working in denmark as a foreigner

Is it true that I don’t have to pay the 25% income tax to the US if I make under 104k and could I get a PhD as a way to establish myself or just go straight for a full time job? Hi Christopher! So non-EU citizens can expect to receive no financial support while studying and pay fees of around 6000 euro per year. Hi, I am an international student from Uganda doing a masters in one of Denmarks’ best Universities. However now to get us both over there we need to show $24,000 USD to prove we can support ourselves to get the residence permit. Assuming you have the right working visas and it is tourist season – roughly May to September – then it’s certainly possible. please suggest/guide me how to find a job and also proceed my education. These figures are 45% higher than the 232,749 who worked in Denmark in 2008, representing 12% of the country’s total workforce. Hi, Kay! I will have free place to stay. Instead, study the ads to figure out what skills companies are looking for. Large portions of the transport, retail, and food industries are also run by non-Danes. However, they should be properly registered in the country (for a CPR number, a health card, etc.) Kindly take sometime to email me regarding all of it and your personal experience. It would be great if you could also provide me estimate rent. You must register with the Danish Tax Agency (Skattestyrelsen) no later than eight days before you start working in Denmark. In 2010 the government conducted a survey to figure out why foreign researchers stay only 3 years in Denmark on average. if they are staying for longer than three months. Question. She keeps thinking that it will be same for me to find work in Denmark and that it would be same chance in London where i am from. If you are a citizen from outside the Nordic countries, EU/EEA and Switzerland, you have to apply for a residence and work permit in order to be self-employed and/or operate an independent company in Denmark. 2)I have work experience in USA, India and Canda but not in Europe…is it going to put me in a better position than other candidates or this would be my drawback? Otherwise, I’m not an official Danish government spokesperson. When people come from English speaking countries – the US, Britain, Australia – they often ask me if speaking English well is enough to get them a job. Hi Kay, I just came across this article you wrote, and thank you for your time in writing it! I will look into the company prospects ,their portfolio ,products and also read through some publications of the company. How do you think, why? I have seen some adverts from UN bodies for english speaking jobs that i can apply for. I suggest you get in touch with the DJØF, the local lawyer’s union, about job possibilities in Denmark. Do you think this is a reason enough for me to drop out and go back home? The best places to find jobs in Denmark as a foreigner. Hi Mino! Job search as a foreigner in Denmark. I have the possibility of getting a working holiday visa but I don’t know how difficult it is to get a job related to architecture. If you developed certain skills for yourself, don’t be modest about it. No. Is there any guidance in any of this you can give please? He could also try the UN, which does a lot of logistics out of Copenhagen. I’m willing to apply Green Card for Denmark. Otherwise they match people who have worked with ABC with jobs that require ABC, and teach everyone else how to write cvs, etc. If you are black and of African origin, don’t bother with Denmark no matter how highly educated you are. Dreadful shame. First of all, I appreciate your hard work time investment to create such a helpful tips. Very interesting and at the same time funny article. when i completed by course. If not then can I work in Mechanical Industry as a Mechanical Engineer ? Kindly take sometime to email me regarding all of it and your personal experience. It’s really interesting and full of good advice. Copyright © 2021 Visa Hunter. I thought of getting another Master’s degree in Sweden-one year in Management or Marketing, or Branding etc. Just to let you know that this girl is right in some part of his thoughts but be realistic it’s no true. So it’s a numbers game. The only option is be hired from abroad to specific temporary project. If you’re a music producer, you don’t have to wear a suit. It’s definitely worth the investment. But I didn`t see you talk about some jobcenters in copenhagen. But unless you’re a perfect fit, don’t rush apply for these jobs, where you’ll be competing with a lot of other people. The Dentist Union is at https://www.tandlaegeforeningen.dk/Om_Tandlaegeforeningen/Foreign_Dentist.aspx . i started looking for a job but really felted like it was the end of my life when i failed to find a job of my professional and later found a hospitality job. Add to this extremely high prices to everything – from house renting till buying socks. Otherwise, it is not as smooth as I imagined! I don’t speak any Danish. I am from Kampala – Uganda. Go to as many professional events as possible, chat with people, but don’t ask them for a job. They will prefer the less qualified person, as long as her nationality is Danish, over the higher qualified foreigner anytime. How’s the construction market for me to settle down with my family of 5? I believe that if I get a job in Denmark I will be very successful in my own specialization. Also you will never speak Danish language as a Dane (language is very specific). Denmark is one of the best places to find a job in Europe. I wish I found your blog 6 months ago! Is there any site, where I can apply for a voluntary year in denmark? Because, let’s be frank here, if all things are equal between you and a Danish person, they’re going to hire the Danish person. What advice do you give me? Great post, it’s pretty much as you said, except with the SU, it’s rather difficult to get it if you are not danish. 4. Note that Denmark has a lot of job search sites. Hi Lizzie! Danish hugge is a myth existing only for Danes. Thanks. And don’t make the mistake of looking to ‘un-European’, this won’t help you either. You must meet various requirements before you can obtain an approval. If you’re a banker, it’s probably a good idea. Danes are honest and hard working. I could write down I have a masters degree in English too, since my English is more advanced than many people who hold a degree. Sounds like you’ve had a tough time, and I’m sorry to hear that. Do yoh think that it’s easy to find a tourism job? I lived in Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, France, but I have never met so unfriendly environment for foreigners as in Denmark. My fellow international students (they made it) keep telling me the same, that you must be better than the average Dane if you are to make it here in Denmark. It sounds to me like it would make sense for you to already begin applications for your master’s in Denmark, or some other degree in the same field. EU or EEA nationals EU nationals and EEA nationals may under certain circumstances purchase property in Denmark without obtaining the permission of the Danish Ministry of Justice. Create a little elevator speech explaining how you and your skills can help solve this problem or that problem in your industry. Teaching English might be an option (if you are a native English speaker that is). Visahunter.com accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to the accuracy of the information contained on this site. If you’re a foreigner, finding a job in Denmark is not easy, but it can be done. Do not believe anything you see in internet about this country. That said, I cannot advise you about specific IT jobs or the skills most in demand in Denmark. If you believe to have a free education and free health care, think about this. Swedish employees working as researchers or so-called key employees in Denmark have the opportunity to be taxed under a special Danish tax, called "forskerordningen". How to Answer the 150 Most Common Job Interview Questions: Get sample answers to the most frequently asked job interview questions. This means that you are liable for tax on profits made in Denmark. I know very little about the psychology business in Denmark, so I think the best move would be to find the union that represents psychologists here and ask them. There are SO many reasons to get married in Denmark as a foreigner. Thank you for this post. Just read about it and you will understand that without having a special status it is not profitable to work here at all. And then start approaching companies, and you gotta be tough. I am very hopeful I wish to do Phd as well. I would like to know that what are the possibilities for getting a job in IT in Denmark once i have valid Green Card Visa for Denmark. I will suggest, however, that you change your approach and focus less on your years of experience and more on what you can offer a potential employer. My husband has BA in Marketing but 6 years experience in Logistics! Many foreigners want to come to Denmark because of the many advantages it offers. There’s a website called Fiverr where people will copyread your CV or your LinkedIn profile for only five US dollars. shir. I am moving to Denmark this July… I find your website to be informative and yet intimidating all at once… after reading this, i’m thinking i may not find a job as easily as i thought, i have yet to learn the language… this should be interesting. Any advise will be helpful from anyone. I’m willing to apply Green Card for Denmark. Then approach employers with information on how you, personally, have what they’re looking for and how you can help solve their challenges. I think what gave me the edge over other danish candidates was my extensive international work experience. And I think you’ll have to send out more than 2 applications! Thanks again. I am a architect and I have 2 years of working experience. About free education for adults is funny story: you can not get it for free until you have min.2 years working in Denmark. We now leave in Tanzania in the process of moving to Denmark. To get language practice outside a family is not easy – Danes are very closed nation. If i dont hear from him in the next couple of days, is it fine if i call him up and check on the status. Denmark loves LinkedIn I must say, it is not easy finding a position in Denmark; especially if you are apply from abroad. If you’re just moving here with a partner, you might want to consider this as a way to start out. Your article was a great help to me. “Almost all jobs require fluent Danish” In our questionnaire, we asked what …read more Source:: […] I have heard from many of my friends and have read in several books and magazines that Denmark is one of the most awesome places to work as the work – life balance culture is perfect compared to most other nations. There are actually no jobs he can ‘easily acquire’ in Denmark: the hiring process tends to be slow and deliberate, even for Danes. Could you please let me know what are the good places to live in and around Copenhagen. Stay blessed. I do not know where to start. (25% is, however, the sales tax/VAT on most items sold in Denmark.) Also try to figure out which Danish unions cover workers in the fishing industry and get in touch with them. Denmark is a country you could work in because it offers a superior work-life balance, such that enables one to set a priority on the things that matter – ranging from excellent career opportunities to leisure and family. …But for now, thanks Mrs Mellish for the advice you are giving everyone and for this page….. was beginning to think it was just me who was struggling 🙂. And secondly, pay somebody to look over your LinkedIn profile and make sure it’s in really good English. The IT industry is thriving in Denmark, and there are many Indian IT specialists here. Someone with a PhD looking for a high-end management job probably has high expectations and very specific talents, so I can understand why he or she might have trouble finding an ordinary “job.” I had an acquaintance with a similar background, a lawyer, who ended up starting her own one-person company and did very well. Great article, Yes only English speaking is not enough not only in Denmark, total Scandinavia. I will clean toilets, or work at a fast food place. I know you are only a blogger, but I saw you gave the others some good tips, so I will try briefly to describe me. And of course you can begin to learn Danish where you are, although I suggest you focus on reading and writing first. However, you are incorrect on one point – education in Denmark is most certainly not free for people from non EU countries. And I’m mentioning Sweden since CBS doesn’t seem to be offering one year master degrees. I should also point out that I know several people of African and Asian descent in well-paying and powerful positions in Denmark. I’m from India. Also try jobsindenmark.dk or workindenmark.dk. The labor market in Denmark is well-known for great working conditions and job mobility. What skill can they not find? Working in Denmark. I guess I’m not sure what type of job role you’re aiming at. I got about three responses…and one job, where I stayed for 8 years. My office would be in Copenhagen (near Holmes Kanal). If you can use the job center as a way of finding out which jobs are going begging that you – with a little extra effort and training – could fill, then they’re useful. He said he was impressed with my profile and will discuss with his colleagues and come back. I have Indian Nationality and currently residing in India. 4. One more thing how about Muslims treated in Denmark ? I have studied maritime transport in Nigeria and have about 9yrs experience around west Africa and the African coast in sailing, shipping and marine logistics combined and some international short course like Nebosh in London. Student visas are usually easier to get than work ones. Now I am in a dilemma and would like to seek some advice from you. So Please share me your ideas on how to go about making this work. My daughter and I call it ‘Danish people cheese.’. S Staley. I have bought also your book “How to live in Denmark” in e-book, I really like your style, and you get to know so much about Denmark. The answer is no, even though there are many companies that have English as their corporate language. Otherwise, I suggest you put all your effort into Danish classes at the start, and then get a job that will force you to speak Danish all day, every day. Anyway, the Danish workplace is about teams, and working together, and getting along as a group, and there’s an automatic suspicion that a foreigner might not fit into that. I am currently working in Dubai as a Junior Accountant and recently got an invitation from a good friend to work with her as au pair in Denmark. Hi Maurice, In fact i would like to thank you for that great question.i faced the same problem some time back in 2015 when i was at campus, to assure you i had not yet completed by course study and a certain company hired me in favor of a job. Not one for group work, I typically gave the ‘ tak, men nej tak ’ [‘thanks, but no thanks’ – ed.] Thanks… I am from Bangladesh a south Asian country….I completed Masters on management from national University and got 2 years experience in Sr. Executive position in a commercial fishing company.Now I am willing to do job in Denmark.Do u have any suggestions for me?? Alternately, you could learn very basic Danish and then look for work in a child-care setting, probably with kids 3-6, who also speak basic Danish. However, my boyfriend (Danish) and I have decided that we would like to move to Denmark and start our lives. Please guide me in this case, your advice will be highly valuable for me, Im a native dane and i stumbled in on these very informative, and sometimes very funny threads – Kay you really have something good going here! Many thanks for taking the time out to reply. Denmark and the US have a tax treaty, so you can write your Danish taxes off against US income taxes owed. Life is not easy everywhere even for the citizens of the countries but why we migrate is because some countries are fairer and more reasonable than others. Also is it possible to start learning Danish language abroad before migrating to Denmark and then continue to learn there? We had a huge number of responses and a range of interesting, helpful insights and experiences. My Big Danish Moment “My Big Danish Moment” is a series of short videos that portrays four expats who have chosen to work and live in Denmark. I have Masters in computer science with research publication and over 8+ years of software development experience. They’re always looking for men that the little boys can look up to. One of the great challenges immigrants to any country – including the US and Canada – have to deal with is that they cannot come into the labor market in a new locality at the same level they were accustomed to in the old locality. Low-skill jobs in Denmark are paid roughly DK120/hr, and there many EU foreigners who have them here in Denmark. I would like to add that the first discussion was telephonic. Danes are casual, so a nice, colorful sweater or blouse is perfect. Laxmi. Best regards, hope you can advice me Thank you. But those are prestigious companies – Novo, Lundbeck – places that everybody wants to work. But plan for a slow hiring process, and plan to spend a lot of time networking. I have background in International Business, Politics and Asian Studies and it doesn’t seem to be taking me anywhere. (See my other blog post, https://www.howtoliveindenmark.com/stories-about-life-in-denmark/moving-to-denmark/). The only sector I think it’s very difficult for a foreigner to penetrate is government, at least until they’ve learned Danish – heaven knows a great deal of the SOSU system for the elderly is sustained by non-Danes. I was rather apprehensive since I don’t speak Danish or Swedish except for hello and thank you which believe me is not much but i am trying to find a tutor here in SA that can assist me in learning the language. Hi Kay,your article is really helpful.I`m in the VISA issue process(Greencard). 3 years ago. Back to my original point – to overcome this, you have to show what you can do better than your Danish rivals. Other than day care assistance. And then, write your job application and your cv, explaining how you and your skills can help them solve exactly the problems that everyone is worried about. That said, I know dozens of foreigners who have found jobs in Denmark they’re quite happy with, in everything from communications to accounting to educational administration to financial technology to medical services to app development and on and on. Therefore, brother Maurice , Mr. Kay Xander Mellish’s advise worked for me. i love to read what foreigners have to say about my country – and in this case the walls people run into looking for work – Kay (and others) may be right that you guys need to be better than the average dane in order to secure that job – not too difficult as most of us natives are average in every way concieveable, Nice article. I’m sorry, but I find it irresponsible to insinuate that all you have to do is to learn the language and brush up your CV. Do you have any idea about jobs for foreign trained dentists. I have been applying for jobs and last week i got a call from an employer. According to the labour market data collector jobindsats.dk, a total of 336,840 international people worked in Denmark during 2016. 3)Like in USA visa is a big issue now..they hire less qualified candidate who doesn’t require a sponsorship over candidates who are perfect fit but require a sponsorship?is it same for Denmark?is sponsorship an issue while deciding a candidate? I has started applying online and waiting for good response. I am from England and have experience in sales and retail. If you can help me, I would appreciate it very much. I am very worried about myself if i will be able to find work there. my opinions are design or computer science Spoken Danish has to be heard to be believed. Thank you for all these posts and look forward to reading more! Job search as a foreigner in Denmark. Hi, As I understand it (and I’m no expert), you might then be eligible for some support from the Danish state. i have opportunity to study something whats goes now at market outside here in Danmark? As you said, If you really wanted to settle in Denmark, you should learn Danish. As a foreign employee in Denmark, there is a special tax arrangement called “Forskerordningen” that allow researchers and foreign employees to pay a deducted rate of tax. So, how do you get started? Kay! The official language is Danish. She said I could finish my 1 year contract and from there find a white collar job within Denmark. I don’t have answers for you, but I can suggest the “Americans in Denmark” Facebook group. Any particular difficulties? I speak English, French and Spanish. Unions in Denmark are not just for old-fashioned industries – doctors, lawyers, and engineers all network through very powerful unions. With the sites below, you can expect to get a 0.5 to 1.0% response rate (people who will respond back to you to whom you sent your application/CV.) Many thanks for your article. Very curious about the situations in Denmark. I am a ‘black-british’ citizen and I am about to finish my undergraduate degree here in the UK. Having a Danish diploma helps Learn how your comment data is processed. Hi, I am a good expert on quality control and quality assurance. thank you. I had got greencard visa and planning to come in May. It is difficult to become their friend. Personal face-to-face appeals work too. Hi Kay! Thanks for quick response. In Denmark, careers and business opportunities are central to a good lifestyle. I have 1 question here, I am from India and having 6 years of IT experience and planning to migrate to Denmark. I’m a Tanzanian married to a french man with a child. Archived. Building yourself as a brand in your field and being able to be “plug and play” when you’re ultimately hired is more important than getting a specific grade on a specific assignment. With a cleaning job and then a student job, my studies become terribly hard while other students simply focus on their studies. All Rights Reserved. Kay Xander Mellish is a writer living in Copenhagen, Denmark. Sorry but please be more realistic. Hi Jaffar! If taking on two cleaning jobs – one in the day and one in the evening/weekends means I’ll be able to afford living expenses and does not rely on my currently non-existant Danish to get me a job then I’ll be straight out there! I was recently hired to write a speech for one such person, who is SVP of one of Denmark’s largest companies. My question is, do you think we will need all $24,000 USD to support ourselves, or do you think by me working a minimum wage job, and him a part time job we will only need some of that money? This in my view is something many average Danes cannot compete with. They can answer questions much better than I can. Please give me an overview since you might be already in Denmark. I thought coming to Denmark was going to be a whole new world of opportunities. The fact that my results are not even close to those of the average Dane keeps me worried as I have struggled a lot to make it to where I am. Denmark is a country located in Scandanavia. Ideal for me would be a research degree and quite honestly, I was aiming for a PhD but as you probably know – Danish budget cuts did their job in academia and currently there will be no PhD positions opened in my field of expertise. Raheel. Do you think i will be able to stand in dane competition with dane teachers. This is such a major decision for me to make, hope you can give me some light. You have to put up a clear picture of yourself smiling and looking friendly in whatever type of clothing you wear for work. I’d like to relocate to Denmark this year, but like many others, I also have 0.01% Dansk. All this information will be useful in a job interview, which I assume will be next in the process – it will set you apart from other applicants. I frequently tell older job-seekers, particularly those with an IT background, that they should consider working for the Danish state or municipalities (kommune). In addition, DR.DK featured Kay in a story about how Americans perceive Danish social habits.. Thanks Ahead Hi Kay, your article is really very good. Since you are British and married to a Dane, I’m not sure what your immigration status will be in Denmark, but you might want to consider opening your own single-person business (very easy to do in Denmark) and then selling your project-management and grant-writing services on a consultancy basis. Also read about it. You can learn more about me here. Very curious about the situations in Denmark. Registering as a self-employed person with full or limited tax liability. I will be staying quite near Aahurs. I know I have to learn danish but i was wondering if you have any ideas on diversity in the legal industry? Hi Brian! (Sander winter.) Everything has its place and everything has its time! I am an M.A graduate in Culture-Language-Media from the university of Flensburg, and I have lived in Fyn since a couple of months. I know people with PhDs from Berkeley, with years and years of experience in high end management positions, with extensive experience in international finance, with degrees over degrees and the finest credentials who made the mistake to come here with their partner and who got stuck with no job or a job far below their qualification level for years. Ideal in a purely professional sense would be a consultancy job since I do have knowledge, skills and expertise to do that. I can get my immigration and work visa done in a couple of months , the only apprehension i have about moving out to denmark is that a lot of people say that , denmark has only a minimal ( few ) job opportunities for english speaking professionals and its predominantly a danish job market , with respect to the language. I would imagine most clients in Denmark would want to work with a psychologist in Danish, although I would imagine there is a growing need for people who can speak Arabic, Pashtun and Somali due to the recent influx of refugees, many of whom experienced PTSD in their homelands. I am working as a Lawyer in Chile in a Logistics Company and I speak english and Spanish, any advice for me? I have couple of advises for a person who is thinking about Denmark: “Working in Denmark was not really hard, but all of the ‘social’ after work gatherings irritated me. Hi Robiul. I hope I meet more people like you in life. Sliced, medium-sharp Riberhus Danbo cheese. I got a CPR and getting problem to survive being an international student. am a cameroonian by nationality holder of GCE(ordinary level certificate am seeking for a job in Denmark, Hey , iam almost 3 years in Danmark and iam married to a danish lovely man plus a baby boy. Denmark also doesn’t require any of the management are Danish residents, including the CEO or board of directors, so as a foreigner there are few restrictions to your ability to set up shop. i don’t know how hard it was for other people but in my case got a problem with accommodation, CPR, bank account. We want to move to Denmark because here in Portugal there are not so many options for working as a mechanical engineer … Logistics sounds like his best bet, but I suggest he start working hard on his Danish, since the logistics field may require working with a lot of people who are not gifted English speakers. Hey Pratap, Thanks so much 🙂. Hi Kay, You need to have min.10h/week worked and at least 3 months of working. The world's best work-life balance, an excellent business climate, and an efficient welfare state. Hi Kay! That’s your best way forward. I want to return and work in Denmark. As well in the health industry. 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