A guide for your move to Denmark

With its stunning scenery, progressive people and robust economy, Denmark is a fantastic place to live. In fact, Denmark has been ranked as one of the countries with the best quality of life in the world.
It’s a big decision to emigrate to a country with a different culture and climate, but with these tips you can be sure your trip will go smoothly!

Moving to Denmark – how to find an apartment

Finding the right place to live is important. It can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t speak Danish or know anyone in Denmark.

Luckily, there are two websites to help you find an apartment: BoligPortal and Lejebolig. BoligPortal is the government website for apartment hunting, while Lejebolig is a privately run website where you can find both rental and sale listings.

Both sites offer information about finding housing. It’s worth going through both sites before you start your search so you have a better idea of what to expect from an apartment!

The culture of the country

Denmark is a progressive country that has a lot to offer. Therefore, it is important to know not only the language, but also the customs and traditions so that you can respect the lifestyle and culture.

People in Denmark are very relaxed and friendly. Outside of work, they generally don’t wear anything dressier than jeans and a shirt, even when going out at night.

Danes are generally more direct in everyday conversations. If you are not used to this, you will definitely be in for a surprise. If they don’t like something about you, they will tell you. It is also common for Danish women to make eye contact on their own when talking to men.

Should you learn Danish before you move to Denmark?

When you arrive in Denmark, it is helpful to learn Danish quickly. It will make your transition to life in Denmark much easier!

If you don’t have the time or ability to learn Danish before you move there, try to learn as much as you can in the first few months. The best way to do this is to take a Danish course at a language school. If you already speak English, you are in luck because many Danes speak English as well.

Do I need a visa for Denmark if I am Swiss?

As a Swiss citizen, you can live in Denmark without a visa.

Denmark and Switzerland are both members of the Schengen area. This means that nationals of these two countries can enter and leave any country that is part of the Schengen area without residence restrictions.

In order for a person not born in Switzerland to work in Denmark, he or she must apply for a work permit from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If you want to live in Denmark as an individual, you must have lived legally in Denmark for three years before you can apply for a permanent residence permit.

Where to live after your move to Denmark

Copenhagen is the capital city of Denmark. It is famous for its historic center with narrow streets and colorful buildings, including the City Hall. The city has about 1.5 million inhabitants and attracts people from all over the world.

Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark with just over 300,000 inhabitants. It is also the country’s main commercial center and the largest industrial location.

Aalborg is another interesting city to live in after you move to Denmark. It has about 193 000 inhabitants and is especially known because of the Viking Museum. Moreover, Aalborg is considered one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in Europe and was awarded the Copenhagenize Bicycle Friendly Award in 2016. The city center is only 600 meters from the beach and you can take beautiful walks by the sea, taking in views of the Wadden Sea National Park.

These are the dishes you should try after your move

One of the most famous typical Danish specialties is Smørrebrød.
The word for these sandwiches literally means “buttered bread” because they are topped with butter on rye bread.

Smørrebrød can be found all over Denmark, but you’ll taste it best if you buy it at a bakery.

Flæskesteg is a Danish dish of pork and bacon fried in lard and served with potatoes and horseradish sauce.
One of the most popular dishes in Denmark is “Kylling med persille” (Chicken with parsley). This dish consists of the main ingredients chicken, potatoes, eggs, onions and parsley. The dish is usually served with sliced bread. To make the bread crispier, it is sprinkled with granulated sugar before frying.

Hopefully, now you are perfectly prepared to go through with your move to Denmark. We know it wasn’t an easy decision to leave your home country. But don’t be discouraged, you won’t regret building a new life in Scandinavia.
Do you have any further questions? Then we look forward to hearing from you. We will be passionate about helping you plan your move to Denmark.

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