If you choose to bring your spouse/partner to Denmark, it is important that he or she settles well. Experience shows that the spouse/partner feels more settled in Denmark, if your spouse/partner has a job, is undergoing an education or carrying out volunteer work. These things can give your spouse/partner a sense of belonging to Denmark, as well as help them build his/her own local social networks.
Finding a job for your spouse/partner
Workindenmark offers a wide range of resources that help your spouse/partner find a job in Denmark. By using these resources, your spouse/partner can improve his/her job opportunities in Denmark.
The section “Find a job” of workindenmark.dk has a large amount of useful information on job search in Denmark including how to write a CV and application that grabs Danish employers’ attention.
Visit the section “Find a job”
“Find a job”-section includes:
- the e-learning course “Make It Work in Denmark” that explains how to succeed in finding a job in Denmark. The course consists of four modules: “Job search in Denmark”, “Contact companies and succeed in your job interviews”, “Using LinkedIn in your job search and professional network” and “An introduction to Danish workplace”.
Start the e-learning course
Create a profile at workindenmark.dk
- five short tutorial videos that guide you through the job search processes non-Danish jobseekers often find difficult or unfamiliar.
See all tutorials videos
- the pamphlet “Tips for your job search” that gives you useful information and resources for job search in Denmark. The publication has two different editions, one for jobseekers in general and one edited specially for students.
Tips for your job search in Denmark in general (.pdf)
Tips for your job search in Denmark Student (.pdf)
Volunteer work for your spouse/partner
It is also possible for your spouse to develop a network by becoming involved in volunteer work. Typically, these kinds of activities take place late after working hours.
Find a volunteer job at www.volunteering.dk
Is your spouse/partner allowed to work?
Before your spouse or partner begins to work in Denmark, it is important to make sure that he or she is allowed to work.
If your spouse or partner is an EU/EEA/Swiss-citizen, he or she can begin to work immediately. This is the case even if he or she has not yet applied for an EU residence document.
If your spouse or partner is a non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizen and meet the conditions for residence as a family member to an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen, he or she has the same rights to reside and work in Denmark as the EU citizen.
If your spouse or partner is a non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizen and has been granted a residence permit as an accompanying family member to a non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizen, he or she has already been granted the right to work in Denmark. Your spouse or partner therefore does not need to apply for a separate work permit. As an accompanying family member your spouse or partner is also allowed to run his or her own business.
Please note, if your spouse or partner is non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizen and has applied for, but has not yet been granted a residence permit as an accompanying family member, he or she is not allowed to work.
If you have any doubts or questions, please contact The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) for more information on the right to work for your spouse or partner.
Information on EU residence document or residence permit for an accompanying family member at newindenmark.dk (new window)