Checklist for Nordic citizen

Moving to a new country can be an overwhelming experience. On this page you get all the necessary information and guides to live, work or study in Copenhagen. You can use it as a to-do list and check of as you proceed, or you can just use it as a list of thing that are good to know and remember when moving to Copenhagen.

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Before you move

Before moving to Copenhagen

There are some things you need to do and consider before you take the step and move to Copenhagen

Find a job

If you do not already have a job, you can find some useful links to various job databases here.

Remember to check your rights as an employee regarding holiday, parental leave, working hours, etc.

Program for newcomers
Copenhagen Host Program matches newcomers who have been in Denmark for less than 5 years, with local volunteer hosts who speak the Danish language and know about the local community and job market. The host can help you in your job search and help you practice your Danish skills. 

Accompanying spouses
Accompanying spouses who live within the City of Copenhagen can join the Copenhagen Career Program for information about courses, employment with salary subsidy, internships and much more.

Students
Students who live within the City of Copenhagen can join the 6-month career program, Greater Copenhagen Career Program.
The program combines different job search seminars with matchmaking events taking place in different settings such as private companies, unions, etc.

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Find a study program

Denmark tops the United Nations Education Index and Danish qualifications are recognised throughout the world. Study in Denmark has a useful website.

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Find a home

Finding a place to live is often difficult. Get started as soon as possible, especially if you plan on renting or buying a home in the city center. Get more information about finding a home at lifeindenmark.dk or international.kk.dk.

Be aware that you cannot apply for a CPR number before you have found a place to live and actually live at the address.

You might be able to get Housing Benefits, so called Boligstøtte. You can check this as soon as you have moved to Denmark and hold a NemID – see the tab 'When you arrive'.

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Get information about daycare or schools

Start exploring the different options. Please note that you cannot begin the enrollment process before you have actually moved to Denmark.

Get information about Daycare.

Schools: You can choose a Danish or international school for your child – some are public, some are private. Here is an overview of international basic schools in Denmark.

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Bringing personal belongings

Bringing a pet

The family pet is of course welcome; however, there might be some requirements.

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Bringing your car

It is possible to bring your foreign registered motor vehicle to Denmark. See what to do at skat.dk.

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Check driver’s license

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Prepare and bring documents

Get the following documents ready and have them at hand at all times during your stay – that goes for all family members joining you in Denmark:

  • A valid passport / national ID card

If relevant:

  • Residence permit (only applicable to family member from non-EU countries)
  • Marriage or registered partnership certificate
  • Birth certificates for children joining you in Denmark 
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Start learning Danish

We recommend that you start practising Danish as it will often be much easier for you to network, private and professionally, if you speak and understand basic Danish – get started here! Held og lykke!

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When you arrive

Arriving in Copenhagen

As a newcomer in Copenhagen you need to take certain actions in order to get registered as a citizen

Find a home

Finding a place to live is often difficult. Get started as soon as possible, especially if you plan on renting or buying a home in the city center. Get more information about finding a home at lifeindenmark.dk or international.kk.dk.

Be aware that you cannot apply for a CPR number before you have found a place to live and actually live at the address.

You might be able to get Housing Benefits, so called Boligstøtte. You can check this as soon as you have moved to Denmark and hold a NemID – see the tab 'When you arrive'.

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Register for a CPR number/Health Insurance Card

You can stay in Denmark for up to six months, before you need to apply for a Danish CPR number. You use your CPR number in many situations: to get your salary, to transfer money, to buy a place to live, to get an insurance policy, when you are at the doctor and library, etc.

Please apply for your CPR number at ihcph.dk.

You can fill in the application wherever you please – but no earlier than 1 month before the date you move into your Danish home.

You will be called in for a final approval, when the International Citizen Service (located at International House Copenhagen) has processed your application.

If you live in Greater Copenhagen, you also need to apply for your CPR number online. See the list of municipalities on Zealand, that International House Copenhagen cooperates with.

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Get NemID and Digital Post

After you get your CPR-number, you will receive a health insurance card (yellow card) within 2-4 weeks, and then you can request a NemID.
NemID is a digital signature, you can use to do your online banking, get information from the public authorities or engage with one of the many businesses that use NemID.

Once you have your NemID, you can use Digital Post (e-boks) where you will receive e-mails from public authorities.

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Get information about Danish tax affairs

SKAT (the tax office) has made a guide for you.

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Open a bank account/NemKonto

When you have a place to live and a CPR number, you are ready to choose a bank and open a bank account.
Locals usually use Dankort, the most common cash card, and Mobilepay, a smartphone app for credit card payments.
Read more about opening a bank account.

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Check utilities, media license and insurances

You need to sign up for services such as electricity when moving into your residence.

You can read about mandatory insurances (for instance a dog insurance if you have a dog) at lifeindenmark.dk.

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Sign up for Danish classes

Courses and educational programs are available if you need to improve your Danish language skills.

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Change your address

If you get another place to live in Denmark, don’t forget to change your address within 5 days of moving and reorder a health insurance card.

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If you become sick or need to call the police

Once you have your CPR number, you can schedule an appointment with your doctor - find the number on the top left side of your yellow card. Almost all examinations, etc., are free of charge.

Call 1813 if you live in Copenhagen and you need a doctor outside of your doctor’s opening hours.

Call 112 if you need emergency assistance (police, ambulance, fire department).

Call 114 if you need general police assistance.

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When you work or study

Working and/or studying in Copenhagen

When you come to Copenhagen to work or study there are different things you need to know and things that are nice to know

Find a job

If you do not already have a job, you can find some useful links to various job databases here.

Remember to check your rights as an employee regarding holiday, parental leave, working hours, etc.

Program for newcomers
Copenhagen Host Program matches newcomers who have been in Denmark for less than 5 years, with local volunteer hosts who speak the Danish language and know about the local community and job market. The host can help you in your job search and help you practice your Danish skills. 

Accompanying spouses
Accompanying spouses who live within the City of Copenhagen can join the Copenhagen Career Program for information about courses, employment with salary subsidy, internships and much more.

Students
Students who live within the City of Copenhagen can join the 6-month career program, Greater Copenhagen Career Program.
The program combines different job search seminars with matchmaking events taking place in different settings such as private companies, unions, etc.

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Register for tax and check your preliminary income assessment

If you work in Denmark, you have to apply for a Danish tax card and a personal tax number. SKAT (the tax office) has made a guide for you.

Please note that some researchers and highly paid employees are able to get certain tax advantages.

Check your preliminary income assessment at skat.dk.
 

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Get information about unemployment insurance

In case you lose your job, help and assistance is available from a Danish job center.

If you want to be insured against unemployment when working in Denmark, you have to join a Danish unemployment insurance fund. Once you have joined an unemployment insurance fund (a-kasse), you must pay contributions.

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Get information about your pension agreement

If you decide to move before you retire, you can transfer your pension to a bank outside of Denmark.

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Find a study program

Denmark tops the United Nations Education Index and Danish qualifications are recognised throughout the world. Study in Denmark has a useful website.

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Get information about the Danish Grants and Loans Scheme (SU)

Check the guide to diploma recognition

You can have your diploma, degree or certificate assessed and recognised in various ways. The Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education provides assessments of foreign qualifications.

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Culture and leisure

Culture and leisure life in Copenhagen

Here is a guide to cultural activities and leisure life in Copenhagen in general

Find your way around the region

Greater Copenhagen has a well-developed infrastructure with good conditions for cars, bicycles and commuters.

For information about Southern Sweden, please visit visitskane.com.

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Get to know the local community and find a leisure life activity

Greater Copenhagen has a lot to offer when it comes to activities and cultural experiences that you can make use of, and many are free of charge. Many Danes are members of a sports club or do volunteer work. It’s a good way to network after working hours – and it’s fun too! Visit these websites for more information:

The International House Leisure Guides can help you find leisure activities and clubs that suit your needs. Furthermore, everyone is welcome to participate in their many informative and social events about banking, housing, daycare, trade unions, volunteering, workplace culture, leisure and much more.

If you live within the City of Copenhagen, you can also join the Copenhagen Host Program and get a local culture host to help you settle in.

Be sure to follow International House Copenhagen on Facebook for relevant information about events and activities in Copenhagen.

If you want to have a say in matters that affect your life in Greater Copenhagen / Southern Sweden, you can join the online survey-based community, International Talent Forum. Here, you will receive an online survey twice a year and be invited to social events.

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