Moving to Denmark From UK – The Complete Guide

MOVING TO DENMARK FROM UK – THE COMPLETE GUIDE
Moving to Denmark From UK – The Complete Guide

Everything You Need to Know About Moving to Denmark

Even if you have no clear picture of modern Denmark, you’ll most probably have visited its landscapes in your imagination as a child, thanks to Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales. The gabled rooftops, romantic castles and wild coastal wastes so central to his story-telling are also quintessentially Danish – like the author himself. Modern Denmark successfully combines the old-fashioned charm of the folk tale with the innovative technologies of the 21st century.


Beyond the Fairytale

Step beyond the iconic imagery of Hans Christian Andersen. While gabled rooftops and captivating castles still whisper of bygone eras, contemporary Denmark has a distinctive, forward looking energy. Imagine cycling through Copenhagen’s green spaces, consistently ranked among the most livable cities globally. Breathe in the fresh air, knowing you’re in a country that ranks first on the environmental performance index.

The landscapes of Norway or Sweden are known for their rugged wildness; Denmark, however, offers a different kind of beauty. Expansive skies stretch endlessly above, where the “Blue September” light paints the world in a unique glow. Denmark has always been a sea-faring nation, and no wonder; the country has 7000km of coastline, incorporating hundreds of islands. In Denmark it is impossible to be more than 50km from the sea.

Moving to Denmark from the UK offers a complete immersion into a culture steeped in history and Viking spirit. It’s a nation where innovation thrives, and where hygge, the art of cosiness, isn’t a lifestyle trend, it’s a way of life.

Dreaming of a fresh start in Denmark? Schepens, your trusted guide for UK-to-Denmark relocations, is here to make it a reality. With over a century of experience relocating families, professionals, and students, we’re the ideal guide for how to move to Denmark.

Before you pack your bags, uncover the insider knowledge you need. In our recent survey, movers shared their top 10 resources they wished they’d known about before taking the leap:

The top 10 resources movers would value prior to moving were:

  1. Making friends and creating a support network
  2. Cultural differences
  3. Calculating a rough budget for life in Sweden
  4. Removals to Sweden
  5. Local knowledge
  6. Finding somewhere to live
  7. Healthcare
  8. Work culture in Sweden
  9. Laws that may affect me
  10. Transport locally and across the country
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The Schepens Guide incorporates these areas, and is organised it into two sections: ‘Before You Leave the UK’ and ‘When You Arrive in Denmark’. No matter whether you’re a seasoned expat, or this is your first move, the time you spend in a new country is an adventure. It will change you; it must because you’re being offered a different perspective on the world. We hope that this resource will enhance your pleasure of living and working in Denmark.

BEFORE YOU LEAVE

Budgeting for Life in Denmark

Day-to-day living in Denmark is expensive, though you’ll find that costs vary dependent on your lifestyle and where you live. Copenhagen is the most expensive city in Denmark – no surprises there – it also features in Mercer’s Cost of Living Index (2023) as the 5th most expensive city in the world.

The Numbeo website is a useful resource if you’re wanting to estimate your cost of living in Denmark. It allows you to drill down into consumer essentials, restaurants, rent and utilities. Then to get a larger picture, you can compare one city with another, so you can see what costs more, what costs less, and whether your spending power is up or down in your new home.

Cost of Living Comparison Between London and Copenhagen

  • Consumer Prices in Copenhagen are 3.0% lower than in London (without rent)
  • Consumer Prices Including Rent in Copenhagen are 19.1% lower than in London
  • Rent Prices in Copenhagen are 39.5% lower than in London
  • Restaurant Prices in Copenhagen are 8.4% higher than in London
  • Groceries Prices in Copenhagen are 4.3% higher than in London
  • Local Purchasing Power in Copenhagen is 22.2% higher than in London

Once you’ve got the raw data from Numbeo, it’s worth taking a look at Quora and Reddit for stories from Danes, or expats who’ve made the move before you. Both sites rely on questions to drive them, so if you can’t find what you’re looking for, post your own. Not only can you get fascinating insights managing your budget in Denmark, you may also make some useful contacts.

Whilst the cost of living may look high, remember that salaries in Denmark are also higher than in the UK:

  • Average Salary – £44,54.58
  • Teacher’s Salary – £53,25.85
  • Programmer’s Salary – £61,50.14
Cost of living in Denmark

Bridging the Gap – Medications and Your Danish Move

Making a smooth transition to Danish healthcare is key to a stress-free start. While the system is excellent, registering with a local GP can take up to a month. This is especially important if you rely on prescription medications.

Here’s how to ensure seamless medication coverage:

1. Stock Up Before You Go

  • Talk to your doctor. Explain your move and request a larger supply of your regular medication to bridge the gap until you’re registered in Denmark. Most GPs are familiar with this situation and can accommodate your request.
  • Double-check quantities. Ensure you have enough medication to last at least a month, considering potential delays.
  • Understand limitations. Be aware that some medications might have restrictions on the amount your doctor can prescribe. Discuss alternative solutions with your doctor if needed.

2. Digitise Your Medical Records

  • Request a digital copy. Having your medical records readily available in digital format significantly simplifies the transition. This allows your Danish doctor to access your medical history and prescription information quickly.
  • Check compatibility. Ensure the format of your digital records is compatible with the Danish healthcare system.

Cycling

If you’re not currently a cyclist, chances are that living in Denmark will turn you into one. There are more bicycles in Denmark than there are people – which gives a pretty clear idea of how seriously Danes take their cycling. The bicycle is used for commuting, getting to school, travelling across the city, and 9 out of 10 people in Denmark own a bike.

Cycling in denmark

The Danish love of cycling is matched and facilitated by the urban infrastructure. There are broad, well-maintained cycle lanes, with their own signals, criss-crossing all of Denmark’s cities. Urban planners are currently working to extend the cycle superhighway infrastructure across the whole country. The vision is for 45 routes, each providing commuters with a direct, safe and comfortable alternative to trains, buses or cars.

Another reason why cycling is so popular is that Denmark a largely flat country – so if you’re new to cycling, you couldn’t find a gentler introduction!


Danish Tax Card

One important step before you start working is to register for your Danish tax card. It’s quick and easy to apply online, and it will ensure you’re taxed correctly on your earnings right from the start.

Why is a tax card important?

Your tax card plays a key role in ensuring you pay the right amount of tax on your salary. Without it, you’ll be taxed at a much higher rate of 55%. Once you have your tax card, your employer will take care of all the tax deductions for you, so you can relax and focus on settling into your new life in Denmark.


Documentation for Denmark

It’s far better to have too much documentation when you’re moving abroad, rather than finding there’s a missing piece once you get there.

  • Passport (must have 6 months left on it)
  • Work Permit
  • Birth Certificate
  • Medical Records
  • Insurance documents
  • School Records (for children of school age)
  • National Insurance Number
  • Marriage Certificate (if appropriate)
  • Driver’s License
  • Tax Records
  • Divorce/Child Custody Papers (if appropriate)
  • Adoption Papers (if appropriate)
  • Pet Vaccination Records (if appropriate)
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We would also recommend having a hard copy of each document – just in case!


Driving in Denmark

As of January 1, 2023, UK residents in Denmark require a Danish or European driving licence to drive legally.

Here’s what you need to know, based on when your UK licence was issued:

  • Before January 1, 2021: You can exchange your UK licence for a Danish one, but act fast! You have 6 months from your move to Denmark to complete the exchange. Delaying means taking the Danish driving test.
  • On or after January 1, 2021: Unfortunately, direct exchange isn’t possible anymore. If you hold a Category B licence (cars), you can still apply for a Danish licence without taking the driving test, but only within 180 days of establishing residency. Otherwise, the Danish driving test awaits.
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It’s worth checking out the rules of driving in Denmark. Key differences include:

  • Failing to signal when changing lanes could land you with a £100 fine
  • Headlights are required to be on at all times
  • Speed limits: 50km/h in cities. 80km/h outside cities. 130km/h on highways.
  • Tyres should be switched for summer and winter use

If you have plans to explore Denmark by car, the Marguerite Road is a must. It takes in the most stunning natural landscapes in the country, and over 200 sights, cities and attractions. It’s well signposted, in fact there’s even a free app created by the Danish Nature Agency to help you navigate the route.


Emergency Funds

Moving to a new country is exciting, but let’s face it, unexpected expenses can pop up and throw your plans out. That’s where an emergency fund comes in – your financial buffer for the curveballs life can throw at you.

Why is it crucial in Denmark?

Several factors make having an emergency fund wise in Denmark:

  • Healthcare: While Denmark boasts an excellent healthcare system, there might be a waiting period before you’re fully covered. An emergency fund helps bridge that gap for any immediate medical needs.
  • Housing: Securing your rental apartment might involve unforeseen costs like deposits, agency fees, or furniture purchases. An emergency fund eases such financial bumps.
  • Unexpected costs: From appliance breakdowns to lost travel documents, life has many surprises it can throw at you. Having a safety net keeps you afloat during such situations.

Remember:

  • Tailor your fund to your needs. Consider your lifestyle, potential risks, and risk tolerance to determine the ideal amount. A good starting point is 3-6 months of living expenses.
  • Be realistic. Factor in potential costs like rent, utilities, groceries, and transportation when calculating your buffer.
  • Make it accessible. Keep your emergency fund in a readily available account, separate from your everyday spending

Finding Somewhere to Live

Most professionals who are spending a year or two in Denmark choose to rent rather than buy. If you’re working for a large company or organisation, you will probably have your housing provided. If not, there is plenty of choice across Denmark, dependent on the kind of property you want. The most popular website for finding rental properties is BoligPortal.

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When you find a suitable property, you will need to read the contract carefully as it differs from UK rental contracts:

  1. Thoroughly Check the Terms – Carefully study the contract to ensure it explicitly states all specific terms and conditions. For helpful guidance on Danish Rental Agreements, take a look at: https://www.lejeloven.dk/en
  2. Notice Period – Typically, both you, as the tenant, and the landlord adhere to a notice period of up to 3 months for lease termination.
  3. Deposit Requirement – A customary practice is to request a deposit, usually equivalent to one month’s rent for a room or three months’ rent for a flat. The refund of the deposit depends on the flat’s condition when you vacate.
  4. Contract Prior to Deposit – Avoid making any advance deposit payments without a corresponding contractual agreement in place.
  5. Utility Inclusions – In most cases, expenses such as heating, water, and gas are not included in the rental fee. Any inclusion of utilities will be explicitly specified.
  6. Personal Inspection – Prior to signing, personally inspect the room or flat to ensure its condition aligns with your expectations.
  7. Prompt Reporting of Defects – Promptly report any discrepancies or defects within the flat within 14 days of occupancy to avert potential personal liability for repairs.

Language – Do You Need to Speak Danish?

It is perfectly possible to live and work in Denmark without being able to speak Danish. You may find yourself working for an English-speaking company; you may even get to work in an English-speaking office. Having said that, there are a number of reasons why learning Danish is an excellent idea.

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  1. Make Social Events Easier. Sounds trite but imagine having a drink with some work colleagues all of whom are speaking English to accommodate you. It’ll get wearing after a while, no-one wants to keep translating their jokes for your benefit!
  2. Let Danes Help. Learning a foreign language makes you vulnerable; you’ll make gaffes along the way. This can be an excellent way to laugh at yourself, break down defences and show you appreciate help.
  3. Grow Your Understanding of Denmark. Once you start to learn the language, you’ll start to understand where you’re living better. No longer a tourist, you’ll begin to find out what people you work around care about and laugh at.

Local Knowledge – Where Will You Eat?

It’s inevitable that you’ll spend a few days with you head buried in admin as you prepare for your move. It’s easy, under such circumstances, to forget the more exciting aspects of moving to a new country. One of these has to be trying out the speciality food on offer in your new home. Spend a happy hour or two taking a look at local restaurants and planning which one you’ll try first.

Take a look at these tempting options in Copenhagen, or use Trip Advisor to find recommendations for the best restaurants in the area you’re moving to.


Excited about your Danish job offer? Now comes the work permit application; let’s take this step-by-step:

Step 1: SIRI, Your Ally

Your application journey starts with SIRI, the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration. You have two options: submit the application yourself or allow your employer to handle it.

Step 2: Finding Your Perfect Fit

Next, you’ll choose the work permit scheme that aligns best with your situation. Here are the main categories:

  • Pay Limit Scheme. Ideal for high earners pulling in DKK 465,000 (approx. £53,500) or more annually.
  • The Positive List. Perfect if your job offer aligns with professions on this updated list (refreshed twice yearly).
  • Fast Track Scheme. Streamlined for professionals with offers from SIRI-certified companies. This option offers swift processing and flexible permits for specialised skills.

Step 3: Guided by the System

Once you’ve identified the right scheme, the online application takes you step-by-step through the process. Remember, there’s an application fee involved.

Extra Tips for Smooth Sailing

  • Start early – Processing times can vary, so begin well in advance.
  • Gather your documents – Prepare required paperwork like passports, contracts, and proof of funds.
  • Stay informed – Regularly check SIRI’s website for updates and clarifications.

Pets

If you’re planning to take a pet with you to your new home in Denmark you will need the following: An up-to-date pet passport; a microchip for your pet, and a rabies vaccination administered more than 21 days before your departure date but less than 1 year ago.

Certain dog breeds are forbidden entry to Denmark because they are considered a danger. The list includes the Pitbull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier.


Removals to Denmark

Want your move from the UK to Denmark to feel effortless? Then spend some time researching the right company for you. It’s a worthwhile investment, as choosing the wrong company can make removals an uphill struggle from start to finish. Schepens has been providing removals to Denmark for over a century now; based on our experience, we’ve created a checklist to help you find the right removals to Denmark for your requirements.

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Removals Company for Moving to Norway

Removals to Denmark requires specialist knowledge to do it well, so you want to be sure that your removals company has a track record for European removals. Small moving companies appear and disappear overnight; you want to be sure that you have a reliable, experienced team supporting you.

Every removals company has its specialist area and ideally you want one that specialises in removals to Scandinavia, or northern Europe. Doing so means that the information they give you about customs will be reliable, and that the drivers they use will have extensive experience of Danish roads – summer and winter.

Why does this matter? A removals company that makes regular runs to Denmark (once a week for example) will be able to offer you more affordable pricing. Movers regularly shipping to Denmark will be able to accommodate flexible scheduling, and offer you a full or part load option.

Most removals companies say they offer this, but you should press to find out whether they’re offering a ‘ball park figure’ or a detailed quotation based on your specific requirements. They’ll be two very different figures.

Beware of removals companies that don’t have reviews relating to the route you’re interested in. Take a look at their social media, their website, their Google My Business page, Trustpilot, Reviews.co.uk. Look specifically for reviews to your chosen country. If you can’t find any, ask them directly.

Check that your chosen removals company has professional accreditations such as: British Association of Removers, ISO 9001, or FIDI FAIM

Your removal company should, as a matter of course, provide insurance covering your goods whilst they are in transit from one location to another.

If you’re moving to Denmark for work, you may decide to put goods in storage whilst you’re abroad. If your chosen removals company also offers self-storage you can get both jobs done at the same time. Once you arrive in Denmark you may require storage whilst you look for somewhere to live.

A removals company with a fleet of vehicles, making regular runs to Scandinavia, should need no more than a month’s notice to schedule in your move.

If you simply don’t have the time to pack up the house yourself, you’ll need a professional packing service to do the job for you. Check that this is part of the offering, and that sturdy, professional packing materials are used.

A move co-ordinator with experience of managing moves to locations across Denmark and Scandinavia is a major asset for your move. They will guide you through each stage of the process and offer detailed information on customs and logistics.


Weather in Denmark

Denmark has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, each requiring different preparations.

Spring (April-May)

Spring brings milder temperatures, averaging 8-14°C (46-57°F), with increasing sunshine. Occasional showers are common, so pack a light jacket and waterproof shoes.

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denmark summer

Summer (June-August)

Summers are generally pleasant with average temperatures of 15-21°C (59-70°F). However, be prepared for both warm, sunny days and cooler, rainy ones. Pack a mix of summer clothes and light layers for evenings.

Autumn (September-November)

Temperatures gradually cool down, ranging from 8-14°C (46-57°F). Rainfall increases, so pack a raincoat and waterproof boots. The days become shorter, so take advantage of the daylight hours.

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denmark winter

Winter (December-March)

Winters are cold, with average temperatures around 0-5°C (32-41°F), and occasional snowfall. Pack warm clothes, including a heavy coat, hat, scarf, and gloves. Be prepared for limited daylight hours, especially in December and January.

Overall, it’s wise to pack layers and versatile clothing to adapt to changing weather conditions throughout the year. Don’t forget an umbrella or raincoat, as rain is common in all seasons. With a bit of preparation, you can comfortably enjoy Denmark’s climate all year round.


WHEN YOU ARRIVE IN DENMARK

Bank Account

Anyone with a Residence Permit can open a bank account in Denmark, and the process is refreshingly easy. All banks are open from 10-4 on weekdays, with extended opening hours to 5.00pm on Thursdays. Most banks charge banking fees.

3 of the most high profile banks in Demark are:

In order to open your bank account you’ll need a CPR number and your passport. Once your account’s up and running you’ll be able to get a NemID which is used for secure logins and your digital signature. You’ll also be able to link to NemKonto (Easy Account) which allows you to receive public sector payments (child benefit, tax rebate etc.).

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CPR Number

In Denmark, everyone gets a unique number called a CPR number, which is like your ID. It helps you do all sorts of things, like paying taxes, accessing healthcare, and dealing with the government.

To get your CPR number, you’ll need to have a permanent address in Denmark. Once you’re settled, you can easily register in person at your local Citizen Service centre or International Citizen Service centre. It’s a simple step that opens doors to a whole new life in Denmark!

How to get your CPR number:

  • Have a permanent address. This is a crucial first step. Find your apartment and settle in!
  • Visit a Citizen Service Center or International Citizen Service Center (ICS). Prepare yourself for an in-person visit to either of these centres. ICS caters specifically to international residents.
  • Gather your documents. Be sure to bring:
    Valid work and residence permit (if applicable)
    EU residence document (if applicable)
    Passport or personal ID
    Proof of address in Denmark (rental contract, etc.)
    Family documents (marriage certificate, birth certificates, custody documentation as needed)
    Social security number from previous Nordic residence (if applicable).

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Culture Shock

Culture shock is inevitable when you move abroad, it’s just the degree to which you experience it that’s in question. What is it? Simply put, it’s the feeling you get when everyone seems to know what they’re doing except you. Like starting secondary school all over again. Some people love the challenge of a new culture, others find it uncomfortable and unsettling. Nobody really knows how it will hit them, until it does.

One thing’s certain; you’ll get through culture shock. It can help to think of it as a journey from incomprehension to adaptation. There are four stages that most people experience:

This is where you still feel like you’re on an extended holiday. Everything is fresh and you’re intoxicated by the new sights, smells and tastes you’re experiencing. You’re SO happy that you made the decision to move to Denmark and every day is exciting.

It’s impossible to sustain holiday energy forever, but the come down leaves you feeling dull and tired. It starts to feel exhausting to have to do everything differently. Trying to order a takeaway leaves you weepy. Being excluded from after-work drinks makes your feel desperately lonely. Suddenly Denmark feel unfriendly and closed off; you wonder if it would be OK to go home.

We adapt, we can’t help it – it’s what human beings do. As days go by you’ll find out how to do more things and you won’t feel so isolated. Buying a stamp will become possible, people at work will start including you, and you’ll get to know your bit of the city. Gradually you’ll start feeling like you belong.

You’re nearly there. A foreign city will never feel like home, but you can accept that it’s different and still enjoy it. Adaptation is all about accepting things are different rather than trying to make them the same. It’s only when we let our guard down that we’re able to relax. There will always be things you don’t like about your new home, but hopefully you’ll also having a growing list of things you love about it, too.



Digital by Default

The phrase ‘Digital by Default’ is used to describe an infrastructure which makes digital interactions so simple that anyone able to use them would do so unhesitatingly. Many governments sign up to the concept, but lag on the practice. Denmark is proud of the fact that they really do lead the world in this area.

Almost all financial and official transactions can now be done digitally. All documents can now be signed digitally, and Danish healthcare relies on an online booking system. The aim is to remove paper waste, make people’s lives easier, and create a sustainable infrastructure. Seems to be working!


Education

Formal education in Denmark starts at the age of 6, but many children are placed in daycare from the age of 9 months. 98% of 3 years olds attend kindergarten. Throughout the education system, the emphasis is placed on social collaboration. Children work in groups, they are taught to problem-solve, and they’re encouraged to challenge established ways of doing things.

Education is free in Denmark and residents can choose the school their child attends so long as there are places available. Not speaking Danish isn’t a barrier to entry. English speakers are either given extra support, or they’re taught in a group with other English speakers. If you’re only staying in Denmark for a year or so, you may wish to enrol your child in an International school. Normally their first language is English, and they teach the International Baccalaureate.

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Environmental Sustainability

Denmark isn’t just a green nation; it’s a trendsetter. Imagine taking a refreshing post-work dip in Copenhagen’s crystal-clear harbour, or carving turns down a rooftop ski slope powered by the city’s own waste. This isn’t a distant utopia; it’s everyday life in Denmark, where sustainability isn’t just a responsibility, it’s a way of life.

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Green from the Ground Up

  • Top-down commitment. From urban planning to individual choices, sustainability is embedded in Danish culture. It’s not just cool, it’s simply how things are done.
  • A model city. Aiming for carbon neutrality by 2025, Copenhagen showcases green innovation like the iconic Copenhill.
  • Copenhill. More than waste-to-energy: This architectural marvel boasts a year-round ski slope, rooftop running trail, and the world’s tallest artificial climbing wall, all powered by waste!

A Sustainable Future

  • Extensive cycling infrastructure. Cities prioritise bikes, making car-free easy.
  • Renewable energy leadership. Wind power accounts for over 40% of the country’s energy, with ambitious plans for further growth.
  • Focus on organic farming. Danes champion sustainable food production, with organic options readily available everywhere.
  • Waste reduction initiatives. From recycling to upcycling, Danes minimise waste and maximise resourcefulness.

Healthcare

Once you’ve received your CPR number, you’re automatically enrolled in Denmark’s national health insurance. Your yellow healthcare card will arrive at your Danish address within a few weeks, giving you access to a wide range of medical services.

This handy card includes your personal information and the details of your assigned doctor, making it easy to get the care you need.

Keep your healthcare card with you at all times – you’ll need it for doctor’s appointments, hospital visits, dentist appointments, and even borrowing books from the library!

Emergency Healthcare Numbers:

Call (+45) 112 for life threatening medical emergencies and ask for the ambulance service. Call (+45) 1813 for injuries or sudden illness requiring that you speak to a nurse or doctor, or you an go to a hospital emergency department.


Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga)

Danish winters are long and rainy, hygge is a way of coping with them. It’s original meaning was to break up the monotony of a deary day by making an act the simple celebration. It could be lighting a candle, or taking time to make the perfect cup of coffee and drink it by the fire. In this way, simple, personal actions become an art form.

A hygge moment is one in which you’re fully present (you might also call it mindfulness). Taking the moment for what it is, without desiring anything else, brings calm, contentment and happiness with friends. The Danes revere these simple pleasures and look for ways to bring them into the home, and the workplace.


Licorice

Maybe Denmark’s reputation be happiness has something to do with its consumption of sweets (not including chocolate). It has the highest consumption per capita in the world at 7.81kg.

Much of that consumption will take the form of liquorice, which comes in a bewildering array of options. You can buy salty liquorice (most popular), sweet liquorice, liquorice gummies, liquorice toffee, liquorice chewing gum, liquorice mints and liquorice allsorts.

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Making Friends and Creating a Support Network

A support network can make all the difference in your first few weeks living in Denmark. Just knowing that you can go out for a drink, see people, and have a meltdown if you need to is terrifically important. It can be hard knowing where to start with meeting people and making friends, so we’ve come up with 5 suggestions to get you started:

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  1. Start With Expats. This is the easiest place to begin; expats will already have gone through what you’re going through now, and they’ll show you the ropes. All major cities have expat groups on Facebook. Look in Groups for your city or area.
  2. Get Chatting, in Danish. If you’re serious about learning the language, you could also make friends at the same time. Danish cities have Language Exchange meet-ups and you can tailor your exchange to your skill level.
  3. Get Singing. Choral groups are extremely popular in Denmark, as are crafting and cookery groups. Find one that you’d enjoy, and give it a go. The social pressure’s off because the focus is on ‘doing’, so you’ll get to meet people gradually, over time.
  4. Join a Sports Group. Running is a really popular sport in Denmark, as is handball, swimming, tennis and cycling – in fact there are sports clubs for just about everything you can imagine.
  5. Volunteer. If you’ve had any experience of volunteering you’ll know it’s a brilliant way to meet new people. Find a local volunteer group that appeals to you and ask to get involved. It’ll give you a different kind of introduction to your new home.

Places to Live in Denmark

Three of the most popular Danish locations for UK movers are Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Aalborg. Many of our movers are now permanent residents of Denmark, so we asked them what living in each of these cities was like.

move to aalborgAalborg has a young population because it’s the location of Denmark’s top university. I like the energy you get from a new influx of students each year, and it guarantees a great nightlife! The city is also a great jumping-off spot for exploring the rest of Scandinavia. The international airport has daily flights to Oslo, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Stockholm. We also have the prestigious Nordkraft sports centre where all the major sporting events happen.

move to aarhusAarhus is Denmark’s second largest city, but it feels more like a town. It’s the place to be if you’re into arts and culture as it has a lively and dynamic art scene. On Sunday mornings everyone hangs out with friends in the cafes beside the canal that runs through the centre and that sums up the city. Very laid back, warm and friendly – a really welcoming place.

move to copenhagenMost of the expats who arrive in Copenhagen with a 12 month contract, don’t want to leave at the end of it. It’s a large city, but what makes it feel different are the values that run through it. It’s a safe place to walk at night. Cycling is how you get around. Restaurants sell sustainable food. It’s massively expensive, but salaries are high and most people seem happy with the life they lead here.


Public Transport and Commuting

Denmark’s commitment to sustainability extends seamlessly to its public transport system, making it one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly in the world. Whether you’re zipping through Copenhagen on a sleek metro or exploring charming coastal towns by train, here’s what you can expect:

Embracing Convenience

  • Integrated network. Seamlessly switch between buses, trains, and metros with a single ticket, eliminating the hassle of multiple fares and complex navigation.
  • Extensive coverage. Denmark has a well-connected network that reaches even remote areas, ensuring convenient travel options regardless of your destination.
  • Punctuality and reliability. Sit back and relax knowing your journey will be smooth, with trains and buses arriving on time and adhering to schedules.

Sustainable Focus

  • Electrification. Denmark prioritises electric trains, buses, and ferries, minimizing carbon footprint and contributing to cleaner air.
  • Green initiatives. From biofuel-powered buses to cycling infrastructure integration, Denmark actively invests in sustainable transport solutions.
  • Passenger-centric design. Public transport is comfortable and accessible, with spacious interiors, easy-to-use ticketing systems, and facilities for passengers with disabilities.

Exploring Your Options

  • Copenhagen Metro. Navigate Copenhagen efficiently with a network of 20 stations across four lines.
  • DSB Trains. Hop on board DSB trains for comfortable and fast connections across Denmark, including high-speed options for major cities.
  • Regional buses. Explore Danish towns and villages with an extensive network of regional buses, offering scenic journeys and convenient connections.
  • Ferries. Take in stunning coastal views and reach unique island destinations with Denmark’s reliable and scenic ferry services.

Sports

In Denmark, the roar of the crowd for their beloved football team resonates throughout the nation. It’s no surprise, then, that the domestic league, consisting of 12 teams, holds a special place in the hearts of many Danes. The passion doesn’t stop there, as European and international matches are watched with fervent enthusiasm in pubs, homes, and sports bars across the country. Every tackle, every goal, every victory, and even every defeat are keenly felt by the Danish supporters.

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Beyond Football

While football reigns supreme, Denmark has a thriving sporting landscape beyond it. Here are some other popular sports that keep Danes active and engaged:

  • Ice Hockey. The thrill of the fast-paced action and fierce competition has captured the hearts of many Danes. The Danish ice hockey league features several professional teams, and the national team participates in the Winter Olympics.
  • Cycling. Denmark is a nation of cyclists, and it’s not just a mode of transportation, but a deeply ingrained sporting culture. From professional cyclists competing in the Tour de France to recreational riders enjoying scenic routes, cycling is woven into the fabric of Danish life.
  • Handball. This dynamic team sport has seen Denmark become a dominant force on the international stage. With over 150,000 registered players in the country and the national women’s team winning more gold medals than any other country, handball is a source of national pride and excitement.

5 Things About Working in Denmark

Workplaces may look pretty standard the world over, but the way people behave in them differs quite a bit from one country to another. Not knowing how Danish work culture is different from UK work culture could leave you feeling bewildered in your first week. We’ve picked out 5 key differences to watch out for:

  1. Don’t Try to Impress the Boss. You might have a hard time working out who the boss is! Danes favour a flat management structure where teamwork is prioritised over traditional hierarchies. The aim is to eliminate competition and encourage everyone to work together.
  2. Shortest Working Week in Europe. 37 hours is the standard length of a working week in Denmark. And Danes tend to make sure they stick to it. The idea is that you should be able to get your work done in the time allotted, so there’s no need to work extra. If you’re doing longer hours, you need to make adjustments to what’s expected of you.
  3. Toms Skildpaddle Treats. If you’re looking for a treat for the office, these won’t go amiss. They’re one of the most popular chocolates in Denmark, beloved by all. Shaped like a turtle, they’re filled with cream, rum and caramel. An acquired taste you think? Just wait, you’ll be filling your suitcase with them when you come back to the UK.
  4. Healthy Work/Life Balance. The need to spend time away from work relaxing and with family is wholeheartedly respected in Finland. No-one is expected to put work before home. The responsibility lies with everyone to ensure that a healthy balance is achieved. Sheer altruism? Partly. The Danes rank amongst the most productive and hard-working in Europe.
  5. Flexicurity. The Danish government recognises that businesses need to be able to reconfigure their workforce in response to market demands. If, however, you are an employee that suffers because of this, you will be compensated by a generous unemployment benefit of up to 90% of your salary for 2 years.
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Are You Moving to Denmark From the UK?

Schepens is a family-run business (now in our 4th generation) that’s been providing removals to Denmark for over a century. We’re proud of the reputation we’ve built over that time for being the leading UK removals company for people moving to Scandinavia.

Over the decades we’ve moved students, solo professionals and families to Copenhagen, Aarhus, Aalborg and locations across the country. We make weekly runs runs to Denmark which means our European teams know the country well, understand the custom clearance procedure, and are regular users of the road systems. Best of all, it means we’re able to offer affordable pricing, flexible scheduling and full or part load shipping to our movers,

Our goal is to provide movers with ‘stress-free removals’. For us it’s all about paying careful attention to every single aspect of the moving process, from you first call to arriving in your new home. Nothing is left to chance, and nothing is too much trouble for us.

“A job very well done, very friendly people, very willing to help in every way they can. Great service from door to door, with one door being in Denmark and the other in the UK. Couldn’t be any happier with the service provided.”

Gordon Street


Want to know more about how Schepens can help with moving to Denmark from the UK? Call us today on 01794 323558, or contact us online for a quick quote and a prompt response.