When you arrive in Denmark and will be staying for more than 90 days you need to register with the Citizen Service to get a Civil Registration Number (CPR number) and NemID. A Danish CPR number is used when dealing with public authorities, health authorities, libraries, banks, etc. By many it is called your key to living in Denmark.
NemID is a common secure login on the internet to use for online banking, to change your address with the public authorities or to engage with one of the many businesses that use NemID.
The steps to take to register for your CPR number and NemID depend on your nationality. Visit our registration page and choose your nationality to learn more.
If you are not eligible for the researcher taxation scheme, you must register for tax online with the Danish Tax Agency for a tax card. The tax card is a virtual, not a physical card, and it is set up online.
When you have your Civil Registration Number (CPR number) and yellow health insurance card, you can open a Danish bank account.
When you have your Civil Registration Number (CPR number) and NemID, you can log on to your Digital Post.
Digital Post is a platform that gives you access to mail from the public authorities. You will automatically be registered for Digital Post when you register with Citizen Service for your Civil Registration Number (CPR number).
It's important that you check your Digital Post not to miss important mail from the public authorities. The mail you receive in Digital Post may be letters from the hospital, pension statements, changes to housing benefits, replies to applications for childcare, letters from the Danish Tax and Customs Administration, etc.
If you take up residence in Denmark and bring a vehicle, it is required by law that you register your foreign registered vehicle within 30 days of arrival and pay a registration tax. The expenses in relation to bringing your car to Denmark are considerable, and for this reason many people choose not to bring their car with them to Denmark.
If you are staying in Denmark for a limited period of up to 185 days, you may drive a foreign registered vehicle during your stay in Denmark without paying the registration tax.
If your stay exceeds 185 days, but you are on a fixed-term assignment in Denmark, you may pay a portion of the normal vehicle registration tax on a quarterly basis.
Read more about foreign vehicles and how to register your car
If you own a motor vehicle in Denmark, you are required by law to take out liability insurance on the vehicle. Read more about liability insurance for motor vehicles in the insurance guide Insurance and pension for everyday needs.
In Denmark, insurance against unemployment is voluntary. If you want to be insured against unemployment, you must apply for admission into an unemployment insurance fund (a-kasse).
However, please read the following guide before you sign up with an a-kasse. Especially non-EU citizens may have difficulty to use the unemployment insurance system, since you may not be eligible for unemployment benefits.
When relocating to Denmark with a non-EU/EEA driving licence, you may be required to exchange your licence for a Danish equivalent within 90 days and complete a driving test (consisting of a theoretical and a practical part) prior to the exchange. It depends on where your driving licence was issued whether you need to change your licence or not.
You do not need to convert a driver’s licence issued in an EU country, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Switzerland or Norway.
You can obtain a Danish driving licence at your local Citizen Service (Borgerservice).
You must bring along a number of documents. If your current driving licence is not in the Latin alphabet, you must present a certified translation of the licence. If you have any questions, or need to find a certified translator, contact your local Citizen Service for help.
For more details on the process of exchanging your licence, see Lifeindenmark.dk or Færdselsstyrsen.
When you have a Civil Registration Number (CPR number), you can take out Danish private insurance. While most vital services are covered by the public healthcare system in Denmark, most Danes also take out private liability, home contents, accident, and travel insurance. In addition to these, it is mandatory by law to have third party insurance if you own a car.
When you have a Civil Registration Number (CPR number), you can sign up to learn Danish through the state supported Danish education. The education is both for you and your accompanying partner and takes place either at the language school or at an AU location.
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. Children and young people below 18 years of age are entitled to free dental treatment.
The vast majority of children under the age of six are looked after by a childminder or a nursery from Monday to Friday. It is the task of the municipal authorities to provide day care facilities, and the options vary from municipality to municipality. It is your job to contact the municipal authorities to book a daycare spot for your child. In order to sign up for childcare you need a Civil Registration Number (CPR number) for your child and an address in Denmark.
In Denmark, education is mandatory for children aged 6-16. Education is free at state or public schools (Folkeskole). It is also possible for your child to attend private schools (including international schools), which cost a monthly fee. Children begin school in August the year they turn six years old. You must digitally enrol your child as a student at a municipal primary and lower secondary school.
Read more about enrolment to start school on the Life in Denmark website