Danish nationals born abroad may lose their Danish nationality on attaining 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 being sufficient to meet this requirement. Residence in Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden for an aggregate period of not less than 7 years is equated with residency in Denmark. Or:
- 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 approx. 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 qualify.
- If you are already over 22 years old you may still apply, but your total stays in Denmark must add up to at least 1 year. Or:
- If loss of Danish nationality will make 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 email: firstname.lastname@example.org. It is advisable to ask the Ministry to confirm the above information, which can change without the Embassy being notified. An application for retention of Danish nationality should not be submitted until you are 21. However, it must be made 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:
The application can also be sent through the Embassy but then the fee will be applicable.
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