As a general rule, Danish nationals born abroad lose Danish nationality on reaching the age of 22. However, retention of Danish nationality may be granted. Read more about this below.
Bevarelse af dansk statsborgerskab - ændring vedrørende tidspunkt for indgivelse af ansøgning
Ansøgning om bevarelse af dansk statsborgerskab bør indgives mellem det fyldte 20. og 21. år henset til sagsbehandlingstiden i Justitsministeriets Indfødsretskontor. Der henvises i øvrigt til Justitsministeriets hjemmeside
Retention of Danish nationality may be granted in the following cases:
If you have been a resident in Denmark before the age of 22
The Danish authorities generally consider a continuous stay of a minimum of 3 months as being sufficient to meet this requirement. You must have been CPR-registered with the authorities in Denmark (Folkeregistret).
If you have been visiting Denmark before the age of 22
The total of all visits, under circumstances indicating some association with the country, should add up to approximately 1 year and you should have a working knowledge of the Danish language. (Please note that the Embassy or consulate will conduct an interview with you in Danish).
As all applications are assessed individually, it is advisable to apply, even if you are in doubt whether you qualify.
WHEN SHOULD I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION?
Any person born abroad who has never been resident in Denmark nor stayed in Denmark under conditions indicating some close association with Denmark shall lose his/her Danish nationality on reaching the age of 22 unless this will make the person concerned stateless. Up until now the recommendation has been to submit the application soon after having turned 21 years, which is also stated on page 2 of the Danish national passport.
Due to the fact that the processing time of the Nationality Division of the Danish Ministry of Justice in cases concerning retention of Danish nationality currently is 14 to 16 months, the Ministry of Justice has informed that applications should be submitted between the age of 20 and 21 years. This change is indicated on the website of the Ministry of Justice.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS
Please contact the Ministry of Justice directly.
Tel: 01145 33 95 42 70 (between 9 a.m. and noon Danish time).
Fax: +45 33 12 30 36
Step 1: Start the Application
A completed application form is a requirement for an admissible application.
Step 2: Collect Documents
For quick and efficient processing you must collect all the required documents in the mandatory checklist before you submit your application. Failure to submit all the required documents may result in unnecessary delays or rejection.
Please click h ere for the application document checklist.
Step 3: Submit the Application
You can mail the application directly to the Ministry of Justice at the following address:
1057 København K
There is no processing fee when mailing directly to the Ministry of Justice.
You may also submit your application at the Royal Danish Embassy or a Danish consulate, however there is a fee associated with this service.
Please see the Embassy's fee schedule. Here
When submitting your application at the Embassy, a short interview in Danish will be conducted to assess your language skills. If you submit at a consulate and there is no Danish-speaking Honorary consul or consular officer, the Embassy will call you to conduct the interview.
INFORMATION ABOUT DUAL NATIONALITY
It is a fundamental principle of Danish legislation that dual nationality must be restricted as much as possible.
For more information on dual nationality, please click here