Everyday Life in Denmark
As an expat, you want to create a normal everyday life routine in Denmark as quickly as possible. Things that Danes take for granted can be a very hard hurdle for the expat, so I have tried to compile information that will help you overcome or at least come to terms with these daily activities.
• The first major hurdle will probably be the language. Just going to the store and trying to locate certain familiar items can be tedious. Check out denmark shops where you can find the most common things that you will need on a daily basis.
It can also be difficult to distinquish between a 1 kroner, 2 kroner and 5 kroner coin and between a 10 kroner and 20 kroner coin. It is pretty much just the size and they can very similar. Check out everyday life money for all the details.
I think I have addressed most of the common health system questions and concerns, but you can also ask if you need more information.
They are written and spoken differently from many countries and is very confusing for many expats. Get the low down now.
Now we come to one of the biggest hurdles that expats experience and are often reluctant to take on without assistance. The PUBLIC TRANSPORT system.
Denmark has a large and very good public infrastructure and once you understand the basics, you will quickly become an expert in bus, train and metro travel. We suggest you start with the main transportation page or you can go straight to these other pages on:
After overcoming all these everyday life things, you are probably looking for some light entertainment, so you can check out some of the movie theaters, but beware the system is a bit different in Denmark too, so learn more about it before you go, so you get the most out of the experience.
Now let’s get back to everyday life in Denmark. If you are not going to be using the public transport system, you will probably be using a bicycle or car to get about, which is fine, but beware there are lots of things you need to know before heading out in either. Learn about everyday life bicycling and avoid getting a large fine for making a small error in judgement.
Did you know if you turn left in traffic you could get a 500 kroner fine!
• What are you going to do about getting a telephone ?
• Did you know that you need a license to watch tv, own a computer or listen to the radio. Avoiding that will cost you dearly.
• Do you know when the national holidays are and what they are? No there is no Thanksgiving and Labor Day celebrations here, but we got Kristi Himmelfarts and Fastelavn, but do you get off work and are the stores closed? Find out about Denmark holidays.
Here are some more helpful pages, which may come in handy:
• Find your local municipality or kommune. They can offer you lots of help. Get to know them and use their services.
• Read our guide to the Danish post office.
• Need to change your address - do it right or get fined. (Oh, how Denmark loves their fines)
• What newspapers are available in Denmark?
• What radio stations can you listen to in Denmark?
• And this is a big one for new expats. Where can you find other expats? Great for getting personal assistance, making new friends, sharing your woes! Check out this great list of expat clubs.
• When you do get settled in Denmark, you will make Danish friends, so it might help to know a bit of Danish etiquette .
• To round off this page on everyday life in Denmark, you may want to see some of the worst and best Danish Commercials! or not?
• Why do the Danish advertisiing companies think that characters with big teeth, low IQs and ugly naked bodies are good ways to get people to buy products?
• Of course I have more general information about Denmark and a good guide to getting started on the right foot and a couple of guides to use before moving here, so you know what to bring and what to leave behind.