Cost of Living in Denmark

Denmark is an expensive expat destination and the cost of living is high, even by European standards. Eating out, utilities and petrol are especially pricey. Luckily, salaries are relatively high to somewhat balance out the high cost of goods and services in Denmark.

Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, is one of the most expensive cities in the world and was ranked 14th out of 209 cities in the Mercer 2018 Cost of Living Survey. Life outside of Copenhagen is not quite as expensive but is far from cheap.

The good news for expats in Denmark is that they can expect a very high quality of life, especially for those with children, which might make up for the high cost of living.

Cost of accommodation in Denmark

Accommodation will be responsible for a large percentage of expats’ monthly expenses in Denmark. Expats should consider the location of their housing carefully, as this can often affect the price. In particular, Copenhagen's small size along with its popularity means that accommodation is scarce and expensive.

The cost of utilities is not usually included in the rental price so it's important to budget for this additional expense. When searching for somewhere to live, the cost of the initial deposit will be up to three months' worth of rent.

Cost of transport in Denmark

Transport in Denmark can be reasonable if using the trains and buses, but can also be very expensive if using taxis on a regular basis. Petrol is also notoriously pricey, as is the cost of buying a car. On the other hand, cycling and walking are popular and are both cost-effective ways of travelling.

Cost of food in Denmark

Groceries tend to be on the expensive side in Denmark and expats may experience 'sticker shock' the first time they venture into a Danish grocery store. However, with careful budgeting it's possible to minimise costs. Buying locally produced, seasonal goods and avoiding imports as much as possible can also bring down expenses.

Cost of schooling in Denmark

The cost of education for EU citizens in Denmark is very low, as tuition is completely free, though expats may have to pay for learning materials such as textbooks and other miscellaneous items. For children who are not EU citizens, schooling in Denmark can be very expensive with international schools being particularly expensive.  

Cost of living in Denmark chart

Prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices in Copenhagen for August 2018.

Accommodation (monthly rent)

One-bedroom apartment in city centre

9,500 DKK

One-bedroom apartment outside city centre

7,000 DKK

Three-bedroom apartment in city centre

16,000 DKK

Three-bedroom apartment outside city centre

12,000 DKK


Dozen eggs

27 DKK

Milk (1 litre)


Rice (1kg)

14 DKK

Loaf of white bread

17 DKK

Chicken breasts (1kg)

74 DKK

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)

44 DKK

Eating out

Big Mac meal

72 DKK

Coca-Cola (330ml)

23 DKK


38 DKK

Bottle of beer (local)

45 DKK

Three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant

300 DKK

Utilities/household (monthly)

Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)

0.90 DKK

Internet (uncapped ADSL)

220 DKK

Utilities (average per month for small apartment)

1,400 DKK


Taxi rate/km

16 DKK

City centre bus fare/train fare 

25 DKK

Petrol/gasoline (per litre)

11 DKK

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