Cost of living in Denmark

Summary of cost of living in Denmark

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: kr35,739
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: kr19,778
  • Denmark is the 4th most expensive country in Western Europe (4 out of 19)
  • Cost of living in Denmark is more expensive than in 91% of countries in the World (9 out of 90)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district kr136
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) kr77
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast kr36
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk kr10
12 eggs, large kr31
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes kr21
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese kr56
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples kr17
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes kr12
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket kr12
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality kr83
2 liters of coca-cola kr21
Bread for 2 people for 1 day kr16
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area kr16,186
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area kr12,115
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat kr1,406
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area kr10,796
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area kr7,705
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio kr853
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) kr133
40” flat screen tv kr3,723
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) kr827
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) kr78
Hourly rate for cleaning help kr171
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) kr812
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) kr303
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) kr944
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes kr1,563
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new kr273,484
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas kr11
Monthly ticket public transport kr466
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) kr71
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) kr87
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) kr372
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) kr37
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) kr23
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) kr30
4 rolls of toilet paper kr16
Tube of toothpaste kr19
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city kr210
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub kr400
2 tickets to the movies kr205
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) kr715
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert kr616
1 cocktail drink in downtown club kr99
Cappuccino in expat area of the city kr43
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) kr47
Ipad wi-fi 128gb kr3,544
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) kr2.69
1 month of gym membership in business district kr290
1 package of marlboro cigarettes kr45

Map of Cost of Living in Denmark

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This map shows only the top cities in Denmark. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Denmark

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Copenhagen 215
2nd Odense 175
3rd Aalborg 166

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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List of all cities available in Denmark

Aalborg Aarhus Copenhagen
Esbjerg Horsens Odense
Randers Silkeborg Vejle

Prices recently added

  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Vejle costs kr6,000 (3 days ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Copenhagen costs kr150 (8 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Copenhagen costs kr20 (8 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Copenhagen costs kr15 (8 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Copenhagen costs kr12 (8 days ago)
  • 1 kg of boneless chicken breast in Copenhagen costs kr25 (8 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Copenhagen costs kr250 (9 days ago)