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Start your own business

In Denmark innovation and entrepreneurship are highly encouraged. This means many people start their own businesses.

In Denmark, we encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. If you are a Nordic or EU/EEA citizen, you can start your own business in Denmark. If you are a citizen from outside the Nordic countries, EU/EEA and Switzerland, you have to apply for a residence and work permit in order to be self-employed and/or operate an independent company in Denmark.

You can also read about how to obtain a Startup Visa here

Register your business

If you want to start your own business, you have to register your company with the Danish Commerce and Companies Agency. This must be done no later than eight days before you start any dutiable activities. Register your business online at (in Danish).

Once you have registered your business you will get a Central Business Registration Number (CVR number). The CVR-number is your business’ identification number which you must use when you correspond with public authorities and private entities, i.e. when issuing invoices etc.

Once you have registered your business, information is automatically sent to the Danish tax authorities (SKAT), as the company must be VAT registered.


Learn more about the Danish tax system and tax registration at the Danish tax authorities' homepage (SKAT).

Starting your own business

If you want to start your own business in Denmark, you can find a lot of useful information at the Danish Business Authority's homepage.