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Cost of Living in Denmark

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Cost of Living in Denmark

Post Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 10:43 pm

Hi All !

I am an IT Consultant based in US and I will be assigned in Denmark next month for around 6 months.

My company will give me a per diem of 40 Euros per day for meals and other expenses for utilities and personals. Of course, transport and accomodation will be provided.

Will this be enough? considering Denmark has the 3rd highest cost of living in the world

Thanks in Advance!


Re: Cost of Living in Denmark

Post Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:58 am

A typical Danish family’s expenses are proportioned as follows:

1. Accommodation and maintenance 22%
2. Food, drink and tobacco 17%
3. Transport and communication 17%
4. Other goods and services, such as childcare 13%
5. Equipment for leisure activities, entertainment 11%
6. Heating and electricity 7%
7. Furniture 6%
8. Clothes and shoes 5%
9. Medicine and medical expenses 2%

If 40 Euros per day is what the firm offers it should be ok.
Currency is the Danish kroner, some places accept the Euro as payment.


This should give you an idea : www.blaasommer.dk/701.0.html
Good luck!


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Re: Cost of Living in Denmark

Post Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:44 pm

Thank You so much for the prompt response and comprehensive information that you have given me regarding the cost of living in Denmark. Are you a Danish? Just curious. Very Happy


Re: Cost of Living in Denmark

Post Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 2:49 am

Hi ! Pleased to help! I'm a Brit in Tr, one of our sons is in Denmark! I couldn't get hold of him to get info but he's a student anyway........ He loves the place and it's so easy as they speak English everywhere. But for official stuff Danish is a must and they're pretty keen on the old red tape. It does get miserable with the dark , cold days in winter. There's a lot to see and do there and you can visit Sweden etc easily.
All the best.


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Re: Cost of Living in Denmark

Post Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 5:08 pm

Hi! Thanks for your help again. If it is not too much to ask, hope you can gather more info about the living costs in Denmark from your son whenever it is possible.

I just need info on the food and incidental expenses (i.e. laundry, phone cards, and other personal items). My hotel , transpo and clothings are already provided by the client but, I just need to feel comfortable with the per diem or allowance (which is 40 Euros) that my company will give me ,coz I know that USD is lower than Euro, at least for you guys, your money is even getting stronger. Very Happy

Again, thanks for your help. Hope to hear from you soon.


Re: Cost of Living in Denmark

Post Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 1:20 am

Hi there! Well I was able to actually ask our lad today , if he thought 40 euros per day was reasonable. Unfortunately he reckons it's not that good but you'd better ask around more. He informed me that a very basic job eg stacking shelves in a supermarket earns a minimum of 1500 euros per month. So if we're looking at 40 times 30 , well it doesn't add up! Sad
I'm only sharing what I've been able to find out. Hope everything works out as you wish. Try and get more info from the net and try other forums perhaps.

Cost of Living
Due to a strong trade union movement, wages in Denmark are generally higher than in the United States. Negotiated minimum wage is approximately $12/hour.

Income tax in Denmark, however, is high by international standards, and ranges from 45% to a high 64%.

The flat-rate VAT in Denmark is 25%. Major exemptions from VAT are rents, medicine and newspapers.

The cost of living in Denmark is considerably higher than in the United States. Copenhagen is among the five most expensive cities in the world.

All the best Cool


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Re: Cost of Living in Denmark

Post Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 12:38 pm

Thanks so much! Well, I should really gather more info about this. I heard from my friend who has been to Germany, 40 Euros for food is not enough if I will be staying in a hotel and eat outside all the time. My consulting assignment there in Denmark will only be 6 months that's why, they would only put me up in a hotel near the office.

Thanks Again! I would consider all the info that you gave me! All the Best to you too!


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