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Living in Copenhagen


General shopping for food is best done at the inexpensive supermarket chain called Netto, Lidl, or the one called Fakta. They both have a fairly good selection of your basic food products at a reasonable price.

Føtex and Kvickly are supermarkets with a wider selection of goods, however, a little more expensive than Netto, Lidl, and Fakta. Føtex and Kvickly also carry stationary supplies, electrical appliances etc.

The opening hours in supermarkets are typicially from 8 am to 10 pm each day. Smaller stores will most likely close around 6 pm on weekdays, 2 pm on Saturday and they are usually closed on Sundays.

Most supermarkets such as, Føtex, Kvickly (incl. Superbrugsen, Dagligbrugsen; Irma etc.) have bakeries with fresh bread and pastries. They usually open at 8 am. Most supermarkets in Denmark sell “over the counter” (i.e. without prescription) painkillers/aspirin and cough syrup etc. The regular painkillers/aspirin are called “Panodil” or the cheaper “Simplex.”

Useful links for your life in Copenhagen

Registration at the Municipality (Folkeregister)

The Danish Media cost (Licens)

Applying for a Housing Subsidy (Boligstøtte)

The University of Copenhagen's Guide to living in Copenhagen