If you’re considering moving to Denmark, either to work or study there – or for whatever other reason that goes beyond simple tourism – you’re going to have to be very careful when arranging things, in order to make sure that you fit all the criteria for living in the country freely. One of the most important things to remember is to arrange your CPR number as soon as possible.
A CPR number is something like the American Social Security Number, and it also has elements of a driver’s license in it too. Applying for a CPR is a pretty straightforward process. First, you have to receive your visa properly – this may take a while depending on where you come from and the purpose of your stay, so make sure you plan ahead and take it into account properly. Next, after you’ve received your visa, you have to apply for a CPR number – this is usually done at your regional commune hall. You’re going to have to wait to receive your new ID, but you’ll get your CPR number right away.
And whatever you do, make sure that these arrangements are your top priority – without a CPR number, you can’t do pretty much anything worthwhile in Denmark. You can’t open a bank account, get a phone contract or even go to the library. For all legal intents and purposes, not having a CPR number in Denmark means you don’t exist – so get it as early as possible to prevent any problems!