Living in Denmark

Employment Outlook , Expat Life Oct 27, 2018 No Comments

Finding housing and transportation options in Denmark, one of the most expensive countries in the world.

By Mary Anne Thompson, founder, and president, Goinglobal, Inc.

Denmark is one of the most expensive countries in the world to live, according to Numbeo. However, salaries are also relatively high, and services, such as medical treatment, are paid for via taxes and the Danish welfare system. Generally, expats and students find they can live comfortably thanks, also, to a wide variety of housing and transportation options, which allow room for an economical choice.

Housing

Denmark offers many different types of housing for both rent and sale:

  • Apartment: a rented housing unit that occupies only part of a building.
  • Owner-occupied home: This can be an apartment or a house that has been purchased.
  • Housing cooperative: Where a resident owns a share of the entire building and financially contributes to its upkeep.
  • Link Houses: A type of private house that shares walls with other houses.
  • Single-family house: A building not attached to any other building, often with walled yards and gardens.
  • Room: A rented single room in an apartment or house shared with others. This type of housing is most popular with students.

Most foreign nationals moving to Denmark choose to rent their housing, as purchasing property can be difficult. It is easier to find housing outside of the major cities of Copenhagen and Aarhus. Prices tend to be higher in the metro areas.

Transportation

It’s very easy to get around in Denmark, and many residents favor the country’s excellent public transportation system. There are extensive road networks for both cars and bicycles. However, owning a car can be expensive, and cycling has become one of the most common means of transport in Denmark. Trains, metros, buses, and ferries provide efficient transportation for travelers who prefer not to pedal, and combined tickets can be purchased for those using more than one of these services.



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