1.What are the living expenses for a single, couple, couple with 1 or 2 kids in Denmark?
Living Expenses for single/month:
2500-4500 dkk (shared accommodation)
5800-6800dkk (non-shared accommodation)
3000-6500 dkk (as deposit for accommodation)
Transportation:320 (minimum)-1200 dkk
Food and other expenses: 1000-2000dkk
Living Expenses for a couple/month:
Deposit :6000- 24000 dkk
Transportation:640 (minimum) -2000 dkk
Food and other expenses: 1600 -2800 dkk
Living Expenses for a couple with kid/s (non school going) /month:
Accommodation:7500-10000 dkk, 10000-35000 dkk (as deposit for accommodation)
Transportation:640 (minimum)- 2000 dkk
Food and other expenses: 2500-3800 dkk
Note: Accommodations in the zone 1 and zone 2 (of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg) are high in rentals.
2.How to find accommodation in Denmark? Is it difficult to find one?
Finding accommodation in Denmark is definitely difficult especially if you are a foreigner.
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3.How difficult is it to find short-term or long-term rentals? Is it hard to find furnished accommodation? Is it hard to find accommodation with pets?
Finding short-term accommodation is difficult and so is finding furnished accommodation.
Most of the accommodations available are unfurnished. Normally very very few apartments allow pets with accommodation.
4.I am a software professional having 2-8 years of experience in IT field. I know only English, don't know Danish language, and how is the job market for IT professionals?What kinds of jobs are open?
Job market in Denmark is very tight. Finding job without Danish skills will only make the matters worse. Experience will not be much of an asset in the present job market. One has to take into consideration that there are already many unemployed Danish IT professionals in the job market. Most of the Indian IT Green card holders are still unemployed since last 1-1.5 years! For the type of job openings in IT please go through the job sites for more details.
5.SAP/Oracle Consultant with 2-6 years of experience, what are the jobs prospects with my skills?
Danish language proficiency is an important factor for finding a job in Denmark! i.e. Danish language at professional level is very important for a professional life. Even technical, non-technical, management and other fields of job openings require Danish proficiency. SAP/Oracle jobs are also difficult to find without Danish proficiency at professional level.
6. I have 2-10 years of experience in MBA in HRM/ MBA in Marketing & Sales/ MBA in Finance/ Pharmaceuticals/ Clinical Research/ Hospitality Industry /Communications Managers /Chemical Engineering/Chemistry, etc. And my immigration consultant says that i
First, do not trust immigration consultants! They will give you all fabricated information about the job market in Denmark, wonder why they give the time limit of 3 months? Secondly, non-technical jobs that require directly communications with the customers, people or that require more communication skills in general require absolute Danish language requirements unless it involves communicating only with non-Danes or outside Denmark!
7. How about trying jobs at MNC's or firms that might not require Danish Language Proficiency? What is the minimum time required to learn Danish? Do u think learning Danish is worth (considering the time and training cost), even knowing Danish will not ....
Unfortunately some of the MNC’s also require Danish proficiency, so that makes the space very thin! One has to know that more than 2/3rd of the firms in Denmark are small (i.e. < 10 employees). Minimum time period required to Danish is 2 years! Learning Danish will depend on how long you want to be in Denmark, if one plans to settle for long-term then it is recommended to learn Danish. Of-course knowing Danish does not guarantee you a job but it increases the possibilities of getting job and avoiding getting fired when hard/bad time comes. Even your education doesn’t guarantee you a job that doesn’t mean you don’t have to study? Other important perspective of knowing Danish I think is because of the importance of work culture here…that is what I was trying to stress, even if the cooperate language of the firm is English then still that firm will have majority of Danes working and as a result most of the social surrounding will be revolving around the Danish language, most of your Danish colleagues will be subconsciously chatting up or talking informally in Danish that completely leaves you out of sync with them. Even-though most of the professional stuff might take place in English in such companies but the informal conversations will always take place in Danish. Ignoring such a setup will completely alienate you further and will definitely not come in terms in a long run employment.
8.How easy is it to find odd part-time jobs so that I can survive and learn Danish and then try to find regular jobs within my domain thereafter? What types of odd part-time jobs are available for non-Danish speaking folks? Is it easy for a foreigner ...
Knowing Danish language would be beneficial if you looking for job compared to non Danish speaking person, Denmark is different from other countries in many aspects. One has to understand the psyche of Danes and Danish work Culture, they are very slow and reluctant at adapting to changes that foreign labors bring and very less risk/challenge taking people, they find employing a foreign labor is a risk/challenge factor since they have to change their professional life (work culture) a bit. When their mentality is such then you can understand how difficult it is to find a job, it was difficult to find job even in good times plus the crisis has made the situation even worst like hell! Most of all the Danish companies are small and least risk taking companies plus they in-fact localize MNC’s, you can see even most of the MNC’s ask for Danish Proficiency and most of their websites are in Danish! So basically it is not only the language that you have to overcome but also the mentality of the system. But Danes are really polite and sweet people once you try to reach out to them. Following is the (Excerpted from one of the discussions by user raadz) other than language another main reason why it is difficult to land a job in Denmark, is their culture. Danes are very slow in accepting change. Having a foreign colleague means a change in their everyday way of working, and that the Danes find as a big challenge. Most foreigners (in white collar jobs) are expatriated from parent organization. Though there exists a huge dearth for white collar workers, foreigners are employed only under the pressure from Top mgt).
9. I am wondering why Danish government is not scraping down Green Card Scheme (GCS) when you say so many people within GCS are unemployed?
(The following information based in article published in politiken newspaper) The proposal for schemes like GCS has been in radar of government (initiated by liberal wing government in early 2000) since last 10 years and Danish industries association/foundation have been trying to push it hard after liberal wing government was replaced in 2002 and Green Card scheme came into reality in the year 2008 after long struggle by the Danish industries association/foundation just before the financial crises cracked up, Green Card was also introduced coz some government committees reported that Denmark will fall sort of some 25,000 man-power by the year 2025. Since it was hard fought scheme for Danish Industries association/foundation to get GCS from government, now Danish Industries association/foundation are not supporting or skeptical to pause or scrap the scheme since they think if they want to re-introduce the scheme they might have to fight it back again, as a result they (Danish Industries) are not supporting for the scheme to scrap it. Importantly Danish Industries and Danish Government think that the financial crisis is temporary and market would be normal once the crisis ends!
10. I have applied for Green Card for Denmark without knowing the ground realities or believing my immigration consultants, now what should I do? How should I approach this situation? What do you suggest in this situation?
This is a tricky situation. You can perhaps try to search for jobs from your resident country, mention them in your job application that you hold a Danish Visa and could be in Denmark for interview if they find your profile interesting, watch out for their responses; if you get good number of responses (I mean many invitations for initial telephonic interviews) and if you have good savings then you can come here and try your luck and if you have a family then please don’t bring them till you get settled here since it is very expensive here. I think there is a time limit for you to be in Denmark to get your CPR nr registered once your green card visa stamped (maybe 3 or 6 months time after GC visa stamp). So it would be better for you start applying to Danish companies before getting your GC and see the response and take future step accordingly.
11.Do I need to go through an agent for Green Card?
Denmark Green Card has specific requirements that applicant will do well to be careful
about and as s/he starts working on forms and documents, s/he will realise that s/he could do well with advise of an Immigration expert. With specific reference to India, the application is processed at Denmark Embassy located at New Delhi. Thus s/he should be able to organise required coordination at New Delhi or take services of a reputed and extremely trustworthy Immigration consulting company having offices at New Delhi.
Please find below very important information for all Green Card aspirants: (Excerpted from one of the discussions by user raadz in our forum)
Danish govt. is negotiating a fiscal plan for the decade called 2020 plan with their partner parties and opposition. The main focus of this plan is a drastic cutback on public spending. The govt. depends on one of its main partners Danske Folke Parti(DF) for this plan to be passed in the parliament.
DF traitionally is known to be wary of foreigners. They have always negotiated and won on this issue with the present govt. So there should be little doubt that they will once again play the foreigner card and win. Their latest demand is to withdraw the Green Card scheme. They have very valid argument to back it up.
1. 43% of all who came on GC are doing manual labour.
2. 28% have not got any job.
3. The expense incurred and time invested in processing GCs is very hight and avoidable, thus saving a few millions for the exchequer.
4. The purpose of bringing in highly qualified workers to supplement the demand of private sector has not been fulfilled, so why continue with this scheme.
There are other additional arguments that are in favour of DF’s demands.
1. Danske Industri (DI) which is like the Chamber of Commerce in India, made the demand on behalf of private firms for highly qualified pros. However, the firms have not utilised these pros who immigrated on GC. The rumour is that DI did this under pressure from a certain lobby to bring down the salary levels of Danes since the GCs ‘MAY’ be paid less than the industry standards. Feeling is that is this is the loophole that private firms are utilizing.
2. There is and has always been a reservation to recruit foreigners which can be thus seen the unemployment figures of GCH. The govt. can do all its planning but can not force recruiter’s attitude to change. In the face or recession, even firms that are open to foreigners will think twice due to fear of backlash by locals.
3. As part of the 2020 plan Govt. has proposed reform in SU (education sector), Efterløn (voluntary retirement benefits) and Førtids Pension (early pension). This means that:
a) students who came into the employment market at the age of 27/28 will be forced to get in earlier (23-24) and are encouraged(rather expected) to take higher or continued education. Thus a couple of thousand more will be added to the job market every year.
b) Voluntary retirement age is being progressively increased, thus people will have to remain in jobs for longer period. By 2020 this may be phased out completely, thus adding a few more thousands to the job market.
c) Those seeking early retirement benefits will have to think twice. The cut off age is being moved up to (it think) 45 against 25 (i think) earlier. There will be concerted effort to either retrain them or give them flexible option to induct them into job market. This will add a few more thousands into employment market.
4) In addition to the above, the opposition parties (S & SF) want everyone to work extra hours in future and propose employment market reform.
To sum it, all the parties plan to secure the future of Danish welfare system that depends on more and more employment and tax payment. The earlier vision of GC scheme as an answer is being revisited as they can see there are other ways of securing economy against an aging population.
WHEN YOU APPLY FOR GC TO DENMARK, AND YOUR AGENT PAINTS A ROSY PICTURE, ASK HIM IF HE IS AWARE OF THE ABOVE FACTS AND HOW CAN YOU SECURE YOURSELF A JOB AGAINST ALL THESE ODDS. THIS IS NOT TO SCARE BUT TO MAKE YOU AWARE BEFORE APPLYING. FOLLOW THE POLITICS CLOSELY AND THEN MAKE YOUR MOVE.
PS: Refer to this blog and the comments below the blog to understand the Danish sentiments. Use Google translator as the page is in Danish.
12.What are the salary levels for highly skilled person in Denmark with experience of 5-6 years or 2+ years? What about the taxes?
Salary levels for high skill labors in Denmark are pretty much similar among all sectors like IT, Marketing, Management, etc! Salaries for high skilled person also depend on your employer and other factors. Minimum salary for a person with 2+ years of experience is about 25k dkk/month before taxes, average would be 30k dkk, and salaries have down during crisis. Minimum salary for persons with 5-6 yrs experience would be about 35k dkk/month before taxes, average salary would be 38k dkk/month. Sometimes short-time project based job contracts might fetch you high salaries compared to regular jobs!
Taxes start from 43% (depending on visa type and Kommune) and taxes increases as your salary increases. Yes taxes are high!
13.How is the taxation system in Denmark?
Denmark’s taxes are among the highest in the world. Danish residents are liable for tax on global income and net wealth. Nonresidents are liable only for tax on certain types of income from Danish sources.
The corporate income tax in Denmark is 30%, which must be prepaid during the income tax year to avoid a surcharge.
Personal income tax is collected at state, county and local levels. A tax ceiling ensures that combined income taxes do not exceed 59% of income. Income tax rates are progressive. This means that the last Danish Crown you earn is taxed at a higher rate than the first Crown earned. In practice, progression means that low income earners only pay municipal taxes and bottom-bracket tax to the state, those with slightly higher incomes also pay the middle-bracket tax on the upper part of their income and those with the highest incomes pay municipal tax, bottom-bracket tax, middle-bracket tax and top-bracket tax.
Several kinds of deductions or reductions can be applied to taxable income. There is also a voluntary church tax with an average rate of 0.8%. The social security contribution from employee earnings is 9%, 8% for unemployment insurance and 1% for special pension scheme savings. The voluntary church tax and social security contributions do not count toward the 59% tax ceiling. Tax is withheld at the source. Foreign researchers and key employers may qualify for a gross tax of 25% on their salary instead of paying regular income tax. They are still liable for 9% social security contributions.
To find more information on taxation in Denmark, please see the website of the Ministry of Taxation at www.skm.dk or the website of SKAT at www.skat.dk
14.How is the Health Care System in Denmark?
Denmark provides “free” health care to all residents, funded through taxes. There is an optional private health care sector, but it is tiny compared with the vastly larger public system that is used by most of the population. Users pay for a few procedures, such as fertility treatments (from the third attempt onwards) and non-essential cosmetic surgery, as well as most of their own dental care and a portion of prescription medication. Apothecaries are privately owned, but doctors” visits and hospitalization, including tests, treatment, follow-up care, and some medication, are fully covered.
The municipalities are responsible for: preventative health care programmes for children, home nursing, health visitor services, paediatric dental care and in-school health services. The municipalities issue health cards and administer citizens’ choice of doctor and health insurance scheme group.
Anyone who receives a Danish residence permit and a civil registry number (CPR number) is entitled to Danish health insurance. The person will then be issued a health insurance card (‘sundhedskort’) as documentary proof of the right to public healthcare services. The health insurance card acts as an admittance card to the health care system.
You can get more information on health care system in DK by visiting this link:
15.What is CPR? What is the process to get it?
The Danish Personal Identification Number (it is also called CPR-nummer or personnummer) is a national identification number, which is part of the personal information stored in the Civil Registration System. The number is an integral part of Danish society, and it is virtually impossible to receive any form of government service without one. Even in the private sector one would be hard pressed to receive services without such a number, unless it is minor daily business. The CPR number is used in connection with registration and personal identification, e.g. in connection with salary payment, housing purchases, bank transactions, insurance policies and many other situations.
It is received upon registration with the Civil Registration System, either by birth or by moving to the country. You need to contact your local municipality or commune to secure CPR.
You can find more information about CPR on www.cpr.dk