Danish state pension is paid by public authorities. The point of departure is that you are entitled to state pension when you reach the state pension age if you fulfil three fundamental conditions:
- You must be a Danish national
- You must be resident in Denmark
- You must have lived in Denmark for three years within the period from you reached the age of 15 till you reach the state pension age.
However, special rules may apply to you, for example if you have lived in an EU/EEA Member State, Switzerland or a country with which Denmark has concluded a special agreement. You may also be covered by special rules if you are a refugee.
In order to receive the full amount of the state pension, you must have lived in Denmark for at least 40 years since you reached the age of 15 and till you reach the state pension age. If this is not the case, you may be entitled to a smaller proportion of the full state pension. Special rules may apply to you if you are a refugee.
The amount of your state pension depends also on whether you have additional income and on whether you choose to defer claiming the state pension.
If you receive Danish state pension, you must inform the Danish authority Udbetaling Danmark about any changes that may be important to your pension. You must, for example, inform Udbetaling Danmark if you move abroad, if there are changes to your income, or if you travel abroad so much that it impacts on your pension.
Rules vary as to whether you can have your Danish state pension paid out abroad. The rules depend, among other things, on the country you live in, and on whether you already receive state pension or whether you are going to apply for state pension.
If you want to know more about state pension, you may contact Udbetaling Danmark if you live in Denmark. Please contact Udbetaling Danmark International Pension if you live abroad and if you want to apply for Danish state pension.