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Moving to Denmark with children – a few things you need to know

Families relocating to Denmark experience a society where work-life balance is at the center of attention, and where it’s possible to balance career ambitions, social life, and your children’s education.

The first thing that surprises many expats moving to Denmark is the level of equality. The welfare system ensures that citizens have access to everything from a full education to free healthcare, and the social safety net makes sure that very few people end up on the bottom end of society. This is underlined by the low crime rate and unemployment rate.

This makes Denmark a safe choice for many expats looking for work opportunities in the EU as they know that their spouse and children will have the optimal foundation for settling down in the best way possible and quickly feel at home.

Work-life balance is a business priority in Denmark

As Denmark is a small country dependent on export and international cooperation, well-trained expats are a treasured and highly-needed part of the workforce, and Danish companies prioritize helping new international recruitments to settle down in the best way possible.

One thing that makes it easy to relocate to Denmark is the focus on work-life balance. In most companies, you can expect a flexible workweek where your boss trusts you enough to let you schedule your hours in a way that fits your family life. It’s not uncommon to leave your job at 3 pm to pick up your kids from school and then catch up with work from the home office later in the evening again.

Get cozy and comfortable with Danish ”hygge”

Hygge is a world-famous Danish expression that is closely connected with our consistent top-3 rankings in the world happiness reports during the last decade and with both Copenhagen and Aarhus ranking within the top 10 for cities.

Hygge is a word describing a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. It is seen as a bearing pillar in Danish society and affects how people interact with friends, family, and acquaintances.

The expat community has taken this to heart, so expect to be welcomed with open arms by Danes and fellow countrymen whether it be in the local football club, at social events at your children’s school, or at your new workplace.

Giving your children a Danish education

In Denmark, there’s compulsory education from the age of 6. This means that your children must participate in educational training either in a public school, a private school, or through homeschooling – though very few opt for the last solution because of the high quality of schools in Denmark. Get acquainted with the Danish school system here.

It’s not mandatory, but most children attend some kind of daycare in the early years, beginning with nurseries from around the age of 1 and kindergartens at the age of 3. Both are heavily subsidized with low levels of user charges.

Copenhagen International school – the best from both worlds

Are you considering moving to Denmark with your family, but want to see a Danish school up close and personal?

Copenhagen International School is a private school specialized in welcoming and integrating children of expats relocating to Denmark from all over the world. We excel in taking the best from the Danish educational system and combining it with the International Baccalaureate school philosophy known and trusted all over the world.

Book a digital tour or sit in on a class

If you want to see for yourself how we make children feel at home and give them an academic foundation that lasts a lifetime, you can now book a digital tour with one of our admission officers or sit in on a class. If you’re already in Denmark, you can also book a physical campus tour. Find a time slot that suits you now.

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