Located in the southernmost part of Scandinavia, Denmark is the gateway between Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. Denmark is a very safe and secure country with a low crime rate. The Danes are a peaceful people, and the tone between Danes is relaxed and informal, and often ironic. For Danes, ‘hygge’ – the concept of cosiness – is an essential part of life. Maybe that is why Danes have been named the happiest people in the world on numerous occasions. Most Danes have a good command of English, so you will find it easy to communicate in Denmark even if you do not speak Danish.
Moving to Denmark for a position at Aarhus University is a unique opportunity – not only professionally and academically, but also personally. Our work-life balance, the workplace atmosphere, and our perspective on PhDs as early career researchers, make Aarhus University very attractive for international talent.
The standard of living is high and the economy performs above the European average. Accommodation, food, transport and leisure costs are therefore relatively high in Denmark in comparison with many other countries. However, salaries and PhD stipends are also correspondingly high, and many services such as medical treatment and schools are paid for via taxes and the Danish welfare system, so that no user fees are charged.
The university’s main campus is located in the city of Aarhus. At a glance 315,000 people live in Aarhus and 1.2 million people live in the greater Aarhus area. Aarhus is a dynamic city on Denmark’s Jutland peninsula. From here, beach, harbour and forest are all within a 15-minute bike ride.
With a Top 100 university right in the heart of town, Aarhus is swarming with students eager to study and have a good time too. With students making up 16 per cent of its population, Aarhus is the youngest as well as the est-educated city in Denmark.
The city is ripe with opportunities aimed at students. Concerts, museums, nightlife and shopping (as well as dormitories) are all within walking distance. Every year our celebrated Spot Festival showcases more than 130 upcoming bands, while the three-day Northside Festival displays the most popular acts in alternative music. The art museum, ARoS, delivers groundbreaking works from some of the world’s most progressive artists. In 2015 the new public library and media center Dokk1 opened at the waterfront. In Moesgaard the the archaeological and ethnographic museum MOMU also opened in 2015. In the Botanical Garden in the city center it is possibly to visit the Greenhouses.
Denmark is a wonderful place to live, if you bring your family and children. It is safe country with little pollution, and we have an excellent education system with public and private schools, including international schools providing internationally transferable education. For instance, the Aarhus area provides high-quality IB-certified education from pre-school to high school. Read more about municipal services for children and families in the Aarhus area here.
Being an expat spouse in Denmark offers a wealth of opportunities, such as getting a job, continuing your education, learning languages, meeting new cultures, exploring Danish society, establishing new cross-cultural friendships or maybe setting up your own business. The opportunities are numerous and Aarhus University, in collaboration with our partners throughout Denmark, offers a wide range of networks, services, events and opportunities to support you as an expat spouse at Aarhus University. University International Club and Spouse Community at International Community exemplify expat spouse activities in the Aarhus area.
Furthermore, all children in Denmark are guaranteed a place in childcare from 26 weeks old until they start school. Therefore, spouses don’t necessarily have to stay at home in order to look after their children. Most children in Denmark are actually placed in childcare with professionally educated kindergarten teachers, but you may also have your children looked after in a private home. Read more about childcare in the Aarhus area here.