Living in Denmark

Official information British people moving to and living in Denmark need to know, including residency, healthcare and driving.

EU Exit: what you need to know

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There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in Denmark while the UK remains in the EU.

While the government continues to negotiate Brexit, you should:

Before you go

See our travel advice for Denmark and sign up for up-to-date information on local laws and customs, safety and emergencies.

See moving or retiring abroad.

Visas and residency

See entry requirements for Denmark in our travel advice.

See custody and residence of children in Denmark.

If you plan to stay in Denmark for more than 3 months (more than 6 months if you are looking for a job) and you are not also a citizen of Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and associated territories (Greenland, the Faroe Islands and the Asland Islands), you must apply for an EU residence document.

Once you have an EU residence document, you must register with your local civil registration office (Folkeregistret). When you register you will get a central person register (CPR) number.

See New to Denmark – official information for different types of foreign national who want to visit, live or work in Denmark.

The UK and EU have agreed the full legal text of the draft Withdrawal Agreement in principle. The agreement on citizens’ rights will allow UK nationals to stay in their Member State of residence after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019.

In the event of changes to residency rules or registration processes after 29 March 2019, we will update this page as soon as information is available.


See our travel advice for Denmark.

The NHS has information about healthcare for British people living in and visiting Denmark.

When you register at the Folkeregistret (civil registration office) you will receive a national health insurance card (Sygesikringsbevis), which gives you access to free medical treatment.

You need a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to get emergency medical treatment during temporary stays in EU countries. You also need comprehensive travel insurance to cover anything not covered by your EHIC.

You can find English-speaking doctors in Denmark. You should also check your prescriptions are legal in Denmark.

S1 form – healthcare paid for by the UK

You may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK if you live in Denmark and get an exportable UK pension, contribution-based Employment Support Allowance or another exportable benefit.

You need to apply for a S1 form – contact the Department for Work and Pensions’ International Pensions Centre.

Once you get your S1 form, register it with your Citizen Office in your local authority, before you register with your local GP surgery and obtain a medical card.

Working in Denmark

See working in another EU country and Life in Denmark.

Some jobs may require a UK criminal records check (known as a DBS check).

Once you have registered residence in Denmark and have a CPR number, you should apply for an income tax card (Skattekort). Your employer will need this card.


See tax if you leave the UK to live abroad and tax on your UK income if you live abroad.

Denmark and the UK have a double-taxation agreement to prevent income being taxed in both countries.

We recommend you get professional advice on paying tax in Denmark.

See paying income tax in Denmark.

You may be able to pay National Insurance while abroad in order to protect your State Pension and entitlement to other benefits and allowances.


See State Pension if you retire abroad and new State Pension.

See the Danish pension system.

If you haven’t worked in Denmark, you should claim your UK state pension by contacting the International Pension Centre.

If you’ve worked in several EU countries, see state pensions abroad.

Life certificates for UK state pensions

If you get a ‘life certificate’ from the UK Pension Service, you need to respond as soon as possible – your payments may be suspended if you don’t.


See claiming benefits if you live, move or travel abroad.

Find out which UK benefits you might be able to get while you’re abroad and how to claim them.

Many income-related benefits such as Pension Credit and Housing Benefit can’t be paid if you’re abroad for more than 4 weeks.

You may be eligible to claim some Danish social security benefits – see Danish social security benefits. Your local municipality (Kommune) will be able to help you with any questions about Danish benefits.

Driving in Denmark

See driving abroad and road travel in Denmark.

You must carry your driving licence with you when driving, or face a high fine.

You may be required to exchange your UK licence for a Danish one – see driving licence renewal and exchange and Denmark: foreign driving licences.

See taking a vehicle out of the UK and importing vehicles into Denmark.


British citizens living abroad can vote in some UK elections – you’ll need to register as an overseas voter.

If you’re resident in Denmark, you can vote in local municipal and European parliamentary elections.


See register a birth abroad.


See what to do after someone dies.

See also:

Getting married

See getting married abroad.

Renewing passports

See overseas British passports applications and get an emergency travel document (sometimes called an emergency passport).


See travelling with pets.

UK nationals will still be able to travel to and from the UK with a pet (cat, dog or ferret) when the UK leaves the EU, but the rules will change. See pet travel to Europe after Brexit for more information.


The emergency number in Denmark is 112.

If you need urgent help, contact your nearest British embassy or consulate.

Accommodation and buying property

See buying a property abroad.

Other useful information

Returning to the UK

See leaving Denmark.

To move your pension to the UK, contact the International Pension Centre.

See tax if you return to the UK.

See bringing your pet to the UK.


Please note that this information is provided as a guide only. Definitive information should be obtained from the Danish authorities. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information.

Published 21 November 2013
Last updated 26 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. EU Exit update: added in web link to the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs page with information for UK nationals living in Denmark.
  2. EU Exit update: New information in residency and visa section on draft withdrawal agreement in principle between the UK and EU. Plus information on travelling with pets in Europe in pet section.
  3. Complete revision of guidance to ensure it's up to date and accurate.
  4. Added information on UK pension
  5. First published.