Before you move
Before moving to Copenhagen
Apply for residence permit
A residence permit allows you to reside in Denmark.
Please note that a residence permit does not necessarily give you the right to work in Denmark. You can find information on the various types of residence and work permits on newtodenmark.dk
When you apply for a residence permit, you must have your biometric features recorded.
On newtodenmark.dk you can find information on where to submit your application for a residence permit and have you biometric features recorded.
Family reunification with an EU citizen
If you are seeking family reunification with an EU citizen, please note that EU-rules may apply to you.
You can find information on the EU-rules on newtodenmark.dk
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.
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 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.
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.
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 or at lifeindenmark.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'.
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.
Schools: You can choose a Danish or international school for your child – some are public, some are private. Here you can read more about international basic schools in Denmark.
Bringing personal belongings
Bringing your car
It is possible to bring your foreign registered motor vehicle to Denmark. See what to do at skat.dk.
Check driver’s license
You will in some cases need to exchange your foreign driving licence for a Danish driving licence.
Bringing a pet
The family pet is of course welcome; however, there might be some requirements.
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
- Residence permit
- Marriage or registered partnership certificate
- Birth certificates for children joining you in Denmark
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!