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Last modified: 09.07.2018

Registration upon arrival

Nordic Citizens

We strongly encourage Nordic citizens to register with the public authorities, if you plan to reside in Denmark for more than 3 months because it makes a number of procedures easier and faster.

However, as a Nordic citizen you are free to enter, reside, study and work in Denmark. You are only required to apply for a CPR number if you intend to stay in Denmark for more than six months.

 

Bring your ID

As a Nordic citizen, you can enter Denmark without a passport. However, you must be able to identify yourself if required. Your driving license or bank card is sufficient identification, but we recommend you to bring your passport.

 

Bringing your family

If your family members are Nordic citizens, they can enter and reside in Denmark as Nordic Citizens (see above).

If your family members are not Nordic citizens, they can apply for a residence permit as accompanying family members to you based on your EU/EEA citizenship.   

Please note: There are a number of documents and certificates you must bring from home in order to be registered.  

Only certificates in English/German/Scandinavian languages are accepted (original or authorized translations). Please note that certificates from some countries need to be apostille certified.   

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    Registration step by step

    Step 1: Citizen Service

    In order to obtain your CPR number as a Nordic citizen, you can register at either the International Citizen Service or your local Citizen Service (Borgerservice) in your municipality.

    Even though Nordic citizens are not required to obtain a Danish CPR number until having stayed in Denmark for more than six months, we strongly recommend that you do so, if you intend to stay in Denmark for more than three months, as this makes a number of procedures much faster and easier.

    Step 2: Tax registration

    Once you have completed the registration for the CPR number, you need to register for a tax card with the tax authorities (SKAT) at the International Citizen Service. The tax authorities will issue an electronic tax card, which Aalborg University (AAU) needs in order to calculate your taxes.

    If you do not have an electronic tax card, AAU will withhold 55% of your salary. Once you have registered for the tax card, your tax card will be sent directly to AAU.

    Please note: If you are applying for the Researcher Taxation Scheme, you should NOT register for a tax card. AAU will assist you with the application for this tax scheme. Learn more about the Researcher Tax Scheme here.

     

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    What to bring to register at the international citizen service

     

    To register for a CPR-number:

    • A completed arrival form for new citizens in Denmark.
    • Original passport/ID card or other proof of your Nordic personal registration number + a copy.
    • Proof of your current address in Denmark (e.g. rental contract, letter from landlord) + a copy. You need to document that you have accommodation from the day you register and minimum one month ahead.
    • Original marriage certificate (if you are married) + a copy (please remember to bring your marriage certificate, even if your partner is not accompanying you. Only certificates in English/German/Scandinavian languages are accepted (original or authorised translations). Please note that marriage certificates from some countries need to be apostille certified.
    • If applicable: divorce certificate/death certificate (widow(er)) + a copy.
    • Only certificates in English/German/Scandinavian languages are accepted (original or authorised translations). Please note that certificates from some countries need to be apostille certified. 
    • If applicable, documentation for changes of name + 2 copies.Only certificates in English/German/Scandinavian languages are accepted (original or authorised translations). Please note that certificates from some countries need to be apostille certified. 

     

    To register for a tax card (SKAT):

    If you are eligible to apply for the researcher tax scheme, you do not need to register with the tax authorities or bring any documents for the tax authorities. However, we still recommend you to bring your work contract, which you need in order to open a bank account.   

     

    If you are accompanied by any children (under 18 years):

    • Original birth certificate(s) + a copy 
      • Only certificates in English/German/Scandinavian languages are accepted (original or authorised translations). Please note that birth certificates from some countries need to be apostille certified.
    • If applicable, any documents concerning legal custody for accompanying children + 2 copies 
      • Only certificates in English/German/Scandinavian languages are accepted (original or authorized translations). Please note that certificates from some countries need to be apostille certified. 
    • If applicable, please also bring personal ID for any accompanying children (2 copies) 

     

    If you are accompanied by your spouse/partner

    Accompanying partners who are Nordic citizens need to bring the same documentation as the main applicant (see above).

    If your accompanying partner is an EU/EEA or Non-EU/EEA citizen, your partner needs to register for a CPR number, a tax card and (if an EU/EEA citizen) a EU residence certificate.

    Please note: All accompanying family members including children must register in person.

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    Where to register

    Citizens of Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are free to enter, reside, study and work in Denmark. You only have to bring proof of identification i.e. passport, driving license or other formal documentation of identification.

    If you plan to stay in Denmark for more than six months, you must apply for a Danish CPR number.

    For more information on the Danish CPR number please see "a CPR number is important for your life in Denmark". 

    Where to register?

    In order to register for a Danish CPR number, please go to the the International Citizen Service Centre (ICS).

    If you are residing in the greater Aalborg area, you can register at the International Citizen Service (ICS). You can also register at your local Citizen Service (Borgerservice) in your municipality.

    If you are residing in the Copenhagen area, you can register at the International Citizen Service (ICS) at International House. However, if you live in the Municipal of Gentofte, you must register at the local Borgerservice.

    Please note that it is mandatory to apply for a CPR-number online at ihcph.kk.dk before heading to the ICS.

    If you are residing in the Esbjerg area, you can register at Borgerservice in your local municipality.

    Please visit the International Citizen Service website for further information.