Moving to Denmark
Looking to move to the happiest nation on Earth? With so many relocation companies offering removal services to Denmark it can be an ordeal just trying to pick one.
Price is likely to be a large deciding factor, but this doesn’t, nor should it, negate quality. At White & Company we strive ourselves on our ability to deliver on both fronts.
Whether we transport your personal belongings to Denmark by sea or road, we can assure you of their safe and timely arrival.
We are very proud to be founder members of the industry’s most prestigious regulators; BAR, FIDI and OMNI.
As members of these organisations, we adhere to strict standards and regular auditing, giving you peace of mind should anything unforeseen happen.
From Cambridge to Copenhagen or Oldham to Odense, we have the necessary expertise and skill to make your move stress-free.
With competitive pricing and top of the range storage and packing solutions, our door-to-door removals service is hard to beat.
Why Move to Denmark?
Fed up of long, expensive commutes, staggering wages and little to no family time? Denmark may be the smallest of the Scandinavian countries, both in size and population, but is increasingly attracting expats to its shores.
Having been named as the ‘Happiest nation on earth’ on various occasions and consistently ranking high on indexes for social wellbeing and quality of life it is not hard to see why.
Far from the cheapest place to live, you can rest assured that the high taxes you pay deliver value in terms of social services with excellent public healthcare and educational facilities.
As a society firmly rooted in egalitarian principles, Denmark, likes its Nordic neighbours, has been forward thinking in in spearheading progressive policies such as 52 week maternity leave.
It’s not just families which are being drawn to Denmark either. More and more young professionals are weighing up moves to this part of Northern Europe, ditching rat race lures of high wages in favour of work/life balance.
Denmark is a nation of stunning coastlines and consists of a large peninsula, Jutland, and many smaller islands, which are collectively known as the Danish Archipelago.
From hiking through naturals parks and forests to swimming in crystal clear lakes, there is no shortage of natural splendours to indulge in. With state of the art infrastructure, the Danish countryside is only a short train ride or cycle away.
Those in search of warmer climates may be disappointed by the cold and dark Danish winters but have no doubt that Danish culture is both warm and welcoming with a large emphasis on family life.
In fact, the Danish even have a word, ‘hygge’ which means creating a warm and cozy atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with family and friends. So if it’s a slice of hygge you are after, then a move to cosmopolitan Copenhagen or perhaps outdoorsy Odense may well be in order.
Shipping My Effects to Denmark
The whole moving experience can be incredibly stressful, especially so when relocating abroad. White & Company, with its 145 years of experience in the removal industry, can help make the process a lot less traumatic.
White & Company move thousands of families around the globe each year and have branches all over the UK. We can arrange a free no obligation home survey and quotation.
Each survey will be carried out by one of our qualified surveyors, who are able to answer any of the questions and concerns you may have and offer advice where necessary.
The purpose of the survey is to determine the volume of effects you will be shipping.
The cost of shipment is based on the space your effects will take up in our vehicle if transportation is by road and in a container if being shipped by sea. Following the visit, you will receive a written quotation.
Working in Denmark
The home of Lego, Denmark has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe and serves as an important distribution port for a wide variety of industries in large part owing to its ideal positioning between Scandinavia and Western Europe.
The pharmaceutical and agricultural sectors are the biggest but the country is also becoming a burgeoning technology and innovation hub and is home to some massive fashion and jewellery companies such as Pandora and Ecco.
A large part of Denmark’s reputation as the ‘Happiest nation on Earth’ stems from its informal and flexible working culture.
Even the commute to work Is seen as far preferable than its European counterparts with many people in the capital of Copenhagen making use of the excellent cycling infrastructure and its brilliant connections.
The Swedish city of Malmo is only over the bridge and many people choose to work in Sweden but live in Denmark, or vice versa.
The Danish work force is currently facing skills shortages in certain areas, such as the education, engineering, IT, medicine and the healthcare sectors.
It is worth baring in mind that competition for places is high and preference is often given to Danish natives over foreigners.
Learning the Danish language through classeges or a language app and researching jobs online beforehand is likely to put you in good stead.
As a member of the EU, UK citizens do no currently require a visa to live and work in Denmark.
If staying for longer than three months they will have to apply for a residence permit and provide proof of working or an offer of employment via an online portal.
The Danish property market is heavily regulated and buying a property as a non-national can prove difficult, although not impossible.
Prospective buyers are required to make Denmark the ‘Centre of their life’ which in practical terms means you must prove that the residence you are buying in Denmark is the one you will be living in for most of the year.
Property prices have risen at a steady rate. As a rough guide to purchasing an apartment, you can expect to pay 44,425 kr (£3,733) per square meter in the city centre of Copenhagen. A three-bedroom apartment for a family in the city centre would be around 17,154 Kr (£2,008) per calendar month for those electing to rent.
‘Andelslejlighed’ is the Danish equivalent of shared ownership or co-operative housing where you own property together with others and run it as a cooperative housing society, sharing expenses and duties and can prove a more affordable means of owning property in Denmark.
All schools in Denmark provide free education for children residing in Denmark between the ages of six and 16. There is a good mix of public and private schools and because a lot of expat children arrive having no prior knowledge of the Danish language, each of the municipalities are obliged to provide language and culture courses to help bed in new arrivals.
There are also international schools in Denmark with most in and around Copenhagen. International schools are a popular choice for those expat parents wishing to send their children to school with other children of a similar background or who are only intending to stay short term. Many of these schools also have English as their primary language.
The following are some of the most highly regarded international schools:
As with any international move customs clearance of personal effects is a consideration to be taken into account ahead of any planned move. White & Company can assist in this process and ensure you are aware of everything in advance.
You may freely bring goods bought in other EU countries into Denmark if they are for your own personal use, including perfumes. However, there are limits as to how much alcohol and tobacco you are allowed to bring in.
If you require specific medication it is worth researching whether there are any restrictions on bringing it or larger amounts of it into the country well ahead of time. Special permits may be required for certain types of medication.
There are restrictions, among other things, on:
- Weaponry and ammunition
- Knives and other dangerous items
- Illegal drugs
- Culturally valuable antiques
- Certain gambling devices
- All obscene material and pornographic materials
Moving to a new country can take some getting used to with each country promoting and having its own unique culture and values. Learning from those expats who have already made the transition into Danish life will prove invaluable.
For some helpful tips and information on settling into life in Denmark, it is a good idea to visit some of the many expat forums online:
The official currency of Denmark is the Danish Krone or Crown, abbreviated as DKK.
When relocating to another country with a different country making sure you get the best exchange rate is pivotal to starting your new life on the right foot and can even be the difference between landing your dream home and not.
White & Company has an exclusive arrangement with an FX Firm, FrontierPay. Simply call us on Tel: 01494-857672 or follow the link to see what additional savings you can make compared to using your high street bank.
Contacting White & Company
For further information on our removals service to Denmark, or any other international destination, contact our international office on 01489 854175. Alternatively complete the form below with your details and we will contact you.
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European Removals since 1871
We recommend a visit from one of our Surveyors for all European moves, so that we can assess your requirements, and the volume of goods to be moved.
Below is a rough guide to the largest cities in Denmark:
What Others Say…
Wayne Middleton and Brian Witherford were professional and extremely helpful. Did a brilliant job. Would recommend Whites to anyone. Thanks very much.
Have used this company regularly for 5 years including my time in the armed forces. They are professional and efficient. Will use them again on our next move.
The move went very smoothly and they were very polite.
A very smooth move by White and Co. The team worked very hard and were polite, professional and helpful.