Cost of Living in Copenhagen

Summary about cost of living in Copenhagen, Denmark:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 130.00 kr 75.44-200.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 650.00 kr 450.00-1,200.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 80.00 kr 71.00-85.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 50.00 kr 31.31-60.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 40.24 kr 30.00-65.00
Cappuccino (regular) 39.04 kr 25.00-50.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 24.53 kr 15.00-40.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 19.78 kr 14.88-25.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 37.39 kr 30.28-49.21
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 18.90 kr 9.07-36.29
Rice (white), (1 lb) 6.99 kr 3.18-11.34
Eggs (regular) (12) 26.32 kr 18.00-33.60
Local Cheese (1 lb) 43.23 kr 22.68-117.93
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 29.12 kr 13.61-41.41
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 45.80 kr 22.68-90.72
Apples (1 lb) 9.23 kr 4.54-13.61
Banana (1 lb) 8.72 kr 4.54-13.61
Oranges (1 lb) 8.97 kr 4.54-13.61
Tomato (1 lb) 13.59 kr 8.16-22.68
Potato (1 lb) 6.36 kr 3.63-9.07
Onion (1 lb) 4.71 kr 3.63-6.80
Lettuce (1 head) 11.65 kr 10.00-18.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 7.61 kr 3.50-15.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 60.00 kr 45.00-100.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 11.71 kr 7.00-20.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 16.08 kr 10.00-25.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 55.00 kr 50.00-65.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 24.00 kr 15.00-30.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 600.00 kr 425.00-800.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 49.00 kr 35.00-75.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 19.31 kr 14.48-32.19
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 400.20 kr 350.00-600.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 40.77 kr 37.48-45.42
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 264,000.00 kr 250,000.00-300,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 253,450.00 kr 230,000.00-280,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,328.05 kr 784.62-2,975.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 1.12 kr 0.39-1.20
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 250.84 kr 200.00-300.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 284.94 kr 150.00-400.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 232.42 kr 150.00-340.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 120.00 kr 100.00-135.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 3,099.64 kr 2,231.40-3,800.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 69,700.00 kr 24,000.00-150,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 764.62 kr 500.00-1,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 335.97 kr 129.00-500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 836.36 kr 600.00-1,200.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,219.33 kr 800.00-1,500.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 10,374.04 kr 7,000.00-13,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 7,738.71 kr 5,000.00-11,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 17,376.47 kr 14,000.00-25,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 13,196.55 kr 10,000.00-17,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 4,773.79 kr 3,901.90-6,038.65
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 3,343.87 kr 2,601.26-3,994.80
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 23,616.09 kr
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.33 1.00-2.44

Prices in Copenhagen

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45 Comments so far
Ali Zamil on Jul 06, 2021:
I've offered a work in Copenhagen with annual salary 800,000 DKK and I've a wife and one kid with 2 years old, so can you please advise the following:

1. what will be the percentage of tax deductions for expats and accordingly what will be my net monthly income?
2. what is the average of monthly rent for apartment with 2 bedroom in Copenhagen since my work is there.
3. what is the monthly cost of living (expenses, transportation, food, outing, ...etc) for family of 2 adults and one kid (2 yeas old)
4. what is the educational annual fees for reputable international schools in Copenhagen for a kid with 2 years old.
5. How much is expected to be saved from the net of monthly salary?
Larchi on Mar 23, 2021:
Shweta: For 2 people, 38000 DKK a month is more than enough. In the suburbs, within resonable commuting distance to Copenhagen,you can rent a modern 1 bedroom apartment for about 14-15000 a month bills included, 1000 DKK for transport a month, just remember that it is very expensive to move in, you will need to pay 3 months deposit and 1 month rent in the beginning plus most apartments come unfurnished.
Food for 2 people about 5000 DKK a month without restaurant visits. And how much you can save from the rest of your salary is entirely up to you.
Eddie on Dec 24, 2020:
Shweta on Sep 20, 2020:
if you choose not live in the city, with 38,000 DKK as much I know you can't save any money and you can only survive, if you not drink or smoke cigarettes and not go out to any restaurant for dinner. And if you lucky someone to help you to find you a place to live.
Shweta on Sep 20, 2020:
Hi all,
I have been offered 38000DKK/month after tax in Copenhagen. Will that be enough for the family of two. Please let me know the monthly cost in Copenhagen for the family of 2
Manisha Aggarwal on Jun 30, 2020:
Hello everyone

I am moving to Copenhagen and will be based in Taastrup. Can someone suggest what will be the rent for a 60-65 meter square 2 room apartment and what is the cost of living for 2 people ?
Anonymous on Jun 30, 2020:
#Manisha : I am moving to Copenhagen and will be based in Taastrup. Can someone suggest what will be the rent for a 60-65 meter square 2 room apartment and what is the cost of living for 2 people ?
Cecile on Apr 24, 2020:
Hello everyone!
I just got offered a paid internship in Copenhagen. I have a master's degree and am almost done with a 2nd one, plus 7 years experience in the field. Do you know how much I could expect for salary? From the above article, I'm planning on setting the low bar at 10,000 to 12,000, under which I'd be risking being in the negative, but I have no idea how much I should ask if they ask me to give them a number.
(I'm an interior architect, and an EU citizen btw).

Thank you in advance!
Shail on Oct 01, 2019:
Hi ,

I got onsite opportunity with 58000 DKK . I have family 2 kids below 10 yrs and wife.
What would be the total living cost. How much monthly I can save? I need to save at least 10000 DKK per month.
Please suggest
Steen on Aug 16, 2019:
Check my replies to your questions below:

1. what would be the net take home salary, my office is in Njalsgade area Copehagen.
30000 = 4470 USD, good salary, even for Copenhagen
2. i will be relocating with my 3 years old son and wife(she would not be workin their)
With your salary you will be able to support your family fairly. Not something extraordinary but a decent live in Denmark.
3. what would be the right and not expensive place to live as i would not mind to travel for an hour.
This is the most problematic question as rental in Copenhagen is expensive, there are no super cheap areas vs. expensive areas. Rents are high and super high, period. For your family, you will need a 2 bed room apartment at least and the average price per month is 10-11 thousand DKK, that will mean 1/3 from your salary. If your wife cooks, then you will be able to save money. Eating outside, partying in Copenhagen costs a lot
4.what would be the total expense( food, Utilities, Housing, Travel, kids education).
For your family, I would say 15 k DKK should fit and, in theory, you will have some savings.

Again, it depends on your life style.

Kind regards
Manoj on Aug 16, 2019:
Hi All,
i have been offered a Job as Software Developer in Copenhagen with a Salary of 50000 DKK per month before taxes. would like to know few things
1. what would be the net take home salary, my office is in Njalsgade area Copehagen.
2. i will be relocating with my 3 years old son and wife(she would not be workin their)
3. what would be the right and not expensive place to live as i would not mind to travel for an hour.
4.what would be the total expense( food, Utilities, Housing, Travel, kids education).

Sandy on Jul 10, 2019:
@Thomas I hope my message does not come too late.
1. The net salary after taxes will be around 30000 dkk, which should be more than enough for you as single person.
2. Accomodation is hard to find indeed and is more expensive than the average shown by Numbeo.
3. Gentofte is posh, expensive and boring but safe and within good commuting time from Copenhagen. Taastrup is working class area , a bit less safe but more vibrant and cheaper of course
Sandy on Jun 17, 2019:
#Nahum Fabian: Are you and your wife EU citizens?
Nahum Fabian on May 17, 2019:
Hi all,

I've received a job offer from a startup company with relocation included in Copenhagen (only flight tickets + visa) and an income of 40-45k Danish Krone a month. + equity stake. My wife is pregnant wnad we aready have 2 kids so eventually we'll be a family of 5. Do you think that the salary of 40-45K Danish Krone monthly will be enough for me and my family? The position I've been offered is a Software developer and mines will be the only income intially.

Also, do you think my entire familly should make the trip for rellocation intially or only I? I'm thinking to travel only I at the beginning so that I can see the cost of living before we actually making the move entirely.

Since my wife is pregnant, should we wait to give birth in our mother country or would you recommend she can give birth in Copenhagen? how much is the cost in a hospital in Copenhagen to give birth?

Thanks in advance.
Sogand on May 16, 2019:
Hi there, I am wondering to know if a couple wants to live in Copenhagen in a bachelor or 1 bed room apartment in a moderate area of city, in total how much money would be required per month including food, transportation and so on ? Thank you all :)
Yeni84 on May 11, 2019:
@ Danny's comment from Apr 30, 2019: I am also a foreigner in Copenhagen, living here for 5.5 years, job in IT. 37000 DKK gross/month would mean 23000 DKK after tax (~ 3060 euros) (38% total tax, including government healthcare, not including pension). Rent in Cph increased a lot in the last 5 years and it is very difficult to find. If you want to find a place fast and also nice (renovated, good isolated windows), budget needs to go higher than the average rent-seekers, that is more than 10000 DKK (not including expenses: water, heating, el, internet, TV=1500 DKK/month) for two rooms place. For one room apartment, seems 7000 DKK is max price in CPH. + 1500 DKK home expenses. + 6000 DKK for other expenses (food at home, gym, transport, eating out once per week -not so fancy places). You can save up even some money. But I did no include holidays, flights to your home country. !!! BUT MOST IMPORTANT, as experience in living in Copenhagen I for sure recommended it. You can try for 1,2 years and see if you like it; in your home country you can return anytime. And by this time you will gain some experience and maybe change job to higher salary in CPH. Good luck!
Danny on Apr 30, 2019:
Hello to Copenhagen citizens, i have recently been offered for an IT job in your city, proposal is 37,000 DKK GROSS. I do not have a family, therefore, I'm single, is this enough to rent one bed room apartment and have a decent life in Copenhagen ?
The point is that currently i live in Prague (Czech republic), where life is much cheaper and my NET salary is 2300 EUR per month which allows me to have more than a decent life and i do not want to move to an expensive city just for the sake of new challenges. I have an active social life and so on and I wouldn't like to limit myself from going out, having sports, etc.
MM on Apr 15, 2019:
Is 5000dkk/day good enough (before tax ) for family of 2 kids + 2 adults ?
A on Jan 20, 2019:
If someone is arriving to Danmark and need to change foreign currency to Dkk Id like to buy. Have around 40.000 dkk to exchange and we will find an accurate price. Banks take huge % commision.
Aarhus area
Ricardo Larrahondo on Dec 04, 2018:
Hi, I will be moving to Copenhagen, I have a question is 40000 DKK before taxes a good salary for a couple?
Peter on Oct 14, 2018:
Just for information so you guys have an idea - I am a MA student, I live close to the city centre in a more expensive part. I don't really restrict myself when it comes to expenses, but I don't go eating out in expensive restaurants very often (although often I use canteens, fast-foods and cheaper restaurants) and I use public transport and bike. I seldom use a lot of money on new mobile or clothes, yet I spend a lot on travels and culture and nightlife.
My monthly budget is around 10000 danish crowns. Of that amount, 4 - 5 thousand is for the rent in a shared double room flat.
Before I lived in a smaller town far away from Copenhangen, I had a car, a room in a shared flat and I spent about 7500 kr. per month with similar way of life. I had a netto salary of about 15000 kr., so I was able to save a lot.
Adhikary on Sep 27, 2018:
can someone please suggest what will be the living cost for a couple staying near to Esplanadan area? i will need to rent my own apartment (1 bhk). My estimation suggests it to be around 25K mark. Really appreciate your help here.
Maaz on Aug 18, 2018:
Can i work in copenhagen with visit viza is it possible..
Vera on Jul 20, 2018:
Can some one advice me, what would be my position if If I have 26K before tax salary and to live with8 year old child in Copenhagen? Is it really a tight situation?
Jonas on Jul 07, 2018:
So this is unfortunately too late for for you, Rajiv, but I would recommend for others that 20000k after tax, will be a little challenging to live from as a couple or family. I think it is a reasonable salary, but the fact is that the cost of living in Copenhagen is so high, that it is difficult for a couple to live off of just one income, period. Rent alone can often cost over 10-12k, a reasonable distance from city center, food can be 8k+, and so on.
Rajiv on Jun 24, 2018:
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
ankur singh on May 22, 2018:
Anybody please tell me, how much it will cost to stay in Copenhagen for 1 month and look for job .is there any good opportunity for motion graphics artist or editor ?.plz let me know I m trying my best to work in Copenhagen.
ankur singh on May 17, 2018:
@sandy hi can you please tell me, how much it will cost to stay in Copenhagen for 1 month and look for job .is there any good opportunity for motion graphics artist or editor ?.plz let me know I m trying my best to work in Copenhagen.
Anonymous on Dec 24, 2017:
Doc India. It's possible. If you don't plan on going out or buying fancy clothing. But it will still be tight. To tight for my taste. A lot of immigrants on welfare live for less. Your wife should work. In order to thrive and appreciate the country. And try and learn as much danish as possible(not because it's necessary, but people will appreciate the effort)
Sandy on Dec 23, 2017:
@Doc_India: 26000 DKK before tax leaves you with about 16000DKK after tax. This is enough for one person but for a family of 4 it wont be easy. Yes, suburbs are cheaper when it comes to rentals but apartments for a reasonable price are very difficult to find, for a bigger apartment to accomodate a family of 4 you will realistically speaking still have to pay at least 10K. That leaves you with about 6K for the rest. Its not impossible to survive with this amount, but you will be leaving on a very tight budget.
Shiro Tagachi on Nov 25, 2017:
My experience of living in Copenhagen, DK is that this city is probably the most expensive to live in. We are a married couple with one child and our salary is 38000-40000 dkk pr month after tax, but still it is not enough! We love the city; its charm & beauty thru the whole year.
Doc_India on Nov 01, 2017:
@Sandy: Dear Sandy, you requesting your guidance on my query --2600 DKK - Family of 4--Copenhagen. Thanks in advance
Doc_India on Nov 01, 2017:
Can I support frugally, my family - wife who is PhD in Life Science and try some small job, 2 kids - 10 and 5 year old and plan to admit them in Public School during my PhD in Copenhagen? My stipend will be 26000 DKK before tax and ~ 29000 DKK before tax if pensions are added in salary. Plan to buy cycles, cook at home vegetarian meals and rent 2 room apartment in some suburb?

Yes, I can do it alone, but will miss all of them and have heard that schools for children are great in Denmark!
Morten Damborg on Sep 22, 2017:
@Luis Sandy is right about EUR as the better option. In many stores in central Copenhagen you will also be able to pay directly with EUR and get change in DKK. However - if you do it - make sure you get at least 7,35 DKK per EUR.
Morten Damborg on Sep 22, 2017:
Avoid a company called The Change Group. They offer awfull rates.
Sandy on Sep 22, 2017:
@Luis: In Denmark and Sweden its best to pay using a credit card or Mobile pay as paying with cash is less and less common. However if you are not comfortable with that, its best to bring Euros which can than be exchanged into Danish Kroner(DKK), the reason for this being that the exchange ratio between euros and DKK fluctuates much less than the exchange ratio of the dollar to DKK.
Morten Damborg on Sep 22, 2017:
@Luis Trujillo
EUR or USD are both possible to exchange easily. Beware of bad rates and High commisions. In Nørrebro you find the cheapest bureau de change agenturs. But the best deal for you will probably be to get cash from an ATM, if you have a debit Care.
Luis Trujillo on Sep 18, 2017:
@Anonymous thanks for the information. I have another question, is better bring with me euros or dollars? Which has a better exchange rate? Thanks
Anonymous on Sep 12, 2017:
@Luis By trips in Denmark I mean voyages to different turistic sites near Copenhagen and maybe south of Sweden (Skåne) which is also quite nice. These are trips usually made by people that spend some time in Copenhagen, the so-called turistic "must see" places like the Hamlet castle, the royal places north of Copenhagen, island of Møn, etc. There is a lot to see during the summer, but hurry up because the weather is getting colder and when November comes, you would rather want to spend time inside.
Luis Trujillo on Sep 09, 2017:
@Sandy, whats means exactly trips in Denmark? Visit other cities diferent to Copenhague? Or other countries?
Sandy on Aug 30, 2017:
@Claire, ørestad is not particularly cheap but most buildings are new and as a consequence apartments are of a good quality. Nordvestkvarteret and suburbs southwest of Copenhagen are cheaper but not the nicest place to live.
Claire on Aug 17, 2017:
Hello there, I am planning a move to Copenhagen and I am hoping someone can tell me the cheapest district for rent? Is ørestad known for cheaper rental prices?
Many thanks,
Sandy on Aug 15, 2017:
@Rakesh Kumar and Swapnil Kore: You need to think well before making the step of moving to Copenhagen. Keep in mind that when renting an apartment you need to pay in the beginning 4 months of rent(first months + 3 months deposit). As a student you can get student accommodation starting from 2.500-3000 kr. but this is very difficult to find, probably as difficult as finding affordable accommodation in Mumbai. If you want to rent a 1 bedroom apartment you will need to pay around 40.000 kr in the beginning(5200 euros). All the other commodity prices listed by Numbeo are quite realistic, I would actually choose the lower value of the "range" as the most appropriate figure.
Århus is slightly cheaper but accommodation is more difficult to find than in Copenhagen.
Sandy on Aug 15, 2017:
@ Luis Trujillo: Luis, if your room and transportation is paid for, than the prices listed as the lower value of "Range" in Numbeo are a good indication what you should expect. Of course eating out and occasional trips in Denmark are quite expensive but I would say that 600 euros as an average per month should be enough as pocket money.
Luis Trujillo on Aug 07, 2017:

I'm flying to Copenhague on September, I won a scholarship, so I don't have worry about a room, food and transportation. But I want to know how much money will be enought for the other things.

Swapnil kore on Jul 16, 2017:
Hi team

I am swapnil from the India,I want to get the admission in Denmark specially in Aarhus or Denmark technical University, actually I am from technical background completed engineering in computer science,and currently working in FedEx Express as a technical specialist,

Please let me know the details about cost of living and it market in denmark.

How much money and the basic requirements to live 2 year in Denmark, specially in Copenhagen and another is Aarhus.

Please let me know.

Regards swapnil