Last updated February 21, 2021
Food & Shopping
Most Danish grocery stores can be classified according to selection and price:
|Selection \ Price
Salling Group (formerly Dansk Supermarked) owns Netto, Føtex, Bilka and Salling Super.
- Netto is generally open from 7h-22h all days of the week except for holidays.
- Føtex is generally open from 7h-21h all days of the week except for holidays. It also sells a lot of non-food items, such as clothing and household items. The proportion of non-food to food is higher than Kvickly. Most if not all Føtex stores have a real post office. All Føtex stores have a bakery. It is comparable to HEMA in the Netherlands or Target in the US.
- Bilka is generally open from 7h-23h all days of the week, often including holidays. Bilka stores are always located outside city centers due to their massive size. All Bilka stores have a bakery and a real post office, and—like Føtex—sell a lot of non-food items and even larger objects and electronics. It is comparable to a Walmart in the US or 総合スーパー in Japan.
- Salling Super is a supermarket in the basement of the Salling department store in Aarhus. It is open 10h-18h offering luxury and specialty foods.
Coop owns Fakta, Coop 365, Super Brugsen, Kvickly and Irma.
- Fakta is generally open from 7/8h-21/22h all days of the week, often including holidays.
- Coop 365 is generally open from 7/8h-21/22h all days of the week.
- Super Brugsen has varying hours from the early morning to the late evening and is almost always open all days of the week.
- Kvickly is generally open from 7/8h-21/22h all days of the week. It also sells some non-food items, such as clothing and household items. The proportion of food to non-food is higher than Føtex. All Kvickly stores have a bakery that often opens before the store itself.
- Irma has varying hours from the late morning to the late evening and is almost always open all days of the week, albeit often opening later on the weekend. Irma almost exclusively exists in Greater Copenhagen and the north-east of Sealand.
- Aldi is generally open from 8-21h all days of the week, including holidays.
- Lidl is generally open from 7/8h-21/22h all days of the week.
- REMA 1000 is generally open from 7/8h-21/22h all days of the week.
- SPAR has varying hours from the early morning to the late evening and is almost always open all days of the week.
- Meny is generally open from 7/8h-20/21h all days of the week.
There are a few companies that will deliver your groceries for you to your door.
- Coop.dk MAD: Coop will deliver your groceries from the nearest warehouse or a local Kvickly of your choice, if you do not live close to a warehouse. You can also do Click & Collect from a nearby Kvickly. Your groceries are delivered in a truck. The selection includes everything you can find in a physical Kvickly, including produce, dairy, frozen food, alcohol and fresh-baked bread and cakes.
- REMA 1000 Vigo: REMA 1000 has a gig service where you can have one of their gig workers pick up your groceries from a nearby REMA 1000 and deliver it to your door. Be aware that the selection on the website and in the store where your groceries are picked up may vary. As a result, you will likely not end up with exactly what you ordered. REMA 1000 often offer same-day delivery.
- Nemlig: Nemlig will deliver your groceries to your door by truck from their central warehouse in Copenhagen. If you live on Fyn or in Jutland this can become a very long drive, but your groceries will be kept at an appropriate temperature. This may still not be preferable for environmental reasons. Nemlig offers everything you would expect to find in a nice grocery store, including produce, dairy, frozen food, alcohol and fresh-baked bread and cakes.
- Osuma: Osuma will collect your groceries in a Coop store near you and deliver it to your door by truck. You can also do Click & Collect. The selection includes your average grocery selection, including produce, dairy, alcohol and frozen food.
Pant (bottle return system)
Many types of drink packaging come with pant, a deposit paid on top of the price of the item, which is returned to you when you return the empty packaging at a pant machine found at all grocery stores.
There are three types of pant: A, B and C worth respectively 1, 1.5 and 3 kr. You will find pant A on all metal cans and glass bottles, B on plastic bottles under 1L, and C on plastic bottles of 1L or more.
There is pant on most soft drinks, beer, juices, etc. You will never find pant on products containing milk.
Denmark has a proud, long-lasting tradition of dairy production and most importantly consumption.
Milk is sold in cartons of 1 L. Here is an overview of the milk types you will find in stores:
- Sødmælk (Sweet Milk) is the creamiest milk type available with a fat percentage of 3.5%. It is always in dark blue cartons. This is the equivalent of full cream or whole milk in English-speaking countries, lait entier in France, Vollmilch in Germany, volle melk in the Netherlands or toned milk in India.
- Letmælk (Light Milk) is the average milk type with a fat percentage of 1.5%. It is always in light blue cartons. This is the equivalent of semi-skimmed (1.5-1.8%)/reduced-fat (2%)/lowfat (1%) in English-speaking countries, lait demi-écrémé in France, Fettarmemilch/Halbfettmilch in Germany, halfvolle melk in the Netherlands or double toned milk in India.
- Minimælk (Mini Milk) is the least creamy milk that is not fully skimmed. It has a fat percentage of 0.4%. It is always in light blue-greyish cartons. This is the equivalent of fattier skimmed milk in English-speaking countries, lait écrémé in France or Magermilch in Germany.
- Skummetmælk (Skimmed Milk) is the least creamy milk with a fat percentage of 0.5%-0.1%, although usually just 0.1%. It is always in light grey cartons. It is the equivalent of normal skimmed milk in English-speaking countries and magere melk in the Netherlands. In France and Germany the equivalents for minimælk are fattier than skummetmælk.
Online shopping is as easy in Denmark as it is in most other places. However, one thing that might make it easier here as opposed to some other places, is the existence of price comparison websites. The most commonly used ones are PriceRunner and EDB-Priser (only for electronics). These sites will find the cheapest online store for whichever product you search for; even if it is an uncommon store.
For clothes shopping, price comparison websites may not be what you want. In this case stores such as Zalando and Boozt.com may be useful.
Shipping from online stores in Denmark may be different from what you are used to. When checking out you will almost always be presented with a shipping screen where you have to pick a shipping option. Here the options are usually some of the following:
- Delivery to your door with PostNord (the national postal service): PostNord will knock on your door and hand you your parcel. If you are not home, you will receive an email, SMS or a slip in your mailbox instructing you to pick it up at a specific post office near you the next day. It is possible to sign up for flexible delivery which permits the post to leave your parcels at a designated location such as your door/garage should you not be home. Note that PostNord do not do door-to-door deliveries during the weekend.
- Delivery to a post office, package box or collect shop with PostNord: PostNord will drop off your parcel at a location of your choosing where it can be picked up as soon as it has arrived. This service is also available on Saturdays. Note that should the location you picked (in particular package boxes) be full, the parcel will instead be dropped off at a close-by post office.
- Delivery to your door with a private company: There are several private companies offering parcel delivery within Denmark. Some of the most common of such are GLS, Bring, DAO and DHL. These companies all have different rules and procedures from PostNord, so make sure to check the requirements for drop-off at your door before choosing such an option.
- Delivery to a package store with a private company: This is often the cheapest option. Private companies will drop off your parcel at a package store of your choosing where it can be picked up the day it arrives.