In Denmark

copenhagen skyline

The ESS Data Management and Software Centre (DMSC) is located in Copenhagen. Around 60 talented scientists and IT-specialists will be employed at the DMSC, and in 2013 we welcomed our first employees in Denmark.

Copenhagen is the capitol of Denmark, and has a total population of about 565 000 people. With Kastrup, the largest airport in Scandinavia, and the close connection to Sweden across the Öresund Bridge to Malmö, Copenhagen is quickly becoming the gateway to Northern Europe.

Official Websites of Denmark

Denmark.dk is the official website of Denmark. There you will find information on live, study and work in Denmark and Danish culture.

Please also have a look at the website of Copenhagen Municipality (Københavns Kommune)Here you find various information about the following issues:

  • Transport: Read about bicycles in Copenhagen, buses, the Metro, S-train, regional train, and cars and parking.
  • Registration and official documents: It could be useful for you to know something about issues like residence permit, work permit, CPR number and how to get a health insurance card.
  • Housing: Read more about the different challenges and practicalities about finding and owning a place in Copenhagen.
  • Children: Read about the day-care and school system; if you are pregnant or a new parent in Copenhagen; leisure and activities when you have children, and much more.
  • Personal matters: Here you can find information about marriage, divorce, funeral aid, and a lot more.
  • Private economy: Understand the danish tax system, banking, legal assistance and what to do if you have a debt to the City of Copenhagen.
  • Digital self-service: Find information about using online self-service solutions. For example, you can order a NemID, register your address in Copenhagen, and you can receive digital post from public institutions.
  • Healthcare: Read more about the healthcare system, and find out how to get a health insurance card.
  • Leisure and culture: Copenhagen has a lot to offer when it comes to activities and cultural experiences, and many are free of charge.
International House Copenhagen

Established in June 2013, International House Copenhagen, see also here, is a public-private partnership specialized in the reception and retention of international talent. The objective of the house is to provide international citizens with the best possible start to life in Copenhagen by giving them the comfort of the one-point entry.

When relocating there are a number of things to see to: establishing a new network, finding out what the city has to offer, and getting your family settled in. International House Copenhagen is ready to assist you with everything from paperwork to practicalities, ensuring things run smoothly from your very first day.

International House offers various events on buying real estate, renting and cooperative housing, banking & insurance, as well as a Volunteer Fair.

You can follow them on their Facebook page.

Valuable tips can also be found on the website Expat in Denmark.

International Schools
Social Networking

There are a lot of opportunities to meet new people in Copenhagen, both local and international.

  • Leisure & Culture in Copenhagen

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    Volunteering: Volunteering is a great way to be introduced to new people and cultures, as well as to gain new experiences. Take a look at the following websites for more information and to learn about your options: Cph VolunteersFrivillig job.
  • Meeting the Locals: There are many different ways to involve your self in the local culture and meet Danes. Examples include leisure centers, associations, book clubs, evening classes, and more. To read about all of your options, please click here.
  • Meeting Internationals: As with meeting locals, there are many different platforms for expatriates. The International House Copenhagen is a center, which offers free leisure introductions, free events, and more, great for interacting and networking. IHCPH also holds The Expat Fair & Welcome Reception annually in early September at the Copenhagen City Hall. The fair introduces you to a wide variety of leisure activities, with representatives from each facility available for conversation. Expat in Denmark is a network established for foreign professionals.
Excursion Tips

At VisitCopenhagen.com you will find a full list of current activities and attractions worth a visit in Copenhagen.

The app Copenhagen Visitor Guide gathers information on different events in Copenhagen. It is download via Google Play and iTunes.

City tours:

An arrival guide for Copenhagen can be found here.

Spouse & Partner Employment

Practical information on working in Denmark

Go to denmark.dk

This website WorkInDenmark.dk is your official public Danish job source. Their job bank offers you an easy and comprehensive access to current Danish job opportunities within a wide range of industries. All jobs found on this site are offerings that are aimed especially at international talents.

All you need to do is search the job bank. If you do not find what you are looking for right away, you can set up a subscription for the types of jobs you are interested in. This way you can keep yourself updated on relevant job openings.

At Work in Denmark you will also find information on starting a business in Denmark.

A list of recruitment companies is found on Nelso.com.

More information can be found on the website of Copenhagen Municipality (Københavns Kommune), international.kk.dk/work:
  • Job search and career: Advice and information that is useful when you are looking for a job in Denmark and in Copenhagen.
  • First Job Copenhagen courses: "Courses for international individuals, providing new tools and information to improve competitive advantage."
  • Copenhagen Career Program for international students: "A six month mentorship and networking program for international students." The program is annual, and begins each October. 
  • Copenhagen Career Program for spouses: Offers general aid in job search for accompanying spouses. All services are free of charge for spouses residing in the City Copenhagen.
  • Copenhagen Host Program: "The Host Program offers two kinds of hosts; a career host, and a culture host." These hosts act as mentors to newcomers and offers general assistant and support in the job search.
  • Karrierestedet: "Situated at Copenhagen universities" and offers support to international students.
  • Mentor and Networking Program: "Help and support offered to international master students."
  • Already Employed: Information about employment conditions, working in Denmark or if you are about to stop working and are retiring.
  • Unemployed: Find more information about what type of support, you are entitled to, who can help you, and how you find a new job soon.
Taxes in Denmark

The Danish tax system is the basis for the Danish welfare system, often referred to as The Danish Model. Here you can read more about the Danish tax system, administered by the Danish tax authority, Skat.

Holidays and parental leave: As a resident in Denmark you might be entitled to holidays, maternity leave, maternity maintenance, antenatal classes, etc.

Illness: Illness is always uncomfortable, and it is always inconvenient. Fortunately you have some good options if you or your child or your family get ill.

At the website of Copenhagen Municipality you can find the following information:

Official website for studying in Denmark

Go to denmark.dk
  • Finding the right university: There are seven universities represented in Copenhagen, and the universities offer countless programmes and subjects.
  • Student housing: There is great demand for student housing in Copenhagen. Find information about the different types of housing, prices and relevant links.
  • Leisure time: Copenhagen is full of students. Here you can find out where the students hang out, and what they do in their leisure time.
  • Economy for students: You can find links to further information here and learn more about how much financial support you are entitled to while studying.
  • Working while studying: There are fixed rules for how much you are allowed to earn when you get SU(student stipend). You can read about the rules here, and you can also find inspiration to find a student job.
  • Studying as a parent: Many people decide to start a family while they are studying in Copenhagen. Read more information about the benefits of having children while studying.

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