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.
As an international employee at Aarhus University you will need to obtain a tax card (which is a virtual, not a physical card) from The Danish Customs and Tax Administration. To get the tax card you must register with The Danish Customs and Tax Administration before starting work in Denmark. The tax card ensures that you get the tax allowances and reliefs you are entitled to before your employer withholds tax from your income.
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, you must register your vehicle with the Danish Customs and Tax Administration 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.
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 exchange your licence or not.
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.