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Danish Citizenship


A child is a Danish national by birth if:
1. The mother is Danish and the child was born on or after 1 January 1979 OR
2.The father is Danish AND married to the mother of the child OR the child was born in Denmark after 1 February 1999.

A child will also become a Danish national if the Danish father subsequently marries the child's foreign mother before the child is 18 years old (and the child is unmarried).

Danish fathers whose children do not qualify as Danish nationals according to the above mentioned may apply for their child to be naturalized as a Danish national, if the father shares the parental responsibility.



Since 1 September 2015, a five-year transitional scheme is given to previous Danish citizens to reacquire Danish citizenship who have lost it due to acquisition of a foreign citizenship.

Application for the Reacquisition of Danish Citizenship

You can apply to reacquire your Danish citizenship by sending in a declaration directly to The State Administration  or by paying an extra fee and handing in your declaration via Danish Embassy in the Philippines.

How to acquire your Danish passport

You will be able to apply for a Danish passport at any Danish Embassy once the State Administration “Statsforvaltningen”  has gone through your application and has decided that you have reacquired your Danish citizenship.

For more information contact The State Administration
Phone: +45 72 65 70 00



Danish nationals born outside Denmark may lose their Danish nationality on attaining the age of 22, unless they apply between the age of 21  and 22 to retain it. Please see the information on the website of the Danish Ministry of Immigration and Integration (Danish only).

Retention of Danish nationality may be granted in the following cases:

1. If you are resident in Denmark immediately before the age of 22 and apply in Denmark.

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 residence in Denmark.


2. 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 before age 22 (or a total of 7 years in another Nordic country), 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 before age 22.


3. If loss of Danish nationality will make you stateless.

For further information please contact the Nationality Office at the Danish Ministry for Aliens and Integration:

Udlændinge- og Integrationsministeriet
Slotsholmsgade 10
DK-1216 Copenhagen K
Tel: 0045 72 26 87 00 (8-10 UK time)
email: .

Please note that the current processing time is 10-12 months.