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Nov 6, 2019

5 Traps Students Fall Into in Denmark

Michael Mares
These are the 5 most common mistakes international students make while studying in Denmark. Make sure you read this carefully and it might save you some money and time.
Denmark is a great country where people don't have to worry about leaving their doors unlocked. You never have to worry about getting robbed or have anything stolen from you.
However, there are still certain things that you need to be careful with.

1. Not setting your taxes properly

In Denmark, you get multiple tax cards, with different tax percentages.

Each citizen will disclose their income and deductions in what is known as a preliminary income assessment, the government will then asses this.

In the event that the assessment you have presented is incorrect you will either be owed money or owe SKAT money.

You can have only one income on your main card (kort in danish) commonly known as the A-kort and the rest has to be on B-Kort. 

So, if you have a job and getting an SU, you need to have SU on one tax card, and job on the other.

You need to do this, in order not to be taxed too little, and having to return money in May.

We will not dive deeper into this topic in this article, but make sure to follow our Facebook page, because you don't want to miss our upcoming series about taxes.

2. DR License

DR License is a media license that needs to be paid by everyone in Denmark who have access to TV, Radio or Internet.

It costs 1.927 kr. per year and we will not comment on whether you should be paying that or not (although you might want to watch our video to learn more).

We have made a whole article about this topic that you can read here.

If you are an exchange student, this will not be a valuable service to you, and will only cost you money. Read our article, to find out who can avoid paying this license.

3. Phone salesmen on the streets

You can spot these mainly on busy streets in big cities.

They usually have a stand, banners and flyers in hand, ready to get you the best deal of your life.

Only, they wont...

Avoid these people because their phone company will never get you a great deal!

Instead, read our blog about best sim cards in Denmark, so you can get a much better deal for a great price!

4. Scams

Email and phone scams are quite common in Denmark.

Email scams are easy to spot, if you know what you are looking for.

A shady email address should be the first red flag.

You should also always be concerned if money or security are a theme. In these cases, google the official number of the company and ask them before acting.

In most cases, these things are scams and you can lose a lot of money if you trust them!

If you get a phone call from an unknown number, it is a good strategy to ignore them until you know who they are.

In Denmark we have webpages where people report scams or phone salesmen, such as 180.dk as well as phone registers, krak.dk, so that you can make an informed decision.

5. Betalingsservice

This automatic payment system is a great way to avoid any late invoices.

All you have to do is sign up each payment to the system, and then you never have to worry about paying e.g. your electricity bill too late.

However, keep in mind that the first invoice you get has to be paid manually, only then can you pay it through betalingsservice.

If you sign up from the first invoice, your payment will not be registered and you will be billed for an extra, unpaid invoice.


Don't let your guard down entirely, even in Denmark. It is ridiculous expensive to live here, but here are the first tips to make it less so.

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Michael Mares
I've been in Denmark for the last 4 years and because of all my f*ck ups, I've decided to start the Student Survival Guide. It was a way for me to give something back and teach others something that no one told me. Other than writing, I enjoy video editing, playing music and watching Family Guy. I'm a simple guy
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