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General Information

Capital: Copenhagen
Population : 5,529,270
Languages : English, Danish, Faroese, Greenlandic
Currency is Danish krone (DKK)
Bordered to the south by Germany

Introduction about Denmark

Denmark is based in Northern Europe and is the smallest of the Scandinavian countries. The Kingdom of Denmark also has 2 autonomous provinces – the Faroe Islands and Greenland. The latter is over 500 times larger than Denmark but has 100 times less people. Denmark is well known for its strong welfare state, mixed market capitalist economy and has one of the most egalitarian societies in the world. In 2010 it was voted yet again the happiest country in the world.

Denmark is home to a vast panorama of natural wonders, an exciting variety of arts and cultural events, and a fabulous food and wine region. The rugged coastline, beautiful beaches, inlets, rivers, towering karri forests, and ancient tingle trees offer visitors unforgettable scenery and plenty of activities. Denmark is also home to the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk .

Facts about Denmark
  • Denmark is located in Northern Europe, in the region that is called Scandinavia. Denmark is located to the north of Germany and to the south/southwest of Norway and Sweden.
  • Denmark is a nation measuring about 43,000 square kilometres. It consists of the peninsula, Jutland and 474 islands, of which Zealand, Funen, Lolland, Falster and Bornholm are the largest.
  • The Faroe Islands and Greenland are part of Denmark, but they have home rule and are not EU/EEA members.
  • Denmark has 5.5 million residents. Of these, approximately 300,000 are foreign nationals, 64% of whom come from Scandinavia, the EU or North America. As of 1 January 2007, there were approx. 480,000 immigrants and their descendants in Denmark. There is also a German minority residing in Southern Jutland that comprises approx. 5 percent of the population. 
  • The capital city of Denmark is Copenhagen, located on the island of Zealand. There are approx. 1.25 million residents in Greater Copenhagen.
  • The official language of Denmark is Danish. English is obligatory in primary schools and is spoken and understood by nearly all Danes. A great number of Danes also speak and understand German. Danish, Norwegian and Swedish are very similar and are understood by residents of Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
  • There are 12 official public holidays in Denmark. These are New Year's Day, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, Common Prayer Day, Ascension Day, Whitsun Sunday, Whitsun Monday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. In addition, a number of Danes do not have to work on Christmas Eve and Constitution Day (June 5), and many take May 1 off.
  • There is freedom of religion in Denmark. The official religion is Evangelical Lutheran and is practiced by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark.
  • The currency is the Danish krone. Even though Denmark is a member of the EU, Denmark has not adopted the euro, therefore Danish stores are not obliged to accept payments in euro. Many stores in central Copenhagen and tourist areas do, however, accept payments in euro.
  • The climate is temperate with high humidity and is very windy. 
  • Seasons: Summer is during the months of June, July and August. Winter is during the months of December, January and February. The average temperature is 15.6 degrees Celsius in July and 0.0 degrees Celsius in January. 
Why choose Denmark?
  • Denmark – a welfare society 
  • Danes speak many languages
  • Denmark has a world-class business community 
  • Good working conditions and opportunities for development 
  • Positive balance between family and career 
  • A safe country to live in
  • Foreign nationals who come to Denmark often cite safety and security as the country's most important characteristics. Children walk to school alone and even well-known leaders in the business community do not have to surround themselves with bodyguards. The country's parliament, the Folketing, is open to everyone and it is not unusual to see a government minister cycling through the city. Even the Queen can shop in Copenhagen or Århus with a minimum of bodyguards.
  • That this notion of security is not just fiction is reflected in the statistics that show the crime rate in Denmark is among the lowest in the world.
  • The Danish welfare society is characterised by a high rate of economic growth and a high standard of living. In Denmark, citizens are financially insured, e.g. in case of illness and old age. 
  • When you work in Denmark, you have to pay tax on your wages to Denmark. These taxes help pay for the Danish welfare system, e.g. child care, education, elderly care, and access to doctors and hospitals. You also benefit from these welfare services. The principle of the Danish welfare system is that all citizens have equal access to social services regardless of their social background or origin. 
  • As a foreign national, it is possible to get by easily in Denmark without speaking Danish from the start. Danes typically speak many different foreign languages and welcome the opportunity to put these skills to use. Nearly all Danes speak English, many speak German, and one out of ten Danes speaks French. Some Danes also speak Spanish or Italian.
Family Members

If you are granted a residence permit under Denmark's Green Card Scheme, your spouse or partner is also eligible for a residence permit, as well as any children under the age of 18 who are living at home with you. Your spouse or partner is allowed to work full time for the entire period of the residence permit's validity.

Financial Requirements

You must be able to provide proof that you can support your stay in Denmark for the first year while you search for work. This can be done in the form of a recent bank statement in your name which clearly states in which currency it was issued and on what date. You must also show that you are able to support any dependants who will be staying with you in Denmark.

The monthly rates required to meet the financial requirements before tax are (as of 2011):
  • DKK 5,367 for persons under the age of 25 living alone
  • DKK 6,472 for persons 25 years of age and older living alone
  • DKK 5,367 per person for spouses or cohabiting partners
Additional monthly rates (called "caregiver supplements") apply if you have children under 18 living in the household. A household can receive a maximum of two caregiver supplements. The monthly caregiver supplement is (as of 2011):
  • DKK 1,342 per child for married or cohabiting parents
  • DKK 1,619 per child for single parents
Process Time for Denmark Green Card

Your Danish Green Card / Denmark Green Card is granted in 6 – 12 months if your application has been done correctly 

Basic Features of Danish Green Card / Denmark Green Card
  • Under the Green card scheme visa will be granted a first time temporary residence permit for 3 years. Before the end of this period, you can also apply for an extension of up to 4 years.
  • If you have held a Danish temporary residence permit for at least four years, you can apply for a permanent residence permit. With a permanent residence permit, you no longer need to apply for an extension of your residence permit but can reside in Denmark for as long as you wish, provided you meet eligibility conditions.
  • You will be eligible to apply for Danish Nationality or Citizenship status if you have lived in Denmark for a continuous period of at least 9 years.
  • Your spouse, registered partner or cohabiting partner, as well as any children under the age of 18 who are living at home with you, are also eligible for residence permits. Your spouse, registered partner or cohabiting partner is allowed to work fullā€time for the entire period his or her permit is valid.
Required Documents for Denmark Green Card 
  • A copy of passport together with the cover and all the pages is necessary
  • Degrees and mark sheets of all the Educational Qualification(10th Onwards)from earlier institutions attended
  • All the Documents should be apostilled
  • Experience Certificates from all your earlier employments, and worker code 
  • Certification for language skills (test result and/or statement from educational institute or employer 
  • Documentation that you can hold up yourself monetarily during your stay in Denmark
  • Copy of Marriage certificate if appropriate 
  • Copy of child’s birth certificate if related 
 


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