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Denmark is made up of over 400 islands, which is not immediately obvious to the eye. Some of these islands are not inhabited but it is still a staggering amount! Don’t you think?! We certainly do at Room in the Room, so this blog will break these regions down and explain the important information associated with living there and how to find work. We have focused on the three main cities of Denmark, which happen to be nicely spread out across Zealand, Jutland and Funen. There are of course other places and regions but the big cities are where the international companies, large expatriate communities and most opportunities can be found.

Zealand is home to the capital region, which is formed by Copenhagen and Frederiksberg. Jutland is where you will find the second biggest city, Aarhus. Funen is where Odense is located, which is the third biggest city in Denmark. These small posts will hopefully provide answers to the many questions you have about moving to Denmark.

 

The Capital Region and what you need to know

Where is it?

The capital region of Denmark consists of the two municipalities of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg. It is on Zealand and for those avid Danish geography fans, it means that this region is the most eastern part of Denmark.

How do I get there?

The capital region has many airports for international and domestic flights and so arriving in Copenhagen is relatively straight forward. The airports are usually rather difficult to get to and do require further time for travelling due to their location being away from the cities. There are also strong train links all over Denmark and into/from Northern Europe. DSB is the Danish train company that will help you find train routes to or from a destination in Denmark.

Finally, there is also a ferry for those of you who are scared of flying. There are lots of ferry links from all over Europe and offer an alternative method of travel.

There are also ferry links within Denmark but they can be far less frequent and perhaps longer the train. Nonetheless, here are some routes between the other regions of Denmark to the capital region.

Is it a good place to learn Danish?

Copenhagen has recently been named the World’s Most Liveable City 2013 and that is not only due to the possibilities of work buut also due to a highly diverse culture. As we already know, Danish people can speak English and the people of the capital region are more content to try out their English than anyone else. But fear not, TV and Newspapers will still be in Danish and there are plenty of places to teach you how to understand them. Not forgetting of course that your CPR number will get you free lessons!

What else is there to do?

The capital region has some fantastic attractions to see, so you will not have a hard time when it comes to finding things to do. The famous statue of The Little Mermaid in the harbour should certainly be on your list. There a lot of guided tours around the city and these tours can be taken on foot or on the river. Like any capital city, an array on music events and luxury shopping are both on offer. In Frederiksberg, you will find Copenhagen zoo and north of Copenhagen, you can see the beautiful Frederiksberg Castle in Hillerød.

This is a great website that will tell you everything you need to know about Copenhagen and the surrounding area and is a top guide for places to see, things to do and places to eat.

Famous exports:Mads Mikkelsen and Lars Von Trier

 

Moving to Denmark’s Capital Region : 4 things you need to know

The capital region is the most populated in Denmark and you will find some of the world’s happiest people here. Living here can also be quite expensive so here are some quick tips that will help make your life a bit cheaper when moving to Copenhagen. You will find lots of different nationalities and seemingly infinite cyclists.

Where to live

Expensive

Frederiksberg is one of the more expensive places to live in Copenhagen. It is known for the luxury shops and to be somewhere to live once you are ‘more financially established’ to say the least.

Budget

Generally speaking, living costs in Copenhagen do not vary drastically and you will not find anywhere for particularly cheap. However, places like Vesterbro or Nørrebro are certainly good areas to find some of the cheaper accommodation.

Where to work

Copenhagen is full of job opportunities and has in the region of 2,000 international companies, so there are lots of opportunities for expatriates. AP Moller Maersk is the biggest company in Denmark and as Copenhagen is right on the harbour, this is a company that might provide a job to get you started in Denmark. There are plenty of sites to help you look across Denmark and specifically in Copenhagen.

How to get around

We are back to bicycles, again, but we are in Denmark after all. Cycling is bar far the cheapest, easiest and most eco-friendly mode of transport in the city. There is an estimated 650,000 bicycles in Copenhagen, so it gives you an idea as to how popular it is to travel around in such a way. This website provides a small insight into the world of bikes in Copenhagen and Denmark in general.

Another very useful transport link within Copenhagen is the metro. The driver less metro runs all night and links the whole city and even takes you to the airport. It is useful to have the metro because you are never really too far away from the centre of the city and also removes the need for a car, which in turn, saves you a lot of money, yipee!

How to spend your free time

Copenhagen has many famous landmarks and even the harbour itself has become internationally recognisable for its multi-coloured houses. There are always shows or music events on in the city so there is culture on offer for those who enjoy it. There have been hints throughout this blog for great shopping and Copenhagen has one of the longest shopping streets in Europe. Strøget is where to find all of your high end brands and has been completely pedestrianised. has a quick round up of what is best in Copenhagen.

Here are a few things that you you should be spending your time doing in Copenhagen this year.

Finally for the warmer months, Denmark boasts a huge 7000+ km coastline, so a trip to the beach will certainly be on the cards as there is always one nearby and it can be surprisingly warm in summer.

 

The Region of Jutland and what you need to know

Where is it?

Jutland is the main part of Denmark and is formed by a peninsular from mainland Europe. Jutland has Denmark’s only land border which is with Germany. It is the most westerly part of the country and is also the largest.

How do I get there?

Access to Jutland is very straight forward and depending on what part of the world you are coming from, you can take many different routes. The easiest and quickest for EU citizens is to drive through Germany up to the border. This is best if you want to keep your car with you. Otherwise, the bigger airports are located in Aalborg and Billund. There are other airports in Aarhus, Esbjerg, Skive and Stauning. There is once again, the option of taking a ferry to Aarhus either from Europe or other parts of Denmark.

Here are a few links to help you find travel routes.

Is it a good place to learn Danish?

Jutland is a good palce to learn Danish and the company ‘LaerDansk’ have multiple offices spread across Jutland. This company entitles any Danish resident to a course of free Danish lessons. You can register for these lessons through the Work in Denmark offices in Aalborg or Aarhus with your CPR number.

What else is there to do?

There are many bigger cities in Jutland that have a lot of interesting things to do and see. You can go north to Aalborg to find some trendy restaurants and Viking graves or to Ribe in south Jutland, which is Denmark’s oldest town. Aarhus is the biggest city in Jutland and has many museums and galleries to explore.

 

Moving to Aarhus : 4 things you need to know

Aarhus is a really exciting and trendy place to live. There are a lot students in the city, making it one Denmark’s ‘youngest’ city. Read on for tips and tricks from Room in the Moon on how to settle down in Denmark’s ancient capital.

Where to live?

The centre of Aarhus is very expensive to live on your own, so it is very common to flat share here to help keep prices down. The Latin Quarter is a very desirable location and is thus, one of the places you probably want to avoid when looking for your first place to live in Aarhus.

Somewhere like Viby or Aarhus North would be ideal for a first time buyer and a much cheaper place to live. This is a Facebook page that you will need to join in order to contact members about their rooms but well worth a look for some apartments to rent all over Aarhus.

Where to work?

There are two big department stores in Aarhus, Salling and Magasin. These two would be an ideal place to look for work, as well as Bruun’s Galleri, which is a large shopping centre. Anyone with retail experience and a bit of Danish should be looking in these places. It is also worth handing out CV’s as a lot shops will only advertise in the window or will simply call you when a vacancy comes up. Failing that, here are some of the national websites and the Aarhus Kommune website, with localised job searches.

How to get around?

Aarhus is not a particularly big city and it is very easy to travel around. IF you are travelling around Aarhus itself, then you will either need a clip card for the buses, which is available in any of the 7/11 shops dotted around the city. These will vary in price as well as travel zones. Here is the bus schedule and the routes you can take.

For other local travel, if you do not have your own bicycle, then the City Bike system is a very handy way to get around. Here is more information on the bikes and an explanation of how it all works. In our opinion, it is a great idea.

Finally, for longer journeys there is the trains and the airport. Aarhus airport is not that near so will require a 40 minute bus journey to get to and flights can be at awkward times, but the trains are reliable and operate frequently to other cities in Jutland or to other big cities like Odense and Copenhagen.

How to spend your free time?

There is a lot of culture in Aarhus and a great gallery to visit in the ARoS gallery. It’s unique rainbow coloured viewing platform will make it very easy to spot from across the city. It houses multiple levels of art and is certainly worth a visit.

If you are not interested in art, then Tivoli Friheden is your best bet, but probably best in summer. With an amusement park and a zoo, it is an ideal trip for families with young children or for those fun loving adults. There are also music concerts held here and varying styles of music are put on throughout the year.

 

The Region of Funen and what you need to know

Where is it?

Funen, or Fyn in Danish, sits in the centre of Denmark. As you look at the map, Fyn is right between Jutland and Zealand. This is the smallest region in Denmark. Technically speaking, there are lots of small islands that are grouped under the collective name of Fyn, but this information is focused in on the main island and its main city, Odense.

How do I get there?

Fyn is very small and there is only one very small airport that is primarily used for cargo flights, these flights would be infrequent and rather costly. So flying to either Billund airport or Copenhagen airport and driving across the bridge that connects both Jutland and Zealand to Fyn, is the quickest and easiest way. It is also an option to get the train from either Aarhus or Copenhagen, provided by DSB, Denmark’s national train service.

Is it a good place to learn Danish?

Luckily, LaerDansk has an office in Odense which means it is a reliable company to learn Danish with as well as the fact it is free with your CPR number. Learning Danish is more a less the same all over Denmark. As long as you are prepared to practice and invest time in learning it, you will pick it up quickly.

What else is there to do?

For what Fyn lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in attractions and activities. If you are looking to move to Fyn, you will quickly learn and forever be reminded of it being the birth place of the national treasure, Hans Christian Andersen. Because of this famous export, there are countless events, plays, museums and centres dedicated to H.C Andersen and his fairytale creations. As well as that, there are some beautiful castles dotted around the island that seem to have come from a fairytale themselves.

Famous Exports: Hans Christian Andersen. (See, told you that you will be forever reminded of him)

 

Moving to Odense: 4 things you need to know

Odense is the biggest city in Fyn and would be a great place to begin a new life and career in Denmark. Recognised as ‘the fairytale capital of the world’ there are lots of efforts to commemorate Hans Christian Andersen and his stories. But, for more practical information on living and working in Fyn, we at Room in the Moon recommend the following bits of advice.

Where to live?

The first place to consider living in Fyn is Odense. The largest city in Fyn with just under 200,000 people living there, is a busy tourist city that is largely centred around the childhood and works of Hans Christian Andersen. Almost in the centre of Fyn, Odense has a good mix of new and old and celebrates the historical Viking days as well as a quaint night-life with summer music festivals as well as an annual film festival. Odense C is the most expensive place to live but you obviously have the convenience on being right in the heart of the city. Another city to consider living in is Svendborg. Svendborg is in the south of Fyn and is largely known for it’s connection to the international shipping giant, AP Moller Maersk. Other places to check out are Kerteminde in the North West and Nyborg in the West.

If you want a chance to live in a local flat, perhaps whilst on a visit to explore the cities in Fyn then Airbnb.dk provide the option to pay for spare rooms on a ‘per night’ basis. It is cheaper than a hotel and allows you to find out more in depth information on the city from your hosts. Just a thought and certainly something a little different!

Where to work?

If you want to find work in Fyn then Odense is certainly a good place to start. Odense is a 35 minute drive from Svendborg, so wherever you choose to live, your commute will not be very long. Svendborg and Odense are almost at opposite ends of the island. Odense Kommune, which is the Danish word for municipality, has its own job search site. There are of course the national job sites as well but certainly start by looking at these regional ones.

If the Kommune websites do not have job sections, they will most certainly have information on the local job centres, which will have more local job information than the national websites. But immediately, jobs in the leisure and tourism sector in Odense is a likely option, as well as opportunities in the shipping industry based in Svendborg.

How to get around

Odense has good local transport links with buses and car rentals readily available. Taxi’s are also a good way to travel and not hugely expensive. This website is available in English and enables you to choose your destinations online and book a taxi for yourself or for up to as many as 8 people.

The buses are very well linked and the majority, if not all, of the buses travel via the city’s bus terminal. Here is the Fynbus schedule and information on routes and tickets.

Once again, it can be very easy to simply use the city’s bike service to get around more esily. Here is a website that is designed for the soul purpose of renting a bike to cycle round Odense.

How to spend your free time

Sorry to go back to Hans Christian Andersen again, but Odense has some many attractions based on the children’s author. There is the options to visit his childhood home as well as a museum and his garden. Find the appropriate links with more information here.

There is also a great zoo in Odense, which has loads of exotic animals to go and see. As well as the many churches, castles and parks to visit . The city’s tourist website details many trips and tours you can join to discover historical and cultural aspects of the city.