Even if you’ve visited before, the process of moving to Copenhagen can take a while. Luckily, though, Denmark is pretty advanced in a digital sense. And coinciding with this, there are plenty of mobile apps to make settling in easier.
You’ll need to access many of the services you need in the capital online. But beyond that, you can also make your day-to-day life easier by ordering transport tickets, renting bikes, and more.
Here are five apps you should download when you move to Copenhagen.
Scandinavians, in general, do not like to be indebted to others. So, what’s the solution when you’re out and want to split the bill – but processing an order on two different cards is a bit of a hassle?
An app where you can send money quickly, of course.
With MobilePay, you can send money to others by choosing their phone number, entering the amount you want to transfer and swiping. You can also pay for items by scanning the QR code.
To use MobilePay, you need a Danish mobile number and bank account. While you can use the service in Denmark and Greenland, you cannot use it on the Faroe Islands.
While Copenhagen is easy to walk and cycle around, the city’s public transport system is also excellent.
Though you can buy tickets at stations, doing so on your mobile is often more convenient. The DOT Mobilbilletter app is the official app for buying public transport tickets in the Greater Copenhagen area.
When using DOT Mobilbilletter, you can buy both single tickets and passes lasting between 24 and 72 hours. Moreover, you can order commuter passes.
In addition to Copenhagen itself, you can purchase journey tickets for travel throughout Sjælland. If you haven’t yet got your Danish bank account set up, you can use a foreign Mastercard to buy tickets on the app.
Most important post in Denmark will be sent to you digitally. If you want to access your mail from your phone, you can do so through the e-Boks app.
e-Boks is where the authorities will send you information related to taxes, moving, and so on. You can also opt to receive letters from your bank through the app.
e-Boks is also ideal for sending messages to government services safely and securely.
To use e-Boks, you need to have a NemID account. Which brings us on to…
NemID is your key to pretty much everything in Denmark. You need a NemID to use online banking and access your digital post, and you can also use it to authorise payments at merchant websites.
When receiving your NemID login details in the post, you’ll get a card with numerous codes that expire after one use. But when downloading the app, you can verify your logins by swiping within the app.
To sign into the NemID mobile app, you can use fingerprint ID or facial recognition. Alternatively, you can log in using a code. Approving your sign-ins via the app will save you a lot of time in the long run, so it’s worth checking out.
Copenhagen is well-known for being one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world, if not the most.
Read More: 10 Facts About Cycling in Copenhagen
But buying a bike is a significant investment, and it’s worth taking some time to assess your options before doing so. And if you’re only staying for a few months, you might not want to purchase one at all.
In either case, you should consider downloading Donkey Republic, a rental service where you can pick up a bike from any of the various stations dotted around the city.
With Donkey Republic, you can choose to rent a bike for a single journey and drop it off again at another station. Alternatively, you can rent for up to 12 hours.
If you don’t want to pay for each use, you can also buy monthly memberships. The service is also available in other parts of Denmark and Southern Sweden and Belgium, Norway, and the Netherlands, amongst others.
Do you live in Copenhagen or elsewhere in Denmark? What apps do you use to make your life easier? Leave a comment below.