Permission to work in Denmark

Last updated 3/5/2024
The right to work in Denmark depends on your citizenship. Citizens who are not EU/EEA citizens must be extra aware of the rules on work permits and residence permits.

Citizens from the Nordic countries

If you are a citizen of one of the Nordic countries, you have the right to work in EU countries including Denmark. Therefore, you do not need a work permit or a residence permit to work in Denmark.


Citizens of other EU/EEA countries

If you as a citizen of any other EU/EEA country move to Denmark and stay there for more than three months, you may need to apply for a "opholdsdokument" at the "Statsforvaltningen" or the International Citizen Service in Copenhagen. You should then be able to show proof of employment or a confirmation of engagement from the employer.

EU/EEA citizens can in principle accept a job in most professions. There are, however, certain professions, which can require that you are a citizen of the country. This can include some services within the police, judiciary work, the armed forces and public administration.


Citizens from countries outside of the EU/EEA

If you live in Sweden but are a citizen from a country outside of the EU/EEA, you do not have the automatic right to work in or move to Denmark.

Generally, if you have lived in an EU country, such as Sweden, for five years, you can get a status of "long-term resident", which means that you are able to move on to another EU country to work. But it is important to be aware that these rules on "long-term residents" do NOT apply to Denmark and Ireland.


Find out more in our article: General rules for third country citizens


Visit to get more information on your possibilities to apply for a residence- and work permit in Denmark. Beware that in some cases your residence permit in Sweden can be affected if you work in another country.


For more information please contact Migrationsverket (The Swedish Migration Agency).


Migrationsverket (The Swedish Migration Agency)

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