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Moving to Denmark: hints and tips

Moving to Denmark: hints and tips


The yellow card is a social security and tax number that you will be assigned as soon as you will present a proof of address in Denmark. Be aware of the fact that you will need it in order to live in the country as a “regular” citizen, and you will be required to show it in many day life situations even if you are a student, not only for tax liability purposes.


Start getting familiar with the Danish krona, as it is the only currency accepted for payments all over the country, as soon as you can. Having some cash upon arrival is strongly suggested, as international debit/credit cars are often rejected by many shops and bars (among which the canteen at CBS). Procedures to get a Danish credit card are pretty slow and you will need a CPR to open a Danish bank account.

Public transportation

Copenhagen is well served by the subway connecting also the airport with the centre, which is, however, pretty expensive. A monthly ticket is the best option if you are a regular passenger. Prices range from 365 DDK (2 zones) to 670 DDK (4 zones).

Mobile network providers

Oister and 3 offer interesting data/calls packages. Keep in mind that some operators, such as Lebara and Telmore offer SIM cards available also without a CPR number.


If you arrive to Denmark in mid August, you will be surprised by the lovely warm and sunny days. Enjoy the end of summer and make the most out of it: autumn and winter will be about to come, and they will be cold and rainy. Bring casual and warm clothes, especially if you plan to ride a bike to get around. A good quality rain coat is essential.


Netto and Fakta are the most common supermarkets in Copenhagen. The first one is slightly cheaper compared to the latter, product choice variety depends mainly on the size of the shop.

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