Danish Government to Improve Conditions  

for International Employees


A new reform proposal aims to make it easier for businesses located in Denmark to access the international talent pool and make it more attractive for international talent to work in Denmark.

Denmark is consistently ranked as having a great business climate by the World Bank, Forbes and The Economist among others, and Danish framework conditions for businesses are generally considered to be very favourable. In order to further strengthen this position, the Danish government wants to make it easier to recruit employees from outside Denmark with a set of reform proposals including

  • A Fast-Track system for work permits
  • The “Start-up Denmark”-initiative for entrepreneurs
  • Tax breaks for highly skilled researchers
  • Easier labour market access for international students
  • More government services in English

Easing recruitment for businesses

One of the key elements in the reform proposal is a new Fast-Track system. The goal is to ensure a flexible and expedient process when applying for a work-permit in Denmark. The Fast-Track system will ensure this by granting immediate work-permits for employees of pre-registered companies.

A related measure in the reform-proposal is the new “Start-Up Denmark”-initiative. Based on criteria of self-support, the initiative grants work-permits to citizens outside the EU who wish to start a business in Denmark.

Making Denmark a more attractive place to live and work

Included in the reform-proposal is also a broadening of an existing income tax break for researchers who relocate to Denmark, further strengthening the ease of recruiting highly skilled employees.

The reform proposal also targets the many international students in the Danish higher education system. Danish students often work part-time in addition to their studies, ensuring flexibility in hiring for businesses and strengthening the relationship between students and the labour market. With the new reform-proposal, the government wants to give international students the same possibilities, while also establishing a two-year period in which graduating students may live and work in Denmark as they please.

The ambition to make Denmark more hospitable to international talent is also to be actualised  through higher availability of international schooling in Denmark and expansion of the International Citizen Service centres – an English language one-stop shop for interaction with the Danish authorities.

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