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The High Cost of Living in Copenhagen: A Swede’s Perspective

Sticker Shock: The Cost of Living in Denmark for Swedes

Copenhagen, we love your atmosphere, your cafes, and your adorable Tivoli Garden. But boy, the spice of your prices are enough to burn a hole through our wallets! Did you know that for a Swede, a simple salad and a small bottle of Ramlösa can set you back by 380 Kronor? Shocking, I know!

A Bitter Lunch

That’s about how much we spent when we decided to lunch at Café Europa. Once a pleasant pit-stop, its menu now reads like a horror novel for a Swede’s pocket. Factor in the all-mighty Danish krona, and a casual lunch quickly turns into a grand affair! And that’s just for a mundane salmon salad and a bottle of flavored water!

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Call it Danish charm or just hunger, but we didn’t retreat, laughing at the outrageous 198 Kronor cost for a salad, and 48 Kronor for water. Total damage? 380 Swedish Kronor, just for lunch.

A Tourist’s Wallet Nightmare

The Tivoli Garden jaunts we loved have also been hit by the currency exchange rate. Popping in to admire the beautiful Christmas decorations? That’ll be 155 Danish Kronor, please – a whopping 240 Swedish Kronor. A trip for a family of four quickly escalates to almost 1,000 Kronor!

But our Danish friends don’t seem fazed by this. Lines for entry are still long and the cafes are still bustling. Maybe it’s because the Danish economy is booming with their strong Krona. Or maybe they’re just enjoying their stronger spending power when they cross the bridge to Sweden.

“Our trips to Sweden have become more frequent, despite the bridge tolls. It’s sad for Sweden, but we make the most of it,” says Sören, a local we met on the streets.

A Rapport, Not a Rant

Now, now, before you brand us bitter tourists, we’re not ranting. We’re just surprised! A visit to Copenhagen now requires a bit more planning and budgeting than before.

But hey, our Danish friends still enjoy their “hygge.” Niels and Elisa, both working in Copenhagen, love their strong Krona. Around this time of year, they spend their off-hours savoring local treats and warm glögg at Christmas markets, undeterred by the frosty weather.

In conclusion, Denmark still charms us, despite the frightening currency exchange rate. For future visits though, we might just stick to the Circle K gas station outside Copenhagen. At 18.90 Kronor, their diesel is cheaper than ours!

Fun Fact: The Danish Krona is pegged to the Euro, and Denmark’s National bank has a reserve of 600 billion Kronor to defend its exchange rate!

But hey, the strong Krona doesn’t deter the warm Danish spirit. As Niels toasted us with his glögg mug, “We hope the Swedish economy bounces back soon.” We hope so too, Niels. Until then, see you at the Christmas markets! And maybe some window shopping at Café Europa.

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