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Citizenship

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Declaration of citizenship

Citizenship can be obtained through declaration if one:
  • is a Nordic citizen between 18 and 23 and has spent a considerable part of one's youth in Denmark
  • was born as a Danish citizen but has lost one?s citizenship (recovery)
  • is a citizen of another Nordic country.

Persons between 18 and 23

If one is a Nordic citizen between 18 and 23 years of age, one must have lived in Denmark a considerable part of one's youth. This means that one should have spent a total of 10 years in Denmark. Moreover one must have stayed in Denmark for at least 5 years within the preceding 6 years. When the years spent in Denmark are calculated, all stays abroad apart from weekends are deducted. Furthermore one must not have a criminal record and not be charged with any offence.

Conditions for recovery

If one submits a declaration in connection with recovery of citizenship, one must:
  • have acquired Danish citizenship at birth
  • have lived in Denmark until the age of 18
  • have lived in Denmark for the preceding 2 years
  • be able to document that previous citizenship will cease
  • not be sentenced to leave the country.

Conditions for Nordic citizens

A Nordic citizen who wants to submit a declaration of citizenship, must meet the following conditions:
  • be a citizen of another Nordic country
  • have obtained present citizenship otherwise than through naturalization
  • have reached the age of 18
  • have resided in Denmark permanently for the past 7 years
  • not be sentenced to imprisonment
  • not be sentenced to leave the country
  • document that previous citizenship will cease.

How should a declaration be submitted

The declaration must be submitted on a special form which must be sent to the Regional State Administration. When the Regional State Administration receives the declaration, a citizenship certificate will be filled in and forwarded to the citizen in question.

Complaints

Complaints regarding the handling by the authorities of a declaration may be put before the Ministry for Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs.

Recovery of citizenship

If one has been a Danish citizen and has lived in Denmark until the age of 18, one has a right to recover Danish citizenship after two years in Denmark.
In order to recover Danish citizenship a declaration of citizenship must be submitted to the Regional State Administration.

Conditions in connection with recovery

If one submits a declaration of citizenship in connection with recovery of citizenship, one must:
  • have obtained Danish citizenship at birth
  • have lived in Denmark until the age of 18
  • have lived in Denmark for the past two years
  • document that previous citizenship will cease
  • not be sentenced to leave the country.

Complaints

Complaints concerning the handling of an application for keeping Danish citizenship may be put before the embassy or the Ministry for Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs. In the case of an application for recovery of citizenship complaints may be put before the Regional State Administration.  

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Senest opdateret 1. jul 2013
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