their licence with a Danish one as long as it is valid. You can move to Denmark with an international driving licence. You must have an English or Danish translation of it.

The issue of a Danish licence to UK and third-country nationals is directly linked to the right to reside in the country. Replacement of the licence requires passing a theory and practical exam. Your vehicle must be registered in Denmark and have insurance.

Issuing a Danish licence to UK and third country nationals is directly linked to the right of residence in the country. Replacement of the licence requires passing a theoretical and practical test. Your vehicle must be registered in Denmark and have insurance.

In Greenland, the rules for issuing a licence differ. Regardless of which country you move from, you will have to undergo driver training.

Public transport is developed and is frequently used. The network of intercity trains enables fast travel. Frequent ferry crossings link the Danish islands.

In larger cities, you can use one ticket for several modes of public transport (bus, train, metro). Monthly passes are affordable. Bicycles are the second most common way to get around.

Health insurance in Denmark

Health insurance is based on the right to live in the country. Once you become part of the Danish residency system, you are entitled to free public healthcare.

To benefit from this, you must apply for a CPR number. Within 4 months of registering, you will receive your yellow card. You need to show it every time you visit doctors, hospital wards and pharmacies. Some medications are covered by the health insurance and for the rest, you will have to pay up to 50% of the cost.

If you are an EU or EEA citizen, you can use your European Health Insurance Card. It covers basic doctor visits, hospital treatments, and medicines. Its subsequent replacement with a yellow one is easy and you could do it online.

Additional health insurance is most commonly used by people who want greater access to private medical services. In many workplaces, it is provided to employees as an additional benefit. By having private insurance, you guarantee faster service and access to more specialists.

Nature and climate conditions

Denmark is full of natural beauties considering its seemingly small size. The temperate maritime climate predisposes to wet winters, short cool summers and long transitional seasons.

The white nights (Lyse nætter), which bestow Danes with more daylight, are a phenomenon to be encountered when moving. The period in which the sky does not become entirely dark, but only dusk, is not as prolonged as in neighbouring Norway and Sweden.

Each of the islands has its own beautiful landscape. The country enjoys varied scenery: dense forests, sand dunes and flat fields. Use your free days to get to know it.

Moving to Denmark with the help of Movega Removals

Finding a home in that country comes along with a lot of details. Organise your move to Denmark in an easy and safe way by relying on our professional team. Movega Removals provides a complete relocation and accompanying services. Choose peace of mind by trusting the experienced.

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