10 Things You Need to Know When Starting to Work in Denmark

Moving to another country whether to study, work or live permanently needs some adjustment. Foreigners need to keep an open mind and learn as much as they can about this beautiful and progressive Nordic country. Educating yourself is the best way to adjust well to your new environment.

Denmark jobs have been attracting a great number of workers from foreign countries. Successful applicants feel the excitement when they hear the good news of their acceptance for a Danish visa but there are things they need to prepare as soon as starting to work in Denmark.

Language – It’s quite important that you learn at least the basics of the Danish language. Although there are many Danes who speak English, some don’t. The local kommune will help you in this area.

Culture – As a new worker, you will be meeting a lot Danes in your workplace. It is then your responsibility to educate yourself about the Danish culture as well as their customs and traditions. In this way, you can avoid any embarrassing situation.

Get a CPR number – You can apply for this once you have secured your residence/work permit. A CPR number is probably the most important document you will own when it comes to living your life in Denmark. It enrolls you in the National Register of Persons (Folkeregistereret). You have five days from when you arrive to get registered. It should be one of your first stops. Only once you have your CPR card, you can then open a bank account and other important things.

Obtain a tax card
– You can get this from the tax office (Skattecentre). Normally, you will be given two cards – A kort and B kort.

Get a healthcare card – Once you are registered, the health insurance card sent to you by your municipal authority. This is your proof that you are entitled to public health treatment. The card states your name, address and personal identification number and the name and address of your GP. Visiting your GP is free, as is hospitalisation. The costs are borne by the tax payer.

Prices – Be sure to get used to the Danish currency. the basic requirements in coming up with the level of costs especially if you’re into business. Working up the right price for the job is necessary.

Personal funds
– As you’re only starting and your salary is still a month away, you need to have your own funds to support your initial basic needs. Plan to have enough for food, rent, initial purchases – and keep in mind the cost may be higher than what you were used to in your country!

Know the area – Explore by walking to locate important establishments such as banks, post office, schools, drug stores and library. This will help you move around easily as you commute between home and work every day.

Get a Danish driver’s license
– If you have a driver’s license from outside the EU, you need to get it switched to a Danish license within 14 day after receiving your CPR number and being officially registered. .

Secure a home or renter’s insurance – This is very affordable and will help you in case of problems later on.

Bonus tip: The most important website (okay, after Denmark.net) that you will use in Denmark is Borger.dk (borger means citizen). This is the official portal for Denmark’s e-government. You will need it for most interactions with the official authorities – almost everything in this area is fully digital.

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