You will not get your state pension automatically – you have to claim it. You can make your claim if you are within six months of reaching of state pension age.
You can claim your Danish State Pension online or by post.
To claim online, go to:
If you are unable to claim your State Pension online you can request a paper version of the claim form by contacting Udbetaling Danmark, Pension:
Claiming by post will take more time than claiming online.
Your state pension will be re-adjusted once a year
Once a year, Udbetaling Danmark readjusts your state pension in order to ensure that you have received the right amount to which you were entitled for the year. The readjustment leads to one of three possible outcomes:
- You received the right amount of pension to which you were entitled last year.
- You received too much pension last year, and you will have to pay back some of the pension which you have received. Please note that you will only have to pay back pension if you have received more than DKK 249 too much last year.
- You received less pension than you were entitled to last year, and you will be paid the outstanding pension.
Why should I pay back pension or have more pension paid?
Udbetaling Danmark uses your tax assessment notice from Skattestyrelsen (Danish Tax and Customs Administration), as well as the information provided by you about the income received by you and your spouse/cohabitant which is not taxed in Denmark.
You have to pay back some of your pension if your tax assessment notice shows that your total income was higher than the income on which your pension was based. You will have extra pension paid to you if your total income was lower than the income on which your pension was based last year. Your spouse/cohabitant’s income is also included in the calculation of your pension.
How do I pay back pension?
If you live in Denmark and have to pay back pension you will get a letter with a payment form in your Digital Post late in June or in the beginning of July.
If you live outside of Denmark and you have to pay back pension you can transfer money to Udbetaling Danmarks bank:
- Danske Bank
- Reg. nr. 0216
- Konto nr. 4069046312
- SWIFT-adresse: DABADKKK
- IBAN nr.: DK7102164069046312
- Remember to type in your CPR number.
How do I make sure that I am paid the right pension during the year?
Make sure to always inform Udbetaling Danmark about any changes to your and your spouse’s or cohabitant’s income.
If your additional income is taxed in Denmark, you don’t have to inform Udbetaling Danmark. All you have to do is change your preliminary income assessment.
If you have additional income which is not taxed in Denmark or if your spouse/cohabitant has such income, for example foreign income, then you must inform Udbetaling Danmark.
In most cases, Udbetaling Danmark uses your preliminary income assessment to calculate your pension. However, Udbetaling Danmark cannot use your preliminary income assessment if you were not a pensioner for the whole year, or if your spouse/cohabitant was not a pensioner for all of year, or if you started cohabiting with somebody new in the course of the year. In such cases, you must inform Udbetaling Danmark about any changes to your income.
State pensioners have a free allowance
All pensioners have a tax-free allowance of DKK 122,004 per year. This means that the first DKK 122,004 you earn per year through work do not affect your pension supplement. Please note that the tax-free allowance does not affect the basic amount or any other income that you might have.