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Buying property in Denmark – full guide

Non-EU residents in Denmark can purchase a property after residing for five years or with a valid residence or business permit. EU citizens employed in Denmark can buy without a permit. They must obtain Ministry of Justice approval, confirming the property as their primary residence year-round.

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You could come across the word “andelsbolig” while searching for a home to purchase in Denmark. In apartment complexes, particularly in large cities, the acquisition of a property in this manner is quite common. Andelsbolig, to put it simply, is the act of purchasing a portion of a structure. Originally developed in the early 20th century to lower housing costs, the idea has persisted ever since.

Andelsboliger is much less expensive than an outright purchase. You will get your apartment in the complex, and you are free to modify it in any way you choose. One thing to bear in mind about an andelsbolig is that you and the other residents are responsible for maintaining the structure. You are responsible for paying for repairs if anything breaks. If you want to participate in an andelsbolig, you must ensure that everything is organized properly. Otherwise, organizing things may be a major nuisance. During the viewing process, you may ask plenty of questions concerning this.

The purchase procedure

You start the process by browsing for locations you like, and after you’ve discovered something that piques your interest, you can set up a viewing. You may submit an offer for the home or apartment you wish to buy if you like it after seeing it. Once you’ve passed that obstacle, you may start applying for mortgages; to avoid the hassle of having to do all the paperwork, you should work with a solicitor. You must affix your signature to the papers you are given to sign.

You may start anticipating your move-in date after you’ve signed the purchase agreement with your seller and the notarized deed of transfer. In Denmark, a down payment is often needed to acquire a home. Laws vary for EU and non-EU citizens, including British nationals (considered non-EU since 2021). Non-EU nationals might need to deposit up to 40% or as low as 10%, while EU citizens typically require a minimum 5% deposit when buying property in this country.

Types of real estate available in Denmark

When buying property in Denmark, your choices depend on your preferred location. Many people opt for apartments in city centers like Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Odense due to the high population density in these urban areas. In Copenhagen, the older ones are particularly sought after, which is not unexpected given how much character they possess. However, you should be aware that you’ll often need to carry out a lot of maintenance. Additionally, many older flats lack a lift, and the toilets might be quite tiny. Copenhagen has seen numerous construction projects in recent years to meet housing demand. While many Danes reside in apartments, a diverse range of housing options is also accessible in Denmark. Similar to that, you will discover several homes that are within your price range if you wish to reside in the country’s rural areas.


Depending on location, the price of a house for sale in Denmark varies greatly. Copenhagen and its surrounds are the costliest, with real estate prices being particularly high in more wealthy neighborhoods like Frederiksberg and Gentofte. On the other hand, you may discover extremely reasonable deals for properties in smaller towns if you want to live someplace calmer. According to Boligstatistik, the average cost per square meter for a detached or terraced property in all of Denmark in Q2 2022 was 17,808 DKK (£2,093.12).

The price for an apartment that was owner-occupied was 36,583 DKK (£4,229.23). Both of those costs notably climbed in the Copenhagen municipality, with an owner-occupied apartment costing 55,059 DKK and a detached/terrace home costing 53,049 DKK per square meter. As you would have predicted, housing costs are substantially cheaper in rural regions. For instance, listed residences on the island of Ærø typically cost 7,184 DKK per square meter.

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