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Copenhagen is an expensive city, but not the most expensive in the world. You will find many high level coffee bars, great restaurants, cultural views, organized public transport. Housing in the center of the city can be expensive due to high demand. To limit your costs, you will need to research public transport and housing.

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Living Expenses in Copenhagen

Updated 7.11.2018

All though, you will have a relative high salary in Denmark - and Copenhagen in particular, some of the money you earn will be paid back to the state through tax and fees. Copenhagen is especially an expensive city compared to cities in other regions in Denmark and according to, it is the 4th most expensive place in Europe.

Housing market

The housing market in Copenhagen has a lot of demand from people looking for a place to stay, which enhances the prices. There are differences between the different neighborhoods, so you need to visit the local areas to get a feeling whether you like it or not, and assess how much you are willing to pay to live for instance in Frederiksberg or Nørrebro etc.The approximate price level of 3 rooms flat of 85m2 in a normal area costs 1475 Euro pr. month in Copenhagen accordng to

Restaurants and cafés

You will find a lot of expensive restaurants on Michelin star level. For instance Noma, which is one of the best restaurants in the world - located in Copenhagen. If you do your research you can also find value for the money places making quite nice food, within the price level of 17-20 Euro pr. dish without wine or other beverages. Besides this there are many high quality coffee places with a typical café latte price around 4-5 euro.

Transportation costs

The train system is in general a bit pricy all over Denmark The transportations costs on regional train, metro, subway, and bus-system is also a bit pricy in Copenhagen. A month card for 2 zones in Copenhagen costs 49 Euro. It is recommendable to investigate prices and minimum consider the travel card solution. If you are traveling in short distance, you could benefit by buying a bike and bike. The city is not that big and there are many bike lanes all over Copenhagen and biking is also sustainable.

 Restaurant Noma