Cost of living in Denmark

Summary of cost of living in Denmark

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: kr35,653
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: kr19,664
  • 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 92% of countries in the World (9 out of 95)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district kr131
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) kr76
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 kr21
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese kr55
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples kr16
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 kr84
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 kr15,951
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area kr12,151
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat kr1,350
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area kr10,033
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area kr7,115
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio kr922
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) kr175
40” flat screen tv kr3,448
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) kr863
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) kr81
Hourly rate for cleaning help kr181
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) kr846
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) kr316
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) kr876
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes kr1,636
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new kr265,959
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas kr11
Monthly ticket public transport kr470
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) kr56
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) kr101
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) kr372
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) kr39
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) kr24
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) kr29
4 rolls of toilet paper kr16
Tube of toothpaste kr17
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city kr230
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub kr411
2 tickets to the movies kr207
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) kr607
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert kr660
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 kr3,366
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 193
2nd Aarhus 168
3rd Odense 157
4th Aalborg 149

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

  • 1 liter of gasoline in Copenhagen costs kr11 (2 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Copenhagen costs kr60 (8 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Copenhagen costs kr300 (8 days ago)