Newly arrived international staff at AU

When you arrive to Denmark, there are a number of things you need to do in order to get settled. Below you can read more about the steps to go through during your first weeks and months in Denmark. 


Arrival 1-4 weeks

Step 1: Register for CPR number and NemID

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. 

See our registration page

Step 2: Register with tax

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.

Read more about tax registration

Step 3: Open a bank account

When you have your Civil Registration Number (CPR number) and yellow health insurance card, you can open a Danish bank account. 

Read more about how to open a bank account

Step 4: Log on to Digital Post

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.

Read more about Digital Post

Step 5: Register your car

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.  

Read more about car registration

Within 8 weeks

Step 6: Take out unemployment insurance (optional)

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.

Guide to unemployment insurance

Within 90 days

Step 7: Convert driving licence (for non-EU/EEA driver's licences only)

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.  

Read more about driving licence conversion

No deadline

Step 9: Take out private insurance

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. 

Read more about insurance

Step 10: Learn Danish

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. 

Read more about the Danish Education

Step 11: Choose dentist

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.

Read more about dental care

If children

Step 12: Sign up children for childcare and school

Childcare

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. 

Read more about childcare

Primary and lower secondary education

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

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Coming to work at Aarhus University For sure you have lots of questions when you come to work at Aarhus University. How do you register? Open a bank account? Or take out insurance? This video will answer some of your most urgent questions.