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Last modified: 08.08.2018

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Daily Life

In this section, you can find different practical information about how to go about in your daily life in Denmark.

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    Danish News in English

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

     

    Online weather forecasts in English

    The following online forecast sites are available in English.

    DMI: The Danish Meteorological Institute: www.dmi.dk

    Yr: www.Yr.no  

    Weather Online: www.weatheronline.co.uk  

    World Weather: www.worldweather.org

     

    Are you learning Danish and wish to practice it?

    DR’s Ligetil: www.ligetil.nu. This website delivers news stories in Danish for beginners.

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    Food and 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 or beer and good company. Traditionally, the hot meal of the day is served in the evening, while lunch (frokost) often consists of rye bread (rugbrød) or sandwiches (cold meal).

    There are plenty of possibilities for eating out in Denmark at various types of restaurants and cafés 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 world’s best restaurant by the renowned S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants for the third time in a row.

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    International specialty shops in and around Aalborg, Esbjerg and Copenhagen

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

    There are plenty of different places to shop for groceries, but please note that product range, prices, quality and opening times vary. Most supermarkets are open from 9.00 – 20.00 seven days a week, depending on the local area. Retail shops are generally open from 10.00 – 17.30 from Monday to Friday and until 13.00 on Saturdays. Most retail shops are closed on Sundays.

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    Living cost

    Purchasing power in the Danish capital of Copenhagen is similar to that of other large European cities, and prices are considerably lower than in, for example, New York when housing costs are included.

    Salaries in Copenhagen are the third highest in the world – only surpassed by Zurich and Geneva. And many welfare services that strain household budgets in other countries are either free or state-subsidised in Denmark. Medical help, hospital treatment, schooling and elderly care are all free – and daycare for children is far cheaper than in many comparable countries.

    This is why the average Dane pays approximately 50% of their income in taxes. Read more on this subject at UBS survey: 'Prices and Earnings. A global purchasing power comparison' and Danmarks Nationalbank.

    In Denmark, 25% VAT ("moms") is added to all goods and extra taxes are added to some goods e.g. alcohol, chocolate and cigarettes. The prices shown always include VAT and taxes. To find detailed information about the cost of living in each city where AAU has campuses in comparison to your country, you can visit the following pages:

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    Postal 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 mailboxes in Denmark are bright red and they are emptied every day.

    Post Nord is the national postal service provider in Denmark (www.postnord.dk).

    Postcodes in Denmark

    You can find any postcode in Denmark, the Faeroe Islands, and Greenland through the online postcode finder on Post Nord's website.

    Stamps

    You can buy stamps at post offices and from some newsagents and kiosks. You can also buy stamps on www.postdanmark.dk

    Calculating postal prices

    Post Nord has an online calculator, which allows you to calculate the postal price of letters and parcels that you are sending within Denmark and internationally.

    Post offices

    Post Nord has an online application that allows you to search for the nearest post office.

    Mail boxes

    Mail boxes in Denmark are red. You will find them outside all post offices and at different locations in villages, towns, and cities.

    Letter boxes must be situated on the ground floor in apartment buildings, while letter boxes in old villas, townhouses, and similar must be placed directly at the entrance to the properties.

    Moving to a new address

    All municipal authorities have a registry of residents. If you move to a new address you are required to notify the municipal authorities within five days of moving. You should also notify Post Nord to ensure that you will continue receiving mail. Post Nord can also forward all the mail sent to your old address to your new address for up to six months. 

    Remember to write your name on your letter box

    The surname/family names of residents at an address must be on the letter box. Letters sent to a person’s address will be returned to sender if the receiver’s name is not clearly  stated on the letter box.

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    Public holidays and days off with pay

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

    Days off with pay are paid holidays for employees at Aalborg University. Read more about days off with pay here (under construction).

    New Year's day January 1 Public holidays
    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 holidays

    Ascension Day

    1½ weeks before Pentecost 

    Public holidays

    Pentecost 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

    Days off with pay are paid holidays for employees at Aalborg University (AAU). Read more about days off with pay.

    Read about AAU’s holiday taking policy here.

     

     

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    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 are 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:

    • Buddhist religious communities and congregations (in Danish)
    • Hindu and Hindu-inspired religious communities and congregations (in Danish)
    • Islamic and Islam-inspired religious communities and congregations (in Danish)
    • Jewish religious communities and congregations (in Danish)
    • Christian and Christianity-inspired religious communities and congregations (in Danish)

    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

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

     

    Religious associations in Denmark

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

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    Telephone, internet & TV

    Media license Fee/ DR license

    Please rememeber that in Denmark, anyone who owns  a television or a computer, smartphone or tablet with Internet access has to pay a media license fee. The media license fee is 2,436 DKK a year.

     

    Mobile telephone

    Just as everywhere in the world, mobile phones are widely used in Denmark. If you plan to buy 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 AAU campuses.

    Mobile telephone subscriptions

    If you want a Danish mobile number, you can either sign up for a subscription or buy a prepaid package with a SIM card. A subscription includes a contract you have to sign and often requires payment of a monthly fee. Depending on the deal, some subscription contracts require you to subscribe for a minimum period - usually six months. Note that in order to subscribe you need to have a Danish CPR number.

    Finding the cheapest mobile subscription

    Most mobile operators offer a variety of deals, e.g. deals which work out cheapest if you make a lot of international calls, primarily communicate via SMS, make a lot of short calls, or have long conversations, etc. To find the best and cheapest deal, you must know how you will be using your phone.

    Prepaid mobile telephone packages

    With a prepaid package, you pay up front for connection time and can replenish your credit whenever you want to. A prepaid calling service does not require you to sign a long-term contract or pay a monthly subscription fee, although an establishment fee may apply.

    Many mobile telephone providers have an online service, where you may replenish your calling credit, using e.g. a Visa or a Dankort. Some companies also sell calling time in stores, kiosks, and at newsagents, as well as in their own company stores. Note that you can only use calling credit from the company, where you are registered as a customer.

    How to get a prepaid calling plan

    You can get a prepaid calling plan from most mobile telephone companies, and some of the online mobile telephone companies only offer prepaid calling plans. Note that if you do not yet have a CPR number, a prepaid calling package is your only option if you want a Danish mobile phone number; subscription plans require you to have a CPR number.

    You can sign up for a prepaid calling plan on the different companies’ websites or at their stores. Sometimes, you can also sign up for a prepaid calling plan by buying a prepaid calling package at a supermarket or some kiosks.

    Mobile phone deals

    Many companies will offer you a cheaper cash price for a mobile phone if you sign up as a customer and for certain subscriptions. These subscription deals usually bind you for at least six months and require you to pay a monthly subscription. It can be a good idea to ask the company to specify how much you will end up paying for the phone, including the binding subscription fees.

    Many of the companies which supply telephone, TV and Internet services offer package deals if you subscribe to all services at their company.

    Using your foreign mobile phone in Denmark

    In order to use your foreign mobile phone in Denmark with a Danish SIM card, the telephone must not be SIM-locked. The phone must also be compatible with the GSM standard.

    Calling to Denmark from a foreign number

    When calling from a foreign number to a Danish telephone number, you need to dial area code 0045/+45 in front of the 8-digit Danish number, even when you are in Denmark.

    Telephone boxes

    Telephone boxes in public places accept coins or calling cards, but they are quite uncommon nowadays.

    Calling Cards

    Calling cards are available at news agents, kiosks, and post offices.

    Finding a Danish telephone number

    Local telephone directories are distributed to all households in Denmark. You can also look up telephone numbers on www.degulesider.dk or www.krak.dk.

    Directory enquiries are also accessible by calling 118, but please note that charges for calling 118 are much higher than normal call rates.

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