You could spend your whole life exploring the countryside of Ringkøbing Skjern Municipality. We are proud to welcome you to an area that offers coastline, lakes, woods, valleys, meadows, heathlands, and moors.
Whatever the time of year that you visit us, there is a wide variety of cultural life and other activities, both indoors and outdoors.
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There are many details and procedures to find out about when moving to a new country.
Ask at the Municipality Citizen Information Desk (Borgerservice) for information and assistance, both in English and German.
If have questions about services offered by the Council, contact Edith Just Pedersen. She will either answer your question directly or refer you to the appropriate department.
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If you would like to meet some of the locals, then click on the “get together network”. The Network arranges meetings between local residents and newcomers, for Sunday coffee, or bowling outings, for example.
Many tourists and visitors choose to get married here in the Municipality.
Here is information about how to arrange this, and the documents that you will need to bring with you.
Denmark has an extensive public healthcare system that offers free consultation and treatment at a local doctor’s, emergency wards and public hospitals.
If you work legally in Denmark, you are covered by the Danish health insurance system. Most examinations and treatments are free, but you need to register and get a health insurance card.
Children are covered by the health insurance scheme together with their mother or father until they reach the age of 15 and are insured independently of their parents.
When you are covered by the national health insurance, you can register with a general practitioner (GP) and receive a yellow health insurance card. The health insurance card is documentation that you are entitled to the services offered under the national health insurance scheme. You can order the health insurance card through the 'Self service'-section above.
Approximately two weeks after you have registered, your national health insurance card will be sent to your Danish address. The card will show your name and address, your CPR number and the name and address of your doctor.
It is advisable always to carry this card with you as it is required whenever you need to see a doctor, a dentist or go to hospital – or when you want to take out books from the library.
Here you can order a new yellow health insurance card (“sygesikringsbevis”). The card is free of charge in connection with a change of address – and with a change of name after getting married.
If you need medical treatment during travels in the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein (EEA), or Switzerland you will have to use the blue European Health Insurance Card.
If you are covered by the Danish health insurance, you can order the card for free online. If you, in the case of special circumstances, are not able to order the blue card online, you can contact Udbetaling Danmark by phone +45 70 12 80 81.
Once you are registered in the Civil Registration System, you are entitled to choose a general practitioner (GP) you can contact if you fall ill.
Your GP will also handle prescriptions, vaccinations, and certain types of contraception, and will also assist you with regard to disease prevention.
You will need to make an appointment before going to see your GP. If you fall ill or suffer an injury outside your own GP’s normal opening hours, you can call the out-of-hours medical service.
In most cases, the GP is your entry point to the Danish health-care system. If you need to be treated at the accident and emergency department (A&E) or receive hospital and specialist treatment, you will usually need a referral from your GP.
You can choose which GP you prefer with regard to sex, age, etc. The choice of GP is made in connection with the issuance of your personal health insurance card.
The citizen services of your municipality will give you a list of doctors you can choose between. You can register with a new GP whenever you want to. It costs a small fee.
Apart from the public healthcare system, Denmark has a number of private hospitals and health clinics where you pay for treatment. The public health system has waiting lists for certain kinds of treatment, in which case you may choose a private hospital or clinic to avoid waiting for treatment. In some cases, the public healthcare system will pay. Regardless of whether you choose public or private treatment, the quality of medical treatment in Denmark is generally very high.
Many Danes have health insurance that covers the expenses for using private healthcare services. The insurance covers services, which may mean that you in certain cases will be diagnosed more quickly or have certain kinds of surgery performed more quickly at a private hospital than the public hospital can offer. Private health insurance typically covers services not covered by public authorities, for example physiotherapy, zone therapy, and a number of other services. At a number of Danish workplaces, a health insurance is part of the employment contract and is paid by the employer.
In addition, you can choose to take out an insurance policy through the health mutual insurance company “danmark” (Sygeforsikringen “danmark”), which will reimburse you some of your medical expenses for glasses, dental treatment, medicine, etc.
If you need to be examined or treated at a hospital, you must first obtain a referral from your own GP, a specialist doctor or from the out-of-hours medical service.
You will receive an appointment from the hospital, which will send information on where and when you need to come.
You are entitled to interpreter assistance if the doctor deems this necessary.
Prescription medicines are only available for purchase at pharmacies. A doctor's or dentist's prescription is required in order to purchase prescription medicines.
Over-the-counter medicines are available for purchase without a prescription at pharmacies and approved supermarkets, kiosks, drug stores and petrol stations.
Most pharmacies are open from 9:30-17:30 on weekdays and from 9:30-13:00 on Saturdays. If you need to purchase medicine outside of these opening hours, most major Danish cities have a 24-hour pharmacy.
In Denmark, there is a partial charge for dental care. You have to pay for check-ups and treatment, but part of the bill is government funded. This amount is automatically deducted from your bill.
You are free to choose any dentist. You may choose any dentist of your own choice, and once you are assigned to a clinic, the dentist is responsible for asking you to come for check-ups at regular intervals.
Children and young people below 18 years of age are entitled to free dental treatment.
If you have an accident involving your teeth, there are emergency dentists that are open outside normal opening hours.
Denmark is divided into five regions. They are in charge of running hospitals and (through collective agreements) managing the general practitioner system.
The hospital sector is responsible for specialised examinations as well as treatment and care of somatic and mental illnesses. A GP will refer patients to a hospital or to a specialist for specialised treatment.
Hospital treatment is free of charge for residents in any region of Denmark, and emergency treatment is available to any person in need.
Most of the online self-services are in Danish, but you can always get help to fill in forms and online applications at the local citizen service center or at the library. Or maybe you can get help from a Dane.
Remember to bring your NemID.
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.
The State Administrations are five independent regional institutions that belong under the Ministry for Economic Affairs and the Interior. To look up their address, please use this link:
To apply for an EU residence document (registration certificate) use the link below:
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 must make a personal appearance and hand over the application in the State Administration’s department in the region in which you live.
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 always get help at the Danish Regional State Administration (Statsforvaltningen). Or 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.
If you are looking for an adventure playground for the whole family, take a trip to the Momhøje Nature Centre.
Covering an area equivalent to 120 football pitches, there are footpaths, barbeque areas, adventure playgrounds, bridle paths, mountain bike routes, and overnight shelters.
A mix of woodland, heaths and bogs, part of the area was also once a lignite quarry, resulting in a varied and fascinating terrain.
Visit the website www.hvidesande.dk for all tourist information.
Listing tourist events, places to visit, and with information ranging from water sports to local culinary experiences, where to fish and bird reserves to flea markets and bathing beaches, riding or cycle routes, this site has everything you need.