Food Costs in Denmark

Danes may not be happy with the following post as they love to complain about the high cost of food in Denmark. Indeed, an EU study found that Danes pay 39% above the EU average. However, when you look at the cost of food relative to income, Danes spend only 10.7% of their income on food, the fourth lowest in the EU behind Ireland (8.2), Holland (10.2) and the UK (8.6; see below).

If you factor in that many companies provide their employees with lunch (more on this later), the percentage would fall even further. If you eat a healthy, balanced diet and steer clear of insanely-taxed items such as soft drinks (20DKK or $3.75/1.5L), candy (40DKK or $7.00/lb) and ice cream (40DKK or $7.00/1L), you’ll find that food costs are quite reasonable. Vegetarians also thrive here as meat costs are very high.  However, in general, I am amazed at how little I am spending on food, about half of what I originally budgeted at around 1500DKK/month ($275), perhaps only slightly more than I would pay in Canada. For those who are wondering, yes, I do shop around somewhat and no, I do not eat out much (too expensive!).

Country
Prices Spend
Denmark
139 10.7
Ireland
129 8.2
Austria
116 10.3
Belgium
115 13.3
Germany
111 11.4
France
110 13.7
Italy
108 14.5
Sweden
104 11.7
Greece
101 14.5
Netherlands
98 10.3
Spain
97 13.6
United Kingdom
97 8.6
Slovenia
96 14.9
Portugal
92 17.3
Latvia
85 19.2
Slovakia
81 17.9
Estonia
80 16.1
Hungary
79 17.1
Czech Republic
75 16.2
Lithuania
74 23.8
Bulgaria
68 20
Poland
64 20.6
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About Canadianindenmark

A Canadian expat working in the biotechnology industry in Copenhagen, Denmark
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