Open a Danish bank account – when working in Denmark

Last updated 12/12/2022
When you start working in Denmark, you should open a Danish bank account in order to be paid, as your Danish employer usually cannot pay your salary into a Swedish account. Do it as soon as possible so you can get your salary. It is important that your bank account is a NemKonto.

Your bank account must be a Nemkonto

Make sure that the account you open in Denmark is a so-called NemKonto. NemKonto is a public payment system that enables authorities to pay you. Examples of payments are tax refunds, salary from public authorities, holiday pay or various types of social benefits. Tell your bank that the account you are opening is for your salary and will be a NemKonto.


Digital login to netbank and Danish authorities – NemID/MitID

When you open an account in a Danish bank you normally also get access to their netbank. Denmark uses a common login system called MitID for most services offered by banks, the Danish Tax Agency and other public authorities. Normally you will get a MitID that you can only use for your bank, but ask the bank if they can give you a MitID with “public digital signature” so you can use it to log in on all public authority websites.

If your bank cannot organise a MitID with public digital signature, you can order it by visiting a citizen service centre. Make sure you bring your passport, driving licence or other national ID card with a photo and a witness who can confirm your identity. The witness must be more than 18 years old, have a Danish civil registration number and be able to show valid photo documentation.


Bank account for Øresund commuters

Certain Swedish banks offer special solutions for people who commute across the Sound and need to have bank accounts in both Sweden and Denmark. As always, it is a good idea to compare the terms of the various banks before deciding where to open your Danish account. When comparing various banks, it is worth looking at how many business days a transfer takes and what it costs to transfer money from the Danish account to a Swedish account.

There are some banks that offer special solutions for Øresund commuters, for example Danske Bank and Nordea. 

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