Moving to Denmark can be a shock for those not familiar with metric conversions, especially when coming from a non-metric country like the USA. So let me make your expat life in Denmark a bit easier.
In Denmark, everything is calculated in metric: liters, centimers, grams, etc.. So in order to help you out, here are some basic metric conversions to get you started. There is also a link to several metric conversion online converters.
1 inch = 2.54 cm 1 foot = 30.48 cm 1 yard = 91.44 cm
To convert an inch into centimers just multiply it by 2.54 To convert centimers into inches just divide by 2.54
To convert square feet to square meters multiply by .0929 To convert square meters to square feet divide by .0929
Speed and Distance metric conversions
To convert kilometers to miles per hour just multiply by .62 For example 110kmh is 68.2 mph All speeds in Denmark are listed in kph
So in turn 1 kilometer equals .62 miles and 1 mile equals 1.61 kilometers
Temperature metric conversions
Celcius is the norm in Denmark and rarely will you get the temperature in Fahrenheit.
To convert Celcius to Fahrenheit the formula is a bit more complicated.
If the temp is 35 in celcius, the formula is °C x 9/5 + 32 = °F (35 x 9/5) + 32 which will make it 95 degrees Fahrenheit
If temperature is 80 Fahrenheit and you want it in Celcius, use this formula (°F - 32) x 5/9 = °C (80-32) x 5/9 which makes it 26.67 degrees Celcius
For those that love to cook and bake, recipes can be a real challenge so for you, here are some basic conversions.
1 fluid ounce equals = . 03 liters 1 fluid cup equals = .24 liters 1 fluid quart equals = .95 liters 1 gallon equals = 3.79 liters 1 pint equals = .47 liters 1 fluid ounce equals = 29.57 milliliters (ml) 100 milliliters equals = 3.52 ounces
1 ounces equals = 28.35 grams 1 ounce equals = .03 kilograms
Try out these simple metric conversions table and avoid all those calculations.
Clothing sizes in Denmark also need to be converted since they are calculated and marked differently. Ladies this does not mean you are larger or have gained weight, so please do not get mad when you see a larger size listed.
Below are some of the metric conversions for clothes sizes. Once you know what your Danish size is, write it down for your next shopping trip.
US / UK / Denmark
8 - 10 - 36
10 - 12 - 38
12 - 14 - 40
14 - 16 - 42
16 - 18 - 44
18 - 20 - 46
20 - 22 - 48
Mens Sizes are a bit simpler. For casual shirts and sweaters sizes are usually marked as:
Small is a 48
Medium is a 50
Large is a 52
Extra Large is a 54
Men's Dress Shirts are marked as:
Small - 37-38
US and Uk sizes are usually the same, it is only the Danish size that is different. The size is 10 higher than in US or Uk. So if you wear a size 38 suit in the US, you will want a size 48 in Denmark.
Jean sizes are the same in US and UK.
US - DK
30 - 76
31 - 79
32 - 81
33 - 84
34 - 86
35 - 89
36 - 91
Shoes are where it gets really fun. This is just a general chart and may be a bit different. We have found that it depends on where the shoe is made if the size is right. You will soon discover if the size you determine is right and make the right adjustments.
US - UK - DK
5 - 3 - 36
6 - 4 - 37
7 - 5 - 38
8 - 6 - 39
9 - 7 - 40
10 - 8 - 41
11 - 9 - 42
US - UK - DK
6.5 - 6- 39
7.5 - 7 - 40
8 - 7.5 - 41
8.5 - 8 - 42
9.5 - 9 - 43
10.5 - 10 - 44
11 - 11 - 45
11.5 - 12 - 46
Check out this clothes converter. When you put in your size you will want to use the German size since it is the same as the Danish sizes.
The above converter sometimes gives a different result than my charts, but I am using information from clothing charts I have found in stores. The difference is usually a half number. You will not find many 1/2 sizes in Denmark.
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Jan 22, 15 06:48 AM
Hi Chris- what a great post - thank you! I often find that learning more about your new home quickly can really help alleviate Culture Shock. Taking walks
Jan 22, 15 05:50 AM
Hi, Generally speaking Denmark is very safe and serious crime is more uncommon than in the UK. There is brawling late a night after the bars close in
Jan 22, 15 05:33 AM
My daughter is going to be attending school in Copenhagen this year and wanted to know about security?