Life in Denmark

With this section, the International Staff Unit (ISU) wishes to help you settle by providing you with useful lifestyle “tools” about life in Denmark. The websites suggested here, are meant for all international staff regardless of if you are still considering to move, have just arrived, or have lived in Denmark for a while.

Learn about Danish expat life

Learn about Danish expat life

These blogs and sites give insight into e.g. what is “hygge”, how to handle a Danish business meeting, where to meet like-minded others, etc.

  • My Danish Family is a Facebook page by an expat mother living in Denmark. 
  • How to live in Denmark is a humorous guide for foreigners and their Danish friends written by an international expert in Danish business culture.
  • Dejlige Days is a blog by an expat living in Denmark, who shares thoughts on the uniques aspects of life in Copenhagen.
  • Beyond Stereotypes: Danes & Internationals is a bridge-building group, that encourages friendship between foreigners/expats and Danes.

Important national portals

Important national portals

Denmark.dk offers information on country facts, society, and lifestyle in nine languages. This website is the countries' official internet representative, edited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. One of the ambitions of the portal is to facilitate the gathering of information on Denmark, Danes and Danish customs for foreigners.

Lifeindenmark.dk is part of the common public portal in Denmark called borger.dk. This is a public self-service portal with content targeted directly towards expats, who come to Denmark to work.

What's going on locally?

What's going on locally?

In Denmark you will find a number of options for those seeking news about Denmark in English.

Weather and climate

Weather and climate

There is no way to avoid the weather or avoid talking about it either. The following online forecast sites are available in English.

Are you learning Danish and want to practice it?

Are you learning Danish and want to practice it?

DR’s Ligetil: www.dr.dk/Ligetil. This website delivers news stories in Danish for beginners.

The Danish language

The Danish language

Learning Danish before moving? Good idea! Danish is taught at several universities around the world. Danish Embassies and Consulates can also help put you in contact with activities relating to Denmark in your home country. For more help, see the list of all Danish Embassies.

Once you arrive in Denmark, the local language centres offer Danish courses for foreign adults at all levels - from beginner to advanced courses. There are up to six modules in total and the language centres offering the courses are subject to the National Curriculum for courses, tests and examinations in Danish as a Second Language.

You can read more about the Danish Language Centres (De Danske Sprogskoler) and find the full list of language providers at dedanskesprogcentre.dk/english

The international Municipalities’ services

The international Municipalities’ services

The International House North Denmark (Aalborg) and the International House Copenhagen both act as an "international one-stop-shop" for citizens, companies, and organisations.

At Newcomer Service in Esbjerg you can find guidance on matters such as housing, spouse job search, finding a babysitter, Danish culture, leisure activities, social networks, how to establish new network groups, guidance on the digital signature called NemID.