Daily life in Denmark

There are a lot of issues that influence your daily life: getting your mail, going for shopping, finding news in English, and much more.   

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 International Community's 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 International

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

International academic staff at Aarhus University (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 International

Food and the Danish cuisine

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), sandwiches, salads etc..

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. 


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’. 

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

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 243 DKK 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 Danish state.

The pie charts at the bottom 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


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 1218 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 12 per loaf
Coffee in a café 40 per cup
Pizza 80
Nice meal in restaurant 771 For two
Basic meal in a local pub 400 For two
Domestic beer from supermarket 12 per 500ml
Wine from supermarket 77 per bottle
Eggs 35 per 12
Chicken breast 36 per 500g
Apples 18 per kg
Bananas 3 apiece
Potatoes 16 per 2kg
Cheese 55 per 500g
Tomatoes 20 per kg
Clothes & shoes
Winter coat 800
Runners/sneakers (e.g. Nike, Adidas)902
Stockings/tights 40
Pair of jeans (e.g. Levis) 769
Summer dress (e.g. Zara, H&M) 362
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 5000 per month
Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of Centre 4000 per month
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 11500 per month
Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside of Centre 8500 per month
Bus 20 per 2 hour ticket
Monthly public transport ticket502
Petrol 10 per litre
Taxi 7.81 per km (+33kr upfront fee)
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 992
40'' flat screen TV 3,826
Personal care
Deodorant 32
Shampoo 2-in-1 28 per 400ml
Toilet paper 13 per 4 rolls
Toothpaste 22 per tube
Laundry detergent (3 l.)65
Gym membership 249 per month (+300kr startup fee)
Movie ticket 95

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.

International Community

Numbeo Aarhus

Post, phones and internet services

Postal service

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.

Read more about postal service on the International Community website

Telephone and internet providers

Just as everywhere else 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 line. 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 around all the Aarhus University campuses.

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

Read more about internet, TV and mobile on International Community's website

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 Aarhus University

May 1: Employees at Aarhus University may take 1st of 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.

See the Church Ministry's list of recognised religious communities in Denmark (in Danish). The list is divided into the following groups:

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 Aarhus University 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.

Thriving and wellbeing resources

In general, and especially when you move to a new country, being able to thrive and feel good in your new environment is essential. At International Academic Staff Services, we are here to help you and guide you to the resources that you might be looking for to help you thrive and build resilience to new challenges.  

Visit our Wellbeing initiatives page to learn more