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Danish Citizenship

The regulations governing nationality are somewhat complicated. Therefore, if in doubt whether you are a Danish national, you are advised to contact the Ministry of Immigration and Integration.

Danish by Birth

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.


Dual Citizenship

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


Nationals Born Abroad

As a general rule, Danish nationals born abroad lose their Danish nationality at the age of 22. However, retention of Danish nationality may be granted:

  1. If, before the age of 22 the child has been resident in Denmark (generally, the Danish authorities consider a continuous stay of minimum one year sufficient to meet this requirement).
  2. If, before the age of 22 the child has been staying in Denmark under circumstances indicating association with the country. Residence in Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden for an aggregate period of not less than 7 years is equated with residence in Denmark.
  3. If loss of Danish nationality will make the child stateless.

Please be advised that applications concerning retention of Danish nationality should be submitted between the age of 20 and 21 years, as the processing time of the Nationality Division of the Danish Ministry of Immigration and Integration  is 14 to 16 months. However, in any case, applications must be received by the Embassy no later than the day before his/her 22nd birthday.

Application form can be downloaded from this page (You can also find relevant information on this page).

The regulations governing nationality are somewhat complicated. Therefore, if in doubt whether you are a Danish national you are advised to contact below office in Denmark.

Ministry of Immigration and Integration

Address: Udlændinge- og Integrationsministeriet
                  Slotsholmsgade 10,              
                  1216 København K,
Phone:     +45 61 98 40 00