Thanks to a high standard of living, Denmark is the dream destination of many emigrants. Those who have already made the move know that although life here can be amazing, there are certain things which are also difficult. And it always seems to be the little things which make us long for the convenience we knew at home. In order to make your life in Denmark a little bit easier, we have compiled a list of things which will help you. Thankfully amazon.de offers free delivery to Denmark on orders over 39€ (290 DKK)!
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1. A Shower Filter to Protect You from Hard Water
If you have lived in Denmark for a while, you have probably suffered due to the hard water at one point or another. For example, for the longest time, my hair would remain slightly oily even after washing it. That is because shampoo is less effective if used with hard water. And if your skin is itchy and dry, it may very well be due to the hard water as well.
Fortunately, you can install a water filter into your shower quite easily which can help you with that. And the filter only has to be exchanged every six months. How handy! Go and buy yourself one right now for only 23€ (170 DKK).
2. An Essential Danish Grammar
As most of us know, Danish classes will no longer be free after this summer. In order to avoid spending 2000 DKK on your first modules, go ahead and buy yourself an essential Danish grammar. It’s perfect to supplement online materials and clarify any questions you may have about Danish grammar. The paperback is available for 30€ (225 DKK) at the moment and will last you a lifetime.
3. A Solid Bike Lock
Chances are you have had a bike stolen at least once in your life. And although we know that no bike lock is unbreakable, some bike locks are certainly better than others. Essentially you want to avoid locks which can be cut with simple bold cutters, such as cable locks and even chain locks. We have been using foldable locks from German manufacturer Abus for a while now and could not be happier. The Bordo Granite X-Plus may seem expensive, but it will save you a lot of headache down the road. Buy it for 78€ (580 DKK) and never look back.
By the way, if you’re not convinced you should invest in a good lock, here is how easy it is to break selected locks:
4. An Electronic Parking Disc
Do you drive a car in Denmark? Then don’t be like us and incur a parking fee because you forgot to set your old-school parking disc. Instead, buy an electronic disc which will update your arrival time automatically. What is great about this particular model is its blue color which stands out against the windshield. Invest 22€ (164 DKK) now and save 650+ DKK later.
5. A Good Set of Blinds
What is the deal with Danes and their aversion to curtains? And why is it that sun shines into our bedroom window at such an angle that it hits my eyes at exactly 08:30 every day? Well, I don’t know the answer to either, but I do know you need some blinds in your life. These ones are even clip-on so you don’t need to drill holes into your walls and pay for the damage with your firstborn. Buy them for 19€ (140 DKK) and sleep tight for the rest of the summer.
Alternatively, perhaps a sleeping mask would do? I have been using this particular one for years. Not only are they great during Nordic summers, they are also perfect for travel.
6. A Daylight Lamp for Long Winter Nights
If you moved to Denmark in the summer you may very well be underestimating the severeness of the darkness which is the Danish winter. A lack of sunlight and subsequently vitamin D can have a severe impact on your mental health. Escape the winter depression and buy yourself a daylight lamp. Put it on your bedside table and turn it on every morning for a couple of minutes to give you a boost. This particular model by Beurer is available for 76€ (566 DKK).
In addition (or alternatively) you can also get yourself a yearly supply of vitamin D3 supplements. However, it is always worth consulting with your doctor before taking any sort or nutritional supplement.
7. A Warm Winter Jacket
I know many people are concerned about what sort of clothes they should bring to Denmark. The reality is, it doesn’t get extraordinarily cold in Denmark. However, the weather can certainly be a drag. Rain and wind can make it feel much colder than it actually is, which is why you should have a wind- and waterproof jacket. Personally, we have been wearing Jack Wolfskin almost exclusively. These jackets were good enough for mild Finnish winters which means they are perfect for a regular Danish winter. If you freeze easily, we recommend that you buy a corresponding sleeve which can be zipped into the jacket.
Now, what do you think? Is there anything else that’s essential to a happy life in Denmark? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below! Let’s stay in touch!