Copenhagen is a beautiful city and has only 600,000 inhabitants. It is one of the smallest capitals in Europe. Living in Copenhagen, even for a short time, is certainly a pleasant experience.
Everything is well organized and works perfectly (transport, school, public offices, etc.)
The city’s public transport has an integrated metro, bus and train system, and you can travel from one place to another with the same ticket. However, one of the preferred means of transportation for locals is the bicycle. The many bike lanes in Copenhagen make it possible to use this convenient mode of transportation, which is one of the fastest ways to get to work and avoid traffic. The city is small and it is possible to get everywhere by bike, and the bike lanes are an integral part of the city.
While in the other major European capitals: London, Amsterdam, Paris, etc. One finds many people from all over the world, in Copenhagen they are mainly Danes and many of them come from Jutland.
Life in Copenhagen is expensive. It is an expensive city, much more expensive than many other European cities, but the cost of living is in proportion to the salaries, which are very high.
The fact that big cities are a magnet for job seekers is nothing new, and this is also true for Denmark’s main cities. Therefore, the population of Copenhagen is steadily increasing every year.
The real estate market is booming, demand is high, housing is expensive and hard to find. Even the Danes themselves have difficulty finding housing.
The weather from October to April is gray, rainy, snowy, cold and windy, and even in springand summer the sun does not show up often.
Because the Danish government has invested heavily in the education of the younger generation, the number of college graduates in Copenhagen increases every year. This in turn attracts more and more international companies, increasing the demand for highly skilled workers. This naturally causes many foreigners looking for work to move to this city.
In Copenhagen, the demand for IT professionals and engineers is particularly high, and Danish language skills are not required to apply for these jobs.
It is true that everyone in Denmark knows English, but people prefer to speak Danish. All things being equal, the person who knows Danish is always chosen, and Danish is mandatory for most jobs.
The jobs that you can do in Copenhagen without knowing Danish are the following:
- Highly skilled workers, if you are a specialist, you will have no problems. If you are an engineer, computer scientist or researcher, you will have no problems even with only English
- Start up, the Danish startup community is growing fast. Copenhagen is home to, among others, the Startup Village CPH, which has more than 500 employees. It is the largest accelerator and incubator for technology companies in Northern Europe
- Hospitality, some jobs in the hotel and restaurant industry (housekeeper, dishwasher, waiter, etc.)
- Cleaning,(schools, hospitals, offices, etc.)
- Production,some manufacturing jobs
- Ticket sale, tourist buses in Copenhagen (during the summer season)
- Agricultural work,picking fruit in the field or raising animals
- Transportation, many lorry drivers are immigrants
The decision to live in Copenhagen depends on your expectations and motivations. Regarding the language and the weather you have to adapt a little, for everything else one of the richest and most advanced countries in the world is responsible.
If you like the Danish culture, which is characterized by respect for rules and a mentality based on strengthening equality, and if at the same time you can endure 300 rainy days and terrible weather a year, living in Copenhagen may be just right for you.
If you want all the information on how to work in Denmark I suggest you read the article: Working in Denmark
If you want all the information on how to move to Denmark you can read the article: Moving to Denmark