Cost of Living in Copenhagen

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 88.08
Rent Index: 45.54
Groceries Index: 69.01
Restaurants Index: 107.76
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 67.31
Local Purchasing Power: 102.30
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 120.00 kr 100.00-160.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 600.00 kr 450.00-750.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 70.00 kr 60.00-80.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 45.00 kr 35.00-50.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 40.00 kr 30.00-50.00
Cappuccino (regular) 35.06 kr 25.00-40.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 21.07 kr 12.00-30.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 15.59 kr 10.00-20.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 26.32 kr 18.93-34.07
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 17.41 kr 9.07-25.40
Rice (white), (1 lb) 6.25 kr 4.54-8.62
Eggs (12) 24.68 kr 20.00-32.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 33.91 kr 22.68-49.90
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 26.87 kr 17.69-36.29
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 34.91 kr 22.68-45.36
Apples (1 lb) 8.30 kr 5.44-11.34
Banana (1 lb) 7.99 kr 5.44-13.61
Oranges (1 lb) 8.96 kr 6.80-11.34
Tomato (1 lb) 9.92 kr 5.44-18.14
Potato (1 lb) 5.17 kr 3.63-6.80
Onion (1 lb) 4.67 kr 2.72-7.26
Lettuce (1 head) 11.92 kr 8.00-15.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 10.65 kr 5.00-20.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 60.00 kr 50.00-80.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 14.31 kr 8.00-20.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 15.92 kr 10.00-22.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 44.00 kr 41.00-45.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 24.00 kr 20.00-25.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 400.00 kr 375.00-600.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 40.00 kr 30.00-50.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 24.54 kr 22.53-32.19
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 420.00 kr 350.00-480.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 39.13 kr 35.96-41.64
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 274,990.00 kr 210,000.00-300,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 241,000.00 kr 199,000.00-279,990.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,196.57 kr 722.50-2,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.86 kr 0.59-2.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 192.77 kr 100.00-250.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 243.12 kr 170.00-300.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 188.77 kr 150.00-250.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 100.00 kr 90.00-120.00
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 3,377.78 kr 2,700.00-3,950.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 48,683.33 kr 36,000.00-117,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 739.89 kr 500.00-999.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 288.62 kr 159.00-500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 772.19 kr 600.00-1,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,033.88 kr 800.00-1,500.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 9,339.38 kr 6,600.00-12,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 6,520.34 kr 4,500.00-8,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 17,139.62 kr 14,000.00-20,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 11,876.60 kr 8,000.00-15,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 3,620.93 kr 2,787.07-4,180.60
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 2,463.15 kr 1,858.05-2,972.87
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 20,349.95 kr
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.45 1.50-3.50

Prices in Copenhagen, Denmark

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Last update: April, 2017
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Cost of living in Copenhagen is 11.92% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 941.72$ (6,448.58kr) and for four person family at 3,394.58$ (23,244.86kr) (without rent).
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61 Comments so far

#Viv on Apr 03, 2017 :
Hi guys, I will be travelling with the working holiday visa to Denmark soon. I´m wondering about the salary of an IT person (Help Desk, IT desk, EUC support), a waiter/waitress, bartender salary. Can somebody let me know how much it is after tax and can I live with that salary?

I appreciate any estimated about the salary rank for those jobs!!

Thank you!

Viv :)
#Krishna on Mar 17, 2017 :
Hello everyone! Im from India.I got masters at University of Copenhagen. I will be paid a stipend around 9000 DKK approx. Will that be sufficient for an international student? Also how can I find cheap housing as an international student? I searched online. Couldn't find any! My campus is in norre alle 2200 Copenhagen! Any advice please?!
#Silvach on Mar 10, 2017 :
Charis, 1500 euro is only 11000 dkk.

Room is about 5000-6000. Monthly utilities are around 1000, traffic ticket varies from 375 to 1300 depends on the zones. It will be very hard for you to spend some money for something other than bills and grocery.
#Charis on Feb 03, 2017 :
Hello everyone!

I'm considering a master in Copenhagen and I'm currently in a research of estimating the average cost of living (renting a place to stay - even uni dorm could work -, a used bicycle to buy, internet access etc.). How much do you think would be enough? Let's say 1500euros/ month are sufficient ? Thank you ! :)
#Anonymous on Jan 14, 2017 :
Thank you for this informations, pls let me know about the cost of See a doctor For example, wages pediatrician.
#Anonymous on Dec 30, 2016 :
Re Arseni
thank you for pay attention,
and another question, is it easy to find ensuite rooms around the university

could you please give advice about the avaliable and trustworty web site to find it,


#Arseni on Dec 29, 2016 :
Mişi, you'll be able to find a room for 4000-5000 DKK a month, incl. all utilities.
The monthly pass will cost you about 500 DKK, but if you'll be living close to the university, you may consider biking, that will save you money in the long run.
Gym membership is 250 DKK. Mobile subscription plan is 100-150 DKK.
Basic food from supermarkets will cost you 1000-2000 DKK a month.

So, 6000 DKK seems to be a living minimum in Copenhagen, unless you can find a cheaper place to live (friends, relatives, etc.).
#mişi on Dec 28, 2016 :
ı plan to conduct my Phd study at Copenhagen Unversity,
could you please let me know how much money (euro) do I need for living cost, include (transportation
Markets, Utilities (Monthly) Rent Per Month)
thank you
#Nayeem on Nov 21, 2016 :
URGENT: Hi, I have been offered a job in Copenhagen. My employer has offered me 20,000 DKK (net after tax). Please note, this 20,000 DKK net doesn't include housing as housing will separately fully paid the company. I have to pay for the utility bills (electricity, water, heating, etc) by myself. I will be moving with my wife and as of now, she doesn't have a job in Copenhagen. Can you kindly advice me the following:
1) Will 20,000 DKK (net after tax) will be enough for two of us to have a comfortable life in Copenhagen?
2) What will be the utility bill that I can expect per month?
I am really looking forward to your advice as I have to give a decision (take the job/ reject) in next 2 days.

Looking forward to hear from you. THanks
##Re John on Oct 27, 2016 :
Hi, I hear 6 months rent is normal as sort of security deposit when renting apartment. Is that usually returned by landlords, or do they try and make phony deductions to keep the money.
Someone below said it's not protected by law?
#Re Ankur on Oct 11, 2016 :
Ankur: With that salary you should be eligible for expat tax (approx 32%), so if you will have 45k/month net after tax, you can find a nice central 2 bedroom apt in the centre for 15k, then you have 30k for life. So you can e.g. eat out every day in a steakhouse, having 3 course meal... maybe in Noma once or twice a month... and you would still have some money left for having some cocktails on Friday night... depends if you can survive with this lifestyle or you are used to something fancier...
#Ankur on Sep 30, 2016 :
Hello There,
just receive an offer from a company in copenhagen and they are offering me DKK850000 /yr.
can i survive there and save something or not in this package ???
please suggest
#Devesh on Jul 23, 2016 :
@John : Is the tax 40% now or is it 51% at the most ? Also, what is the tax percent for people who are appointed to work in Denmark with a work permit ?

@ All : My gross per month salary offered is 33334 DKK on paper. How much would be left in hand for me as savings considering I am staying as a bachelor and rent an apartment on sharing. No smoking habits, I can cook food at home. Occasional eat-out, occasional beer sipping.
#John on Apr 21, 2016 :
The apartment approx avg 12000 dkk, public transport approx 4-500 dkk.(3 zoner approx)
Also please note that in Denmark you are forced to pay 2500 dkk per year as media license from DR that's danish broadcasting, even though you dont use it.
The employers might tell you lower deduction in taxes you might get a bit surprised when you receive your salary, so calculate first.
if salary is x , first deduct 5% from x, then deduct 8% from x-5% , then deduct kommune tax around 28-29% from x-5%-8%, then deduct health tax 6% from left over in addition there is top and bottom bracket tax. If you want a lumpsum figure on ana avg deduct 40% from your salary as tax in general.
#Jennifer on Apr 16, 2016 :
@Morton Damborg

May I ask what you and your wife do for a living?
#Prachi Bhargava on Apr 06, 2016 :
hi, me and my husband will be shifting for some time to much monthly expenditure would be there...including rent, foof, public transport etc ?
#Marmik Shah on Apr 05, 2016 :
Can anybody please tell me that how much we can get minimum wages after tax? So accordingly we can calculate.
And I am pure vegetarian. So can you pls tel me whether pure veg food ll B much costly?
Please reply as soon as possible
#Sam on Mar 23, 2016 :
Thanks David and Fahad. if i may get rental appt of 6000-7000 DKK then is really good news. Anyways, one laymann question, i am getting 2 years work permit so my wife will able to work on dependent permit?
#david on Mar 19, 2016 :
I'm just looking at this page to see what anti-socialist buffoons are going on about, using Denmark as the flagship of why socialism doesn't work. All in all it seems pretty ok, actually quite good when you compare these costs to median salaries. I see that the listings on Craigslist for rentals seem way cheaper than what is reported here and in the comments, like 6000DKK for 2 bedrooms in the middle of the city, and 3500DKK for a very nice FULLY FURNISHED one bedroom. I wonder if it was talking about per day or per month lol
#Marc on Mar 16, 2016 :

You would have about DKK 40.000 after taxes if you're wife is not working.

It will be enough to support your family, however, you'll properly have to prioritize where to spend your money. You can easily spend the first 15.000 on the apartment.
Look at it this way, the average wage after taxes is about 18.000DKK per person. You and your wife will have about 40 combined. I'm not saying it's not a lot of money, but it all depends. My guess is YES.
#sam on Feb 28, 2016 :
Thanks #anon. As you mentioned whole life style, so my concern is, how much DKK is monthly expediture to ful fil as per you mentioned here?
#anon on Feb 25, 2016 :
I live in north Copenhagen, in a very good area. I shop at Lidl,Kwickly, Super Brugsen, and Netto. The prices quoted above are on average too high. Meat is not expensive here. Pork is cheap and of excellent quality. So is chicken. MY daughters from England and USa come frequently and find many goods cheaper.Alcohol and spirits are cheaper here than those countries and we can buy alcohol on offer in local supermarkets cheaper than at the Duty-free airport shop. Clothes are comparable in price but sales are exceptionally good and 70% reductions are quite normal. Transport on buses by using the multi-tickets is cheap and very reliable. Taxes are high here but it is a healthy place to live. Dry air and usually a warmer summer than England. Go for it!!There is so much peace and quiet here and when we go back to England it feels like a never-ending motorway.
#Sam on Feb 10, 2016 :
Hi, I got offer of 24000 dkk in copenhagen. I want to shift there with family (wife and 2 kids 6yrs, 1 yr). Kindly let me know how much i can save after all expenditure in normal condition?
#Denis on Jan 08, 2016 :
Hey guys did you know why Danish people are not fat ? Because the meat is so expensive that they are forced to eat cheese and vegetables
#David on Nov 24, 2015 :
Please note that in Copenhagen it requires to take a loan even for rental apartment now.They ask for 6 months of rent amount upfront , for example avg rent is around 10000dkk for 50 sqm that means you need at least 60000 dkk in cash upfront even for getting a rental apartment. And this amount is at risk as there is not regulation on rental market by any authorities PRACTICALLY
#John on Nov 10, 2015 :
Reality is the salaries are low in Copenhagen considering the high rental prices. Before moving , should calculate that, as the rental market is not in control under any regulations
#Deepak on Nov 10, 2015 :
The housing prices are not realistic....
apartment 40-50 sqm....will cost 10000 dkk + in city center , there is an acute shortage you will never get it though.
city outskirts dont go that cheap it will be like 8500 or 9000dkk for same kind , but you have to add transportation costs in addition.
#Gerald on Sep 10, 2015 :
Hello everyone,
If it is possible I would Like to know how easy would it be for an English speaker to finde o descent job.I am a Graphic Designer and also woukd like to know the minimum amount of money that I could get paied if worked as Gia raphic Designer there.
Thank you in afvance.
#Morton Damborg on Aug 29, 2015 :
But once you arrive in Copenhagen ask some locals where the cheaper options are. There can be huge price differences on everything like groceries, bicycle repairs, dentist works and also even rent.
Copenhagen has a reputation of being very expensive, and it truly can be. But if you know were to go, you can save tremendous amounts of money. For instance in the city center, 7-Eleven stores easily charge 15 kroner for a bottle of water whereas a Netto, Fakta or Rema1000 store one block away will let you go for 3-4 kroner.
#Morten Damborg on Aug 29, 2015 :
I would suggest the following guidelines, if you live in a Cph:

After having paid everything regular like rent, insurance children's kindergarten, car, mortgage/debts, telephone, utilities, dentist etc, I recommend you have the following amounts left for food, clothing, savings for holiday trips and savings for unexpected costs if things need repair or something

A single person: at least 4-5000 DKK

A couple: at least 8-10000 DKK

Then add maybe 2000-3000 DKK a month for every child. Then you can live a decent life economically. Some get by on less.
#Morten Damborg on Aug 29, 2015 :
My wife and I make about 39000 kroner (app. 6000 USD) after tax a month. We both earn quite average salaries. Maybe a little under average. After having plaid everything regular, we have about 15000 left for food, clothing, savings and unexpected costs. We have a nice apartment about 8 miles from downtown, which we own, no car and two kids. We get around by bicycle and public trains and busses.
That is quite comfortable.
#njohnny on Aug 26, 2015 :
I live in Frederiksberg area and I pay 8150 dkk(tv cable, water included) for a ~55 sq m apartment with 1 debroom and 1 livingroom. Water 2l bottle - 7.5 dkk(3 dkk returnable bottle included), 1 peach - 2 dkk, 1 honey melon - 12 dkk, smoked salmon 125g - 20-25 dkk, raspberries 250 g - 20 dkk, metro between 2 areas - 12 to 15 dkk if you have a Rejsekort.
#Aakash on Aug 19, 2015 :
What is the average living expense in total(rent, food, transport, utilities, prepaid tarrif and internet )for a single guy in Copenhagen?
##Cphres on Aug 02, 2015 :
To Key: It varies depending on your needs, but you can easily survive (actually have a good life) with 4-5000 a month on living expenses after rent is paid.
#Key on Aug 01, 2015 :
Hi guys living in Copenhagen, Could anyone else write how much does the couple need for a month in Copenhagen besides rent, since this is the most expensive part. I saw one post below that person earns 21 000 kr and pays 7100 for a flat, so is it really 14 000 kr that a couple needs per month after tax to survive the month???? I would be grateful for any feedback.
#Matt on Jul 28, 2015 :
6000kr for 2 room appartment, 53sqm. 5km from the City center.
#Cristina on Jul 27, 2015 :
I would finish my Education Career in USA.. I would like to live in Copenhagen. What's the average cost rent there?
#Stacy on Jul 18, 2015 :
I only speak, would it be impossible to live and get a job in Denmark?
#neda on May 13, 2015 :
I am an architect.I am going to immigrate to Denmark.i wish to know about job opportunities in my major.can I find a decent job there?
#Deepak on Mar 13, 2015 :
Prices for apartment as of today that too in Østerbro..2100 ..10000DKK 50 sqm apartment. So the figures are a bit lower than actual.
#Rizwan on Feb 23, 2015 :
Hello ... my name is Rizwan and i am a Pharmacist. i want know about the scope of my profession in Copenhagen. How much a pharmacist can earn in both Government and private sector.P
#Anno on Feb 02, 2015 :
Hello everybody. My salary is 21.000kr after tax and I am able to support myself and my wife on one salary in our rented 3 room apartment (apartment cost 7100kr incl. heat, excl electricity) in the area of Copenhagen called Husum. It's tight, but we manage to travel on budget vacations and making it through the everyday.
#Anonymous on Jan 06, 2015 :

Could anyone please tell me what is the average monthly cost for food in Copenhagen.

#Jacob on Nov 07, 2014 :
Do your shopping (food, beer, wine, cigarettes etc.) in the supermarket of Aldi, Lidl or Netto. Thats half the prices that listed here. Get a used bicycle like the locals for about 100$ and get around for free.
#Ando on Sep 18, 2014 :
I am a mechanical engineer and i would like to know about the average salary in Copenhagen.
#edi on Sep 10, 2014 :
#reza, a dentist in Copenhagen can earn around 40.000-50.000 DKK per month.
#reza on Aug 05, 2014 :
Im dentist i want know a dentist in copenh how much is his salary!?
#jyotish patel on Jul 29, 2014 :
I have been offered a salary of 35K/month and this is after taxes. Can i check if this is ok for a family. I have a wife and 2 kids (6 years and 2 years old).

Will I be able to save anything?
#Anonymous on Jul 04, 2014 :
whats the procedure of immigration in denmark? and do visas get easily?
##Vsg on Jun 05, 2014 :
I have been offered a salary of 35K/month and this is after taxes. Can i check if this is ok for a family. I have a wife and 2 kids (6 years and 2 years old).

Will I be able to save anything?

#Sid on May 14, 2014 :

I am planning to migrate to Denmark. Please let me know the average cost of living
#Marc b on May 07, 2014 :
It's not cheap cph but it's good wages here so pretty much like everywhere
#Aline on Feb 26, 2014 :
This Price is Real , i live i Danmark, but not i Copenhagen , this is really expensive live here!!!! :-(
#Ashish Varghese on Feb 12, 2014 :
Hi All,

Am planning for 3 months of internship at Copenhagen, please advise me how much cost will be incurred monthly for all expenses and how much finance should be kept ready for these duration.
Please advise.

Ashish Varghese
#Leni on Jan 28, 2014 :
i have been living for 3 months in copenhagen and before I came here I checked this site too. the prices are true.
#Aditya Suman on Jan 15, 2014 :
How much will it cost me for a 10 day visit to Copenhagen?
(including entertainment, transportation, meal, hotel rent, etc)
#Deepak on Nov 24, 2013 :
I am living in Copenhagen, it is much more expensive than what is shown here.Please do not take this data for any kind of benchmarking, because the realistice prices of almost all the things are way high than displayed.
#Izral on Sep 14, 2013 :
what will be the average fully furnished 1 bedroom apartment rental nearby Oslo Plads? any suggestion on a website that I can browse through related to apartment hunting?
#Satan on Aug 06, 2013 :
I am Living in Copenhagen and these prices are quite accurate. Even the rent, although the average covers a larger variation.
#Muthusankaranarayanan Valliammal on Jul 01, 2013 :
Actually this price is exact. Some one done a good work
#qqwert on May 23, 2013 :
ur lame