Moving to Denmark
When you move to Denmark, you will probably find that many things do not work in the same way as in the country you come from. Here are three of the things you may want to know something about.
1. Where to live
One of the first things that is important to sort out is finding a place to live during your studies. Finding accommodation in the large cities can be both difficult and expensive. Many students live in a residence hall, in a rented room or in an owned flat that they share with one or more friends. Such flats are often financed partly by their parents. A room in a residence hall is usually the most low-cost type of accommodation, while a private room or a flat may be significantly more expensive.
2. National Health Insurance
When you live and study in Denmark, you are covered by the national health insurance scheme. You must be registered with the Danish Central Office of Civil Registration and have a CPR (civil registration) number in order to get a health insurance card (‘sundhedskort’), which entitles you to medical care, examinations, treatment and hospitalisation. It is free and financed by the public sector. However, you must pay for other healthcare services yourself, such as dental treatment, glasses, physiotherapy and psychological treatment.
Insurance policies give you peace of mind in your everyday life. It is good to know that financial help is at hand if you are unlucky, for example in the event of burglary or fire or if you are injured. It is also a good idea to be insured against causing personal injury to others or damage to the property of others. Most insurance policies are taken out on a voluntary basis, however, some insurance policies are compulsory in Denmark, including
- third-party liability insurance covering injuries to third parties if you own a vehicle
- third-party liability insurance covering injuries to third parties if you own a dog