Denmark is part of the EU so people with citizenship of countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) can move, live and work freely in Denmark. Citizens of the Nordic countries - Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland can travel and reside in another Nordic country without any travel documentation (or a residence permit) as part of the Nordic Passport Union.
Here are some of the ways to live in Denmark if you are not a citizen of an EEA or Nordic country:
Work and Business Visas
You must hold a residence and work permit in order to reside and work in Denmark. Here are some of the ways you can get a work and residency permit:
- Your profession is on The Positive List , which is a list of professions where there is currently a shortage, you have a job offer and the required qualifications to do the role.
- You have been offered a highly paid job (Pay Limit Scheme)
- You have been offered a job by a company who is certified by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration. (Fast Track Scheme)
- You are a researcher and there is a reason why the work needs to be carried out by you.
- You are an entrepreneur with an innovative business idea, which can contribute to growth and new employment in Denmark. You can apply for a startup visa. Your business idea must be approved by a panel of experts appointed by the Danish Business Authority.
- Start-up Denmark is for self-employed persons, and only non-EU (European Union) and non-EEA (European Economic Area) citizens can apply.
- Up to three non-EU, non-EEA citizens can submit a business plan as a team. If the business plan is approved by the Start-up Denmark expert panel the applicants must apply individually for a work and residence permit at the immigration authorities.
- A non-EU, non-EEA citizen can submit a business plan together with EU/EEA citizens. EU/EEA citizens do not need residence and work permits for Denmark due to the EU rules on free movement of persons and services.
- If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Denmark, you are probably eligible for residency. Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.
- See the citizenship section below for more information on residency or citizenship based on descent.
Working holiday visa
Citizens of Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea Can apply for a 12 month Danish working holiday visa. You need to be between the ages of 18 and 30.