Living in Denmark

The European Spallation Source is co-hosted by Sweden and Denmark. Some Lund-based employees choose to live in Denmark, and some Copenhagen-based employees choose to live in Sweden.

General information

The ESS Project is coordinated from the headquarters in Lund, Sweden, where the facility will be built. 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.
The vast majority of Scandinavians speak English fluently. The quality of life is enhanced through the high standards of a social security system that is available to all.
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.
Vauable tips can also be found on the website Expat in Denmark.

Learning Danish

International Schools


Social Networking

There are a lot of opportunities to meet new people in Copenhagen, both local and international.
  • 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 Volunteers, Frivillig 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.
The Copenhagen Municipality website offers a full list of platforms and ways to interact with the locals, and/or other expatriates.

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.