It is difficult to find a good job in Copenhagen without an EU passport and fluent Danish, however menial jobs in Denmark pay well so you should do alright if you're not fussy and determined to find work.
Make the most of any friends who know the job market and check the papers everyday. The Wednesday and Sunday editions of Berlingske Tidende (website www.berlingske.dk) and Politiken (website www.politiken.dk) are a good source of job listings as well as some free papers such as Søndagsavisen (website www.sondagsavisen.dk). You can also search online job listings at Jobzonen (website www.jobzonen.dk) and Stepston (website www.stepstone.dk). Jobs in Copenhagen (website www.jobsincopenhagen.com) is a good website to check, as they specialise in jobs for English speakers.
If you don't have specialist skills, you'll have a better chance of landing a job if you look for casual work in bars, fast food chains, hotels and restaurants as well as cleaning and newspaper delivery.
Look in the yellow pages under Rengøring for cleaning companies, or contact one of the following newspaper delivery companies about work:
If you have an EU passport it's worth checking with employment agencies (vikarbureauer) which sometimes take on people with limited Danish for more labour intensive work.
Although Danish Job Centres (Arbejsformidling AF) are more geared towards Danes, it's a good idea to drop in and check out their noticeboards. Try the following branches:
If you speak good Danish you can turn up at the casual work centre (Løsarbejderformidling) at 6am to see what work is available. The casual work centre is located at Tøndergade 14.
If you're a citizen of the Nordic countries/regions (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Aaland Islands, the Faroe Islands or Greenland) and aged between 18 and 26, you can apply for Nordjobb (website www.nordjobb.net) and get a summer job in one of these countries.
The Danish Cultural Institute also organises work exchange programmes. Contact your local office for more information:
Although it is a long shot, if you're suitably qualified you could try finding work with an international agency where the working language is English. Nice work if you can get it! The following international agencies are based in Copenhagen:
If you're musically inclined, you could try busking on the streets. If you're talented you may find Copenhagen quite a lucrative city to spend the summer.
No permits are required for individuals and groups of three or less people who perform acoustic music. However you are limited to performing 7am-10pm daily at Rådhuspladsen and at Kongens Nytorv by Krinsen and Mon-Thu 4pm-8pm, Fri 3pm-8pm, Sat 10am-5pm and Sun 12 noon-5pm elsewhere in the city.
Other street performers will need permits issued by the city council and the police station.