Cheapest Places To Live in Denmark

Living in Denmark is a dream for many. The country is clean, and you can drink water from the tap. Aside from that, life here is not as fast-paced as it is in the US. People here like to take their time and breathe. But, before you decide to relocate here, you must find a place that you can afford. 

Frederikshavn is the cheapest place to live in Denmark. The average cost of living in this city is only €1,080. That is much lower when you compare it to the average cost of living in Copenhagen, which is pegged at €2,018. 

Other affordable places to live in Denmark include:

  • Holstebro
  • Sonderborg
  • Viborg
  • Haderslev
  • Silkeborg

But, if you want to know more about which other cities are the cheapest places to live in Denmark, then you’re at the right place! We looked at the average cost of living in the 27 cities in Denmark and compiled the top cheapest. 

1. Frederikshavn

  • Population: 23,636 (Source: All-Population)
  • Average Salary: €35,600 per year (Source: BDEX)
  • Average Cost of Living: €1,080 per month for a single person (Source: Living Cost)
  • Most Common Job Opportunity: Sales Assistant (Source: Glassdoor)
  • Rent: €827 (Source: Living Cost)
  • House Prices: €3,631 per sqm (Source: Living Cost)

Frederikshavn is a Danish town located on the northeast coast of the Jutland peninsula in northern Denmark. 

The town is part of the Frederikshavn municipality, Region Nordjylland. Its name means Frederik’s harbor. Initially, it was called Fladstrand.

With its maritime history, idyllic setting, and ferry service to Sweden, Norway, and Latvia, Frederikshavn has its own very special atmosphere.

With five million visitors a year, the town has developed into a shopping mecca, with one of the longest pedestrian streets in the country. Nature also plays a role, offering a variety of activities on land and in the ocean.

Aside from that, Frederikshavn also features several attractions, including the following:

  • Bangsbo Museum
  • Frederikshavn Art Museum (Frederikshavn Kunstmuseum)
  • Frederikshavn Shipyard Historical Society (Værftshistorisk Selskab Frederikshavn)
  • Tordenskiold Festival 
  • Lighting Festival, a biannual festival
  • Bangsbo Flower Festival
  • Bangsbo Fort
  • Bangsbo Botanical Garden

Source: Wikepedia

2. Holstebro

  • Population: 34,062 (Source: All-Population)
  • Average Salary: €35,592 per year (Source: BDEX)
  • Average Cost of Living: €1,145 per month for a single person (Source: Living Cost)
  • Most Common Job Opportunity: Hospitality (Source: Glassdoor)
  • Rent: €978 (Source: Living Cost)
  • House Prices: €2,544 per sqm (Source: Living Cost)

The town of Holstebro is the center of the Holstebro Municipality in Denmark. It is bisected by Storåen (“The Large Creek”).

This town is an important center for trade, industry, and culture in western Jutland. Among the industries are food processing, iron and machinery, wood and furniture making, textile, and chemical manufacturing.

The town center of Holstebro is connected by a network of pedestrian walkways (gader) on either side of the River Stora.

A variety of shops can be found in this area, enhanced by outdoor sculptures and picturesque buildings, including a church and the town hall. In 1966, Holstebro Municipality purchased Alberto Giacometti’s sculpture “Maren on a vehicle.”

Moreover, there is a rich and varied cultural life in Holstebro. In 1997 and 2009, the town was the home of the internationally famous Peter Schaufuss Ballet, and the Odin Teatret still operates today. It is also home to several museums, including the Holstebro Art Museum, which holds a collection of Danish and international contemporary art.

In late summer, Holstebro holds a culture festival called Holstebro Festive Week in the Hostelbro Hall. Since 1966, Holstebro Hall has been home to a music theatre and a convention center, where theatre presentations, concerts, and exhibitions are held. More than 100 cultural events occur annually, and more than 100,000 people visit the hall.

3. Sonderborg

  • Population: 27,194 (Source: All-Population)
  • Average Salary: €45,446 per year (Source: Payscale)
  • Average Cost of Living: €1,183 per month for a single person (Source: Living Cost)
  • Most Common Job Opportunity: Software Engineer (Source: Payscale)
  • Rent: €843 (Source: Living Cost)
  • House Prices: €1,858 per sqm (Source: Living Cost)

Sønderborg is a Danish town located in the southern region of Denmark. It serves as the administrative and main town of the Sønderborg Municipality (Kommune). Sonderborg has recently developed into a hub for trade, tourism, industry, and education in Southern Denmark.

Several industrial companies have their headquarters in the town. Moreover, in 2016, Sonderburg became a UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities member.

Sønderborg is a major economic hub in Southern Denmark, with several companies in and around the town involved in electronics, manufacturing, food processing, information technology, and telecommunications.

High-tech industries manufacture and develop electronics, machines, industrial equipment, and software. In the region, major high-tech companies include Danfoss, which employs around 1000 people locally and 25,000 internationally. 

Linak, headquartered in Nordborg, 25 km from Sonderborg, provides linear actuators for numerous applications, including agriculture and health care. Around 1,100 employees work for Linak locally.

In Sonderborg, the headquarters of Maersk container industries (MCI), a member of the Maersk group, manufactures refrigerated and refrigeration shipping containers.

4. Viborg

  • Population: 37,309 (Source: All-Population)
  • Average Salary: €49,074 per year (Source: Payscale)
  • Average Cost of Living: €1,233 per month for a single person (Source: Living Cost)
  • Most Common Job Opportunity: Business Analyst (Source: Payscale)
  • Rent: €1,044 (Source: Living Cost)
  • House Prices: €4,712 per sqm (Source: Living Cost)

Viborg is the capital of both Viborg municipality and Region Midtjylland in central Jutland, Denmark. Additionally, Viborg serves as the seat of the Western High Court, which sits on the Jutland peninsula. With an area of 3.3%, Viborg Municipality is the second-largest municipality in Denmark.

Viborg Cathedral is one of the most popular destinations in the city. It took about 50 years to build the cathedral, which began in 1130. There have been several reconstructions of the building after it was burned down. The original cathedral’s crypt is the only part that remains.

In the Middle Ages, the cathedral was and is the site of a great shrine to Saint Kjeld of Viborg, the dean of the cathedral chapter. Between 1864 and 1876, the church underwent restoration.

Many of the paintings in the cathedral depict Biblical stories by Danish painter Joakim Skovgaard. The Skovgaard museum, founded in 1937, is directly adjacent to the cathedral.

5. Haderslev

  • Population: 21,140  (Source: All-Population)
  • Average Salary: €35,600 per year (Source: BDEX)
  • Average Cost of Living: €1,303 per month for a single person (Source: Living Cost)
  • Most Common Job Opportunity: Sales Assistant (Source: Glassdoor)
  • Rent: €1,344 (Source: Living Cost)
  • House Prices: €3,665 per sqm (Source: Living Cost)

The town of Haderslev lies in the eastern part of Southern Jutland and is the seat of the Haderslev Municipality. A team from the city of Haderslev, Snderjyske, plays in the Danish Superliga since 2008. Furthermore, the team is a part of the association football league.

As the seat of the Haderslev Diocese since 1922, Haderslev Cathedral is unquestionably the trademark of Haderslev. It has been around since the 13th century.

Further, Haderslev was a critical breeding ground for the Danish reformation, and just eight years before Christian became King of Denmark, he introduced the reformation as duke of Schleswig-Holstein in 1526. Another notable church is Sankt Severin Church, which lies on the banks of a pond inside the town.

Haderslev has a unique collection of houses and buildings from 1400 to the beginning of the 20th century, and its cobblestoned streets and alleys make town strolling a pleasure.

In the past, Haderslevhus Castle stood in the town’s center, but due to numerous town fires throughout history, it no longer exists.

6. Silkeborg

  • Population: 41,300  (Source: All-Population)
  • Average Salary: €50,000 per year (Source: BDEX)
  • Average Cost of Living: €1,310 per month for a single person (Source: Living Cost)
  • Most Common Job Opportunity: Engineering (Source: Glassdoor)
  • Rent: €1,218 (Source: Living Cost)
  • House Prices: €3,354 per sqm (Source: Living Cost)

Silkeborg lies in the middle of the Jutlandic peninsula, slightly west of Denmark’s geographic center. It’s on the Gudena River, which sits on the hilly and evergreen landscape of Sohojlandet. 

The city is also deemed Denmark’s outdoor capital. Its main attractions include the following: 

Silkeborg MuseumSilkeborg Manor, constructed in 1767, is the oldest building in the city. It is now the Silkeborg Museum, where the mummified corpse of the Tollund man can be viewed.
City SquareWith the surrounding streets, the old city square (Torvet) is the center of Silkeborg. A city square in Silkeborg is surrounded by the Hotel Dania (the city’s oldest hotel, established in 1848), the Old Town Hall, and the city church (Silkeborg Kirke).
There are two fountains on Silkeborg’s city square and a bronze statue of the city’s founder, Michael Drewsen. The square hosts the weekly market every Saturday.
HjejlenSilkeborg harbor is home to the world’s oldest steamboat, Hjejlen.
AquaOne of the region’s most popular attractions is the freshwater aquarium Aqua (not the Danish pop group). Locals and visitors can see fish, birds, otters, beavers, and racoons in the indoor aquarium and outdoor animal park. 

Anna

Anna is an experienced expat and writer. She has been living abroad for over 6 years.

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