Denmark Prices Compared to US
So far I’ve shown you Denmark prices compared to US Dollars on groceries, and cosmetics, toiletries & spa treatments. In my last post of this series, I’ll show you the prices of liquor, dining out, and recreational activities in Denmark.
The prices given in USD are based on the average exchange rate from when I arrived in Denmark in 2010, through 2014, which is 5.60 Danish Kroner to 1 US Dollar.
Denmark Prices Compared to US: Liquor
Denmark doesn’t have many liquor stores, we usually buy our liquor from the grocery store. All of my retail liquor prices have been taken from SuperBrugsen, which is a mid-level grocery store, comparable to an average grocery store in the US, something between Aldi and Whole Foods.
|Item||Size||Price (DKK)||Price (USD)|
|Cosmopolitan Cocktail (average bar)||each||100.00||$17.85|
|Marlboro Reds||20 pack||44.00||$7.85|
Denmark Prices Compared to US: Restaurants
It’s difficult to give standard prices for independently owned restaurants, so I compared prices across mid-range restaurants and took the average price. Think of the kind of place you’d be likely to order from on a night you can’t be bothered to cook, so not something you’d choose for a special occasion, and not something on verge of being shut down by the health department.
|Item||Price (DKK)||Price (USD)|
|Bagel & Cream Cheese||30.00||$5.35|
|Big Mac Value Meal||59.00||$10.53|
|Burger & Fries (Casual Cafe)||129.00||$23.03|
|Egg McMuffin Value Meal||35.00||$6.25|
|Pizza (personal size, combo toppings)||82.00||$14.64|
|Soft Drink (50cl/17oz)||25.00||$4.46|
|Starbucks Caramel Macchiato (Venti)||54.00||$9.64|
|Sushi (15 mixed maki & nigiri)||130.00||$23.21|
Denmark Prices Compared to US: Recreation
|Activity||Price (DKK)||Price (USD)|
|Bowling (per game)||185.00||$33.03|
Managing My Leisure Budget in Denmark
For me, going out is rarely worth the cost in Denmark. Many places don’t have a vegetarian option on the menu and the ones that do are usually pretty awful. A veggie burger here is often a burger with all of the toppings, minus the burger. Or a roll with a bunch of lettuce and a few tiny pieces of falafel. Otherwise, it’s a lame pasta dish, a salad, a piece of quiche, or nachos. From time to time, I’ll try a Grouponish offer, but otherwise, I save my dining out budget for when I’m abroad.
Takeaway is also expensive and not very good. If I do order in, I usually end up thinking how much better my food is than the stuff I just spent a week’s grocery budget to have delivered, and concluding “never again.” Denmark has definitely made me a better cook.
Alcohol is my biggest splurge. I couldn’t continue to live in Denmark if not for martinis and wine ;-) I invest in good wine, but always buy it on sale. I’ve got a rather big stash of a nice California Zin that I bought on offer for half price… about $9/bottle. I also keep a small martini bar, stocked mostly with things I buy abroad duty free. I drink at home, or at friends’ homes—I never go out drinking in bars or clubs.
I’ve only been to the cinema once in Denmark, and been bowling once since I move here. Having golfed some really elaborate mini-golf courses in the US, the homemade plywood obstacles they have here are a bit of a snooze.
By now you’re probably thinking that I’m cheap and boring… but I’m really not! It’s so inexpensive to fly within Europe, that I’d much rather cook at home and not go to the cinema, instead spending that money on long weekends in Rome, Athens, London, or wherever.
How do these prices compare to your local prices? Curious about the price of something I haven’t mentioned? Tell me in the comments :)
P.S. Check out my monthly feature where I post an itemized list of my grocery spending for the past month. Read first post here.