Newcomers Guide to Denmark

There’s a lot to like about Denmark: a well-developed economy, a progressive stance on environmental protection, a temperate climate, plenty of job opportunities, and many more. It is one of the smallest countries with a population of just over 5 million people yet its per capita GDP is among the highest in the world. It’s a beautiful country with gorgeous sceneries and is a safe place to call home. Newcomers to Denmark usually find it easy to adjust to life in this Scandinavian kingdom.


The official language here is Danish but nearly all the locals can speak English so Canucks don’t have much pressure on this front. About a tenth of the population is fluent in French as well. Since Danes frequently travel all around Europe, a large number of them have picked up Spanish, German, Italian, and other languages.


Denmark has progressive views on a variety of social issues such as welfare and sexuality. They have a universal healthcare system that is financed by taxes instead of contributions. People are expected to be punctual and modest. They have a strong sense of social equality and believe that everyone should be able to live with dignity.


The country is a leader in several industries including information technology, communications, medical technologies, interior design, clothing, green power sources, sea freight, precision instruments, and agricultural goods. Their small population means that they often require foreign workers to keep up the growth of their economy. Another incentive for living here is the work-life balance. Companies respect their worker’s private lives and ensure that they have enough time to be with their family. Employees and management often hold dialogues to sort out concerns. Continuing education is also offered in most workplaces as part of competence development.


Denmark is a great place to raise children with a plethora of quality schools where the children can enroll and many other activities outside of school where they can learn new things. For very young kids, there are well-equipped child care centers in every municipality with staff that are trained to assist multilingual children in integrating with their peers. During their free time, they can attend activities organized by local communities and private organizations like sporting events, music classes, and creative activities.

Cost of Living

Newcomers to Denmark will find that living expenses are fairly high but this is proportionate to the high salaries that workers enjoy. The welfare system takes care of medical treatments and education for most so this offsets the costs. Much of household expenses go to housing and maintenance. Food and transportation are on equal terms at second. Monthly services, entertainment, and utilities come next, with home supplies, clothing, and medical expenses bring up the rear.