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Living in Copenhagen, Denmark:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

six local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Copenhagen, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked six people living in Copenhagen what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:


6 comments on “Copenhagen”

Copenhagen, possibly the most charming European capital. Possibly one of the smallest too. Very pretty, everything is within walking distance with good food options. The harbor water is even clean enough to swim in. Everything about living in Copenhagen is great if… you can stand the weather and the dark, grey, wet winters. Also, Sweden is easily accessible.

If you’re coming to Copenhagen, opposite the little mermaid you can have a private dinner in the officer’s mess of a Cold War frigate, overlooking the Copenhagen skyline. And no one knows about this.

Sebastian, says: 2023

1. It’s a safe, low on crime, friendly city
2. Prepare for a relative high cost of housing
3. Schools and hospital are high standard and free if you have a working permit
4. English spoken by all, but learn a few Danish expressions as “ice breakers”
5. Easy access to the rest of Europe and Scandinavia

Anyone considering moving to Copenhagen should know that being capable of riding a bike is advisable. They should also know that the land is very flat, so no nearby skiing is possible even if the city is covered by snow. Lastly, they should know that services are very expensive, so knowing how to cook, fix stuff at home, etc. is recommendable.

Milena, says: 2020

During my work as a so-called “buddy” for international students, the most frequently appearing remarks on what they weren’t aware of were twofold: on the one hand, students were quite obviously saddened by the sight of spending long time in a rainy city, and, on the other hand, they were surprised to learn that most Danes are introverted and rarely socialises beyond their familiar group of friends.

Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark; a city rich with culture and lovely people. Since most Danes in Copenhagen speak English to a good degree, it will not be hard to communicate and get around the area. Danish is a difficult language to master due to the pronunciation, so pay attention to Danes and try to practice as much as possible.

Milena, says: 2020

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