Sep 09, 2019

2019 Expat Insider Survey: Expats in Denmark Find It Hard to Settle In

The 2019 Expat Insider Survey shows that expats in Denmark find it very hard to settle in, but they do appreciate their working hours and family life.

For the sixth year, InterNations, the world’s largest expat community with 3.6 million members, publishes its Expat Insider survey. With more than 20,000 respondents, it is one of the most extensive surveys about living and working abroad, sharing insights into expat life in 64 destinations. The survey offers in-depth information about expats’ satisfaction with the quality of life, ease of settling in, working life, personal finance, cost of living, and family life in their respective country of residence.

Denmark comes 48th out of 64 destinations in the Expat Insider 2019 survey, falling 13 ranks in one year (35th out of 68 in 2018). As in previous years, expats struggle with settling in and make friends with locals. While the country has also lost some ground in the Working Abroad Index, it is still among the best destinations for family life worldwide.

Denmark places particularly low in the Ease of Settling In Index (63rd out of 64), ranking among the bottom 10 for the sixth year in a row. For example, 70% of expats find it hard to make local friends (vs. 39% globally). Maybe this is the reason why expats in Denmark are more likely to be friends with other expats (56% vs. 34% globally), while only 10% say they are mainly friends with local people (vs. 19% globally). “The locals are not friendly towards foreigners,” a Portuguese expat thinks. “It is less easy to have a social life in Denmark than in other countries.” Maybe it is due to their lack of a social life that many expats (46%) do not feel at home in the local culture (vs. 23% globally), ranking the country 62nd in the Feeling at Home subcategory.

Read the full 2019 InterNations Expat Insider Survey here.

AmCham Denmark runs the leading network for international business leaders in Denmark. If you are an expat leader in Denmark, please feel free to reach out to the AmCham secretariat and learn more about how to become engaged in the network.