Denmark is one of the four countries which make up Scandinavia. It has close links with the other countries of Sweden, Finland and Norway.
Denmark is a very industrialized country and the capital city is Copenhagen. The standard of living is high, but it is also an expensive place to live. It is a member of the European Union but their currency is still the Danish Krone. Of the 5.4 million population, less than half a million are foreign immigrants or their descendants. Most of the population is baptized into the established Lutheran church. They enjoy a good standard of living with excellent roads, education, healthcare and communications systems.
Many students choose to move to Denmark to work and to study. However, it is essential that you have a good grasp of the Danish language before contemplating such a huge move. There are many opportunities for learning Danish. On-line courses are excellent or you can enroll on in intensive short term course, particularly during the summer holidays. Once you are fluent in the language, you may even want to consider becoming a part-time teacher of the language. English is spoken throughout Denmark but it is essential you speak some Danish.
The Danish Education System offers excellent education opportunities including for international students. From kindergarten through 10th grade standards are high. Schooling is compulsory up to the 9th form. There are some international schools and private schools which offer education in several foreign languages.
Residence and work permits are required before traveling to Denmark so check what immigration and visa requirements are necessary. There are different rules depending upon whether you are a Nordic citizen, an EU citizen or from other parts of the world. General information is available on the ‘New to Denmark’ website. Foreigners will also need permits to run their own independent business in Denmark so check the rules carefully. Generally foreign professionals find it very hard to get jobs in Denmark unless they are married to a Danish national. The exception is that researchers and teachers are usually welcomed and regulations are much more relaxed for them.
Industry, construction and the service sectors are the largest employers in Denmark. Exports include agricultural products, beer, medicines and metal products.
Healthcare in Denmark is generally good, with a high emphasis upon preventative medicine. Anyone who lives in Denmark is entitled to free emergency hospital treatment. Nordic and EU citizens also are eligible for the same free healthcare as Danish residents for acute treatment. Other nationalities will need private medical insurance. Cold and cough medicines are not available without a doctor’s prescription so it may be worth carrying some with you when you arrive.
Rental properties, particularly in Copenhagen, are hard to find and very expensive. You definitely need the services of a local realtor or property agent and must be prepared to pay them a fee. You will need a 3 month advance deposit. The rental agreements in Denmark are very different from those in other countries.