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.
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.
Click the Google Translate icon at the top right hand side of this page, if you wish to have other information on this website translated to English.
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 Marriage 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.
Who can get the blue European health insurance card?
You can get the blue European health insurance card if you live in Denmark, are a citizen of an EU country, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland and you are covered by national health insurance in Denmark.
In special cases, you may be entitled to a European health insurance card if you:
- live abroad and work in Denmark or
- are posted by a Danish employer to work in another country.
In addition, you may be entitled to a European health insurance card if you are a stateless person, a recognised refugee or a family member of a person covered by national health insurance in Denmark. A family member is your spouse or common-law partner and your children under 18 years of age. However, parents of children who are citizens of an EU/EEA country or Switzerland are not entitled to a blue European health insurance card.
How can you order the blue European Health Insurance Card?
If you are covered by the Danish health insurance, you can order the card for free online.
- Order the blue European Health Insurance Card - with NemId
- Order the blue European Health Insurance Card - with eID
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.
How to apply for an EU residence document
Read more about EU residence document at the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).
- EU residence document at the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (new window)
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.
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.
Nordic and EU/EAA citizens
If you are a Nordic citizen, you are free to reside, study and work in Denmark. If you are an EU/EEA citizen or a Swiss citizen seeking residence in Denmark, you may be subject to special rules due to the EU regulations on freedom of movement.
Read more about EU/EEA and Nordic citizens:
Citizens from outside Scandinavia, the EU/EAA or Switzerland
As a foreign national from a country outside Scandinavia, the EU/EAA or Switzerland, you may be granted a residence permit in order to study in Denmark. There are three main categories of study which may warrant a residence permit:
- New to Denmark - higher educational programmes (new window)
- New to Denmark - basic and youth study programmes (new window)
- New to Denmark - folk high schools (new window)
- Studyindenmark - residence permits for non-EU/EEA citizens (new window)
Application form: If you wish to apply for a residence permit as a student, both you and the educational institution in Denmark must supply information for the processing of your application:
Danish institutions of higher education offer a range of opportunities for international students. All programmes are internationally recognised and of the highest quality. More than 500 programmes are taught in English. To gain admission, you must meet both academic and language requirements.
As an international student, you can choose between several types of programmes or degrees taught either entirely or partly in English.
Please read more about your study options here:
If you want to study in Denmark as an exchange student, you must already be enrolled at an institution of higher education. Usually, such students come to Denmark through an agreement like Erasmus or a governmental bilateral agreement.
We advise you to contact your own educational establishment first to find out more. However, if you do not find any helpful information there, please contact the international office of the Danish institution where you wish to study.
A guide to understanding Danish Qualifications, degrees and their equivalent certificates and diplomas can be found at:
For international profiles applying for a job or education, an assessment may be needed in order to establish at which entry level their current qualifications equate with Danish standards and expectations. The Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education provides assessments of non-Danish degrees, diplomas and certificates and information about international recognition of qualifications.
Read more about the assessment and recognition of foreign qualifications here:
Higher education in Denmark is free for students from the EU/EEA and Switzerland. Similarly, if you are participating in an exchange programme, your studies in Denmark are free. You also do not pay for tuition if you have a:
- Permanent residence permit
- Temporary residence permit that can be upgraded to a permanent one
- Parent from a non-EU/EEA country who is already working in Denmark.
All other students must pay tuition fees. Annual tuition fees for full-time degree students range from DKK 45,000-120,000 (USD 8,000-21,000 / EUR 6,000 to 16,000). Please check with the institution of your interest.
Students from outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland will be charged a fee when applying for a residence permit (visa) to study in Denmark.
Most Danish institutions have bilateral agreements with foreign institutions of higher education. These agreements are usually designed for mutual exchange of students, researchers and teachers. National and European programmes offer scholarships for international students wishing to study in Denmark through an institutional agreement, as guest students or as a part of an international double or joint degree. Certain restrictions and prerequisites apply for the different programmes.
Read more about the different scholarships and programmes at studyindenmark:
Danish state education support (SU) is generally only awarded to Danish residents. If certain conditions apply, international students may, however, apply for equal status in so far as the state education support is concerned.
For details on how to apply, visit the website of the Danish Agency for Higher Education and Educational Support:
If you have to repay a student loan or any overpaid student grants you have to pay to Udbetaling Danmark, Student debt.
Find more information about student debt, for example how to pay your debt, postpone your payment or how to set up direct debit with Betalingsservice:
If you are going to study in Denmark and receive SU (state education support), you need a tax card. You have to fill in and submit form no. 04.063 EN - Information for use regarding a tax card and a Danish tax registration number (CPR number). Please forward the form to your local tax centre or via e-mail to the Danish Tax Agency (Skattestyrelsen).
Please find more details on:
Danish universities do not have a tradition for on-campus housing. Most students live in student halls of residence (kollegier) situated some distance from campus. An efficient public transport system also makes it easy to travel between your residence, campus and the city centre.
Finding a place to live often takes time. You can contact your Danish host institution for information about housing as soon as you have been accepted into a study programme.
It can be especially difficult to find housing in the big cities during August and September. We advise against travelling to Denmark at this time without reserving a room first.
Some international students prefer to rent a room or a sub-let from a Danish student or landlord. Student halls of residence are also an option. Others rent a flat or a house, which they share with friends.
If you are going to live in Copenhagen, you can read more about accommodation here:
Many students in Denmark have a job in addition to their studies. A student job may consist of short periods of employment in connection with a particular project that you or a company are managing, or it may be arranged as an internship.
As an international student in Denmark, you too will have the right to work while you live here. You will also have the opportunity to seek full-time employment when you have completed your studies
There are many advantages of having a student job whilst studying in Denmark. Using your skills in practice will increase your knowledge, strengthen your network, and also improve your proficiency in Danish and give you first-hand experience of Danish workplace culture.
The homepage workindenmark provides you with information on how to find a relevant student job in Denmark. You can use workindenmark’s Job and CV bank. This platform makes it easier for Danish companies and international students to find each other.
As a foreign student from a country outside Scandinavia, the EU/EAA or Switzerland following a higher educational programme or a required preparatory course, you are allowed to work 15 hours a week, as well as full-time during the months of June, July and August.
It will appear from your residence permit if you have a right to work.
If you are under the age of 18, you are only eligible for a work permit if you have a written offer or contract for a specific position, and if the employer confirms to the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment that workplace environment legislation is upheld.
If you work illegally in Denmark, e.g. by working more than the allowed number of hours, the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment may revoke or refuse to extend your residence permit. This can happen even if you otherwise meet the conditions for your residence permit, e.g. if you are still actively enrolled in your course or study programme.
If you work illegally in Denmark, you risk deportation, and you and your employer may risk a fine or imprisonment.
International students can also use the website workindenmark.dk, which is a public employment service for Danish companies and foreign job seekers. At workindenmark’s CV bank, you can create a CV stating that you are an international student. This will allow Danish companies to find your CV and contact you if they have a job that matches your qualifications.
You can also search the job bank yourself and look for specific student jobs, internships or project partnerships. In their job ads, companies specify whether they are looking for a student worker, an intern, a trainee, a project partnership or the like.
Please access the job bank and enter the job category or industry you wish to work in. In the category ‘student projects’, for example, you will find companies that are specifically looking for students interested in doing their bachelor or master thesis project in collaboration with the company.
If you want regular updates on relevant student jobs, you can use the job bank’s subscription service:
AUB – Arbejdsgivernes Uddannelsesbidrag (the Employers’ Reimbursement System) is a financial support scheme for trainees in Denmark.
If you study in Denmark and you have a trainee agreement with an employer, you may obtain financial support through AUB for your expenses on e.g. moving, housing and transportation.
Your basis for staying in Denmark determines whether you can get support from AUB. You must take your basic education at a Danish school.
Contact your school if you want to apply for AUB.
If you have questions about AUB:
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.