Welcome to Denmark
GET REGISTERED – NON EU
If you are a citizen from a country outside of the EU/EEA or Switzerland, you must apply for a residence permit and a work permit before entering Denmark, no matter how long you plan to stay in Denmark.
To recieve a residence permit for Denmark, you will have to apply from home prior to your arrival in Denmark. Find application forms and guidelines.
When you have received a residence permit and arrive in Denmark, you will have to go to your local Citizen Service Center or International Citizen Service Center in Copenhagen to complete the registration.
- Register an address in Denmark
- Apply for a registration certificate
- Receive a CPR number (civil registration number) – if you plan to stay for more that 3 months
- Tax card – apply for a Danish tax card
Check-list – what to bring along for your registration when you are bringing your family with you into Denmark.
Book your appointment with International Citizen Service in advance here.
You will find the locations and opening hours here.
When you apply for a residence permit, you must have your biometric features recorded.
- A facial photo
- Fingerprints of all your fingers
The data will be stored on a microchip that is embedded in your residence card.
Read more about biometrics.
CENTRAL PERSON REGISTER
CPR (Civil registration number)
The civil registration number is used for contact with any public authorities, especially for the purpose of healthcare and tax issues.
NICE TO KNOW
The Danish civil registration number consists of 10 numbers. The first six numbers relate to your birth date, and the last four are a randomly generated code.
The number is strictly personal. Therefore, you should never tell anyone the last four numbers unless it is a public authority or a doctor asking.
Life in Denmark is a website providing public information and self-service.
The site contains a lot of useful information about living in Denmark. Aditionally, you will find self-service solutions for plenty of your service needs.
In Denmark Nem•ID is the logon solution for public self-service, online banking, etc.
There are several ways of obtaining the Nem•ID. However, you can always go to your local Citizen Service Center to obtain your NemID, if your prefer.
Nem•ID Code app
An easy way to use your Nem•ID right from your smartphone. Read more about the Nem•ID Code app.
DOCTOR - GENERAL PRACTITIONER
Every citizen, who is registered in the Civil Registration System, is entitled to choose a general practitioner (GP) to contact should they fall ill.
Read more under GP – your family doctor.
For help or for more information about GPs, please visit your local Citizen Service Center.
HEALTH INSURANCE CARD
The Health Insurance Card, which is more informally known as the Yellow Card, entitles you to medical treatment in Denmark.
Read more about this at International House and LifeinDenmark.
SKAT – DANISH TAXES
Read about the Danish tax system at lifeindenmark.dk.
To register with the Danish tax system – contact SKAT.
Danish employers often require a Danish bank account for direct depositing your salary.
Find out how to become a customer of a Danish bank.
To learn more about Danish language courses, please look at lifeindenmark.dk.