This page aims to provide candidates who are going to be moving to Denmark with basic helpful information. Essential information, Culture and Education in Denmark are provided below:
- Population: About 5.5 million
- Major religions: Christianity (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark is the official church)
- Capital city: Copenhagen
- Legal system: Constitutional Monarchy
- Main languages: Official language is Danish. Other languages recognised in Denmark are German, Faroese and Greenlandic. It is generally easy to communicate in English as well.
- Time: GMT+1
- Electricity: 230V, 50Hz. typically, two-pin round plugs are standard.
- Currency: Danish krone (DKK)
- Tipping: Although service charges are built into bills and tipping is not required, tips are appreciated for good service and are slowly becoming a norm.
- International dialing code: +45
- Emergency numbers: 112 (for general emergencies)
- Internet TLD: .dk
- Drives on the: Right
Culture in Denmark faces both south towards the rest of Europe and north towards Scandinavia, with many Danes considering themselves both European and Nordic. Despite this, most have a strong sense of their own identity and while “Danishness” might be difficult to define, it affects how Danes relate to each other and to foreign visitors. It can cause some adjustment difficulties because, despite the ostensible similarities between Danes, other Europeans and Americans, the particulars of Danish culture need to be properly understood to avoid misunderstanding. Foreigners often find that Danes are difficult to get to know. They can be wary of strangers, but open up once they are familiar with someone. Danes also maintain strict boundaries between work and private life, so being invited to the home of a business colleague is very rare.
A key part of culture in Denmark is the concept of hygge, (pronounced “hooge”). While there is no direct translation of the word into English, it involves being comfortable and relaxed, for example with good food and friends. Although difficult to define, hygge is important because its pursuit is considered by many to be a fundamental part of Danish culture.
For further info on culture in Denmark click here: Culture
Education in Denmark is of an exceptionally high standard. Schools across the country are subsidised by the government and, as a result, have modern facilities and are high-quality staff.
Expat children will need a Danish identity number (CPR number) to be enrolled in a school. Expats will likely receive information from their local municipality about education provision in the area when they register their children.
As an employee in Denmark you can take Danish language lessons free of charge. To sign up you need a Danish CPR number (i.e. ID number).
If you have a Danish CPR number, free Danish courses are often available as an online activity at language school. Courses are targeted at both beginners and those who already have some knowledge of the Danish language. Students can use them to reach a good level of Danish proficiency or as a supplement to ongoing language education.
The Danish state education system
- Primary and lower secondary education
- Upper secondary education
- Private and international schools in Denmark
For further info on education in Denmark click here: Education & Schools
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