Moving to Denmark

There are a number of practical issues to address when moving to Denmark. This page will provide you with an overview of the things to take care of.

The process of moving to another country begins with a lot of research and thought. Once the decision has been made, it’s time to start preparing. When moving to Denmark, you have to address a number of practical issues to get your paperwork sorted out.

Immigration regulations for Nordic, EU/EAA and Swissnationals differ from those applicable for citizens from outside the EU/EAA.  Read more about the rules for entering and residing in Denmark on New to Denmark.

Residence and work permit in Denmark

The administrative process can start before you even leave home. EU nationals can apply for a residence permit before having a residential address in Denmark. Read more about residence permits on lifeindenmark.dk.

Once you have legal residency, you can apply for a personal identity number, the CPR number.  The CPR number is an integral part of Danish society, and it is virtually impossible to receive any form of government service without one, including healthcare and social benefits. You also need it for salary payments, buying a place to live, paying taxes and much more.

With your CPR number in place, you are ready to register with the Danish tax authorities (SKAT), open a Danish bank account and get a NemID. NemID is a national electronic ID and digital signature used by citizens to access public and private services.

New app helps you relocate to Denmark

Copenhagen Capacity has developed a free mobile app, "Move to DK", to guide you through the process of relocating to Denmark. It includes a ‘Things to Do’ list for each of the three steps: Research, Preparation and Settling in. The app is available for iOS in the App Store and for Android in Google Play.

To get the most relevant information for you, you will be asked to set up a personal profile with information such as your nationality, arrival date and potential future home city in Denmark.

Move to Denmark-app 

Watch the short video to hear what life in Denmark is like as an accompanying partner.

Meeting the Danes

When the formal registrations has been completed, you can start to explore Danish culture and to build a network in your new home country.

Join a club or association in Denmark

A great way to meet new people is by joining one or some of the many leisure clubs and associations in Denmark such as sports clubs. Your local library and the municipal cultural and leisure administration can provide you with a list of clubs and societies in your area. You can also find sports clubs, social clubs and other clubs on expatindenmark.com.

Free Danish lessons

Speaking some Danish will also make it easier to socialise with the Danes and build a network as well as to get a job. As an international student, employee or accompanying spouse in Denmark, you can take Danish lessons for free.

The language courses are offered by a network of public and private language centres.

See how Kike from Colombia has created a social network by joining some of Denmark's many recreational clubs.