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Nordic citizens are free to enter, live, study and work in Denmark and do not need a visa or residence permit.
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens can reside and work in Denmark according to EU special regulations and should apply for an EU residence document upon taking residence in Denmark.
Non EU/EEA/Swiss citizens must apply for a residence permit to reside in Denmark. Many residence permits include a work permit but it is important that you have the correct permit for the job in which you will be employed. You may also need to apply for a specific work permit, if you are going to do unpaid voluntary work or seek sideline employment.
Workindenmark.dk is the official website regarding international recruitment and has 1,000 – 2,000 vacancies in English from different Danish websites. The largest majority of jobs listed at the website do not require a command of Danish. Workindenmark that administrates the site is part of the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment and a member of EURES, a European cooperation network of employment services, designed to facilitate the free movement of workers.
The EURES-portal is the European job mobility portal by EURES, a European cooperation network of employment services, designed to facilitate the free movement of workers. This free-of-charge portal has more three million vacancies across Europe. The site has approximately 1.500 vacancies in Danish and English.
The website Jobnet.dk (in Danish only) is the website of the Danish public employment services and has approximately 15,000 nationwide vacancies. The majority of the job adverts are in Danish.
Besides, there are a few private job sites in Denmark.
Workindenmark, part of the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment, offers a free-of-charge e-learning course and webinars on job search in Denmark.
The course consists of four modules:
Workindenmark’s webinars on job search cover themes such as:
It is an advantage that you already have completed the e-learning module "Job search in Denmark" in Workindenmark's e-learning course "Make it Work in Denmark".
Your residing municipality may offer services to help you find a job. Following is the list of the larger municipalities that have an International Citizen Service centre (ICS) for newcomers to Denmark.
Launched in 1994, EURES is a European cooperation network of employment services, designed to facilitate the free movement of workers.
In addition to the abovementioned websites, e-learning course and webinar, EURES has a job mobility scheme intended to help citizens EU-countries, Norway and Iceland to find a job, traineeship or apprenticeship opportunity in another EU country, Norway or Iceland. EURES-staff in Denmark can provide you with relevant information regarding job search, living and working conditions in Denmark.
There are regulated professions in Denmark, for example, healthcare professionals. If your profession is regulated, you need an authorisation or similar recognition by the competent public authority.
For example, foreign-trained doctors must apply to be registered with a Danish authorisation and permission to work independently as a medical doctor by the Danish Patient Safety Authority.
Sometimes Danish employers find non-Danish qualifications difficult to understand. Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science can offer a written assessment that explains what your qualifications correspond to in the Danish context. The service is free of charge and takes 1-2 months from the time you send the application and the required documentation.
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 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.
Regarding your partner’s job search, please refer to the information above, in particular information under the sections: “Where to find vacancies?” and “How to improve your chances of getting a job in Denmark?”
Only applicable when you are an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen and come to Denmark to look for work and continue to receive your unemployment benefits from the country where you became unemployed.
When you arrive in Denmark, you'll need to:
It is a legal requirement that employers must provide the employee with an employment contract if their employment lasts for at least a month and the average weekly working time exceeds eight hours per week. If the general terms of the employment are regulated by a collective agreement, the employment contract will typically include a reference to applicable collective agreement.
When you come to Denmark to work, you will need a tax card. In Danish, tax card is called “skattekort”.
Unlike many other countries, it is voluntary in Denmark to become member of an unemployment insurance fund in order to be entitled to receive unemployment benefits. Thus, you are not automatically insured against unemployment, which means that it is your own responsibility to become a member of an unemployment insurance fund. In Danish, unemployment insurance fund is called “a-kasse”.
If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen who has been working in another EU/EEA country or Switzerland, you might have a possibility to transfer your rights to receive unemployment benefits.Following conditions must be fulfilled.
As documentation for having had unemployment insurance in another EU/EEA country, you must obtain the form PD U1. You get this form from the unemployment insurance authority in the EU/EEA country where you have worked. It is a good idea to apply for the form before you travel to Denmark.
Trade unions represent their members towards their employers.
A trade union can provide you with employment-related legal support and guidance you may need. Unions also negotiate on your behalf to secure you the best possible salary level and working conditions.
The membership of a trade union is not obligated by law. However, if you choose to become a member of a trade union, your choice of trade union depends on your education/position and workplace.
Residence permit/EU residence document
Further information when working in Denmark while living in another country
This page is solely intended to provide you with an overview of EURES-services. Please file a complaint to the authority that is responsible for the decision with which you disagree.
If you would like to file a complaint regarding the information on this page, please contact the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment.
This page is solely intended to provide you with an overview of EURES-services. Please file a complaint to the authority that is responsible for the decision with which you disagree.
If you are a citizen of Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden, you do not need to apply for a registration certificate because as a citizen of a Nordic country you have the right to reside in Denmark without permission. As a Nordic citizen, you are free to reside, study and work in Denmark.
Nordic nationals may enter Denmark without a passport, but you must always be able to identify yourself by means of, for example, a driver’s license, a passport or a cash card.
More information for Nordic citizens:
As an EU citizen you may freely enter Denmark and remain in this country for up to three months without an EU residence document (registration certificate).
If you are a job seeker, you may reside in Denmark for up to six months without a registration certificate. The periods of three and six months are calculated from the date of entry.
If you expect that your stay in Denmark will last more than three months, you have to apply for an EU residence document (registration certificate) before the expiry of the three months. Job seekers are required to submit their application within six months after entry.
Read more about EU residence document at the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).
An EU residence document is your proof that as an EU citizen - or as a family member of an EU citizen - you have a right to reside in Denmark. You can also apply for EU residence document at International Citizen Service.
You must make a personal appearance and hand over the application.
When you have received your registration certificate, you may contact the citizen services of your municipality of residence in order to get a civil registration number (CPR number) and a health insurance card. Thus you first need a registration certificate in order to get a civil registration number (CPR number).
If you are a citizen of Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden, you need not apply for a registration certificate because as a citizen of a Nordic country you have a right to reside in Denmark without permission.
You can get help at one of the four International Citizen Service centres located in four mayor cities in Denmark: Copenhagen, Aarhus, Aalborg and Odense.
For more information about residence as an EU/EEA citizen:
If you are a citizen from a country outside Scandinavia, the EU/EEA or Switzerland, you must apply for a residence and work permit in your home country through a Danish mission, i.e. a Danish Embassy or a Danish Consulate General.
In the majority of cases, your future employer in Denmark will contribute with information for the application.
There are several different options for a residence and work permit in Denmark. Your education, qualifications and the type of job you have been offered are important to how you should apply.
You must be aware that a Danish authorisation can be a condition for your residence and work permit. For example, this applies if you are going to work as a doctor, dentist or a schoolteacher.
After 20 May 2012, all non-EU citizens over the age of 18 applying for residence permits under the terms of the Aliens Act must have their biometric features (facial image and fingerprints) recorded when submitting their application. Biometric features will also be recorded when applying to renew a residence permit and when applying for permanent residence.
Read more about how you can apply for a residence and work permit:
There are a great many things to take care of when you arrive in Denmark as a foreign employee.
You can get help at one of the four International Citizen Service Centres (ICS) placed in the largest cities in Denmark. All the public authorities you typically need to contact are represented at these four International Citizen Service Centres, but they are only located in Aalborg, Aarhus, Copenhagen and Odense. If you live outside these cities you will probably have to contact your local municipality.
The ICS centres make the contact to Danish authorities as easy as possible.
In most cases, you will only need to visit an ICS centre in order to take care of your paperwork with regard to residence permit, registration certificate, tax card, civil registration number (CPR), health insurance card etc.
You can also get help at International House Copenhagen.
You are, as a rule, subject to the legislation in the EU/EEA Member State in which you work.
If you are working in Denmark, you are generally subject to Danish national legislation. This means that you must be insured against unemployment in Denmark. If you are subject to Danish national legislation you will not be insured against unemployment in another EU/EEA Member State, because you can only be subject to the legislation of on EU/EEA Member State.
The Danish unemployment insurance system is a voluntary insurance scheme. This means that you are not automatically insured against unemployment when working in Denmark.If you want to be insured against unemployment while working in Denmark, you have to join a Danish unemployment insurance fund, also known as an "A-kasse". These are private associations, and once you have joined an unemployment insurance fund, you must pay contributions to the fund.
There are several unemployment insurance funds in Denmark. Some of them only admit people within one or more specific professions, while others admit persons from all professions.
It is also possible to be a member of an unemployment insurance fund if you are self-employed.
You can become a member of an unemployment insurance fund if you are at least 18 years of age, have more than 2 years left before you reach your retirement age, and reside in Denmark.
Persons under the age of 18 can also join an unemployment insurance fund, if they have completed a vocational education of at least 18 months.
In order to become a member of an unemployment insurance fund, you must actively contact the unemployment insurance fund of which you want to be a member and apply for a membership.
When applying for the membership, you must choose between full-time insurance and part-time insurance. The full-time insurance costs more, but you will receive more in unemployment benefits if you become unemployed.
You have to meet a number of conditions to be entitled to Danish unemployment benefits.
Your unemployment insurance fund can tell you more about the conditions for entitlement to unemployment benefits.
In order to receive unemployment benefits from your unemployment insurance fund, you need to be registered as a jobseeker at your local job centre (Jobnet.dk)
You have to register yourself as a jobseeker at your local jobcentre or on Jobnet.dk on the first day that you are unemployed. If you do not have internet access, you can approach your local job centre or the unemployment insurance fund and get help to become registered.
You are entitled to unemployment benefits for 2 years within 3 years, calculated in hours. This means that you are entitled to receive unemployment benefits for 3.848 hours within a 3-year-period.
If you do not use all the hours within the period of 3 years, the remaining hours for which you are entitled to unemployment benefits will lapse.
It is possible to extend the period of 3 years, for example if you have been ill or on maternity leave.
It is also possible to extend the unemployment benefit period of 2 years (i.e. the 3.848 hours) based on wage hours paid to you since you started receiving unemployment benefits.
Each working hour extends your unemployment benefit period by 2 hours.
You must use the extra unemployment benefit hours within a period 3 times the number of hours you have worked. For example, if you have worked 100 hours before your ordinary unemployment benefit period of 2 years has expired, it entitles you to unemployment benefits for a further 200 hours. You must use the 200 hours within a period of 300 hours.
Hours not used within the extended period (this means the 300 hours in the example above) will lapse.
Unemployment benefits can amount to a maximum of 90 percent of the salary you earned before you became unemployed. The amount of unemployment benefits is calculated based on the 12 months in which you had the highest income within the past 24 months.
You can receive a maximum of DKK 19.332 (2021) per month as full-time insured and DKK 12.881 (2021) per month as part-time insured.
In certain situations, you are entitled to aggregate insurance periods from another EU/EEA country to meet the requirement of having been a member of an unem-ployment insurance fund for at least 1 year before being entitled to unemployment benefits.
If you have been a member of a Danish unemployment insurance fund within the last 5 years, you are entitled to aggregate periods from another EU/EEA country if you meet the following conditions within 8 weeks after the end of your insurance period in the other EU/EEA country:
If you have worked as a cross border worker with residence in Denmark, you are entitled to aggregate periods from another EU/EEA country if you become a member of a Danish unemployment insurance fund within 8 weeks after the end of your insurance period in the other EU/EEA country.
If you have not been a member of a Danish unemployment insurance fund, you have to meet the following conditions within 8 weeks after the end of your insurance period in the other EU/EEA country in order to be entitled to aggregate periods:
Furthermore, when you have started to work in Denmark, you have to have registered at least 296 hours to the income register within a period of 12 weeks/3 months, if you are full-time insured. If you are part-time insured, you have to have registered at least 148 hours to the income register within a period of 12 weeks/3 months.
It is possible to extend the deadline of 8 weeks in all three cases, for example if you have been ill or on maternity leave.
If you want to aggregate periods from another EU/EEA country, you must apply for a document PD U1 in the EU/EEA country in question.
Your Danish unemployment insurance fund can only aggregate periods stated in a document PD U1 or in documents equivalent to document PD U1.
A cross border worker (or frontier worker) is a person who works in one EU/EEA Member State and resides in another EU/EEA Member State to which he/she returns daily or at least once a week.
A cross border worker is like anyone else subject to the legislation of the EU/EEA Member State in which he/she works. However, special rules applies for cross border workers in the event of unemployment.
A cross border worker who is partially or intermittently unemployed must register as unemployed with the employment services in the EU/EEA Member State of em-ployment. He/she shall receive unemployment benefits in accordance with the legislation of the Member State of employment, as if he/she were residing in that Member State.
A wholly unemployed cross border worker must register as unemployed with the employment services in the EU/EEA Member State of residence and shall receive unemployment benefits in accordance with the legislation of the Member State of residence.
Furthermore, a wholly unemployed cross border worker may, as a supplementary step, make himself/herself available to the employment services of the Member State of last employment. This supplementary step does not change the fact that he/she shall receive unemployment benefits in his/her Member State of residence.
In certain cases, you are entitled to receive unemployment benefits while applying for a job in another EU/EEA country for up to 3 months.
You have to meet the following conditions:
In certain cases, you can get an exemption from the requirement of 4 weeks' registration with the job center. You can contact your unemployment insurance fund for further information on the possibility of exemption.
With document PD U2, you are entitled to unemployment benefits for the period stated in the document, which is a maximum of 3 months. However, in order to receive the unemployment benefits, you must register with the employment service, in the country you are traveling to, no later than 7 days after the start date stated in document PD U2. Otherwise, you will only receive unemployment benefits from the day you register with the employment service in the other EU/EEA country.
During the period you receive Danish unemployment benefits in another EU/EEA country, you must be available for the labour market in the country in which you search for a job. If you get a job, you can no longer receive Danish unemployment benefits.
If you do not find work in the other EU/EEA country, it is important that you are back in Denmark and register with your local job center before the deadline of 3 months expires. You can see the deadline in your document PD U2 issued by your Danish unemployment insurance fund.
If you do not return to Denmark and register with your local job center before the deadline expires, you will lose your right to unemployment benefits. Hereafter, you will be entitled to unemployment benefits again at the earliest, when you have worked for at least 296 hours within a period of 12 weeks/3 months, if you are full-time insured. If you are part-time insured, you have to have worked at least 148 hours within a period of 12 weeks/3 months.
Først og fremmest skal du have ret til at bo og arbejde i Danmark.
Uanset hvilket statsborgerskab, du har, skal du gå til din kommunes borgerservice og få et cpr-nummer og et sundhedskort.
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Hvis du som udlænding arbejder i Danmark, har du som udgangspunkt de samme arbejdsvilkår som danske statsborgere – uanset, om du arbejder i den private eller den offentlige sektor. Du arbejder altså under de samme vilkår med hensyn til løn, ferie, afskedigelse, arbejdsløshed, sundhed og sikkerhed på arbejdspladsen.
Læs mere om arbejdsvilkår og rettigheder på workindenmark.dk
Her er nogle links, som kan være relevante under jobsøgning i Danmark.
Jobnet.dk er Danmarks største jobportal, og portalen er de danske jobcentres tilbud på internettet til alle jobsøgende og arbejdsgivere i hele landet.
Web-portalen workindenmark.dk tilbyder vejledning om international rekruttering for både arbejdsgivere og udenlandske jobsøgere samt en job- og cv-bank, der er skræddersyet til international rekruttering.
På portalen kan du få viden om arbejds- og levevilkårene, fx skatteforhold og boligsituationen i Danmark.
I job-banken kan du finde ledige jobs, og i cv-banken kan du lægge dit cv ind. Hjemmesiden findes på dansk, engelsk, tysk og polsk.
EURES (European Employment Service) er et fælles-europæisk jobformidlingssystem.
Jobcentrene på Sjælland og Bornholm samarbejder med arbejdsformidlingen i Skåne om at bidrage til udviklingen af et fælles arbejdsmarked i Øresundsregionen. På Jobnet.dk kan man finde stillinger i hele Øresundsregionen. Oresunddirekt.com tilbyder desuden vejledning om at arbejde i Danmark på svensk og engelsk.
Oplysninger om rekruttering og arbejdsmarkedsforhold på tværs af den dansk-tyske grænse kan du finde på Eures-kompas.eu.
Hvis du overvejer at starte egen virksomhed i Danmark eller udvide din eksisterende virksomhed med en filial i Danmark, kan du finde nyttige oplysninger på Investindk.com
Hvis du bor eller arbejder i Danmark, har du pligt til at betale skat efter danske regler. For at kunne betale skat, skal du have et cpr-nummer og et skattekort.
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Hvis du som nordisk statsborger arbejder eller opholder dig i Danmark i en periode, forpligter du dig også til at betale skat efter danske regler. Du kan dog fortsat råde over en bolig og være forpligtet til at betale skat i det land, hvor du bor eller er flyttet fra.
Hvis du er fuldt skattepligtig i to lande, vil du som udgangspunkt skulle betale skat i begge lande af samme indkomst og formue. I disse tilfælde er det vigtigt at få klarlagt, i hvilket land du har skattemæssigt hjemsted efter bestemmelserne i den nordiske skatteaftale, så du undgår at blive dobbeltbeskattet.
Du kan læse mere om skattepligt og dobbeltbeskatning på Nordisk eTax:
Hvis du har gjort en uddannelse færdig i udlandet og ønsker at søge arbejde i Danmark på baggrund af uddannelsen, kan du få den vurderet af Uddannelses- og Forskningsstyrelsen. Styrelsen hører under Uddannelses- og Forskningsministeriet.
Vurderingen kan bruges til at dokumentere dine kvalifikationer over for en arbejdsgiver.
Der findes ca. 130 lovregulerede erhverv i Danmark – fx læge, folkeskolelærer, advokat og brandmand. Hvis du ønsker at søge job inden for et af de lovregulerede erhverv, er det nødvendigt at få dit udenlandske eksamensbevis godkendt, da du skal kunne opfylde en række specifikke krav.
Bemærk, at der findes særlige regler for EU/EØS-borgere.
Du kan klage over afgørelsen på en ansøgning om opholdstilladelse til Udlændinge- og Integrationsministeriet.
Du kan klage over afgørelsen på en ansøgning om EU/EØS-opholdsbevis til Udlændingestyrelsen.
Du kan ikke klage over de vurderinger, som Uddannelses- og Forskningsstyrelsen træffer, men styrelsen skal tage stilling til alle henvendelser, den modtager, og kan vælge at foretage en ny vurdering, hvis du fx har nye oplysninger om din udenlandske uddannelse.
Hvis du ønsker at klage over et afslag om optagelse på en uddannelse, skal du henvende dig til uddannelsesstedet.
Hvis du er uenig i en afgørelse om merit for din udenlandske uddannelse, kan du klage til Kvalifikationsnævnet via uddannelsesstedet.