Last modified: 18.03.2020

Before arrival

About Denmark and AAU

On this page, you find general information about Denmark and Aalborg University (AAU).

The International Staff Unit (ISU) recommends you - who is considering or planning to move to Denmark to work at AAU - to start considering your relocation strategy to a new country and working culture. 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

    CPR registration is very important during your first days and throughout your stay 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.

    Upon registration with the local public authorities, 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 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 utility providers (heating, water, electricity), mobile providers, or internet services
    • Getting any kind of insurance

    Furthermore, many free-time associations and clubs 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 and 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. 
    • 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 Here you can access a number of public authorities in order 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 another page called Living in Denmark where you can find a list of relevant sites and networks. We recommend that you read this before and upon arrival in Denmark.

    The ISU team further recommends that you visit our page Daily Life - During your stay to learn more about  food and Danish cuisine, living costs, postal services and much more.