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Family relocation

This section outlines what the International Staff Unit (ISU) considers to be the most important issues before arrival faced by Aalborg University’s international staff members and their families. It is intended to support international staff, who consider relocating to Denmark with children or a spouse/partner.

There are different things to consider when moving to another country to live and/ or work. Moving to Denmark for work can broaden your life experience and career prospects. However, it can also mean that you will face some challenges. Aalborg University (AAU) acknowledges that some of these challenges might not only be related to bureaucracy and other practical matters, but instead to how you build a local social network.

Hence, we have come up with a checklist of the top three challenges you might need to take into account if you are currently considering or planning to move to Denmark, and work at AAU.

Please note that if you are planning to live in Denmark for a shorter period of time (e.g. guest researchers, guest PhDs) and you are planning to bring a child of school-age, you need to be aware that it can be very difficult to have your child admitted into a school in Denmark, both public and private.

Childcare in Denmark

All children in Denmark are guaranteed a place in a childcare institution. The vast majority of children aged between 3-5 years are cared for in a day care facility from Monday to Friday.

Options for childcare consist of day cares for children 0-3 years old, kindergartens for children 3-6 years old and pre-school/after school centres for children 6-10 years old. In addition, there is the option of local childcare, in which children are cared for in private homes by a registered child minder.

In most cases, the opening hours of the childcare facilities are Monday-Thursday 6:30 am to 5 pm, and Fridays until 4 pm. Opening hours may vary depending on the specific institution and geographical area.

Childcare is financed partly by the parents, partly by the municipality. Prices may differ depending on the municipality and the type of childcare. Prices for children 0-3 years old are approx. up to DKK 4,100 per month including meals. Kindergartens often cost less.

Most childcare services are municipal, but there are also many privately owned facilities as well, and in a few of them, the spoken language is English. To register, please contact the respective municipality, and do it as soon as possible as most institutions will have waiting lists. Please be aware that your child will need a CPR number in order to register for childcare.

Child benefits and allowances