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Nordic citizens are free to enter, live, study and work in Denmark and do not need a visa or residence permit.

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens can reside and work in Denmark according to EU special regulations and should apply for an EU residence document upon taking residence in Denmark.

Non EU/EEA/Swiss citizens must apply for a residence permit to reside in Denmark. Many residence permits include a work permit but it is important that you have the correct permit for the job in which you will be employed. You may also need to apply for a specific work permit, if you are going to do unpaid voluntary work or seek sideline employment.

Workindenmark.dk

Workindenmark.dk is the official website regarding international recruitment and has 1,000 – 2,000 vacancies in English from different Danish websites. The largest majority of jobs listed at the website do not require a command of Danish. Workindenmark that administrates the site is part of the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment and a member of EURES, a European cooperation network of employment services, designed to facilitate the free movement of workers.

EURES-portal

The EURES-portal is the European job mobility portal by EURES, a European cooperation network of employment services, designed to facilitate the free movement of workers. This free-of-charge portal has more three million vacancies across Europe. The site has approximately 1.500 vacancies in Danish and English.

Jobnet.dk

The website Jobnet.dk (in Danish only) is the website of the Danish public employment services and has approximately 15,000 nationwide vacancies. The majority of the job adverts are in Danish.

Besides, there are a few private job sites in Denmark.

Workindenmark, part of the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment, offers a free-of-charge e-learning course and webinars on job search in Denmark.

The e-learning course “Make it Work in Denmark”

The course consists of four modules:

  • Job search in Denmark
  • Using LinkedIn in your job search and professional network
  • Contact companies and succeed in your job interviews
  • An introduction to Danish workplace culture

Workindenmark’s webinar on job search

Workindenmark’s webinars on job search cover themes such as:

  • How to prepare for your job search
  • How to tap into a recruiter’s expectations
  • How to write a CV and Cover letter to meet employers’ expectations

It is an advantage that you already have completed the e-learning module "Job search in Denmark" in Workindenmark's e-learning course "Make it Work in Denmark".

If you already are in Denmark

Your residing municipality may offer services to help you find a job.  Following is the list of the larger municipalities that have an International Citizen Service centre (ICS) for newcomers to Denmark.

Launched in 1994, EURES is a European cooperation network of employment services, designed to facilitate the free movement of workers.

In addition to the abovementioned websites, e-learning course and webinar, EURES has a  job mobility scheme intended to help citizens EU-countries, Norway and Iceland to find a job, traineeship or apprenticeship opportunity in another EU country, Norway or Iceland. EURES-staff in Denmark can provide you with relevant information regarding job search, living and working conditions in Denmark.

There are regulated professions in Denmark, for example, healthcare professionals. If your profession is regulated, you need an authorisation or similar recognition by the competent public authority.

For example, foreign-trained doctors must apply to be registered with a Danish authorisation and permission to work independently as a medical doctor by the Danish Patient Safety Authority.

Before your spouse or partner begins to work in Denmark, it is important to make sure that he or she is allowed to work.

If you have any doubts or questions, please contact The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) for more information on the right to work for your spouse or partner.

Regarding your partner’s job search, please refer to the information above, in particular information under the sections: “Where to find vacancies?” and “How to improve your chances of getting a job in Denmark?”

Only applicable when you are an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen and come to Denmark to look for work and continue to receive your unemployment benefits from the country where you became unemployed.

When you arrive in Denmark, you'll need to:

  • register as a jobseeker at Workindenmark-centres within 7 days from the date stated on the front page of the PDU2 form you have received from either the employment services or the unemployment insurance fund in the country you left. If you move to North Jutland, you have a possibility to register at International Citizen Service North.
  • submit your PDU2 form (formerly E 303) when you register.
  • agree to any checks made on unemployment benefit claimants in Denmark as if you were receiving unemployment benefits there.

It is a legal requirement that employers must provide the employee with an employment contract if their employment lasts for at least a month and the average weekly working time exceeds eight hours per week. If the general terms of the employment are regulated by a collective agreement, the employment contract will typically include a reference to applicable collective agreement.

Unlike many other countries, it is voluntary in Denmark to become member of an unemployment insurance fund in order to be entitled to receive unemployment benefits. Thus, you are not automatically insured against unemployment, which means that it is your own responsibility to become a member of an unemployment insurance fund. In Danish, unemployment insurance fund is called “a-kasse”.

If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen who has been working in another EU/EEA country or Switzerland, you might have a possibility to transfer your rights to receive unemployment benefits.Following conditions must be fulfilled.

  • Apply for membership of a Danish unemployment insurance fund within 8 weeks after you have terminated your employment insurance in another EU/EEA country/Switzerland
  • You start working in Denmark within the eight weeks
  • You work 296 hours within 12 weeks in Denmark for a Danish employer
  • You have not been a member of a Danish unemployment insurance fund within the last five years.

As documentation for having had unemployment insurance in another EU/EEA country, you must obtain the form PD U1. You get this form from the unemployment insurance authority in the EU/EEA country where you have worked. It is a good idea to apply for the form before you travel to Denmark.

Trade unions represent their members towards their employers.

A trade union can provide you with employment-related legal support and guidance you may need. Unions also negotiate on your behalf to secure you the best possible salary level and working conditions. 

The membership of a trade union is not obligated by law. However, if you choose to become a member of a trade union, your choice of trade union depends on your education/position and workplace.

This page is solely intended to provide you with an overview of EURES-services. Please file a complaint to the authority that is responsible for the decision with which you disagree.

If you would like to file a complaint regarding the information on this page, please contact the Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment.

This page is solely intended to provide you with an overview of EURES-services. Please file a complaint to the authority that is responsible for the decision with which you disagree.

Last updated: 05 January 2021