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Coming to Denmark

Smooth arrivals are essential when relocating from one country to another. Here you will find both need-to-know and nice-to-know when preparing for a relocation to Denmark.


About coming to Denmark

When thinking of or preparing for a relocation to Denmark there are a lot of details you need to consider. You may need to apply for a residence permit, figure out what your take home salary may be, investigate health insurance possibilities and clarify possibilities for accompanying spouse and children. Here we hope to supply you with some of the overall information you may find useful.

To your right you will find the guide Relocation to Denmark which contains information about work and residence permits, registration in Denmark, accompanying family and a little bit about Danish culture in general and working culture more specifically. At the bottom of the page you will also find some frequently asked questions and useful links.

International community

CBS has a very large and active international community. About a third of our faculty staff members are foreigners and we recruit about 50 percent of our faculty internationally. Our international staff come together in the CBS International Club which has been around for approximately 14 years and has members from different countries, including Denmark. Originally a grass root organization the club was formed and run by some of the university’s dedicated international staff members.

International Club provides international staff members of all nationalities with an opportunity to meet in an informal setting to share and discuss their experiences with living and working in Denmark. International Club dinners are arranged by members themselves on a regular basis. HR International Support supports the International Club by arranging social and cultural events where spouses and families are welcome. The events span from visits to and tours of historical or cultural sites in Copenhagen to the very popular annual Christmas Lunch in December and International Interaction Picnic in September. The International Club is also a cross cultural experience; you can learn not only about Danish culture and traditions, but also the culture and tradition of USA, India, China, Spain, Italy and many others.

All new international staff members and their spouses/partner are invited to be a part of the CBS International Club.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need a work permit to work in Denmark?

Depending on your nationality you may need to apply for a work and residence permit.

  • Nordic citizens are free to work and reside in Denmark
  • EU/EEA citizen and Swiss citizens must apply for a certificate of registration at the Regional State Administration in Denmark.
  • Third country citizens (non-EU) must apply for a residence and work permit at the Danish Agency for Labour Retention and International Recruitment via the online AR1 procedure.

You can find more information about residence and work permits and how to apply in the guide Relocation to Denmark located to your right.

How would I be taxed in Denmark?

Foreign researchers may qualify for the favorable researcher taxation of 32 percent. To be considered for the researcher taxation you need a PhD meet a number of other criteria.

If you do not qualify for the researcher taxation you will be taxed according to normal Danish tax rates of approximately 37-40 percent.

You can read more about taxation in the guide Relocation to Denmark located to your right.


The page was last edited by: HR // 10/02/2015


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Solbjerg Plads 3
2000 Frederiksberg

Visiting address:
Howitzvej 11, 2nd floor
2000 Frederiksberg

Telephone: +45 3815 2022
Email: i-staff.hr@cbs.dk

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Useful links

Work in Denmark - information for international jobseekers

New to Denmark - the official website of the Danish immigration authorities

Expat in Denmark - the official national network for foreign professionals

Denmark.dk - the official website of Denmark