Cost of Living in Copenhagen

Summary of cost of living in Copenhagen, Denmark:

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 18.80 € 10.88-33.57
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 107.43 € 73.85-147.71
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 12.09 € 10.74-13.43
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.39 € 4.70-8.73
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.04 € 4.03-8.06
Cappuccino (regular) 5.61 € 3.63-6.71
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.05 € 2.01-4.70
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.56 € 2.01-4.03
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.92 € 5.59-8.13
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.54 € 1.22-4.26
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.04 € 0.61-1.52
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.42 € 2.42-5.64
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.53 € 2.74-9.14
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.81 € 3.05-7.25
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.60 € 3.65-12.18
Apples (1 lb) 1.22 € 0.61-1.52
Banana (1 lb) 1.06 € 0.61-1.83
Oranges (1 lb) 1.19 € 0.61-1.83
Tomato (1 lb) 1.77 € 0.91-3.05
Potato (1 lb) 0.76 € 0.49-0.97
Onion (1 lb) 0.66 € 0.55-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 1.86 € 1.34-2.69
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.28 € 0.60-2.69
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 8.73 € 6.04-14.77
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.81 € 0.81-2.69
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.21 € 1.34-3.36
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 8.06 € 7.79-8.73
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.22 € 2.42-4.70
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 72.51 € 60.43-134.28
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 6.71 € 4.03-8.73
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.67 € 2.38-5.40
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 80.57 € 57.74-107.43
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.83 € 7.07-8.90
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 37,598.91 € 29,542.00-42,835.23
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 38,044.97 € 34,913.27-45,655.82
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 204.69 € 133.16-335.70
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.11 € 0.06-0.15
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 34.50 € 26.86-47.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 40.75 € 26.86-60.43
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 25.10 € 16.79-32.77
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 16.11 € 14.77-20.14
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 497.85 € 402.85-604.27
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 7,719.71 € 4,699.86-16,785.23
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 99.69 € 53.71-134.28
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 47.62 € 26.86-80.57
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 110.58 € 67.14-161.14
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 154.68 € 94.00-214.85
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,655.42 € 1,208.54-2,148.51
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,196.49 € 939.97-1,611.38
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,635.71 € 2,014.23-3,357.05
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,957.40 € 1,611.38-2,417.07
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 686.32 € 623.75-810.88
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 467.35 € 406.69-611.28
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,397.02 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.70 1.00-2.50

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Last update: May 2023
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23 Comments so far
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:

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

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!
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!