Daily life

Danish News in English

In Denmark there are a number of options for those seeking Danish news in English.

Have a look at the list on the International Community website and stay updated with Danish weather forecasts in English and news papers, magazines, etc. with Danish news in English.

Aarhus University has a subscription for The Murmur

The Murmur is is a monthly publication written for an international audience in Denmark. It contains articles of insight about Danish issues as well as international trends and developments that affect Denmark.

International academic staff (including PhD students) can pick up the publication at the International Centre, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 4, 8000 Aarhus C or ask their department secretary.

Read the online version of The Murmur 

Food

Traditional Danish cuisine is much like the cuisine in the other Nordic countries as well as Germany and consists of a lot of meat and fish. This is due to Denmark’s agricultural past and its geography and climate.

Good food is an important ingredient in the Danish concept of hygge (cosiness) and is often combined with wine and good company to contribute to the feeling of hygge. Traditionally, the hot meal of the day is served in the evening, while lunch (frokost) often consists of rye bread (rugbrød) or sandwiches.

There are plenty of possibilities for eating out in Denmark at various types of restaurants such as the cheap fast-food restaurants to the more expensive restaurants. In 2013 the restaurant Noma (short for nordisk mad - Nordic food) in Copenhagen was named the worlds best restaurant by the renowned S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants for the third time in a row.

We have made a Quick Grocery Dictionary that will assist you in your shopping. Among others, the dictionary includes translations of Danish food products, baby products, household goods and a list of Danish labels. 

Specialty stores in and around Aarhus

As an international living in or close to Aarhus you might be wondering where you can find food from your home country. While many supermarkets offer a large sortiment of specialties from countries around the world, they may not offer everything you need to prepare a genuine dish ‘grandma’ style’.

To solve this issue, International Community started preparing a list and map with specialty stores in and around Aarhus as well as in the Central Jutland Region. 

See the list of specialty stores

International specialty shops in and around Aarhus

As an international living in or close to Aarhus you might be wondering where you can find food from your home country. While many supermarkets offer a large sortiment of specialties from countries around the world, they may not offer everything you need to prepare a  genuine dish ‘grandma’ style’.

 

The International Community has started preparing a list with specialty stores in and around Aarhus as well as  in Central Jutland Region.

You can find the list with international speciality shops in and around Aarhus on their website.

 

Living costs

Upon arriving in Denmark, you may be surprised to find that prices are much higher than your home country, but there are a number of reasons for this. For starters, Danes are among the highest paid in the world with an average salary of 243kr per hour, and those who live in and around Aarhus have the highest average salary in Denmark. In addition, various welfare services which increase private costs in other countries, such as healthcare, schooling and daycare are provided or subsidised by the state.

The pie charts above will give you an idea of how monthly living expenses are split into different categories, while the tables below show real costs per month. Please bear in mind that these figures are averages for the whole of Denmark, and some items (for example, housing) will be more expensive in big cities such as Aarhus and Copenhagen.

Average Single adult Two adults Two adults with children
Food 2894.61 1562.03 2898.4

4223.41

Drinks 693.78 419.78 815.45 846.1
Tobacco products 277.03 225.76 333.99 271.35
Clothing and shoes 1273.54 559.87 1419.73 1841.02
Housing 6295.54 4152.22 6926.19 7808.2
Communication 729.45 496.58 759.38 932.39
Transport 4042.01 1919.31 5158.58 5048.14
Utilities 1934.53 1322.31 1948.14 2533.13
Home supplies and maintenance 1486.30 756.98 1786.42 1915.51
Medicine and medical expenses 490.79 243.75 706.86 521.78
Leisure equipment, entertainment, travel, exercise 2546.78 1504 2995.89 3140.46
Other products and services 4286.85 2150.88 4478.54 6231.13
Total 26951.22 15313.47 30227.57 35312.62

We have also collected average prices for a number of household items in the following table:

Average price
Food & drink
Milk 6 per litre
Bread 11 per loaf
Coffee in a café 40 per cup
Pizza 80
Nice meal in restaurant 626
Basic meal in a local pub 365
Domestic beer from supermarket 10 per 500ml
Wine from supermarket 64 per bottle
Eggs 29 per 10
Chicken breast 38 per 500g
Apples 19 per kg
Bananas 3 apiece
Potatoes 16 per 2kg
Cheese 54 per 500g
Tomatoes 22 per kg
Clothes & shoes
Winter coat 800
Runners/sneakers (e.g. Nike, Adidas) 765
Stockings/tights 40
Pair of jeans (e.g. Levis) 827
Summer dress (e.g. Zara, H&M) 336
Housing
1 bedroom apartment (Central Aarhus) 5000 per month
2 bedroom apartment (Central Aarhus) 8000 per month
3 bedroom apartment (Central Aarhus) 12000 per month
1 bedroom apartment (Greater Aarhus) 4000 per month
2 bedroom apartment (Greater Aarhus) 6500 per month
3 bedroom apartment (Greater Aarhus) 10000 per month
Transport
Bus 20 per 2 hour ticket
Monthly public transport ticket 362
Petrol 12 per litre
Taxi 7.81 per km (+33kr upfront fee)
Utilities
Electricity, heating, gas 1241 per month
Internet (8MB) 207 per month
Phone (20GB data, 20 hours talk time) 109 per month
Insurance (house, family, life) 5013 per year
Home supplies
Laundry detergent 66 per 3 litres
Toaster 200
Microwave 864
TV 4629
Personal care
Tampons 37 per pack of 32
Deodorant 34
Shampoo 35 per 400ml
Toilet paper 19 per 6 rolls
Toothpaste 20 per tube
Medicine and medical expenses
Paracetemol 16 per pack of 10
Cold and flu tablets 62 6 days' worth
Visit to doctor Free
Contraceptive pill 110 per 3 months
Other
Gym membership 249 per month (+300kr startup fee)
Movie ticket 80

The information on this page was gathered from the following sources. Please note that even though we aim to keep this page updated, to get the latest figures, it would be best to go straight to the source.

Statistics Denmark

Eurostat

Life in Denmark

International Community

Expatistan

Post, phones and internet services

The public communication network in Denmark is highly developed. The postal service is efficient and you can find a post office in all towns. Most post offices are situated in supermarkets or shopping centres. You can buy stamps in kiosks and department stores. The mail boxes in Denmark are bright red and they are emptied four times a day.

Just as everywhere in the world, mobile phones are widely used in Denmark. If you plan on buying a new mobile phone, be aware that most companies offer six-month contracts. Otherwise, it is easy to buy a prepaid SIM card in kiosks or on the Internet. You can see an overview (in Danish) of telephone companies including subscriptions and prices on Samlino.dk

Most residences have Internet connections and there is access to computers at your department and Internet access in all libraries. There is also wireless internet access at all the University campuses.

You can see an overview (in Danish) of internet providers including subscriptions and prices on Samlino.dk

Public holidays and days off with pay

Public holidays: Public holidays are days off with pay. On public holidays in Denmark, shops, schools and businesses are normally closed.

Days off with pay: These days are paid holidays for employees at Aarhus University. Read more about days off with pay at AU.

May 1: Employees at AU may take 1 May off by agreement with their immediate superior if, in their superior’s opinion, the work situation permits.

New Year's Day

January 1

Public Holiday

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Monday

Thursday and Friday before Easter Sunday and Monday after Easter Sunday

Public Holidays

"Store Bededag" (Danish Rogation Day)

Fourth Friday after Easter

Public Holiday

Ascension Day

1½ weeks before Pentecost 

Public Holiday

Pentecost Sunday and Monday (Whitsun)

Sunday and Monday after Pentecost

Public Holidays

Constitution Day

June 5

Day off with pay

Christmas Eve

December 24

Day off with pay

Christmas Day

December 25

Public Holiday

Boxing Day

December 26

Public Holiday

New Year's Eve

December 31

Day off with pay

Religion and religious communities in Denmark

The official religion of Denmark, as stated in the Danish Constitution, is Evangelical Lutheran and most Danes belong to ”Folkekirken” (the Danish National Church), which is Evangelical Lutheran. Hymns and readings from the Scriptures together with the sermon play an important part in the service.

For other religions in Denmark see:

Denmark enjoys freedom of religion. This means that people are allowed to form congregations for the worship of God in a manner according with their convictions.

Most of the city churches are open to tourists seven days a week. On Sunday, one or more services are held, and visitors are welcome to participate in the service and take part in the Holy Communion.

University chaplains

Aarhus University has two chaplains who are employed by the Ministry of Church Affairs. If you need someone to have a confidential conversation with, then the student chaplains may be a possibility. All enquiries are anonymous and free of charge. Read more on the AU website.

Religious associations in Denmark

In Denmark there are a lot of different religious groups and associations, some of which you can find below.

Anglican services in English

St Alban's Anglican Church is a lively and diverse Christian community with services in Copenhagen and Aarhus. Once a month the Aarhus Anglican community gathers for a service of Holy Communion in English. The services take place at Møllevangskirken, Møllevangs Allé 49, 8210 Aarhus V, and everyone is welcome to join. After the services the participants are welcome to socialise with other members of the congregation while enjoying a cup of coffee and tea.

Visit the website of St Alban's to read more about the church and see the dates for future services.

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