Cost of Living in Copenhagen

Summary of cost of living in Copenhagen, Denmark:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 150.00 kr 100.00-250.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 800.00 kr 519.61-1,200.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 100.00 kr 90.00-112.03
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 60.00 kr 38.97-80.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 60.00 kr 40.00-74.66
Cappuccino (regular) 43.89 kr 25.00-60.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 26.95 kr 18.00-40.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 20.42 kr 15.00-30.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 51.66 kr 41.64-60.57
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 21.94 kr 13.61-40.82
Rice (white), (1 lb) 8.22 kr 4.54-11.34
Eggs (regular) (12) 32.55 kr 24.00-42.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 38.59 kr 20.41-68.04
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 35.60 kr 24.95-45.36
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 53.08 kr 27.22-90.72
Apples (1 lb) 9.49 kr 6.35-12.25
Banana (1 lb) 8.97 kr 5.44-18.14
Oranges (1 lb) 10.14 kr 5.44-13.61
Tomato (1 lb) 13.43 kr 6.80-22.68
Potato (1 lb) 6.80 kr 4.54-9.53
Onion (1 lb) 5.93 kr 4.54-9.07
Lettuce (1 head) 13.41 kr 10.00-21.01
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 10.72 kr 4.50-20.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 70.00 kr 40.00-111.99
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 11.94 kr 6.06-20.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 16.83 kr 10.00-30.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 62.00 kr 60.00-69.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 24.00 kr 20.00-35.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 670.00 kr 500.00-1,200.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 50.00 kr 39.00-80.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 26.55 kr 18.19-40.23
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 600.00 kr 450.00-800.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 53.91 kr 50.31-64.35
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 327,540.70 kr 280,000.00-393,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 302,647.85 kr 265,000.00-355,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 1,503.42 kr 922.86-2,600.00
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 111.97 kr 50.00-150.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 254.82 kr 199.00-330.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 298.97 kr 219.00-403.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 212.67 kr 150.00-300.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 128.02 kr 100.00-185.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 3,771.43 kr 3,000.00-4,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 64,375.00 kr 40,000.00-120,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 771.53 kr 500.00-1,100.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 328.71 kr 175.00-600.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 833.34 kr 500.00-1,400.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 1,173.43 kr 750.00-1,700.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 12,321.39 kr 8,500.00-17,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 8,920.65 kr 7,000.00-12,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 20,392.86 kr 15,000.00-29,862.69
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 15,075.97 kr 12,000.00-20,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 5,152.91 kr 4,645.11-6,503.16
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 3,658.65 kr 2,787.07-4,830.92
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 26,910.72 kr
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.08 2.00-5.00

Prices in Copenhagen

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Last update: April 2024
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16 Comments so far
Relocation_expert on Jul 13, 2023:
Hi VATSAG,

I would say that it's a good offer, so I would give it a try :)

If your wife is planning to find a job, I would recommend starting to look through offers asap.

When it comes to finding an apartment that would allow a dog and 3 cats - I would say that it's the most difficult part of your relocation. It's not that common that people allow pets, especially dogs and cats. So I would also recommend start looking for an apartment asap.

Important thing to note is that you need to be ready to pay a deposit once you sign a lease contract - usually 3 months rent + 1 current month, so be ready to spend more or less 50k dkk.
Level-headed-user on Mar 04, 2023:
Why are people posting comments here asking for advice?
Go on Reddit, you will get far more accurate and detailed answers there ...
VATSAG on Dec 08, 2022:
Not working at the moment. If we decide to move, she will be working as well.
Anonymous on Dec 07, 2022:
Hey VATSAG,

Gross salary of 65000 DKK is about 35000 DKK after taxes.Is the wife working as well?
VATSAG on Dec 03, 2022:
Hey Guys

I've been offered relocation to Copenhagen on a role that pays me 65000 DKK monthly before taxes. Can any experts already living here guide me if this is decent pay for me to make this decision to move to Denmark?

I will be moving with my Wife. I do not have kids but I have a dog and 3 cats. I have no issues commuting to work from the outskirts but how easy/difficult it is to move with Pets? Especially with the homeowners giving their space for rent to tenants having pets in general

Thanks
Sami on Oct 20, 2022:
As of october 10th 2022, the living cost in denmark has increased a bit. Please be aware that as a foreigner, traveling for work og study, you have to atleast earn 2000 - 2500 euroes, or 15.000 DKK - 18.000 DKK to have af decent living.
Denmark isn't cheap, not even for us living here.
Jackson on Jun 27, 2022:
My wife and I are both senior react developers working for the same company. We have a combined income of 75,000 kr per month. It's good to see that Denmark is a cheap place to live. We're moving in 6 months.
Darius on Mar 09, 2022:
I am looking for rent room in Norebro,Amager.
Roberto on Jan 11, 2022:
I have a job offer with a salary of 3,000 euros per month in Copenhagen.
It is just me and my wife.

Is it possible to live well on that salary?

Can foreigners rent a place ?
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!