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Feb 17, 2020
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Must Have Apps When Living in Denmark

Riju Joshi
These must have apps will make your stay in Denmark more convenient and they will save you money as well!
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Have you just moved to Denmark and are you looking for ways to make your daily life easier?  

Then make sure to continue reading, because we are going to show you the basic apps that will make your life in Denmark much easier so that you can focus on more important matters like studying!

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Rejseplanen

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Do you need to travel somewhere in Denmark, but have absolutely no idea how to reach your destination? Danish public transportation can be tricky but Rejseplanen will help you with this!

All you need to do is to type in your current location and your destination. Rejseplanen will offer you all the information you need, and suggest what train and bus routes to take, so you can travel with the highest level of comfort and efficiency. You can even filter what modes of transportation you want to use and how far you are prepared to walk to make it.

For certain routes, the ticket can also be purchased in-app.

Free to download

DOT Tickets (CPH Area only)

The DOT Tickets is another travel app that allows you to buy a commuter card, individual zone tickets and travel tickets. It is very easy to use and all you need is your bank account details along with phone number to activate your card.

You can choose if you wish to include the metro in your tickets or not. It is one of the crucial apps to have when you are travelling frequently, and it is very likely that you would!

There is also a similar app called DSB which has similar options and you can also get discounts on Museums and so on, keep an eye on their newsletter

Download DOT on iPhone Download DOT on Android

MobilePay

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If you just moved to Denmark, one of the first things you need to do is set up a Danish bank account.

Once you have done that, you are able to connect your account to an app called MobilePay.

With this app, you are able to send or request money from anybody who has this app and all you need to know is their mobile number.

This app is especially handy if you are buying things from second hand shops or markets, but it is also widely used in supermarkets, bars, and restaurants.

Did you know that Denmark is at the forefront of the cashless wave?

The whole process of sending money using MobilePay is super comfortable and there are no transactional fees.

If you want to transfer some money to your friend in Denmark who has a bank account in a different bank than yours, you can transfer it easily, and does not take a few business days to transfer. The transfer is done instantly. 

Free to download

Banking apps 

It is useful to have banking apps on your phone once you hold a bank account. Downloading the banking apps allows you to track the transactions on your phone. Depending on which bank you have an account, you can download the respective bank application on your phone. 

XE Currency (or any other currency convertor)

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As you may know, even though Denmark is a member of the EU from 1973, they are still using their own currency called Krone (DKK).

Because of that, you might need a currency converter to understand the value of the currency and how much you are actually paying for that beer.

XE Currency offers you updated information on all the currencies you can think of, so you can also use it outside of Denmark.

Free to download

NemID

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Everyone with a CPR number and a bank account in Denmark is able to set up their NemID, which works as a digital signature, that you use to log into various governmental online services.

At first, you receive a paper version of the codes you need to insert into the logging system, but with the NemID app, you can log in with only one swipe.

Thanks to this, you can reach any government related webpage from anywhere as long as you are connected to the internet.

The idea behind NemID is to increase security through this two-factor system and is therefore a necessity for every resident in Denmark.

Free to download

Eboks 

Eboks is a digital mail platform in Denmark. From your salary slip, bank documents to tuition fees everything comes on your e boks. It is a must have app on your phone while you are in Denmark  so you do not miss any important information sent to you. You will need a NEM ID to sign it to the account.

Download on iPhone Download on Android

Duolingo

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Denmark is a country where you can survive even if your only language is English as statistics show that 86% of the Danish population speaks in English. The diversity of international expats in Denmark has also played a huge role in the acceptance of English language.

However, if you wish to live, work and properly settle in Denmark, you will eventually need to learn Danish. You can either attend classes, speak with your Danish friends or just use one of the many apps which will help you with the learning.

Duolingo is one of them. It is nice, easy and user-friendly. Keep in mind though that Duolingo alone won’t make you amazing in Danish. You need to practice with real conversations to gain experience.

Download for Iphone Download for Android

DBA

DBA allows you to buy second-hand products from for lower prices. You can buy everything and anything from books to bikes and furniture to utensils at heavily reduced prices.

The users are authentic, and therefore you can inquire for the conditions of the products before buying them. You need to have CPR registration to validate your profile. This is one of the popular apps since there is always someone who is selling products that might come handy for you!

Download DBA on iPhone Download DBA on Android

Too Good To Go

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Those that have watched our video about the shopping, are already familiar with this app.

The vision behind TooGoodToGo is to reduce food waste and they do it by letting restaurants and now grocery stores sell their food very cheap, especially at the end of the day, when they might have a surplus of food left that they won't sell otherwise.

You can get your hands on many fruits, veggies or pastry from local shops, but also whole meals and fast food.

Free to download

eTilbudsavis

eTilbudsavis allows you to see catalogues of the stores that have ongoing discounts in your area or the areas that you select. The stores include Føtex, Meny, Netto, Lidl, Aldi for departmental stores.

It also has catalogues of other stores such as Jem & Fix (hardware store) and Matas (Cosmetics and Beauty Store). The discount catalogues are frequently updated and can help you save some pocket money!

This must be the student’s favorite app to have on the phone while in Denmark when you are struggling with the budget.

Download eTilbudsavis on iPhone      Download eTilbudsavis on Android  

Wish

You must have seen a tremendous amount of Wish app advertisements and well, the app is very handy. You might want to be careful while purchasing the products but usually the quality is good for very low prices.

The Wish app now allows you to buy items that you can purchase in stores on the same day. The feature is pretty cool as you might bump into something you need and urgently. So, if you are a budget person, having the wish app is a boon.

Download on iPhone Download on Android

BoligPortal

BoligPortal helps you to find rental accommodation in Denmark. It covers the accommodation in Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg, Esbjerg, Horsens and Kolding.

It is easier to search for homes as you can set your preferences for the categories of price, areas, pet friendly (or not) and number of rooms. It is a good idea to keep searching for rooms and apartments on the BoligPortal. 

It is one of the most useful apps in Denmark to find housing on time! You can always try to use this app even before coming to Denmark!

Download BoligPortal on iPhone Download BoligPortal on Android

NightPay

Are you a party person and looking to chill in bold places and would like to do that at relatively lower prices? The answer is the NightPay app. The app works through Bluetooth and operates in the venues that have installed their payment method.

The app allows you to triple the amount that you put in the app; it is called Triple Up feature of the app. If you put 100DKK, then your app balance becomes 300DKK. You can enjoy drinks worth 300DKK by spending 100DKK!

Keep in mind that the Triple Up account works only until midnight, after that you spend the regular balance.

Download on iPhone Download on Android

Flixbus 

Having a Danish visa gives you a chance to go around Schengen countries with the same visa. You can travel to Europe very cheaply with Flixbus including other cities in Denmark other than just Copenhagen. It has a comfortable seat, wifi and snacks on board. 

Download on iPhone Download on Android

Google Translate

 Though Danes speak English pretty well, it can be very difficult to read the board sometimes, as most of them are in Danish. Google Translate may not be very reliable but works in most cases.

Download on iPhone Download on Android

DSB

DSB or Dansk Statsbaner is the national railway company. Their official app allows you to buy tickets for trains, as well as the orange tickets, which are the cheaper version of regular tickets.

Download on iPhone Download on Android

Kombardo

With the app you can easily and quickly book a ticket for all Kombardo Express's routes from Copenhagen to Aarhus, Aalborg, Randers and Rønne.

Download on iPhone

Download on Android

Check Udvej

Forgot to check out on your way out from a bus or train? Don't worry, with this app, you can do it even after you left the station!

Download on iPhone Download on Android

These would be some of the major apps you want to download once you moved into Denmark. With these, you should be able to cover all the initial troubles you might face during your studies, accomodation, travel or work. We used all of them and we promise that you won’t regret downloading them. You might not need all of them all the time, but they can make those first steps much easier!

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Riju Joshi
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I am a student in Denmark for the past one and half years. Coming to Denmark was a big shock with a lot of difficulties that I wished I was aware of before. I wished I had someone to rely on to ask questions and get answers. In the process of learning and figuring things out, I joined the Student Survival Guide team so that I share what I learned and be resourceful for other students as much I can! I am a writer, apart from that I enjoy reading, binge-watching, hunting burger places and COFFEE!
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