Moving to Denmark


A cultural hub and popular tourist destination, Denmark is a popular choice for many British expats. Labelled as the happiest nation in the World, the Danish society is renowned for being socially progressive and having exceptionally high standards of living.

Citizens of Denmark are required to pay around 40% of personal income tax, with the country branding itself as a Welfare State. Taxes are used to enrich vital services such healthcare, education, public transport, the police force, pensions, benefits, and much more.

For families with children, Denmark is a particularly appealing country due to its childcare subsidiaries and options. For example, the Danish government offers up to 52 weeks of paid leave for new parents (which can be split between both partners) with the pay being dependent upon certain factors such as how many hours you work per week or your hourly wage.

Bonuses are also great for working parents who need to pay for childcare costs, as they only have to pay between 25%-28% of the total cost whilst the rest is subsidised. For parents on a low income there is further help available and even free childcare if you earn below £16,500 per year.

There is a heavy focus on family values within Danish culture and even the working day ends at 4pm so parents are able to spend more time with their children. There are also other traditions and cultural values that expats must adjust to in order to fit in comfortably with Danish society. In fact, it seems as though almost every season or holiday has its own traditions attached so it pays to do some research so you don’t miss anything important!

Whilst many of the Danish population speak English, it is also worth noting that the state offers free Danish lessons for immigrants for the first three years of living in the country. Learning the native language isn’t essential but it will help you feel more at home and help with making friends!

Denmark also heavily promotes the use of bicycles as a serious mode of transportation and has extensive cycle routes all across the country. Not only is this healthier, you will also often get from A to B more directly and a lot quicker!

Before living and working in Denmark, non EU citizens must apply for a Danish Work and Residence Permit. As an EU citizen you must apply for an EU Residence Permit from the Regional State Administration, and the application must be submitted within three months of entering the country. Once the residence documentation has been issued, holders must then register with the Folkeregisteret (the civil registration office).

By registering with the Folkeregisteret, expats will automatically join the National Health Insurance scheme in Denmark which offers free medical treatment from Doctor’s surgeries and hospitals. You will also need to be registered with the civil registration office in order to open a bank account in Denmark and banks will often ask for proof of an employment contract or proof of university or school attendance.

Denmark does have a particularly high taxation rate so you will pay income tax which will be deducted straight from your earnings and then a final settlement will also need to be paid following a tax return due in February of the same year. If you are having difficulty negotiating Denmark’s tax laws it is advisable to seek the help of a professional who will guide you through all of the requirements.

If you are planning a move to Denmark, don’t worry – we can help you plan everything, and even pack for you too! Simply get in touch. E: enquiries@squab.co.uk T: 0845 4680 160

Don’t forget to take a look at our handy checklist as a guide to help with organising your move. There’s additional space for you to add your own notes, as every move is different.


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