Why should you move to Denmark?
I asked myself that question and tried to find good reasons to live in Denmark when choosing a university for my bachelor’s study. (Oh hey, I got to Copenhagen Business School!)
If you’re reading this article, I guess you’re in the same boat.
Whether you receive a job offer or consider studying in Denmark, knowing solid reasons to live in Denmark is a good start.
Here are my ten reasons to pack your bags and move to this Scandinavian country.
1. The Danish lifestyle
I love the Danish lifestyle.
People looked so relaxed!
It was my first thought when I wandered around the city in my early days after landing in Copenhagen.
People walked at a slow speed. Much slower than the ones in Japan.
The Danes take their time to walk and enjoy the moment. Or to breathe.
I was used to a fast-living pace, so it was my first culture shock when I got there, as things were so peaceful and slow. However, I then gradually learned to love and adapt to this lifestyle.
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2. The Danish Pastries
Danish Pastries stole my heart!
I love baking and taking a few baking courses, so living in a country with fantastic bakeries is an excellent bonus.
3. The location
If you love traveling, you will love the location of Denmark.
As Denmark is located in Northern Europe, you’re very close to London, Amsterdam, Brussels, and Hamburg.
It only takes about 20 minutes to the airport from the center of Copenhagen, and then a quick check-in, and you’re ready to go. After within 1-3 hours flying, you’ll get to other countries in Europe.
Also, flights within Europe are reasonably cheap, so you can have a fun weekend in Prague or eat gelato and drink a cappuccino in Milan without hurting your budget.
I spent less when traveling in Europe compared to living in Copenhagen. (Tips: I use Couchsurfing!)
If you’d like an overseas vacation, there are cheap flights and destinations to almost every part of the world.
4. The size
As Denmark is small, you can get anywhere in the country within 5 hours. Compared to other countries such as Sweden or Norway, it’s much more manageable.
You can have a great day at the Lego park in Billund or explore the museum in Aarhus and come back to Copenhagen on the same day or the next one.
Because riding a train in Denmark can be expensive, I suggest using a shared car service or bus.
5. The living standards
The living standard in Denmark is high.
You can drink water right from the tap, breath in the fresh air, and eat good quality food.
Although fresh air, drinkable water, and quality food seem necessary, many people in other countries cannot have access to them.
Also, Denmark has a low crime rate, so you don’t have to worry much about your safety.
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6. The healthcare system
Denmark has one of the best healthcare systems in the world.
You’ll get proper treatment and don’t need to pay a crazy amount. In some countries, you could die if you can’t afford to pay your bills, and the quality of the hospital is not high.
I love how easy to book a doctor’s appointment in Copenhagen. Since I got assigned a personal doctor, I have to call her office in advance for my appointment. I can see my doctor on the same day.
Once I couldn’t reach my doctor, I got booked an appointment in a hospital instead.
The best thing is that these appointments are all FREE!
7. The public transportation
I love the biking culture in Denmark.
There are lanes for bicycles everywhere in Copenhagen, and people bike in any weather conditions: sunny, rainy, and even snowy.
You can live your whole life in Denmark without a car. Use your bicycle and public transport such as trains and buses between cities! The metro system is useful in Copenhagen too.
8. The alcohol
If you enjoy drinking, there’s one more reason to live in Denmark.
The price of alcohol is relatively low in supermarkets, and there is no control like in other Nordic countries.
The bars close late at night or even in the morning, so you can chill and relax the whole night, especially during weekends.
Also, Denmark is famous for Carlsberg, so that you can try it from where it was made.
9. The work-life balance
Denmark is a great place to work. I love the work-life balance here!
The average working hour is 34 hours, and you can get 5–7 weeks of vacation + 3–5 sick days + 10 public holidays.
There is plenty of time to enjoy your life besides working.
If you are fired or quit your job, you can rely on the insurance to live and educate yourself to find a good job and not be pushed to take the first job that comes.
10. The Innovation
I feel like people in Denmark have come up with at least one innovation in their life. Innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship are like the fundamental element in their blood.
I’ve joined several entrepreneurship events and learned so much from those. I even got my inspiration to start Expatolife from those!
11. The equality
Another reason to live in Demark is equality.
Although no country has achieved equality between men and women, Denmark has almost reached that mark.
I love that in Denmark, women are treated with respect and have their rights. Women are equal to men and even in managerial positions or at the Permian.
12. The processive
Denmark was also the first country in Europe that stop slavery and grant same-sex unions.
I think it’s great to live in a society where people can feel comfortable in their skin and community and be proud of their gender identity and sexual orientation.
Final thoughts on living in Denmark
Although I’ve mentioned several good things about living in Denmark, there are bad sides, such as anti-immigration policies and the difficulties in finding jobs as a foreigner here.
Thank you for reading my views. Feel free to share your opinions in the comment section below.