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working in denmark

If you are an Irish national and considering working in Denmark, this page will give you some useful information about practicalities, what to be aware of and where to look for a job.

Irish nationals holding a valid Irish passport may take up employment in Denmark in accordance with EU regulation. Irish nationals, who wish to seek employment in Denmark, may stay there without a visa or residence permit for a period not exceeding 3 months from the date of entry.


Health Insurance/Registration

Prior going to Denmark to look for employment you should contact your local Health Board to obtain form E128 or the Blue European Health Card. This entitles you to emergency medical treatment, until such a time that you are covered by Danish health insurance, e.g. when you start working/paying tax.

Danish social/health insurance is administered by 'Social- og Sundhedsforvaltningen' (equivalent to the Irish local Health Board) in each municipality.

Your tax matters are dealt with by the local tax office (Skatteforvaltningen). It is important to know that you only qualify for one year's tax free allowance if you stay in Denmark for an entire year. If you stay for a shorter time than a year, you will qualify for only a proportion of a year's tax free allowance. Information about tax rates and more can be found at the homepage of the Danish Ministry of Taxation.

After arriving in Denmark you must register with the local National Register (Folkeregistret). Here you will be allocated a personal identity number (personnummer). This number will be used in all tax/social-welfare matters etc.


Finding employment

In order to keep updated on the current development in the job sector in Denmark it is recommended to seek information on the subject on the Work in Denmark's website. The website is aimed to connect international job seekers with Danish companies and offers you the opportunity to place your CV online plus looking for a job in the job database.

Remember that Irish citizens are allowed to stay in Denmark for 3 months without working. If you intend to stay more than 3 months you need to contact the Danish 'Statsamt' to get a residence permit. Being an EU-citizen allows you to go look for a job without having a residence permit, but it does not automatically entitle you to live in Denmark. 


Further useful address

Embassy of Ireland
Østbanegade 21
2100 Copenhagen Ø
Tel. +45 3547 3200
Fax +45 3543 1858