Living In Denmark.

About 63% of the population, living in Denmark, are living in single family homes, most of them freestanding with adjoining land and some built together with a little front garden and a garden at the back of the house. An average block is about 800 m2

About 30% are living in high rise flats or apartments, which are mostly rented accommodation.

Denmark has some of the tallest apartment's buildings in Europe.

Social Or Private Housing.

The flats and apartments are privately owned or owned by a non-profit building association.

To rent through a building association you will have to put your name on a list, when your name reaches the top of the list you are allocated an apartment, but usually this can take years.

However your municipal authority may have some subsidised housing apartments at its disposal. You might be able to find an apartment this way.

Ask your municipal authority for more information.

Block of apartments in Denmark, Stenbjerg Parken, Sonderborg.

Block of apartments in Denmark.

Private Housing.

The privately owned apartments and houses on the other hand haven't got a waiting list, they are normally advertised in the local paper or online and the owner decides who is renting the house or the apartment.


There are certain rules, if you are living in Denmark, when you rent a house or an apartment, you can find them in the "Danish Rent Act", both the tenant and the owner have rights and duties.

There are also limits to how many people can live in an apartment and how much rent you can be charged.

Termination Of Lease.

You will normally have to give 3 months notice, if nothing else is stated in the contract.

The owner can't terminate your lease without even if you don't fulfil your duties.

Rent Subsidy.

As a tenant you may be able to get a rent subsidy. Ask your local municipal authority.

The subsidy is calculated on the basis of:

  • The amount of the total household income.
  • The number of people living in the apartment.
  • The size of the apartment.
  • The amount of rent.

Living in Denmark as a Pensioner you can apply for a housing allowance.

Cooperative Housing.

A cooperative dwelling consists of houses or apartments owned and managed by the cooperative housing society.

Here you can buy a share of the property, that way you have the right to use a part of the cooperative property, but you must also pay a rent to the cooperative society.
By having a share in the cooperative property you have the right to attend and vote at the yearly meeting in the society.


In addition to the rent you will have to pay for water, heating and electricity as well, this can be expensive in Denmark.

Most of the apartment blocks are built with a number of apartments blocks next to each other and most of the time you will find that they have their own tenant areas and common rooms where tenants can meet, the tenants can also hire these common rooms for private parties, like birthdaysweddings and confirmations, when they are in need of more space than they have in their apartment.

The apartment blocks are usually close to a small retail centre with shops like a supermarket, bakery, newsagency and a couple of other shops.

Stenbjerg parken, Sonderborg

Living in Denmark as a Student.

In bigger towns in Denmark you will find special accommodation for students and apprentices living away from home or coming from another country to study in Denmark.

Students can rent rooms in a student residence.
A student residence houses many students with each student having his or her own room.
Usually, each room has its own toilet and bathroom, while residents share the kitchen and common room.

Many young people also share an apartment or rent a room in a private house.

Danish Garden.

If you change your address.

If you are living in Denmark and you change address, you will have to notify the municipal authorities, who have a registry of residents, at the latest 5 days after you have moved.

You can do this online at (this side is in Danish), or you can go to your local post office and get a special folder containing all the necessary papers.

Getting Around.

Denmark is one of the countries in the world with the most pushbikes.
A lot of people ride their bikes to work, school or to the nearest public transport. 
The bike is a cheap transport and easy to park.

For more information see Getting Around In Denmark.

Bikes in Copenhagen.

The public transport is very good in Denmark, especially in the larger cities and between towns.

Cars are rather expensive in Denmark, not to mention the cost of petrol and repairs which is why a lot of people living in the bigger cities do not own a car.

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Visa Requirements For Denmark.

If you want to visit Denmark, work or study in Denmark, or move to the country then please check out the visa requirements for Denmark first.

The visa rules depend on your citizenship, how long you intend to stay and if you are going to Denmark as a tourist or if you want to work or study.

For more information please go to New in Denmark

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