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The average Dane

The average Dane has the surname Nielsen and is 42.0 years old. He or she sees a doctor or a dentist a little more than ten times a year. He or she drives a Volkswagen and usually spends his or her holidays in Spain.

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Him and her

  • Anne and Peter are the most common first names, while Nielsen is the most common last name. The most common full names are Henrik Nielsen and Kirsten Nielsen.
  • The average age is 42.0 years - women are 42.9 years, and men are 41.1 years.
  • 50.3 per cent of the population are women.
  • On average, men live 79.5 years, while women live 83.6 years.

Income and earnings

  • The average employee in Denmark earns DKK 43,487 per month before taxes. The amount includes pension and is calculated by the so-called standardised hourly earnings translated to a full-time monthly salary.
  • The average Dane has a total pre-tax income of DKK 338,122 per year. In addition to earnings, income also includes e.g. investment income, self-employment income and transfers of income.
  • An average couple with two children have an annual pre-tax income of DKK 1,026,376 in total.


  • 45.6 per cent of Danes above the age of 18 are either married or separated.
  • 48.0 per cent of all marriages are dissolved by divorce.
  • Marriages dissolved by divorce last for an average of 12.7 years.
  • The average age of women who get married for the first time is 32.9 years, while that of men is 35.2 years.
  • On average, brides age is 36.6 years, while grooms are 39.1 years.
  • Most divorces happen when people are 40 to 49 years old.

Family life


  • "Another round" was the best-selling film in 2020 with 785,000 sold cinema tickets.
  • A total of 7.0m cinema tickets were sold, which corresponds to each Dane going to the cinema a little more than twice a year on average.
  • When Danes go on holidays of at least four nights, they most often go to Spain. In 2019, Danes spent 15 per cent of their long holidays in Spain.
  • The majority of adults use social media. 85 per cent of Danes between the age of 16 and 74 have a profile on social media.
  • The majority of both women and men listen to (stream) music via the internet. This goes for pretty much all 16-39-year-old Danes and slightly more men than women, and for 75 per cent of  the population as a whole.
  • 64 per cent of Danish internet users between 16 and 89 years stream television or films.
  • Crime novels are the most popular literary genre. One in three adults prefer to read crime stories.
  • Up until the COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020, tickets for theatres, cinemas and concerts were the most popular e-commodities. The pandemic has resulted in reduced sales of some types of commodities, while it has boosted online sales of e.g. fast food and take-away from restaurants, which every other Dane has now purchased.
  •  90 per cent of families have at least one smartphone.



Energy and Transportation

  • An average Danish household spent DKK 23,581 on energy (electricity, gas and other fuels). One third went for electricity.
  • 78 per cent of all passenger transport in Denmark is by car.
  • With 326,447 cars, Volkswagen was the most common car in 2020.


Margrethe Pihl Bisgaard