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Last modified: 03.07.2018

Before arrival

About Denmark and AAU

In this section, you can find general information about Denmark and Aalborg University (AAU). The International Staff Unit (ISU) considers important that you – who is considering or planning to move to Denmark to work at AAU – start building realistic expectations regarding your relocation to a new country and working culture, before arrival. Hence, we have gathered a few sources of information to support you in this phase.


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    A CPR-number is important for your life in Denmark

    The CPR number is a civil registration number that is given to every single person who has the legal right to reside in Denmark.

    CPR registration is very important during your first days in Denmark. Upon registration you are required to provide a valid address. By registering for your CPR number at your municipality, you will be able to access all services available to legal residents of Denmark, such as (and not restricted to):

    • Access to free healthcare
    • Opening a bank account
    • Receiving salary through NemKonto (a specially registered bank account)
    • Entering a contract with your utility (heating, water, electricity), mobile phone, or Internet service provider
    • Getting any kind of insurance

    Furthermore, most sport associations will not accept new members without a CPR number, nor can you borrow books from any public library.

    The CPR number consists of ten digits. The first six digits are your date of birth (day, month and year) while the last four digits provide a unique identification number for all citizens in Denmark. The final four numbers also indicate your gender, ending in even numbers for women and odd numbers for men.

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    About AAU


    Aalborg University (AAU) has been providing students with academic excellence, cultural engagement and personal development since its inception in 1974. AAU offers education and research within the fields of natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, technical and health sciences.

    AAU is internationally oriented and integrates internationalisation into its values and methods at all levels of education, research and knowledge dissemination.

    Read more about AAU’s profile, organisation and management, figures and facts, strategy, vision and mission, problem-based learning, international cooperation, history, honorary doctors & fellows here.

    Since Aalborg University was first established in 1974, all university programmes have been based on problem based learning (PBL). Aalborg University students work in groups applying problem oriented methods in preparing projects of a high academic standard.

    Learn more about the Aalborg PBL Model.

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    About Denmark

    The following official websites will help you understand what you can expect when relocating to Denmark.

    The selection below covers the main portals that describe in English practical and useful information about Denmark.

    • Work in Denmark is the official webpage for all newcomers to Denmark where you can find practical information about living and working in Denmark. Workindenmark has published a useful guide available for download in English "First steps in Denmark - What to remember in the first 30 days".
    • New to Denmark is the official webpage of the Danish immigration authorities that offers easy access to relevant information and digital self-service solutions to foreign nationals who wish to enter and reside in Denmark, as well as their family members.
    • Life in Denmark is the English version of the national self-service public portal in Denmark called borger.dk. Here you can access a number of public authorities to access your personal information to change your address, request a (new) NemID, or view your holiday allowance for example.
    • Statistics Denmark is the central authority on Danish statistics. Here you can find statistics on the Danish society about population and elections, labour, income and wealth, prices and consumption, external economy, living conditions, education and knowledge, and more.

    We have created two pages called Living in Denmark and Networks where you can find a list of relevant sites and networks we recommend you look into before and when living in Denmark.

    The ISU team reccomends that you visit our page Daily Life - During your stay to find out about Food and Danish Cuisine, Living Costs, Postal Services and more.