Guidance

Denmark: providing services and travelling for business

Guidance for UK businesses on rules for selling services to Denmark.

The authoritative source for Danish market regulations is the government of Denmark. This guidance links to official Danish sources wherever possible.

Trade and services regulations in Denmark

If you are a UK business providing services in Denmark, you must follow Danish regulations about:

  • getting an authorisation or a licence to provide a service
  • complying with local business regulations
  • EEA nationality requirements which could prevent you from providing services in some sectors

Use the Danish Business Authority portal to:

  • find out about providing services in Denmark
  • understand local regulations
  • complete any relevant administrative procedures online

Consider appointing an English-speaking lawyer in Denmark to help you comply with specific regulations. You can also contact your local chamber of commerce for advice.

To find out if EEA nationality requirements apply to you, contact the appropriate competent authority or the Danish Business Authority.

Trade reservations

To sell or provide services to customers in Denmark, you must follow local laws. If in doubt, you should get professional advice.

Reservations are part of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. They reserve the right of each party to keep or make new laws restricting investment, or the sale of services, in ways that would otherwise breach the rules in the agreement.

Check which reservations apply to the sale of services from the UK to Denmark. This includes an interactive tool to find reservations that are already in place.

VAT on sales of digital services

To use the UK’s VAT Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS) to declare sales of digital services to EU consumers, businesses need to register for MOSS in an EU member state.

Find out more about paying VAT on sales of digital services.

Ownership of companies registered in Denmark

If you have a UK business, you might face restrictions on your ability to own, manage or direct a registered company in Denmark or any other EEA country.

For information about setting up and running a business in Denmark, visit Invest in Denmark.

Read more about this in our guidance relating to the EEA and Switzerland.

UK legal professionals who have investments in law firms in Denmark should contact the Danish Bar and Law Society for information on implications on those investments.

Business travel and entry requirements

UK business travellers and service providers may need a visa, work permit or other documentation.

Check our travel to Denmark for work guidance for detailed information on:

  • types of visa and work permit routes available
  • exemptions that may apply to you or the activity you are planning to undertake

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and New to Denmark websites have more information about:

  • visas including intra-corporate transfers
  • work and residence permits
  • supporting documentation
  • other conditions

For advice on specific situations, companies in the UK and UK nationals can write to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration using this website.

Check which actions travellers visiting Europe need to take.

Social security payments for employees

Find out if you need to pay National Insurance in the UK or social security contributions in Denmark.

Recognition of professional qualifications

To check what you need to do in Denmark, read:

If you need to take action to secure the recognition of your professional qualification in Denmark, these sources can help you:

The UK Centre for Professional Qualifications (UK CPQ) provides practical assistance and advice to:

  • professionals who qualified overseas and are interested in working in the UK
  • UK professionals seeking to practise overseas

UK statutory auditors working in Denmark

For UK statutory auditors, the Danish Business Authority should be able to provide further information.

UK lawyers working in Denmark

If you’re a UK-qualified lawyer working in Denmark, using either a Danish or UK professional title, you should contact the local Bar association in the region where you are working or the Danish Bar and Law Society (site in Danish) for specific advice.

Data transfer and GDPR

As part of the wider UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the free flow of personal data from Denmark to the UK will continue after 1 January 2021 for no longer than 6 months, until adequacy decisions come into effect.

As a sensible precaution during this 6 month period, it is recommended that you work with organisations in Denmark who transfer personal data to you to put in place alternative transfer mechanisms to safeguard against any interruption to the free flow of EU to UK personal data.

Read guidance on using personal data in your business or other organisation.

Published 28 February 2019
Last updated 11 June 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Trade reservations' guidance. Updated 'Recognition of professional qualifications' with new UK contact point.

  2. Updated the following sections to reflect the changes created by the UK and EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement: overview, trade regulations, VAT on sales of digital services, business travel and entry requirements, social security payments for employees, recognition of professional qualifications, and data transfer and GDPR.

  3. Guidance for ‘Business travel and entry requirements’, ‘Social security payments for employees’ and ‘Recognition of professional qualifications’ updated.

  4. New guidance under the Business travel and entry requirements section for UK nationals

  5. Change to title to include travelling for business

  6. Update to 'Business travel and entry requirements' section

  7. First published.