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Danish Nationals Born Abroad

Danish nationals born abroad may lose their Danish nationality at the age of 22, unless they apply between the age of 21 and 22 to retain it.

Retention of Danish Nationality May be Granted in the Following Cases:

  • If you are resident in Denmark immediately before the age of 22 and apply in Denmark. The Danish authorities generally consider a continuous stay - where you have registered with the authorities in Denmark (Folkeregistret) - of a minimum of 3 months as sufficient in meeting this requirement. Residence in Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden for an aggregate period of not less than 7 years equates with residency in Denmark.
  • If you have spent time in Denmark before the age of 22 under circumstances indicating some association with the country.
  • The total of all stays (holidays and other longer stays) should add up to approximately 1 year, and you should have a working knowledge of the Danish language.
  • All applications are assessed individually and it is advisable to apply, even if you are in doubt whether you are qualified.
  • If you have passed your 22nd birthday you may still apply, but your total stays in Denmark must add up to at least 1 year.
  • In the event loss of Danish nationality will render you stateless. For further information please contact the Nationality Division at the Danish Ministry of Justice: Justitsministeriet, Indfødsretskontoret, Holbergsgade 6, DK-1057 Copenhagen K, Denmark, Tel.: 0045 3395 4270 e-mail: indfodkt@inm.dk. It is advisable to ask the Ministry to confirm the above information, as it may change without the Embassy being notified. An application for retention of Danish nationality should not be submitted until your 21st birthday, however, it must be completed before your 22nd birthday.  

Your application should be sent direct to the Ministry of Justice at the above address. The application is free of charge.

The Application Form can be downloaded here.

If you choose to submit your application via the Embassy, please be aware that a fee will be applicable. For more information on the Embassy service fees, click please click here.