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Cost of living in United States Vs Denmark | Full Comparison

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Denmark although a spectacular place to reside in Europe, is arguably one of the most costly countries to living in globally and shockingly has a higher cost of living when in comparison to most countries in Europe. From as small as eating out, to consumable commodities and the price of gas, the cost of every item is expensive.

The amazing thing is, salaries are also higher in Denmark when put in comparison to other countries globally which balances out the expensive cost of living in the country.

In most countries globally, the cost of living in urban cities is visibly higher when compared to suburban cities in the same country. For instance, Copenhagen is the capital city of Denmark and is one of the most costly places to reside in. Not just in Denmark, but globally too and the citizen was ranked number 14 on the ranking of cities (209 cities) in the Mercer Cost of Living Survey in 2019. Though the cities and communities bordering Copenhagen and other parts of Denmark are visibly less expensive than the cost of living in the capital city. It is still relatively expensive when in comparison to other cities globally.

There’s one thing which is certain though, and that’s you as a foreigner living in Denmark would have a quality life which is high when living in the country.

Accommodation Cost in Denmark

As a foreigner living in Denmark, the price of accommodation and most of your bills are paid monthly. So when picking a house, ensure you do proper research on the area and the prices available there so you don’t exceed your budget. This is specifically necessary if you want to reside in Copenhagen which is technically a small city yet very densely populated meaning accommodation is expensive and very competitive.

In most cases, you get your utility costs included in the cost of renting the apartment which is smart. It’s crucial that you plan for some added cost. A three-month rent is what is used as the rent initial deposit when you are seeking an apartment.

If you are an international student, don’t stress about this as most colleges or universities provides accommodation for international student in universities’ dormitories. Still, I must inform you that the rates are relatively high and most students are advised to search for alternative options of accommodation outside campuses.

Averagely the cost of accommodation per month in Denmark is as follows;

  • 1 bedroom apartment in the city centre                           €875.96
  • 1 bedroom apartment outside of the city centre             € 635.35
  • 3 bedrooms apartment in the city centre                          € 1,630.52
  • 3 bedrooms apartment outside of the city centre            € 1, 186.61

Transportation Cost in Denmark

If you utilize the transport means of trains and buses to travel. Then the cost of transportation in Denmark might be affordable for you, but if for any reason you go the route of taxis regularly, you would have to spend a huge chunk of money to cater for your transport fares.

Petrol is pricey in Denmark and same thing goes for purchasing a car also, as cars are pricey. Or preferably you could use the options of walking or cycling (which are quite popular amongst residents). This would save you a lot of cost while keeping you fit.

Food Cost in Denmark

Shopping for groceries just like everything else is on the high side in Denmark and foreigners are usually shocked to reality, and mostly dumbfounded at how pricey grocery shopping in Denmark is when they first shop in grocery shops.
Nevertheless, by planning your finances well enough, you can be able to live within your means and cost-effectively too. Purchasing locally produced products as against imported products is one sure-fire way to minimize costs. Stocking products that are seasonal is another great idea too.

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Education Cost in Denmark

If you happen to be a citizen of any EU country then the cost of education wouldn’t be much as tuition is absolutely free for you. But bear in mind that foreign students are required to pay for study materials like their textbooks and other unlisted items. If you aren’t from an EU country, you’d find the cost of education in Denmark as quite high and even more so for international schools.

Residence and Work Permit in Denmark

As a Scandinavian, you’re eligible to visit Denmark anytime but you’ve to apply for and get a residence permit and work permit too. Most colleges offer their application in partnership with the authorities.

Job Opportunities in Denmark

With the residence permit approval, you are eligible to seek jobs and get employment within the week, at weekends, and on summer holidays. Undertaking courses to learn Danish before you arrive in Denmark increases your opportunities in this regard as you’d be able to communicate in danish.

Cost of living comparison between United States and Denmark.

Restaurants United StatesDenmark
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00$
94.07kr
20.73$
130.00kr
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course60.00$
376.29kr
95.67$
600.00kr
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00$
50.17kr
11.96$
75.00kr
Domestic Beer (0.5-liter draught) 5.00$
31.36kr
7.81$
49.00kr
Imported Beer (0.33-liter bottle) 6.00$
37.63kr
6.38$
40.00kr
Cappuccino (regular) 4.30$
26.96kr
5.83$
36.57kr
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.91$
11.96kr
3.82$
23.95kr


Water (0.33-liter bottle)
1.54$
9.66kr
3.08$
Markets United States Denmark
Milk (regular), (1 liter)
0.86$
5.37kr
1.50$
9.38kr
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 2.73$
17.13kr
3.01$
18.88kr
Rice (white), (1kg) 3.98$
24.94kr
2.34$
14.66kr
Local Cheese (1kg) 11.07$
69.40kr
12.94$
81.17kr
Chicken Fillets (1kg) 9.21$
57.77kr
10.12$
63.45kr
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.30$
14.42kr
4.12$
25.81kr
Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 12.64$
79.28kr
14.82$
92.95kr
Apples (1kg) 4.53$
28.44kr
3.11$
19.48kr
Banana (1kg) 1.56$
9.76kr
2.95$
18.50kr
Oranges (1kg) 3.97$
24.87kr
3.15$
19.78kr
Tomato (1kg) 4.28$
26.84kr
4.03$
25.25kr
Potato (1kg) 2.58$
16.17kr
2.03$
12.70kr
Onion (1kg) 2.59$
16.25kr
1.66$
10.40kr
Lettuce (1 head) 1.64$
10.29kr
1.84$
11.51kr
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.80$
11.30kr
1.52$
9.51kr
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00$
75.26kr
9.57$
60.00kr
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.83$
17.75kr
2.55$
15.98kr
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.46$
15.42kr
1.94$
12.17kr
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro)8.00$
50.17kr
8.61$
54.00kr
Transportation United States Denmark
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.25$
14.11kr
3.83$
24.00kr
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,653$
135,801kr
40,748$
255,554kr
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,000$
144,244kr
41,846$
262,441kr
Gasoline (1 liter) 0.69$
4.30kr
1.72$
10.77kr
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00$
188.15kr
66.97$
420.00kr
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.64$
10.27kr
2.39$
15.00kr
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.25$
20.38kr
7.97$
50.00kr
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 65.00$
407.65kr
71.75$
450.00kr
Utilities (Monthly)United StatesDenmark
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 164.94$
1,034.41kr
198.58$
1,245.43kr
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.14$
0.87kr
0.15$
0.93kr
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 65.87$
413.13kr
38.02$
238.46kr
Sports And Leisure United States Denmark
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 37.05$
232.34kr
38.47$
241.26kr
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 15.72$
98.56kr
28.58$
179.24kr
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00$
75.26kr
17.54$
Childcare United States Denmark
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 936.24$
5,871.65kr
466.98$
2,928.69kr

International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child
15,537$
97,445kr
7,275.82$
45,630kr
Clothing And Shoes United States Denmark
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 43.90$
275.31kr
112.60$
706.15kr
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, …) 35.54$
222.86kr
47.48$
297.80kr
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range)76.09$
477.20kr
115.01$
721.31kr
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 76.09$
477.20kr
115.01$
721.31kr
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 96.33$
604.12kr
166.62$
1,044.97kr
Rent Per Month United States Denmark
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,329.60$
8,338.62kr
1,037.68$
6,507.83kr

Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre
1,078.23$
6,762.13kr
742.19$
4,654.63kr
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,160.60$
13,550kr
1,894.85$
11,883kr
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,750.98$
10,981kr
1,449.08$
9,087.95kr
Buy Apartment Price United States Denmark
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 3,583.41$
22,473kr
5,914.43$
37,092kr

Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre
2,145.20$
13,453kr
4,131.09$
25,908kr
Salaries And Financing United States Denmark
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax)3,547.67$
22,249kr
3,585.94$
22,489kr

Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate
4.021.66

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