Citizens from an EU/EEA country and Switzerland are entitled to live and work in Denmark.
You need to apply for an EU residence document within 3 months after your arrival to Denmark (6 months if you are a jobseeker). Then, you must get a Civil Registration number (CPR-number), a health insurance card and a tax card.
All the authorities you typically need to contact are represented at International Citizen Service. So in most cases, you’ll only need to visit an ICS office in Copenhagen, Aarhus Odense or Aalborg to take care of paperwork and find answers to your questions. Otherwise, you have to contact the individual authorities as described in the following.
EU residence document
An EU residence document is your documentation that you are entitled to live and work in Denmark. You must apply within 3 months from your arrival to Denmark, if you are planning to stay in Denmark for more than 3 months and you either:
- have found a job in Denmark,
- start studying in Denmark,
- have sufficient resources to support yourself financially,
- are a self-employed person, or
- are a family member to one of the above mentioned groups.
It is recommended that you apply for EU residence document as soon as you come to Denmark.
Read more about EU residence document at the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI). (new window)
You can also apply for EU residence document at International Citizen Service.
After having received your EU residence document, you register your address in the Civil Registration System (CPR) to receive a Civil Registration number (CPR-number). Contact International Citizen Service or the citizen service centre (Borgerservice) at your local municipality. Remember to bring:
- Registration certificate
- Original passport or national ID card and its copy
- Proof of your address in Denmark (e.g. rental contract, letter from landlord) and its copy
- Original marriage certificate and its copy if you are married (The marriage certificate and its copy are necessary, even if your partner is not accompanying you.)
- Divorce/death certificate if you are a widow(er).
- Original birth certificates and its copy for accompanying children under 18 years
The certificates should be in English, German or Scandinavian.
Health insurance card
When you are registered in the Civil Registration System (CPR), you must choose a doctor (general practitioner). You will receive a health insurance card with your Civil Registration number (CPR-number) and your doctor’s name and address. The health insurance card gives you the right to healthcare services on the same terms as other citizens in Denmark.
Your children are covered by the health insurance scheme together with you until they reach the age of 15 and are insured independently of their parents.
You can find out more about the national health Insurance at Lifeindenmark.dk - Healthcare.
If you are a cross-border worker with residence in another EU/EEA country or Switzerland, you can obtain a special health insurance card. You can apply for the special health insurance card at Lifeindenmark.dk - Cross borders.
If you need medical assistance before you receive a Danish health insurance card, you should use the blue European health card from your home country.
When you start working, your employer must have access to the information from your tax card.
It is necessary to apply for a tax card even if you are not required to have a Civil Registration number (CPR-number).
You can apply for a tax number and tax card by completing tax form 04.063.
Read more about tax registration and how to apply at the website of the Danish Tax and Custom Administration.
Unemployment benefit from another EU/EEA-country
Jobseekers with unemployment benefit from another EU/EEA country or Switzerland must register at one of Workindenmark-centres immediately after arrival in Denmark. Please bring:
- Form PD U2 from your home country signed by the institution, which pays out your unemployment benefit.
- Proof of registration as unemployed. As proof of registration as unemployed in Denmark, you create upload your CV on this website. When you have completed your CV, you will be given a reference number. Please bring the reference/CV number, when you register at Workindenmark.
Create your CV on workindenmark.dk
You find Workindenmark-centres in Copenhagen, Aarhus and Odense. You can also register as a jobseeker with unemployment benefit at the International Citizen Service in Aalborg.
Find addresses and opening hours of Workindenmark-centres in Copenhagen, Aarhus and Odense and Interntional Citizen Service in Aalborg