Real Life Experiment: Is Denmark REALLY That Expensive (Compared to Finland)?

So, I am in this cool little country, called Denmark. It has an own currency, unlike Finland. Now, 1 DKK =  0.1345 € meaning that 10 DKK is approximately 1.35 €. Well, this is a hard calculation to do when you're tired after work. Thus, the prices in stores don't tell me much. But let's this time check: Is Denmark really that expensive?

I went to this local store calle Fotex:

I needed stuff. And I mostly followed the funny discounts. Like: Buy 2 get the second one practically for free! Buy this product for -30% and these for -50%... Yep, it's a deal. Noteworthy: There are many discounts in the store, simply too many.

But what does it mean in €uros? First of all, the total cost was 182.85 DKK.

According to Google, I just spend 24.58 € (27.32 US Dollars). Additionally, the tights that I bought made almost 40 % of this. Wow, they were relatively expensive..

Balsam: 10 DKK = 1.34 € = $1.49  --> Cheap!

Tights: 69 DKK = 9.28 € = $ 10.30 --> affordable / approx normal (hard to say without quality knowledge)

Cold cuts (per 200 g): 20 DKK= 2.69 € = $2.99  --> normal?

Ariel + Lenor (Washing powder + Fabric softener): 32 DKK= 4.30 € = $ 4.78 --> Inexpensive

Läkerol 13.95 DKK = 1.88€ = $2.08 ---> it's something similar in Finland? But these I must have.

Orange Juice 10 DKK = 1.34 € --> What! Should go buy more! Cheap for being 100% fruit and organic..

Therefore, I wouldn't call Denmark that expensive. However, the prices for dining out are in other dimension. Luckily, lunch at the university cost around 30 - 38 DKK = 4 - 5.11 € which sounds fine but the plate is quite small. Most of my colleagues here bring their own lunch.


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