Cost of living in Denmark

Summary of cost of living in Denmark

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: kr32,573
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: kr16,794
  • Cost of living in Denmark is more expensive than in 78% of countries in Western Europe (5 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in Denmark is more expensive than in 89% of countries in the World (9 out of 74)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district kr117
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) kr77
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast kr34
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk kr10
12 eggs, large kr31
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes kr27
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese kr58
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples kr19
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes kr15
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket kr12
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality kr90
2 liters of coca-cola kr21
Bread for 2 people for 1 day kr13
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area kr12,978
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area kr9,884
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat kr1,531
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area kr7,979
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area kr5,801
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio kr960
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) kr139
40” flat screen tv kr3,202
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) kr767
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) kr56
Hourly rate for cleaning help kr142
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) kr802
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) kr907
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes kr1,136
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new kr268,456
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas kr11
Monthly ticket public transport kr540
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) kr76
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) kr98
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) kr372
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) kr37
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) kr20
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) kr29
4 rolls of toilet paper kr13
Tube of toothpaste kr19
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city kr177
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub kr363
2 tickets to the movies kr207
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) kr898
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert kr697
1 cocktail drink in downtown club kr100
Cappuccino in expat area of the city kr42
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) kr45
Ipad wi-fi 128gb kr3,709
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) kr2.09
1 month of gym membership in business district kr230
1 package of marlboro cigarettes kr52

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 200
2nd Odense 163
3rd Aalborg 161

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
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