Teaching English in Denmark

Denmark Overview

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


Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national, local interview preferred.

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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!).

Red tape

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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  1. Sarah Wang says:

    I am a EU national, I am looking at moving to Denmark in March 2013. I am highly qualified as an English Teacher, Art Teacher, Drama and Dance Teacher. I am also a Youth and Community worker. I have two masters degrees. I am currently living in China as an Academic Director for an English School. I am keen to apply for jobs in Universities, international schools or private institutions. If you can send me some contacts or networks i would really appreciate it.

    • Natalie says:

      Hi there
      Just browsing cause I have a similar question…..As I saw ur plans were about March 2013…did u get there already?
      Hows there? Planning on movin in summer 2014. Im a Teacher too.

      Looking forward to ur reply:)))
      Greetings from Sofia, BG!:)

  2. Sara says:

    Hey friends,

    I hold a PhD in TEFL and I’ve got my working visa for Denmark. I will be there by February. I am looking for teaching positions in Denmark. Is there any one to help?

    Thanks alot,

  3. Mohamad Imanian says:

    Dear Sara,
    I am a PhD Student of TEFL in Iran and I am reflecting on migrating to Copenhagen. I will be grateful if you let me know about your success in finding a TEFL Job there?

  4. jenkinsgirls says:

    I am a recent graduate from the US. Can anyone give me a reputable company for beginning teachers wanting to teach abroad? Thank you!

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