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What to remember - step by step

When moving to Denmark as a non-Danish citizen there are several steps to consider and remember to ensure your stay is legal.

Depending on where you hold a citizenship, the rules for entering Denmark varies. You can read more about what you need to consider below:

  • Nordic citizens

    If you are a citizen of Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden, you do not need to apply for a registration certificate because as a citizen of a Nordic country you have the right to reside in Denmark without permission.

    As a Nordic citizen, you are free to reside, study and work in Denmark.

    Upon entering Denmark you need to register that you are here.

    This is done by coming by  Citizen Service at Skolegade 1, 7100 Vejle. Opening hours are Monday- Wednesday 9-15, Thursday 9-17 and Friday 9-14. 

    Nordic nationals may enter Denmark without a passport, but you must always be able to identify yourself by means of, for example, a driver’s license, a passport or a cash card.

  • Residence for EU/EEA citizen

    As an EU citizen you may freely enter Denmark and remain in this country for up to three months without an EU residence certificate. If you are a job seeker, you may reside in Denmark for up to six months without a residence certificate. The periods of three and six months are calculated from the date of entry.


    You can also apply at the International Citizen Service in either Odense or Aarhus. PLEASE notice that this requires that you come back to the Vejle and finish your registration. 

  • Citizens from outside Scandinavia, the EU/EAA and Switzerland

    If you are a citizen from a country outside Scandinavia, the EU/EEA or Switzerland, you must apply for a residence and work permit from your home country before coming to Denmark.

    In the majority of cases, your future employer in Denmark will contribute with information for the application.

    There are several different options for a residence and work permit in Denmark; your education, qualifications and the type of job you have been offered are important to how you should apply.

    Please notice that it is the Danish Immigration Service, which is the responsible administration for this. 

    Read more and find contact information at New to Denmark.

I am registered, then what? 

Registering that you are here is not all you need to do.

To make sure that you are off to a good start in Vejle we have below collected a list of things you need to consider: 

  • TAX registration

    When entering Denmark for a job it is important that you register with the TAX Administration (SKAT in Danish). 

    SKAT is an administration of its own and they handle the administration of your taxes.

    Below you find the link to SKAT's  homepage in English. It is a good idea to check out the site to make sure you are updated on the Danish tax rules. 

    SKAT's homepage in English.  

    When you work in Denmark, you have to pay income tax. You can apply for a tax card online or by completing form 04.063.

    For further questions or information you can contact SKAT directly - find their contact info here

  • CPR number

    Residents in Denmark are issued with a personal ID number, which in Denmark is known as a CPR number. The abbreviation CPR stands for Central Person Register.

    The CPR number is essential in relation to contact with the Danish authorities, for instance the tax office and social services.

    If you are an EU citizen you can go to the one-stop here at Vejle Municipality and get the CPR number. Read about the one-stop

  • Digital Post and Nem ID

    If you have a Danish CPR number you receive Digital Post from the public authorities. 

    You can read more at life in Denmark's page about digital post.

    The same day you receive your CPR at Vejle Municipality we can also help you set up your NemID.

    If you come by alone we start the process and your NemID is send to you. If you bring a witness to sign of for you, you can get started right away. 

    Read more about NemID here

  • Health insurance

    If you are a resident in Denmark, public healthcare is provided free of charge for you and your spouse and children. However, you need to pay for medicine and dental treatment.

    When you register in Denmark Citizen Service will order a Danish health card for you (the Yellow Card). At the same time you have to choose a doctor. 

    The card is only valid in Denmark and you will need a separate EHIC healthcare card for travels within the EU/EEA.

    You also need to inform us about your former health care. See how to do this here

  • Cross-border commuter

    If you are considering registering as a cross-border commuter, you need to pay special attention to specific aspects of your residency in Denmark.

    You are a cross-border commuter (also known as a frontier worker) if you live in another EU/EEA country and work in Denmark. There are several definitions, so please note that the term “cross-border commuter” may mean something different in another context, for example with respect to tax law.

    You can read more at life in Denmark’s page about cross-border commuters.

  • Banking

    When living and working in Denmark you will benefit from opening a Danish bank account.

    In Denmark, you are required to register a personal bank account with the authorities as a NemKonto. Such an account allows your employer to pay your salary while also allowing public authorities to make payments, such as social welfare benefits, directly to your account. Use you NemID access key.

    Similar to banking in many other countries it is advisable to shop around to find the best bank for you. There are large banks and smaller regional banks to choose from. Some banks have many branches, whilst others have few. Most banks provide e-banking in English. 

    A good tip is to call ahead of going to a bank to ask which documentation they require to open an account. 

  • Driving licence

    When living in Denmark you will in some cases need to exchange your foreign driving licence for a Danish driving licence. 

    You can read more about when at life in Denmark's page about foreign driving licence.

    It is Citizen Service that helps you with the exchange. You can go to any Citizen Service you like - in Vejle it is at Skolegade 1, 7100 Vejle.  

    Opening hours in Vejle are Mon.-Wednesday 9-15, Thursday 9-17 and Friday 9-14. 

    You can call ahead at (+45) 76 81 01 56

    You can read more at Citizen Service's site about this (only in Danish). 

  • Bringing your own car?

    If you wish to bring your own private motor vehicle to Denmark you are required to complete a number of formalities.

    It is SKAT (TAX) which is the responsible administration for this - read more about how to go about it here

  • When leaving Denmark - both for vacation and for good

    If you permanently leave Denmark, you are required to follow a specific procedure, which requires a little paperwork. This ensures that you are no longer registered as a resident in Denmark.

    Read more at life in Denmark's page about practical matters before leaving.

    Please notice that vacation for more than 6 months is considering that you left Denmark. 

Sidst opdateret: 13. marts 2018