Country in the spotlight: Denmark
Publication date: 07/03/2019
What do Vikings, Lego ® , Europe’s oldest monarchy and the famous fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen have in common?


These things, and many more, shaped the modern Denmark you will meet today as an international student. Denmark is known to be one of the happiest countries in the world, to have a flat work hierarchy, to be one of the most egalitarian societies and to be innovative. Luckily English is widely spoken, so the language is nothing to worry about.

Studying in Denmark is an investment in your future

Denmark’s higher education system consist of different types of institutions: Universities, Artistic Higher Education Institutions, University Colleges, Danish Business Academies and Schools of Maritime Education & Training. Danish higher education is of a high quality and offers more than 600 study programs taught in English at modern, well-equipped facilities.

Studying in Denmark, you can expect outstanding quality. Academic excellence paired with innovative teaching methods will improve your ability to think for yourself, develop ideas and collaborate with others to solve complex problems.

In short, studying in Denmark is an investment in your future career. As well as a time of fun and new friendships in a safe, friendly and international environment.

A safe, relaxed and “hyggeligt” society

In Denmark you get to enjoy a clean and hospitable environment, where you can feel safe. The Danish lifestyle is relaxed, cosy and could be summed up  by now world-famous concept “hygge”. The country has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, and you will probably see babies napping in their strollers outside cafes and young children walking themselves to school.

Denmark is a knowledge-based society and has a welfare model that ensures a healthy work-life balance and free education and healthcare for all Danish citizens. As an international student here you too will benefit from some of our extensive public services.

Robots, biotech and design - to mention a few

If you are interested in a specific field of study, Denmark might just be a frontrunner in this area. For instance, Denmark is a world leader in areas such as clean tech, IT, robotics, design and biotech.

In general, Danish higher education is renowned for problem-based learning and open discussions. This study environment will be an integral part of your education at all levels. Studying in Denmark you will also develop skills like management and planning, when working on projects, both on your own and in cooperation with other students.

As a student, you will be encouraged to express your views, participate in debates with teachers and fellow students as well as sharpen your analytical and creative skills through both theory and practical problem-solving. The ability to think freely, develop new ideas and communicate them clearly is needed in a global and constantly evolving workplace. To be an international student in Denmark gives you an excellent foundation for your future career.

Urban life close to nature and the rest of Europe

With less than 6 million inhabitants, Denmark is not the country that occupies most space on a world map. Nonetheless, you have the chance to enjoy the buzzing city life as well as wild nature at e.g. the North Sea or Skagerrak. Denmark has both urban life and more quiet nature experience to offer.   

Just a few kilometers outside the bigger cities (Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg) you will find idyllic villages and pristine woodlands and lakes. Nowhere in Denmark is more than 50 km from the sea. Even if your study life is in a bigger city, you have multiple opportunities to be surrounded by beautiful nature.

As you might have heard, Denmark is a land filled with bikes. If you choose to study in Denmark you might get inspired, buy a bike and use it as your main transportation. 9 out of 10 Danes own a bicycle, and almost half of the adult population rides a bike to work daily or once a week.

Denmark acts as a bridge between Scandinavia and continental Europe. Its geographical position makes it a great starting point and makes short trips to the rest of Europe and exciting possibility while you are studying. So if you’re serious about an European adventure, pick Denmark as your place to study!

For more information on studying in Denmark, visit the Study in Denmark website and Denmark’s country profile. Are you a student in Denmark and want to share your experience? Email us at

Preview image: © iStock/mammuth, 2019.