Denmark is one of the most expensive places to live in Western Europe, and is pretty much in the top 10% of the most expensive places to live in the world. As with most expensive countries, wages are high, and so these things can balance out if you’re careful with your money. Bear in mind that when tax is high, it means you get excellent public services for your money.
As some of the happiest people in the world, it’s no surprise that residents enjoy a good quality of life in Denmark. The cold, dark winters can be gloomy, but locals get around it by embracing hygge – a way of life more so than an activity, where you seek cosiness, wellbeing and contentment from simple pleasures; think of a good book read by a fireside glow, hot chocolate and sweet treats with friends, and getting in touch with nature.
Smørrebrød translates as buttered bread or sandwich, which may sound quite plain but you’ll learn to love Danish open-topped sandwiches, garnished with delicious local favourites like pickled herring, raw beef and eggs, fried fish or potatoes. You might expect to eat a lot of Danish pastries, but in Denmark they’re actually known as Vienna Bread – wienerbrød. Dense rye bread is a favourite, and the Danes love porridge to warm them up on those cold winter mornings. It’s not all savoury stuff in Denmark – they love sweets, particularly liquorice which comes in a variety of textures and flavours.
Free time will be spent riding your bicycle, visiting castles, heading to the beach in the summer, visiting local museums, and more castles.