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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.

Go to information about residence and work permit

Register your business


If you want to start your own business, you have to register your company with the Danish Commerce and Companies Agency.
Register your business online at Business in Denmark. 

Go to Business in Denmark to register (new tab)

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, e.g. 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.

Read about VAT and and how to file your VAT return with the Danish Tax Agency(new tab)