Cost of living in Denmark

Summary of cost of living in Denmark

Family of four estimated monthly costs: kr35,943
Single person estimated monthly costs: kr19,532
Cost of living in Denmark is more expensive than in 79% of countries in Western Europe (5 out of 19)
Cost of living in Denmark is more expensive than in 91% of countries in the World (10 out of 100)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district kr128
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) kr75
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast kr39
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk kr10
12 eggs, large kr30
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes kr20
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese kr52
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples kr16
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes kr12
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket kr11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality kr82
2 liters of Coca-Cola kr20
Bread for 2 people for 1 day kr15
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area kr15,694
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area kr11,911
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat kr1,266
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area kr9,699
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area kr7,233
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio kr876
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) kr186
40” flat screen TV kr3,790
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) kr769
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) kr60
Hourly rate for cleaning help kr162
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) kr862
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) kr332
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) kr878
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes kr1,619
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new kr265,794
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas kr11
Monthly ticket public transport kr464
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) kr56
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) kr78
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) kr1,733
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) kr39
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) kr22
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) kr23
4 rolls of toilet paper kr15
Tube of toothpaste kr16
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city kr262
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub kr406
2 tickets to the movies kr205
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) kr528
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert kr668
1 cocktail drink in downtown club kr97
Cappuccino in expat area of the city kr43
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) kr48
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB kr3,758
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) kr2.69
1 month of gym membership in business district kr289
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes kr43

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 196
2nd Aarhus 173
3rd Odense 169
4th Aalborg 154

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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Aalborg Aarhus Copenhagen
Esbjerg Horsens Odense
Randers Silkeborg Vejle

Prices recently added

  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Copenhagen costs kr2,888 (about 5 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Randers costs kr11 (5 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Copenhagen costs kr60 (5 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Copenhagen costs kr40 (5 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Copenhagen costs kr110 (5 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for one in Copenhagen costs kr900 (5 days ago)
  • 1 ticket to the movies in Copenhagen costs kr340 (5 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Copenhagen costs kr400 (5 days ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Copenhagen costs kr40 (5 days ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Copenhagen costs kr900 (5 days ago)