LIVING & WORKING IN DENMARK

Denmark is well renowned for being one of the happiest countries in the world. The secret behind it? High standard of living, a strong welfare system and a healthy balance between work and private life!

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ABOUT DENMARK

Denmark is a small country with a population of only 5.7 million people, yet has one of the largest coastlines in Europe. It is often cited as one of the world’s best countries to live in.

  • Family-friendly: Danes have very generous maternity leaves for both parents. Children born in 2013 were happy to see that their parents stayed at home to look after them for 310 days after their birth. Mothers do account for the greater part, but fathers also take part in the leave, normally
  • Economy: The strong welfare state ensures economic equality in society and the virtual non-existence of corruption, the very high standard of living, its well-functioning infrastructure, a strong educational system and a rich cultural life make people feel happy and safe
  • Environmental friendly: Creating a green and sustainable society is one of the key goals for Denmark. Much renewable energy comes from wind turbines, where Denmark is a world leader when it comes to developing new technology. The Danish cycling culture is another example of a green and sustainable society
  • Work-life balance: Could it be that the Danes are always voted the happiest people in the world because of their healthy balance between work and private life? The Danish welfare model, with its flexible working conditions and social support networks not only puts Denmark at the top of the international equality league table, but also contributes to a generally high standard of living

Cost of living

FOOD
  • A meal at an inexpensive restaurant: 16.14
  • €A meal at an inexpensive restaurant: 16.14€
  • A three-course meal for two at a mid-ranged restaurant: 80.69€
  • 1 litre of milk: 0.89€
  • Fresh white bread: 2.05€
  • 1 kilogram of oranges: 2.36€
  • 1 kilogram of potatoes: 1.48€
  • 1 kilogram of chicken breasts: 7.39 €
TRANSPORT
  • A monthly pass for the local transport system: 51.10 €
  • A monthly pass for the local transport system: 51.10 €
  • 1 km by taxi with a normal fare: 2.05
  • 1 litre of gasoline: 1.38€
UTILITIES
  • Monthly utilities: 164.26€
  • Monthly utilities: 164.26€
  • 1 minute of pre-paid mobile tariff: 0.12€
  • Internet access (6Mbps, Flat Rate, Cable/ADSL): 25.70€
LEISURE
  • Monthly fee for an adult at a fitness centre: 31.41€
  • Monthly fee for an adult at a fitness centre: 31.41€
  • 1 hour tennis court rent at the weekend: 21.63€
  • 1 seat at the cinema for an international release: 13.45€
RENT
  • The rent for a 1-bedroom apartment ranges from 670 to 940€
  • The rent for a 3-bedroom apartment ranges from 1200 to 1700€

TAXATION IN DENMARK

Personal income tax in Denmark is calculated on the income earned in the course of the calendar year. Most of the tax is collected during the year by the employer withholding a part of the employee’s wages before payment. The amount retained by the employer is paid to the tax authorities as a provisional tax.

Married couples are taxed separately. In Denmark, there are local and state taxes. Municipal income tax is levied on taxable income and varies according to the municipality, between 22% and 27%. In Copenhagen, the country’s capital, the municipal tax rate is around 24%.

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