The level of English is very high in Denmark so there is not a great demand for English tuition from the local population. However, limited opportunities to teach Advanced and Business English classes do exist in Copenhagen and these are popular with foreigners working in Denmark. Salaries are relatively low although it can be very lucrative for EU nationals to open up their own language schools if they wish to make Denmark a long-term home. If you are able to find work then Denmark is a delightful country to explore.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres||800 – 1,500 (DOS)||Various but sometimes 6 days a week||2 weeks plus national holidays|
|National and International schools and universities||2,500 upwards||9am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work||10 weeks plus national holidays|
Main places for jobs
Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national, local interview preferred.
1. Non-EU nationals should try to arrange a job and a work permit several months before arriving.
2. EU nationals should consider setting up their own language school if they wish to reside in Denmark for a long time.
3. Learn some Danish language – it will go a long way to endearing you to local people (even if your pronunciation is terrible!).
As with most countries in Europe, it is a lot easier for EU nationals to find work as the paperwork required is significantly less than when applying to employ non-EU nationals.
Cost of living
Living costs are moderately high.
Tax and salary information
Employers generally pay your income tax for you and as usual you should expect to be paid on a monthly basis.
|A very pleasant and safe country to live in||Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals|
|Fascinating architecture and history||Very few job opportunities|
|Excellent infrastructure||High living costs|
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