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The average Dane

The average Dane has the surname Nielsen and is 42.2 years old. He or she sees a doctor or a dentist about eleven times a year. He or she drives a Volkswagen and usually spends his or her holidays in Spain.


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 Jensen.
  • The average age is 42.2 years - women are 43.1 years, and men are 41.4 years.
  • 50.3 per cent of the population are women.
  • On average, men live 79.4 years, while women live 83.1 years.

Earnings and wealth

  • The average employee in Denmark earns DKK 45,481 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.
  • In 2021, Danes had an average (median) net worth of DKK 749,519 after subtracting liabilities from assets.


  • 44.9 per cent of Danes above the age of 18 are either married or separated.
  • 39.8 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 33.4 years, while that of men is 35.6 years.
  • On average, brides age is 37.0 years, while grooms are 39.4 years.
  • Most divorces happen when people are 40 to 49 years old.

Family life

  • Women give birth to their first child at the average age of 29.9 years.
  • The average age of all women giving birth is 31.4 years.
  • The average age of first-time fathers is 31.5 years, and the average age of all fathers at the birth of their children is 33.5 years.
  • These days, new babies are most frequently named Alma or Oscar.
  • We have an average of 1.6 children.


  • "No time to die" was the best-selling film in 2021 with 1,034,000 sold cinema tickets.
  • In 2021, cinema ticket sales reached 6.6m, which was 6.2m fewer tickets than in 2020, corresponding to a decline of 45 per cent. The explanation is the extensive lockdowns during COVID-19.
  • When Danes go on holidays of at least four nights, they most often go to Spain. In 2021, Danes spent 22 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 70 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.
  • The majority of online shoppers ordered clothes, sports goods, tickets for events and fastfood.
  •  93 per cent of families have at least one smartphone.


  • One in seven persons moved in the course of 2022 – altogether, 895,008 changes of address were registered during the year.
  • 56 per cent of all dwellings are occupied by the owner.
  • An average of 2.1 persons live in each household.
  • A total of 95 per cent of Danish families have internet access at home.


  • 11 per cent of the Danes were admitted to a hospital in 2018.
  • On average, each Dane is in contact with doctors, dentists and medical specialists etc. and medical specialists etc.  11 times per year.
  • Danes above the age of 18 purchase beer, wine and spirits corresponding to 9.7 litres of pure alcohol per year. This corresponds to 13.3 units per week.
  • The annual sales of cigarettes etc. is 1.027 – or close to 51 packets – per capita above the age of 18.
  • 31 per cent of Danes between the age of 16 and 74 have purchased medicine via the internet within a year.

Energy and Transportation

  • An average Danish household spent DKK 19,926 on energy (electricity, gas and other fuels). One third went for electricity.
  • 80 per cent of all passenger transport in Denmark is by car.
  • With 331,668 cars, Volkswagen was the most common car in 2022.