Residence and work permit

Before you can start work in Denmark as a posted employee you need to find out if you require a residence and work permit. This depends on where you come from.

If you are a citizen of a Nordic country you can freely live and work in Denmark. If you are a citizen from an EU or EEA country, or Switzerland, you can start to work in Denmark and then apply for a registration certificate from the State Administration, possibly through the International Citizen Service.

If you are a citizen of a country that is outside the EU or EEA, and you are posted by an enterprise from a EU country, you have to seek further advise at the State Administration.

If you are a citizen of a country that is outside the EU or EEA, and you are not covered by the regulations on posting of workers, you always have to apply for a work and residence permit before starting work in Denmark. You can read more and send your application online to the immigration authorities via NewtoDenmark.dk.

Do you need a work and residence permit?

Below you will find links to more information on the regulations that cover citizens from different countries.

Citizens of EU, EEA countries

Citizens of EU, EEA countries or Switzerland can stay and work in Denmark under special rules
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Citizens of other countries

Citizens of other countries must always apply for a residence and work permit to live and work in Denmark.

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Nordic citizens

Nordic citizens are free to work in Denmark. They do not need a visa, residence or work permit.

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Permanent residency

If you want to apply for a permanent residency permit, you need to meet several conditions.

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Help with paperwork

As a foreign employee you can get help with paperwork. This can be obtained from the International Citizen Service offices in Aalborg, Aarhus, Copenhagen and Odense. At the International Citizen Service offices all public authorities are brought together under one roof. You can also obtain personal guidance and useful information.

Read more about International Citizen Service

Overview of the EU and EEA countries

The Azores
The Balearic Islands
Belgium
Bulgaria
Ceuta
Cyprus (south)
Denmark
The Canary Islands
Estonia
Finland
France
Gibraltar
Greece
Guadeloupe
Guyana

The Hebrides
The Republic of Ireland
Iceland
The Isle of Wight
Italy
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Madeira
Malta
Martinique
The Netherlands
Norway
Poland

Portugal
Reunion
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
The UK 
Sweden
The Czech Republic
Germany
Hungary
Austria
The Aland Islands