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Danish expatriates in the UK

It is easy to settle down in Great Britain and Danes are welcome to do so with only few formalities.

Besides the Embassy and the Trade Council, Danish banks, lawyers, accountants and transport companies are able to provide counselling for your individual concerns.

Great Britain is in general an expensive country. However, food and some consumer goods are relatively cheap. Transport and good hotels are expensive compared to Denmark.

Educational requirements are similar to the Danish requirements. However, the work environment differs from the Danish. The physical framework is not that impressive, especially in the areas within health and teaching. The educational level is often lower than the Danish standard and the British education system has a more hierarchical relationship between teacher and student.

Private schools have a higher standard and are preferred by the middle and upper class. In order to secure the best possible education, many foreign children are enrolled in private schools. One year’s schooling on an acknowledged private school in London including uniforms costs between DKK 80.000 and DKK 200.000.

Real estate prices, especially in the area of London and other desirable parts of the country, are particularly high and the housing quality does not reach the Danish standards and expectations. A moderate typical British townhouse at 125 m2 easily costs around DKK 50.000, in rent per week in London.

If you move outside the city the price decreases but the travel time increases. The Brits spend around 40% more on their daily commute to work than other EU-citizens. Public transportation functions smoothly, however disruptions are quite common. Travel time to and from work above three hours is not uncommon.

The tax level is lower than in Denmark and bonuses are widespread.

It is advised to make a private health insurance and use private hospitals and doctors. The public health system is overloaded and waiting time and the professional level is not always satisfying. Unfortunately, though, private services are particularly expensive.

There are many Danes resided in Great Britain. The specific numbers are unknown since many Danes don’t have a registration requirement in Great Britain. There is a Danish church, a Danish club and a Danish-British chamber of commerce in London.

London and other big cities have a rich and wide-ranging cultural life. There is an impressive offering of music and theatre.