Expat Study 2014: Denmark is great for career and family life

9 out of 10 expats enjoy working and living in Denmark, and 46% of expats in Denmark plan on prolonging their stay, shows the new Expat Study 2014.

The primary reasons why expats move to Denmark are great career opportunities and interesting jobs in the life sci-ences, cleantech, healthtech and ICT sectors as well as an unmatched opportunity to have a good work-life balance.

And for the vast majority, expectations are fulfilled. 9 out of 10 expats enjoy working and living in Denmark, and 46% of expats are so happy with their life in Denmark that they intend to stay longer than originally planned. These are some of the findings in the new Expat Study 2014, released on 3 November 2014.

“It is good news for businesses and research institutions in Denmark that expats find it attractive to live and work here. The global competition for talent is hard, and attracting and retaining international talent remains a core priority for Copenhagen Capacity in order to fuel the growth in companies in Denmark”, says Claus Lønborg, CEO, Copenhagen Capacity.

Copenhagen is a talent hot spot
The study builds on several reports published in recent years, showing that Denmark is becoming a global talent hot spot. The 1,749 expats in the Expat Study 2014 come from all parts of the world. 70% of the expats have worked or studied outside their home country before coming to Denmark.

The Study is drafted by Oxford Research and is sponsored by 10 partners: Aarhus University, the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), Copenhagen Capacity, The Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment (STAR), The Danish Society of Engineers (IDA), International Community, Lyngby-Taarbæk City of Knowledge & Urban Development, the Ministry of Business and Growth, The Murmur, The Technical University of Denmark (DTU), University of Copenhagen.

Key findings in the Expat Study 2014

  • 60% of all expats in Denmark live in the Copenhagen Region.
  • 50% of the expats in Denmark have more than 5 years of working experience.
  • 25% of the expats in Denmark work in the research industry.
  • 3 out of 5 expats either agrees or strongly agrees there being good career opportunities in Denmark.
  • 78% of the expats find that the Danish work culture is appealing.
  • 84% of the expats either agree or strongly agree that they are satisfied with their job in Denmark.

Read more in the Expat Study 2014