Free movement : Denmark

Information on the transitional rules governing the free movement of workers from, to and between the new member states

European Commission:

In the Member Countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) 1 the free movement of workers is a fundamental right which permits nationals of one EEA country to work in another EEA country on the same conditions as that member state’s own citizens.

During a transitional period of up to 7 years after the accession of Croatia on 1 July 2013, certain conditions may be applied that restrict the free movement of workers from and to Croatia

These restrictions only concern the freedom of movement for the purpose of taking up a job and they may differ from one member state to another.

By selecting a country in the list below you will find out which rules apply in that country to job seekers from other member states.

The country you have selected does not apply any restrictions on the access to its labour market by citizens of other EEA countries.
You will find below a short general description of the policies concerning the free movement of workers applied by this country.
We also suggest that you check the "Living and Working Conditions" section, by clicking in the left hand column, where you will find, among other things, information on administrative procedures etc. to be followed by EEA citizens who want to live and work in this country.

* Legal notice - disclaimer

 

As a citizen of an EU/EEA country, you may freely reside in Denmark for up to 3 months. If you reside in Denmark for more than 3 months, you must apply for an EU residence document. If you are seeking work during your stay, you may reside in Denmark for up to 6 months without applying for an EU residence document.

Who can get an EU residence document

You can obtain an EU residence document if you:

  • Carry out paid work in Denmark
  • Have been admitted to a higher educational programme, an upper secondary educational programme or vocational programme in Denmark
  • Have established and run your own business in Denmark
  • Have enough funds to support yourself during your stay in Denmark

How to get an EU residence document

To get an EU residence document, you follow instructions at the website “new to denmark”

You have possibilities to apply for an EU residence document at the International Citizen Service Centres in the cities of Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg. If you choose to do so, please follow the instructions in the checklists that can be downloaded at www.icitizen.dk

Please note the following exceptions:

  • As a Nordic passport holder from either Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden you may freely enter Denmark to reside or work. All you have to do is register at the Citizens’ Service in your municipality of residence.

Where to get more information

Please visit

www.workindenmark.dk, the official Danish web site for all relevant information with regard to working and living in Denmark. You can also find jobs in Denmark and submit your CV.

www.newtodenmark.dk offers detailed information on entry and residence rules.

https://bm.dk/the-ministry-of-employment/the-danish-labour-market/, the official web site of the Danish Ministry of Employment offers the guide to the Danish labour market “Rules and rights when working in Denmark” in English and German.

 

* Legal notice - disclaimer

The information on the transitional rules for the free movement of workers from, to, and between the new Member States has been supplied by the EURES members (The national public employment services) in the respective Member States, in co-operation with other competent national authorities, who have made every effort to ensure its accuracy. We cannot, however, guarantee that the information is always comprehensive, complete, accurate and up to date, and nor should the publication on the EURES Job mobility portal be taken to imply that the European Commission or its services agree on the way the transitional arrangements are applied in the country in question. The Commission accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage resulting from the publication of this information.

Please also see this important legal notice:
http://ec.europa.eu/geninfo/legal_notices_en.htm


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