SHARE
COPY LINK
For members

PROPERTY

MAP: Where in Denmark do you need to earn a million kroner to buy a house?

There are now 13 municipalities in Denmark where a couple needs to pull in more than a million kroner a year to be able to buy a detached house of 140 square meters, according to a new survey by the mortgage lender RealKredit. Browse are map to see how the earning requirement varies.

MAP: Where in Denmark do you need to earn a million kroner to buy a house?
The expensive areas are all bunched around the northeast coast of Zealand around Copenhagen. Photo: Datawrapper

Anyone trying to borrow money to buy a house in the Danish capital will be well aware that, for many, it’s now well outside their price range.

Indeed, according to a new analysis by the mortgage provider Realredit, every single one of the 13 municipalities where a couple needs to be taking home a combined million kroner in salary a year is in or around Copenhagen. 

As you can see on the interactive map below, almost all of the pricy areas are bunched together on the northeastern corner of Zealand. 

Copenhagen municipality, where a couple needs 1,571,154 kroner in salary to be able to buy a detached house, is not even the most expensive area. To buy a detached house in Frederiksberg, which takes in some of the leafiest areas to the west of the city, a couple needs to be earning a combined 2,218,698 kroner. 

To get a detached house in Gentofte, on the coast north of the capital, a couple needs to be earning 1,865,217 kroner a year. 

It's not until you get to 18th place in RealKredit's list that you find a municipality outside the Copenhagen area. T

To buy a detached house in Aarhus, a couple needs to be earning 952, 904 kroner. 

The municipalities where buyers need to lowest income are Morsø in the north of Jutland (617,922 kr), Tønder on the far southwest corner of Jutland (621,336), and Lolland, the island south of Zealand (623,290 kr). 

You can see the full list of 96 municipalities below. 

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.
For members

PROPERTY

What do foreigners need to know about buying a home in Denmark?

After several years of settling down in Denmark, it’s natural for foreign residents to think about buying a home. What’s worth knowing about getting on the property ladder as a non-Dane?

What do foreigners need to know about buying a home in Denmark?

For some foreign home buyers in Denmark, their first Danish home might not be the first home they have bought, and there will be a few differences in rules to take into account.

For others, Denmark might be the place where you take your first step onto the property ladder.

In either case, there are several rules and facets of the Danish housing market that are worth knowing when you set out.

I have savings, am a permanent resident in Denmark and want to buy a home. What should I do?

Unsurprisingly, the first step is to get approved for a mortgage or, in Danish kreditgodkendt.

“Then the thing to do is go down to a bank and get a købsbevis [mortgage certificate, ed.],” Mikkel Høegh, department director for real estate economics with Jyske Bank, told The Local via email.

“Here you will have a meeting at which you are pre-approved to buy a property up to a certain amount,” Høegh said.

The meeting, which takes place with an advisor from the bank, involves setting out a budget and looking at the applicant’s tax information to get an overview of their personal finances.

“Once you have been (approved) you can start house hunting,” he said.

The certificate is based on a calculation of “what amount you are in a position to buy a property for,” Lise Nytoft Bergmann, real estate economist and senior analyst with bank Nordea, told The Local.

House hunting can initially be done online, while buyers should talk with their families about how the see their future home, Bergmann advised.

“Whether it’s location that’s given highest priority, or the number of square metres, how modern a property… have these thorough conversations with the family about what you see as most important,” she said.

Are there any rules relating to buying a home that apply specifically to foreign nationals?

“There are no special rules for foreigners as such,” Høegh said.

Danish mortgages are based on the prices of the house being purchases, and buyers are approved to buy for that amount, he explained.

“The next step is then to find the property. When it’s been found, the property is what guarantees the loan. This means that the mortgage lender has a guarantee in the property. So it’s the property that is most important here,” he said.

“The buyer must pay at least 5 percent (of the price of the house) upfront,” he noted.

What if there’s a chance I might move back home (or somewhere else) in future? Should I still buy a house in Denmark?

“There some overheads which are connected to buying a house,” Bergmann said.

“They’re not entirely small, and so therefore it’s an advantage to spread these costs out over as many years as possible,” she said.

These include a registration fee which must be paid to the state of 1,750 kroner plus 0.6 percent of the purchasing price; and registration of the mortgage deed (pantebreve) of 1,730 kroner plus 1.45 percent of the purchase price.

Banks and mortgage lenders must usually also be paid for their work related to the purchase. This can include assessing the buyer for the mortgage certificate and for issuing it, valuing the property, and producing documentation as well as for consultancy. These costs can vary between financial institutions.

It may also be necessary to take advice from third parties such as lawyers, architects or electricians. The costs of actually moving, insurance and renovation must also be considered.

“We usually that you should have a timescale of a minimum of five years, and preferably longer,” Bergmann said in relation to staying in Denmark after buying a home.

What can I do to make sure I get the best mortgage offer?

“In Denmark the prices of mortgages are relatively similar and there is no difference between people and the price they are offered,” Høegh said.

“As such, what is important is finding a property that can be turned over, in other words you should keep in mind that another buyer must come after you,” he said.

“In addition to this, the price of the mortgage is related to how much of the loan is in the property. The more money you bring yourself [through the deposit, ed.], the cheaper it is to loan,” he said.

Both fixed and variable interest rate mortgages are available in Denmark, and the terms for these may stand out from what is available in other countries.

“A quite unique thing in Denmark is that you can get a fixed interest rate mortgage for 30 years. There are very few places in the world where you can do that, so when we say fixed rate we don’t just mean five or eight years,” Høegh said.

“Additionally, a mortgage in Denmark is such that the borrower can always go to market interest, so there is also nothing like a penalty interest which you see in other countries,” he said.

“Denmark has therefore an incredibly efficient mortgage system which everyone who buys a property has access to,” he said.

SHOW COMMENTS