Long-Term Housing

Minimum Rental Periods

Denmark typically does not have minimum lease agreement periods.

Required Documents for Signing a Lease

Typical documents required to sign a lease are a passport or CPR number.

Standard Security Deposit

The security deposit is equivalent to 3 months’ rent. In Denmark some landlords ask for an additional 3 months’ prepaid rent and first months rent. The pre-paid rent is reserved for the last 3 months of the lease period where the tenant then does not pay rent.

Local Norm for Returning the Security Deposit

The landlord will return the security deposit within 14 days after move out inspections are satisfied. Re-decoration costs will be deducted from the security deposit amount. This can be up to 2-3 months’ rent.

Rental Commission

Most properties do not have rental commision. For those that do, it is paid by landlord.

Payment of Rental Commission

The agent’s rental commission is typically paid by the landlord.

Accepted Method of Payment

Wire transfer is the preferred method of payment.


School Registration

School Fees

Typical school fees include:

• Tuition fees
• Administrative fees
• Registration fee

Additional fees may vary depending on the school of choice.

Accepted Method of Payment

Wire transfers are the only accepted method of payment.

Additional Notes

Schools across the country are subsidized by the government. As a result it is important to complete local registration and provide the school the child’s CPR number so the school will receive refunding from the government.


Local Requirements

Residency Requirements

When you move to Denmark you may want or need to establish residency.  Requirements may include:

EU Citizens

• EU Certificate
• Register at the local town hall
• Obtain Danish National ID number (CPR)
• Health card registration

Non-EU Citizens

• Work permit
• Register at the local town hall
• Obtain Danish National ID number (CPR)
• Health card registration

It is advisable to connect with a local expert to identify any additional requirements and advise on support available to assist in meeting the local requirements.


Obtaining a Driver’s License


Typical documentation required to obtain a driver’s license include:

• Health certificate from a Danish doctor
• Passport photo
• Passport
• Residence permit and certified copy of relevant pages
• Proof of Danish CPR number
• Current driver’s license. If your license is not translated into English, German, or French or if it is not issued in Latin letters, you must bring a certified translation into English.

Additional Notes

Generally all Non-EU nationalities need to take driving lessons and both theoretical and physical tests.

A foreign driver’s license is only valid for 90 days. Depending on nationality there are different rules for how to exchange to a Danish license, which generally is easier for EU nationalities. It is recommended to contact the local authorities to get the most updated list of requirements.


Opening a Bank Account

Required Documents

In order to open a bank account, you may be asked for:

• Valid passport
• Completed local registration
• In some cases, banking records from previous bank are required.

Time Required

It may take 1-4 weeks for your account opening to be complete.

Additional Notes

The account can be opened in just a few days if local registration is performed upon arrival in Denmark, but it can take some a few additional weeks to receive a credit card, codes and access to online banking.