Conditions for foreign citizens’ acquisition of Danish citizenship

You must fulfill certain conditions in order to acquire Danish citizenship

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Foreign citizens, with the exception of certain Nordic citizens and former Danish citizens, can only acquire Danish citizenship by statute. Thus, the foreign citizen must be listed in a naturalisation bill which is passed by the Danish Parliament. This is called acquisition of Danish citizenship by naturalisation.

To acquire Danish citizenship by naturalisation, you must fulfil certain conditions, for example in relation to self-sufficiency, residence in Denmark, Danish language skills and knowledge of Denmark. 

It is a condition for acquiring Danish citizenship by naturalisation that you declare allegiance and loyalty to Denmark and Danish society.

In addition, you must declare that you will comply with Danish law, including the constitution, and that you will respect fundamental Danish values and legal principles, including Danish democracy. The declarations are signed by NemID as part of the digital application.

It is a condition for acquiring Danish citizenship by naturalisation that you have been issued with a permanent residence permit and are resident in Denmark.

Being resident in Denmark means that you habitually reside in Denmark and are registered at a Danish address in the Central Population Register (CPR register).

If you reside in Denmark according to EU rules – for example an EU registration certificate issued under the Regulation on EU residence – you should be aware that the requirement relating to a permanent residence permit also applies to you.

Find out more about the rules on obtaining a permanent residence permit at

Applicants who are exempt from the conditions:

Certain applicants are exempt from one or both of the above conditions. 

The condition of a permanent residence permit in Denmark does not apply to:

  • Nordic citizens
  • former Danish citizens
  • persons of Danish descent
  • members of the Danish ethnic minority of Southern Schleswig
  • applicants who were resident abroad due to their Danish spouse's work abroad for Danish interests
  • applicants who were born in the period from 1 January 1961 to 31 December 1978 to a Danish mother and who could have acquired Danish citizenship if the mother had made a declaration in that regard in the period from 1 January 1979 to 31 December 1981
  • children who apply for citizenship without their parents

The condition of residence in Denmark does not apply to:

  • applicants who, at the time of the application, are resident abroad due to their Danish spouse’s work abroad for Danish interests
  • applicants who were born in the period from 1 January 1961 to 31 December 1978 to a Danish mother and who could have acquired Danish citizenship if the mother had made a declaration in that regard in the period from 1 January 1979 to 31 December 1981
  • certain categories of children who apply for citizenship without their parents.  

[t is a condition for acquiring Danish citizenship that you do not have certain types of overdue debt to public authorities.

You may not have the following types of overdue debt to public authorities:

  • repayable benefits under the Law on social service or the Law on active social policy
  • repayable benefits under the now repealed Law on social assistance
  • child support which is paid in advance by public authorities under the Law on child allowance and advance payment of child support
  • nursery payments
  • repayment of overpaid housing allowance under Paragraph 47 of the Law on individual housing allowance
  • repayment of housing deposit loan, unless an instalment agreement for repayment is entered into, with which the applicant complies
  • taxes and duties, unless the applicant is in arrears through no fault of his own.

Please be aware that where no extension of payment is granted or no instalment agreement is entered into (with the exception of a housing deposit loan and/or tenant deposit loan), debt may preclude transmission of citizenship under paragraph 22 of the guidelines.

Resident requirement

Normally it is a condition for acquiring Danish citizenship that you have been continuously resident in Denmark for 9 years.

Interruptions of residence: If, during your residence in Denmark, you have had long interruptions of residence or regularly or frequently travel abroad, this may affect whether you fulfil the residence requirement.

However, special rules apply for certain applicants regarding the required period of residence:

  1. For persons who are recognised as refugees, persons who must be treated in the same way as refugees, and stateless persons, the required period of continuous residence is 8 years. 
  2. For Nordic citizens, the required period of continuous residence is two years.
  3. Spouses of Danish citizens. For persons who are married to a Danish citizen, the required period of continuous residence is 6 to 8 years depending on the length of the marriage. If the marriage has lasted at least 3 years and the Danish spouse has been a Danish citizen for at least 3 years, the required period of continuous residence is 6 years. If the marriage has lasted for at least 2 years and the Danish spouse has been a Danish citizen for at least 3 years, the required period of continuous residence is 7 years. If the marriage has lasted at least 1 year and the Danish spouse has been a Danish citizen for at least 3 years, the required period of continuous residence is 8 years.
  4. Entered before the age of 15. Persons who have entered Denmark before the age of 15 may acquire Danish citizenship when they reach the age of 18, if the education the person may have received during the stay in Denmark is of Danish character. It is a condition that any education during residence in Denmark has been Danish in nature.
  5. Educated in Denmark: Persons who have received a substantial part of their general or professional education in Denmark may acquire Danish citizenship after 5 years of continuous residence in Denmark, if the education is of Danish character and has lasted for at least 3 years or the education has prior to this been completed by an exam or similar test.
  6. Former Danish citizens etc.: Special rules apply to persons who are former Danish citizens or are Danish-born or of Danish descent, and to members of the Danish ethnic minority of Southern Schleswig.
  7. Born between 1 January 1961 and 31 December 1978 to a Danish mother: Special rules apply to persons who were born in the period from 1 January 1961 to 31 December 1978 to a Danish mother and who could have acquired Danish citizenship if the mother had made a declaration relating to Danish citizenship in the period from 1 January 1979 to 31 December 1981.

In certain cases, an application may be submitted to the Danish Parliament's Naturalisation Committee for it to assess whether an exemption from the residence requirement should be granted. A case is submitted to the Naturalisation Committee if it falls under the following examples:

  1. Married in Denmark: If the applicant is married in Denmark but the spouses have different residences and therefore there is uncertainty as to whether they live together.
  2. Former Danish national: If the applicant is a former Danish citizen (but not persons born as Danish citizens in Denmark).
  3. Spouse's work aboard: If the applicant's Danish spouse works abroad but there is uncertainty as to whether the work can be defined as work for Danish interests.
  4. Interruptions in residence: If the applicant has had interruptions in residence in Denmark beyond what is permitted and where specific circumstances so require, for example due to a long-term posting for a Danish employer.
  5. Substantial part of education in Denmark: If there is uncertainty as to whether the applicant has received a substantial part of his education in Denmark or whether the education is of Danish character.
  6. It can effect whether you fulfil the requirement of residence if you have had long interruptions or regularly or frequently travel abroad during your residence in Denmark. 

Requirement of self-sufficiency

It is a condition for acquiring Danish citizenship that you must be able to support yourself.

This means that you cannot have received assistance under the Law on active social policy or the Law on integration over the last two years.

This also means that over the last five years you cannot have received assistance under the Law on active social policy or the Law on integration for a total period of more than 4 months.

The benefits which you cannot have received during the above periods are, amongst others, cash assistance, educational benefit, rehabilitation benefit, out-of-work benefit and integration benefit.

However, you may have received assistance related to single and isolated minor amounts which are not directly related to support or benefits equated with or replacing a salary or pension.

If for example you receive State educational support, an early retirement pension or a national pension, or are supported by your spouse/partner, this does not preclude you from acquiring Danish citiznship.

In addition, total periods of more than 4 months of subsistence allowance (unemployment allowance, sickness allowance and maternity allowance) will be ‘added to’ the period during which you should have been self-sufficient.

Therefore, periods of subsistence allowance will not isolated preclude someone from acquiring Danish citizenship. Generally, an applicant may receive or have received subsistence allowance at the time of the processing of the application. 

In certain cases, an application may be submitted to the Danish Parliament's Naturalisation Committee for it to assess whether an exemption from the self-sufficiency requirement should be granted.

Submission to the Naturalisation Committee may occur, for example, if the application is submitted at the same time with regards to the possibility of exemption from the requirement concerning Danish language skills and the requirement relating to passing the 2015 citizenship test as a result of illness. Thus, if you are able to provide proof of illness (a long-term disability) and you do not fulfil the conditions of Danish language skills and the requirement of passing the 2015 citizenship test, and do you not fulfil the self-sufficiency requirement, the Naturalisation Committee will also asses on whether you may be exempted from the self-sufficiency requirement.

If you fulfil the requirement of Danish language skills and the requirement of passing the 2015 citizenship test, but as a result of proven illness (long-term disability) are unable to fulfil the self-sufficiency requirement, it will also be possible to submit the case to the Naturalisation Committee to obtain an exemption from the self-sufficiency requirement.

In addition, your application may possibly be submitted to the Naturalisation Committee for an exemption in the following cases:

  • If you have received rehabilitation benefit instead of State educational support and there are special circumstances in the case which may provide grounds for submission.
  • If you fulfil the other conditions for acquiring Danish citizenship and have been self-sufficient for a period after which you, on account of entirely special circumstances (such as an accident at work) receive benefits under the Law on active social policy or the Law on integration and are then self-sufficient again.
  • If you are referred for flexible employment, but are not in flexible employment because it is not possible to find flexible employment and you therefore receive, or have previously received, out-of-work benefit under the Law on active social policy.
  • If, on account of maternity leave or as a result of special circumstances you are unable to fulfil the requirement of self-sufficiency.
  • If, for a shorter period beyond 4 months, you have received benefits under the Law on active social policy or Law on integration or over the past year have received those benefits for a very short time.

Criminal offences

It is a condition for acquiring Danish citizenship by naturalisation that you have not committed certain types of crime.

You can never acquire Danish citizenship by naturalisation if you are:

  • sentenced to an unconditional term of imprisonment of 1 year or more
  • sentenced to an unconditional term of imprisonment of 3 months or more for offence against the person
  • convicted for breach of Chapters 12 and 13 of the Criminal Code (offences against the State’s independence and security, offences against the constitution and the supreme State’s authority and terrorism)
  • sentenced to permanent expulsion from Denmark
  • convicted for breach of Paragraph 136(2) or (3) of the Criminal Code
  • convicted of gang crime (Paragraph 81 a of the Criminal Code)
  • convicted of violence against children under the age of 18 or sexual offences (however, special rules apply to offenders who were under the age of 18 at the time of the offence)

If you are charged with an offence, you cannot acquire citizenship for as long as the charge is maintained.

If you have been otherwise penalised or received a criminal penalty, you may face a waiting period from acquiring Danish citizenship depending on the type of criminal offence and the punishment.

For example, a fine of DKK 3 000 or more triggers a waiting period of 4 years and 6 months from the time of the offence. Thus, you can only acquire Danish citizenship 4 years and 6 months after the time of the offence.

If you have been penalised (or received a criminal penalty) several times for a similar crime, the waiting period is extended by 3 years each time.

A crime is deemed to be similar if it involves the breach of provisions of the same law. However, breaches of the Criminal Code and the Road Traffic Law are regarded as similar only where there are breaches of provisions of the same chapter. Breaches of the Criminal Code involving violence or the threat of violence are, nevertheless, regarded as similar.

Only penalties that trigger a waiting period have the effect of previous convictions. The overall waiting time is calculated on the basis of the penalty which isolated gives rise to the waiting period having the latest expiry date.

When applying for Danish citizenship by naturalisation, you must declare on law and honour any crime that you have committed. In addition, the Danish Ministry of Immigration and Integration will in every case consult the Central Population Register when processing the case. Furthermore, two years after the declaration the Ministry will consult the Central Population Register to investigate if any crimes have been concealed. If any crimes have been concealed, the Danish citizenship may under certain conditions be revoked. 

In certain cases, an application may be submitted to the Danish Parliament's Naturalisation Committee for it to assess whether an exemption from the rules on criminal offences should be granted.

If you have been penalised by a fine in the range from DKK 3 000 to DKK 10 000 for a breach of legislation other than the Criminal Code, the Road Traffic Law, the Law on narcotics or the Law on weapons, and if you due to the crime cannot acquire Danish citizenship because the waiting period has still not elapsed, the case will be submitted to the Danish Parliament's Naturalisation Committee to assess whether an exemption should be granted.

The case will also be submitted if you have been penalised by a road traffic fine for an offence other than drink-driving in the range from DKK 3 000 to less than DKK 3 500. A case will also be submitted for breach of the Road Traffic Law if you are penalised by a total road traffic fine in the range from DKK 3 500 to DKK 5 000 for another offence than drink-driving for several breaches of the Road Traffic Law assessed simultaneously, which have not individually triggered a fine of DKK 3 500 or over.

If an application provides information on a criminal offence which does not appear in the Central Criminal Register, the case will be submitted to the Danish Parliament's Naturalisation Committee for it to assess whether the applicant should nevertheless acquire Danish citizenship. For example if the applicant has committed a criminal offence abroad. In such cases, the Ministry of Immigration and Integration will get an opinion of what penalty the concerned offence would have triggered in Denmark from the Director of Public Prosecutions. This opinion will be the basis for the Naturalisation Committee's decision.

Danish language skills

It is a condition for acquiring Danish citizenship by naturalisation that you provide evidence of your Danish language skills.

Danish language test 3

As a general condition, you must have passed Danish language test 3 (Dansk 3) of the Danish training programmes or one of the tests listed in Appendix 3a to the Circular on n
naturalisation. 

Danish language test 2

If you have not received assistance according to the Law on active social policy or the Law on integration in the last 2 years, and moreover have not received benefits according to these laws for more than 6 months over the last 9 years, you must have passed Danish language test 2 (Dansk 2) or one of the tests listed in Appendix 3b to the Circular on naturalisation.

The requirement to provide evidence of Danish language skills does not apply to:

  • applicants residing on the Faroe Islands or in Greenland

In these cases, the police’s assessment that the person is able to participate with ease in a Danish or Faroese/Greenlandic conversation without using paraphrasing or other languages and with an accent that is natural, will be considered to be sufficient evidence of the applicant’s Danish language skills.

  • Swedish- or Norwegian-speaking applicants

As to these applicants, successful completion of a Swedish or Norwegian primary school with Swedish or Norwegian language will be considered to be sufficient evidence of language skills.

  • Danish-identifying residents of South Schleswig who are covered by the facilitated residence requirements in Appendix 1, item 5 of the Circular
  • applicants born to a Danish mother during the period from 1 January 1961 until 31 December 1978, and who are residing abroad

In these cases, the assessment by a Danish representation abroad that the applicant is able to participate in a Danish conversation, without using paraphrasing or other languages and with an accent that is natural will be considered to be sufficient evidence of language skills

  • certain children applying for citizenship without their parents

There are no requirements for evidence of Danish language skills for children below 12 years of age.

As to children who have reached the age of 12, but have not yet successfully completed secondary education (ninth or tenth grade), an opinion from the applicant’s school attesting that the applicant’s Danish language skills and knowledge of Danish society, Danish culture and history is equivalent to what can be expected from a child of the same age, is considered to be sufficient. However, an opinion from the applicant’s school would not be considered to be sufficient if the applicant completes the ninth or tenth grade of secondary education before the adoption of the law on notification of naturalisation, in which the applicant is expected to be included.

In certain cases, an application can be submitted to the Parliamentary committee on naturalisation for it to assess whether the applicant should be exempted from the rules of Danish language skills.

Submission to the committee on naturalisation due to illness

The application will be submitted to the Parliamentary committee on naturalisation if an exemption has been requested from the requirement of Danish language skills due to illness, and if the following conditions are met:

  • The applicant have been medically diagnosed with a long-term physical, mental, sensory or intellectual impairment and therefore is not able to meet – or do not have a reasonable chance of meeting – the requirement to provide evidence of passing the Danish language test 3 (or Danish language test 2), including by taking the test under special conditions and by use of special aids.

If the medical report shows that the long-term impairment does not hinder the applicant from being able to pass – or from having a reasonable chance of passing – a Danish test on the relevant level (e.g. Danish language test 2 or Danish language test 1), then the case will only be submitted to the committee on naturalisation when the applicant have provided evidence of passing the test in question.

Furthermore, as a condition for submission to the committee on naturalisation, you must:

  • provide evidence of having taken part in Danish training programme 3 (‘Danskuddannelse 3’) or – if you are not capable of providing this – Danish training programme 2 or at least Danish training programme 1 or a specially designed Danish course adapted to your personal conditions, and
  • provide evidence of having attempted to sit a Danish test, including by taking the test under special conditions, by taking the test with the exemption of certain parts or by use of aids.

If you have not taken part in a Danish training programme and have not attempted to sit a Danish test as described, the case will be submitted to the Parliamentary committee on naturalisation, if a medical report presents evidence that you, due to long-term impairment, are not able to acquire competence in Danish and have not been able to take part in a Danish training programme or to attempt to sit a Danish test.

If you do not provide evidence of having taken part in a Danish training programme or having attempted to sit a Danish test, the Parliamentary committee on naturalisation will consider any other evidence of you having attempted to acquire competence in Danish to roughly the same level as a Danish person at the same stage of development and level of education. This will e.g. be based on opinions from employers, associations, active support measures, private language schools etc.

During the assessment of whether to make an exemption from the requirements for evidence of Danish language skills, the Parliamentary committee on naturalisation will therefore consider whether you, within a few years, will be capable of acquiring competence in Danish on some level and will try to sit (attend) a Danish test.

The long-term physical, mental, sensory or intellectual impairment and the connection between the impairment and the lack of opportunity to acquire competence in Danish and take part in a Danish training programme or to attempt to sit a Danish test must be documented through a report by a medical professional.

In those cases, where a long-term impairment is caused by mental illness, a medical report must be completed by a medical specialist in psychiatry or a person with other medical background based on a previous psychiatric investigation. Thus, a psychologist’s opinion will in these cases not be sufficient.

Examples of mental illnesses are depression, schizophrenia and PTSD.

  • The medical reports must also meet the following requirements:
  • The medical report must be no more than 2 years old at the time of application
  • The doctor must consider whether the applicant is able to take part in Danish training programme 1, 2 or 3 or in a specially designed Danish course adapted to the applicant’s personal conditions, including special needs education (e.g. a special education for people with visual impairment, deaf people, people with PTSD etc.). If it is medically assessed that the applicant due to his or her impairment will not be able to take part in a specially designed Danish course adapted to the applicant’s needs, this must be justified by the doctor.
  • The doctor must consider a few of the special conditions that people with impairments can be offered at tests in Danish. For example, that the particular applicant wishes to attempt to sit a test in a separate testing room, or sit a test in the presence of an assistant, or sit a test in his or her own home. Negative replies must be justified.
  • The doctor must consider whether the applicant can try to sit a Danish test, provided that the applicant is exempted from one or more parts of the test – e.g. the part concerning writing.
  • The doctor must in detail consider the prognosis of the applicant's ability to take part in the Danish training programme or to sit a Danish language test 2 or Danish language test 1, including under special conditions, within 5 years.
  • The doctor must elaborate the grounds of their medical assessment in depth, including whether the doctor is the applicant’s regular practitioner, for how long the doctor may have treated the applicant, and whether the doctor has assisted the applicant in connection with anything besides the completion of the medical report for use in the application for citizenship.
  • If it is assessed that the applicant due to his or her impairment will not be able to sit Danish language test 3, the doctor must consider whether the applicant would be able to sit a Danish test on a lower level (Danish language test 2 or Danish language test 1), and (to the best of his or her ability) whether the applicant would be able to acquire competence in Danish on a lower level than Danish language test 3.

At the moment, there is no standard medical report that can be used for naturalisation cases.

Other grounds for submission 

The application can be submitted to the Parliamentary committee on naturalisation if there is no doubt that your competence in Danish is on the required level, or if the totality of your training courses or professional experience is considered to be sufficient evidence of your Danish language skills. 

Naturalisation test

It is a condition for acquiring Danish citizenship, that you demonstrate knowledge of Danish society, culture and history, e.g. by having passed ‘Indfødsretsprøven af 2015’ (Naturalisation test of 2015).

If you have applied for citizenship by naturalisation (or requested a retrial) on 1 July 2016 or later, the following tests are considered sufficient to demonstrate knowledge of Danish society, culture and history:

  • ‘Indfødsretsprøven af 2015’ (Naturalisation test of 2015)
  • A naturalisation test taken at the test date in December 2008 up to and including the test date in December 2013 (a special naturalisation test)

If you have applied for citizenship (or requested a retrial) before 1 July 2016, the following tests are considered sufficient to demonstrate knowledge of Danish society, culture and history:

  • ‘Statsborgerskabsprøven’ (Citizenship test)
  • A naturalisation test taken at the test date in May 2007 up to and including the test date in June 2008
  • A naturalisation test taken at the test date in December 2008 up to and including the test date in December 2013 (a special naturalisation test).

The requirement to have passed Naturalisation test of 2015 does not apply to:

  • children below the age of 12 applying for citizenship without their parents
  • children who have reached the age of 12, and who apply for citizenship without their parents but have not yet successfully completed secondary education (ninth or tenth grade)

However, in these cases it is required that the child's school submits an opinion that the child’s knowledge of Danish society, culture and history is on a level equivalent to what could be expected from a child at the same age level. An opinion from the child’s school would not be considered to be sufficient evidence if the child completes the ninth or tenth grade of secondary education before the adoption of the proposal for Law on notification of naturalisation, in which the child is included

  • applicants residing on the Faroe Islands or in Greenland
  • Swedish- or Norwegian-speaking applicants

These applicants must submit evidence of their successful completion of a Swedish- or Norwegian-speaking primary school

  • Danish-identifying residents of South Schleswig who meet are covered by the facilitated residence requirements in Appendix 1, item 5 of the Circular
  • applicants born to a Danish mother during the period from 1 January 1961 until 31 December 1978, and who are residing abroad.

An application for Danish citizenship would be submitted to the Parliamentary committee on naturalisation if an exemption is requested from the rules on knowledge of Danish society, culture and history (Naturalisation test of 2015) due to illness, and if the following conditions are met:

  • The applicant has been medically diagnosed with a long-term physical, mental, sensory or intellectual impairment and is therefore not able to meet – or does not have a reasonable chance of meeting – the requirement to provide evidence of having passed the Naturalisation test of 2015, including by taking the test under special conditions and by use of aids.

Furthermore, as a condition to the submission to the committee on naturalisation, you must:

  • provide evidence of having attempted to sit a Naturalisation test of 2015, including by taking the test under special conditions or by use of aids (e.g. by using practical measures and technological aids, the presence of an assistant or an extended duration of the test).

If you have not attempted to sit a Naturalisation test of 2015, the case will be submitted to the Parliamentary committee on naturalisation, if a medical report presents evidence that you have not been able to sit a naturalisation test, due to long term impairment.

The long-term physical, mental, sensory or intellectual impairment and the connection between the impairment and the lack of opportunity to attempt to sit a Naturalisation test of 2015 must be well documented through a report by a medical professional.

In cases where a long-term impairment is caused by mental illness, a medical report must be completed by a medical specialist in psychiatry or a person with other medical background based on a previous psychiatric investigation. Thus, an opinion from a psychologist will in these cases not be sufficient.

Examples of mental illnesses are depression, schizophrenia and PTSD.

The medical reports must also meet the following requirements:

  • The medical report must be no more than 2 years old at the time of application.
  • The doctor should consider a few of the special conditions that people with impairments are offered at the naturalisation test. For example to sit a test on special conditions, with the use of practical measures and technological aids, with an assistant present and with an extended duration of the test. Negative replies to these must be justified.
  • The doctor should in detail consider the prognosis of the applicant's ability to sit a Naturalisation test of 2015, including under special conditions, within 5 years.
  • The doctor must elaborate the grounds of their medical assessment in depth, including whether the doctor is the applicant’s regular practitioner, for how long the doctor may have treated the applicant, and whether the doctor has assisted the applicant in connection with anything besides the completion of the medical report for use in the application for citizenship.

At the moment, there is no standard medical report that can be used for naturalisation cases. 

Municipal constitution ceremony

You will receive your citizenship certificate after participating in a constitutional ceremony.

If you have attended a constitutional ceremony and are currently waiting for your citizenship certificate, you will find useful information on what you need to know and do under the section entitled ‘Practical information about constitutional ceremonies’.

The ministry is responsible for ensuring that persons who have attended a constitutional ceremony and who fulfil the conditions for acquiring Danish citizenship are re-registered in the CPR register.

You can contact us via indfoedsret@uim.dk if you are unable to wait for your certificate to arrive due to extraordinary circumstances.

It is a condition for acquiring Danish citizenship that you have taken part in a ceremony in your home municipality.

At the ceremony you must show respect for Danish values and behave respectfully towards representatives of the authorities. Furthermore, you must declare that you will follow the constitution of the Kingdom of Denmark and respect fundamental Danish values and public policies, including the Danish democracy.

If you have submitted your application before 5 February 2017, you are not covered by the requirement to participate in a Danish constitution ceremony.

Particulars concerning declaration on requirement of good repute

Before you can participate in a Danish constitution ceremony, you must submit a sworn declaration to provide the Ministry with information on any criminal activities committed here in this country or abroad.

When you register for the Danish constitution ceremony you will be asked to submit the signed sworn declaration to Udlændinge- og Integrationsministeriet (Danish Ministry of Immigration and Integration) on indfoedsret@uim.dk or separately via e-Boks. You can also submit the signed declaration to Udlændinge- og Integrationsministeriet, Slotsholmsgade 10, 1216 Copenhagen K.

The declaration must be no older than one month at the time of your participation in the Danish constitution ceremony. We therefore ask you to postpone your submission of the declaration, until you have registered for a Danish constitution ceremony. However, the Ministry must have received the signed declaration within 14 days of your participation in the ceremony.

If the Ministry has not received the signed sworn declaration, you may not participate in the next Danish constitution ceremony in your municipality.

Guidance letter as regards to ceremony and submission of declaration

After the adoption of a proposal for Law on notification of naturalisation, the Ministry of Immigration and Integration will submit a guidance letter concerning the ceremony to the persons who are covered by the requirement to participate in the ceremony and who are included in the concerned proposal for law. The letter will be annexed with two declarations:

  1. Declaration for the Danish constitution ceremony. This declaration must be printed and carried to the ceremony, where it is completed, and signed by the municipality.
  2. Sworn declaration to provide information on any criminal activities committed here in this country or abroad. This declaration must be completed and submitted to the Ministry of Immigration and Integration within 14 days of your participation in the ceremony.

Exemption from the requirement for ceremony

Certain persons, including applicants residing in Greenland and on the Faroe Islands, children below 18 years of age, applicants regularly exempted from the requirement for residence in Denmark, and stateless persons born in Denmark who are covered by the Convention on the Rights of the Child or the Convention on stateless persons are exempted from the requirement to participate in the ceremony set out above. The proposal for law, in which the applicant is included, states whether the applicant is covered by the requirement to participate in a Danish constitution ceremony.

If you have submitted your application before 5 February 2017, you are not covered by the requirement to participate in a Danish constitution ceremony.

Opportunity for exemption

Applicants who, due to illness or similar causes, find themselves unable to take part in the ceremony, have the opportunity to apply for exemption from the condition to participate in the ceremony etc. in the context of applying for Danish nationality by way of naturalisation. The application for exemption must be submitted to the Ministry of Immigration and Integration.

The Parliamentary committee on naturalisation will determine whether there is justification for notifying full or partial exemption to the conditions.

The individual municipalities conducts the Danish constitution ceremonies.

Where and when does the ceremony take place?

The ceremony takes place in the municipalities once the proposal for Law on notification of naturalisation has been passed by Parliament. You must take part in the ceremony within 2 years of adoption of the law, and citizenship is not valid until your signature is on paper. If you do not comply with this final date, but still wish to acquire Danish citizenship, you must submit a new application for Danish citizenship and comply with the rules that are in force on that date.

The municipalities are responsible for conducting the ceremony at least twice a year. It follows from the municipal councils’ notice for holding Danish constitution ceremonies that ceremonies must take place at the earliest one month and at the latest four months from the entry into force of a Law on notification of naturalisation. At the latest two weeks before holding the ceremony, the municipality will send a list of the enrolled applicants to the Ministry of Immigration and Integration.

The municipal council can request that the Ministry of Immigration and Integration waives the final dates in the notice for holding a ceremony, if a related person to an applicant turns 18 within a month from the entry into force of the Law on notification of naturalisation, in which the applicant is included.

If you have any queries about the ceremony itself, including time, place and registration, please contact your municipality.

Can I attend the ceremony in another municipality than my own?

You should first and foremost attend the ceremony in your home municipality. If you cannot participate in the ceremony on the dates scheduled by your home municipality, you should contact your municipality and ask them to help you.

If your own home municipality cannot help you, you may take part in a ceremony in another municipality. However, you should yourself contact the municipality in which you wish to attend the ceremony, to ask if you may take part in their ceremony. Subsequently, your home municipality and the municipality in which you wish to attend the ceremony will discuss to reach an agreement.

It is only your own home municipality which is obliged to hold a ceremony for you. Another municipality can therefore very well refuse to let you take part in their ceremony.

When will I receive my proof of Danish citizenship?

After you have taken part in a Danish constitution ceremony, the municipality in question will send the ceremony declarations to the Ministry of Immigration and Integration, which will register that you have taken part in a ceremony and signed that you will follow the constitution etc. – and thus has acquired Danish citizenship.

The Ministry of Immigration and Integration will subsequently issue a proof of citizenship, which will be sent to you. You can expect to receive the proof of nationality by post one month after you participated in the ceremony.

You may contact us on indfoedsret@uim.dk, if you cannot wait for the proof of nationality due to exceptional circumstances.

Should related persons be brought to the ceremony?

Any related persons below the age 18 included in your application will acquire Danish citizenship along with you when you have taken part in the Danish constitution ceremony. There are no requirements for related persons to participate in the ceremony.

More information

Start Apply for Danish citizenship by naturalisation (online application form)

As a general rule, you should apply for Danish citizenship digitally. Certain persons must, however, use a paper-based application form.

When you apply for Danish citizenship, you should as a rule apply digitally, if you are above 18 years old and not exempted from digital self-service.

If you do not submit the digital application right away, the application solution will keep the entered information for up to 30 days. This means that you can start filling in the application, even if all the necessary documents are not at hand.

Last updated: 12 December 2020