Living and Working in Denmark

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Living and Working in Denmark

Life and Work in Denmark – A Guide

Located in Northern Europe, Denmark offers a unique blend of modernity and tradition. From its high-quality healthcare system to a thriving job market, the prospect of living and working in Denmark is increasingly appealing to individuals worldwide.

Schepens has been helping professionals, students, and families to move to Denmark for over 100 years. We make weekly runs to locations across this beautiful country, and we’re delighted to share our knowledge with you in this guide to living and working in Denmark.


Living in Denmark

Denmark offers a remarkable quality of life, consistently ranking high in global happiness indexes. Its comprehensive healthcare system ensures residents receive high-quality medical care, and the education system is world-renowned for its excellence.

1. The Secret of Happiness in Denmark

What’s the secret of Denmark’s many successes? They claim that it’s down to the way they view human beings. Obviously being part of society means working for a living and contributing taxes. But the Danish way of life recognises that work is only a part of what we do as human beings. Our family, friends, interests, and personal needs are all just as important and living and working in Denmark is about achieving a good work/life balance.

2. Denmark is a Safe Place to Live and Work

If you move to Denmark to work, you’ll probably find yourself in Copenhagen, or one of the larger cities. Wherever you live, you won’t be far from the sea and the countryside. Spending time outside, in natural surroundings is really important to Danes. For this reason, there’s a focus on safety and Denmark is ranked as one of the safest places to live, and travel.

Forests, Beaches and Wilderness

3. Forests, Beaches and Wilderness

Dense, green forests make up much of the natural landscape in Denmark and there’s 7,000 km of beach to enjoy, too. It’s no wonder that holidays and days off tend to be spent away from the city, especially as the days get longer in the summer.

4. Sustainable Cities

The cities offer everything urban dwellers require but, as you would expect in Denmark, it feels slightly different from elsewhere. The bike is the natural way to get around, and sustainability flows through the veins of towns and cities, making it easy to recycle, eat healthily and protect the planet as part of your daily routine.


Working in Denmark

If you’re sick of the daily grind of office work, living and working in Denmark will introduce you to an entirely different workplace experience. The Danes have the shortest working week in the world (37 hours), whilst also having one of the most productive and efficient workforces in Europe. Oh, and Denmark ranks 2nd in the Happiest Countries in the World population survey.

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1. Job Market and Opportunities

The Danish job market is known for its stability and opportunities for career growth. If you’re looking for a job in Denmark, the Positive List is a good place to start. This is a list generated by the Danish government which shows the shortage occupations where foreign recruitment is actively occurring.

If you have the qualifications to fill any of the roles that appear on the positive list, you should find securing a job in Denmark relatively simple. Current professions experiencing shortages include science and engineering, teaching, management, finance, medicine and healthcare, IT, and law.

2. Work-Life Balance

The concept of work-life balance is deeply ingrained, and employment benefits go beyond the conventional, promoting employee well-being. There is flexibility around the start and finish of the working day. This is to allow families to organise the picking up and dropping off of their children at school. Once the agreed ‘home time’ arrives, employees leave, as agreed, and their personal lives take over. Employees enjoy 5 weeks’ vacation each year.

3. Business Culture

The Danish workspace favours collaborative working, non-hierarchical structures, and a clear demarcation between work and life. Everyone addresses each other by their first names, and employees are far more involved in business decision-making processes than in other European countries.

Danes consider themselves motivated, hardworking, and responsible, largely as a result of the autonomy they enjoy in the workplace. In Denmark, a good employee works efficiently within a team to produce maximum output in the course of the working day. They don’t expect to do overtime, or to look at emails etc once they leave the office.


Relocating to Denmark

For those considering a move, navigating the logistics is essential. This section covers visa and residence permit information, various housing options, language considerations, and the support systems in place to help newcomers integrate into Danish society seamlessly.

1. Visa and Residence Permits

UK citizens need to apply for a visa and residence permit in order to work in Denmark. There are several types of visas, with the most widely used being:

  • Fast-Track Scheme. This is for highly qualified employees who have a contract with one of the certified companies in Denmark. The employer takes care of the visa application process on behalf of the employee which makes the process much faster.
  • Positive List. Twice each year Denmark publishes a ‘Positive List’ of shortage occupations they wish to recruit to. If you have the qualifications or experience for any of the jobs on the list, you can apply for a Positive List Visa.
Denmark Housing Options

2. Housing Options

For professionals with a fixed-term contract in Denmark, renting is the preferred choice. If you’re employed by a large, established company, they may offer housing assistance. Otherwise, there’s a wide range of rental options throughout Denmark to suit your preferences. To find rental properties easily, check out BoligPortal, the most popular website for this purpose.

Living in Denmark can be expensive, especially when it comes to renting. According to Statista, the average rent in Denmark is approximately 874 DKK per square metre. If you want a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre, be prepared to pay between 10,000 and 20,000 DKK per month. But if you’re open to living in the suburbs, you might find something for as low as 5,000 DKK.

When you rent in Denmark it is normal practice to pay 3 month’s rent as a deposit. This is returned at the end of the tenancy so long as there is no damage to be repaired. In most cases, utilities are not included in the rent, unless explicitly stated.

There is an approved rental contract that most landlords use: Standard Contract

3. Language Considerations

Danish is the official language of Denmark, but there is also significant use of German and Greenlandic. English is taught in schools from an early age, so the majority of Danes speak English as a second language. Whilst it’s easy to ‘get by’ using English in Denmark, learning Danish will give you a deeper experience of the culture, and help you to make friends with work colleagues.


Transportation in Denmark

Denmark’s public transport system is a model of efficiency, seamlessly connecting cities and towns. Punctual and clean, trains and buses offer a stress-free commuting experience.

Complementing this, Denmark’s cycling culture is ingrained in daily life. With dedicated lanes and a bike-friendly infrastructure, cycling is not just a mode of transport but a way of life.

For those preferring four wheels, car ownership in Denmark is straightforward, although the well-connected public transport and cycling options make it a choice rather than a necessity, contributing to Denmark’s commitment to sustainability and a high quality of life.

If you want to buy a car in Denmark, you will need to have a Danish driver’s licence in order to register the vehicle.


Danish Cuisine and Lifestyle

Danish cuisine is a delightful fusion of tradition and innovation, reflecting the country’s rich culinary heritage. Iconic dishes like “Smørrebrød“, open-faced sandwiches adorned with various toppings, showcase Denmark’s love for simple yet flavourful combinations.

The beloved “Æbleskiver“, small, spherical pancakes, are a cherished treat during festive seasons. “Frikadeller“, Danish meatballs, and “Stegt Flæsk“, crispy pork belly, are staples that tantalise taste buds.

If you have a sweet tooth it will be more than satisfied with “Koldskål“, a chilled buttermilk dessert, and “Wienerbrød“, Danish pastries. These culinary delights mirror Denmark’s commitment to quality ingredients and a warm, inviting dining culture.


Danish Festivals to Enjoy

If you want to get a feel of the Danish culture, you can immerse yourself in Denmark’s eclectic festivals. Roskilde Festival,” one of Europe’s largest music events, draws global crowds for its diverse lineup. For a taste of tradition, “Sankt Hans Aften” celebrates the summer solstice with bonfires and song.

Experience the lively “Aalborg Carnival” blending colourful parades and street parties. “Julefrokost” offers a festive Christmas feast, showcasing Danish culinary delights. The “Tønder Festival” embraces folk music, creating a harmonious blend of old and new. Whether it’s the rhythmic beats of contemporary tunes or the time-honoured rituals, Danish festivals offer a dynamic snapshot of the nation’s spirit.


Settling In To Your New Home

While the prospect of living in Denmark is exciting, there will be challenges as you’re settling in. Here are 3 practical tips for ‘finding your feet’ in your new home:

  1. Language Learning Resources. Invest time in learning Danish through language courses, online platforms, and local language schools. Embracing the language enhances communication and creates a deeper connection with the local culture, making daily interactions more seamless.
  2. Networking Opportunities. Attend expat and community events to build a social network. Connecting with other overseas professionals and locals not only provides support but also opens doors to a broader understanding of Danish society.
  3. Support Services for Newcomers. Explore the various support services tailored for expats, such as relocation agencies and online groups. The Facebook group ‘Foreigners in Denmark‘ is a great way to find out about everyday life in Denmark, and meet new people.

SCHEPENS ARE SPECIALIST SCANDINAVIAN MOVERS

Schepens is a family-led, UK-based removals company with an excellent reputation for stress-free removals to Denmark. For more than a century now, we have been moving professionals, students, and families to locations across the country.

We make runs to Denmark weekly, and we’re familiar with all the major cities. Our regular runs mean that we’re able to offer movers flexible scheduling, and extremely competitive pricing on dedicated or part loads.

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TAILORED REMOVALS TO DENMARK

We allocate a dedicated Move Co-Ordinator to each client. These professional movers know your destination well and will have managed many removals to Denmark. They will create a tailor-made removals plan, unique to your specifications, and will be able to guide you through every step of the process.

  • Professional Packing Service. Our professional packers can pack up your home for you, label boxes, and create a detailed inventory for shipping.
  • Customs Paperwork. We know and understand the Danish customs regulations thoroughly. Your Move Co-ordinator can complete your customs paperwork for you.
  • Transit Insurance. Schepens insures your goods during transit. If require additional insurance such as Extended Liability or Accidental Damage, we can arrange cover.
  • Specialist Removals. If you’re shipping fragile goods, a piano, antiques, or artworks, Schepens can provide bespoke packaging, shipping, and insurance.
  • Self Storage. If you need to store items in the UK, Schepens has secure, local storage facilities. We provide a door-to-door service and a secure, clean environment.
  • Removals Vehicles. Your goods will be shipped in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, which ensures little or no movement of vehicle content.

SCHEPENS EMPLOYEES GO THE EXTRA MILE

“From first e-mail contact to final delivery of my belongings I was met with professionalism, friendliness and helpfulness. In such a stressful situation as moving, well, I couldn’t have asked for more from this excellent company.”


SCHEPENS REMOVALS TO LOCATIONS ACROSS DENMARK

Schepens currently provide weekly removals to all the major towns and cities in Denmark, including:

Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg, Frederiksberg, Esbjerg, Gentofte, Gladsaxe, Randers, Kolding and Horsens. We also provide removals back to the UK from Denmark and any other European country.


Are you going to be living and working in Denmark? Give the friendly Schepens team a call to find out a bout the range of ways we can support your move – 01794 323558