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Hey, hygge feeling: emigrating to Denmark

Emigrating to Denmark - these are the advantages

Sit together comfortably, enjoy the good in life and a lot of warmth: the hygge feeling makes Denmark something very special. But that's not all that defines the Nordic country. The landscape with the long coastlines and beaches as well as towns is beautiful. Liquorice and hot dogs can be bought on every corner. But also the high standard of living and the good social system make Denmark attractive for emigrants.

There are even more advantages if you want to work and live in Denmark:

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  • Germany is not far away: you can visit friends and family relatively quickly even after moving.
  • If you work in Denmark, the salary is of course important - and that is usually higher than in other EU countries.
  • In Denmark taxes are high, as is the cost of living. But you have social security - for example, every citizen is automatically insured. The country also invests a lot of money in education.
  • In Denmark it goes without saying that men and women go to work. Often a 37-hour week applies. The working hours are usually flexible. There is also a right to childcare and parental leave.

But what about the chance of a job if you emigrate to Denmark? There are mainly jobs for skilled workers and academics. We are looking for, for example, doctors and nursing staff, IT experts, plumbers, electricians and other craftsmen.

But you can also emigrate to Denmark as a pensioner: An agreement between Germany and the Nordic Kingdom guarantees that you will continue to draw your German pension after moving.

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Good to know: The weather in Denmark is similar to that in northern Germany. These include moderately warm summers with maximum temperatures of 22 degrees Celsius in July and August. In winter it is cool, but rarely has minus degrees.

Denmark in numbers

  • Around 5.82 million people live in the heart of Denmark. There are also 56,000 in Greenland and 48,300 in the Faroe Islands.
  • Around 630,000 people live in the capital, Copenhagen.
  • The heartland has an area of ​​almost 43,000 square kilometers, plus 2.16 million square kilometers in Greenland and 1,400 square kilometers on the Faroe Islands
  • The population density is 130 inhabitants per square kilometer (Germany: 233).

Living and working in Denmark: what you need to do it

If you want to emigrate to Denmark and live and work in the country, you do not need a visa or work permit as an EU citizen. You can simply enter with your identity card.

After three months, however, as a new Dane you have to apply for a residence permit. To do this, go to a state office in your area and register yourself in the “Folkeregister”. You can usually get the permit without any problems if you can provide evidence of a job in Denmark. It is then valid for five years.

Tip: If you have lived in Denmark for at least seven years, you can apply for Danish citizenship.

What to do before and after moving

The plans to emigrate to Denmark are in place: Now, as with any move abroad, there are a few things to consider and do, first before moving to Germany and then after the information in the country.

Before emigrating to Denmark: You have to take care of that in Germany

Check contracts: Find all important contracts together, for example for apartment, electricity and gas, insurance, mobile phones as well as internet and landline. Cancel everyone in good time. Often you have a special right of termination because of the move abroad.

Have letters and possibly parcels forwarded: Set up a forwarding order with the post office so that letters can still reach you after you emigrate to Denmark. This also works with packages.

Plan move: Which furniture and objects should I take with me? Make a list and sell or give away the rest. Get quotes from moving companies. By the way, you do not have to pay customs duties for your household effects when emigrating to Denmark.

Find accommodation: It is difficult to find a house or apartment in Denmark from Germany. It is therefore best to rent a holiday home or apartment for the first few weeks or months.

Sign out: You have to de-register at the registration office in your municipality when you emigrate to Denmark. You can still use the de-registration confirmation later, for example when you renew your German passport.

Most Danes do not live for rent, but rather own their houses and apartments.

After arriving in Denmark: That's next

If you entered Denmark with your belongings, you should do a few official visits.

  • If you have the aforementioned residence permit in your pocket, go to the registration office in your Danish municipality. You will now be given a CPR number that every citizen in the country has. You need this for different authorities. You will also receive a health insurance card.
  • Open a bank account. In addition to your passport or identity card, you must also present a certificate of your place of residence. You need a “NemKonto”: the employer transfers the salary to this, and taxes are also deducted from there.
  • As an employee, you also need an electronic tax card. You can apply for this at the Danish Customs and Tax Administration (SKAT). If you don't have one, the employer will deduct 60 percent tax from your salary.

Start looking for long-term residence as early as possible. you want to Rent a house in Denmark? That will probably be difficult. Most Danes live in apartments or houses that they also own. There are therefore only a few rental apartments, especially in rural areas. Renting is easier in the cities.

If you have your primary residence in the country, you can Buy a house in Denmark. For both rent and purchase, you can browse real estate portals on the Internet, read advertisements in daily newspapers or hire a broker.