Living in Denmark



Denmark is a Scandinavian country renowned across the world for its thriving economy, excellent work conditions and picture-perfect sceneries. This land that once served as the home of the mighty Vikings has undoubtedly become one of the most favourable expat destinations in Northern Europe.

In 2016, Denmark was ranked as the 3rd top country in the world with the highest quality of life whereas citizens enjoy quality education, clean environment, security and work-life balance. Denmark is also consistently referred to as the ‘happiest country’ on earth because of its excellent healthcare system, commitment to freedom of speech and liberal social welfare system. Most expats who live in this country work in the fields of information technology, agriculture, and the health sector (such as nurses, doctors and pharmacists). With and impressive quality of life combined with a dynamic economy, it is truly a delight to be an expat in Denmark.

Having Fun the ‘Danish Way’

Denmark is also known as the one of the best family holiday destinations on earth and expat parents moving here will be relieved to know that there will be tonnes of fun-filled activities that will keep their little ones from feeling homesick.

Denmark’s pleasant climate is perfect for leisure activities such as sports, scouting, music, theatre and arts. Most Danish kids are members of sports clubs such as football and handball. Other sports activities that kids engage in are swimming, gymnastics, badminton and roller-skating. There are also more than 200 music schools in Denmark where children or young adults can practice their musical abilities and prowess. Music classes are usually in the afternoon or the evening. Annual fees normally range from DKK 800 (USD$139.00) to DKK 3,000 (USD$524.00).

Parents can treat their little ones at zoos, museums and amusement parks during weekends. Denmark houses some of the most famous amusement parks in the world such as the Tivoli Pleasure Gardens in Copenhagen, the Dyrehavsbakken which is the world's oldest amusement park and of course the Legoland in Billund. Other top attractions that kids will love in Denmark are the Bue Planet which is the largest aquarium in Northern Europe and the Djurs Summer Park, a massive aqua park that houses more than 60 rides.

Useful Tips for Expat Drivers

Expats who plan to ship their car to Denmark or purchase a car will need to know about the country’s approach to driving rules and regulations. Denmark uses similar driving rules as the rest of the EU. Expats are expected to know the driving regulations and follow the driving rules. Driving penalties can be on the spot fines or jail time, so never drink and drive. The legal driving limit is 0.05% BrAC (Breath alcohol concentration).

Driving in Denmark is in the right-hand lane and cars may only pass on the left. Speed limits range from 50kph/31mph in towns and cities, 80kph/49mph on open roads and 130kph/81mph on the main 4-lane highways. Be cautious of the many bike paths, lanes and cyclists in Denmark, as they have the right of way.

EU/EEA member states can use their existing driver's license in Denmark. A driver's license issued by Russia, South Korea, Japan or Switzerland will need to be exchanged to Danish if the drivers intend to establish residency in Denmark. Drivers, however, are not required to take any tests. Those with foreign driver's license that are not issued by EU/EEA member states can drive in Denmark for the first two weeks (14 days) to establish residence. After two weeks, foreign nationals need to exchange their foreign license for a Danish license. For further information, expats can visit the website of the Danish Road Safety Agency.

Understanding the Danes

The Danes, by nature, are friendly and supportive; however, expats in Denmark should understand that after work, Danes spend their leisure time with their family. The family is the heart of the social structure in Denmark. Meet-ups on cafes or bars are uncommon in an average Danish lifestyle as most are at home with their kin.

When invited to a Danish home, show appreciation to the host by giving flowers or a nice bottle of wine. Danish dining etiquette starts with toast or "Skol!" (Salute/cheers) before eating. Avoid discussing work in any social gathering; remember that Danes do not mix business with pleasure. Expats should avoid yelling or trying too hard to stand out. Danes are known to behave in a reserved manner and try to be modest about their accomplishments. They also expect others to do the same.

Peaceful environment, happy people, high standards of living, and the highest degree of social equality - there's so many beautiful things to smile about in Denmark.


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