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December 2020 3 minutes

Brexit: What should British citizens living in Denmark know?

An overview of the steps British citizen must take before December 31st 2020

On January 31st 2020 Great Britain left the European Union after the settlement of the Withdrawal Agreement. At the moment we are in the transition period, which ends on December 31st 2020. Until that day British citizens are still granted the right to freedom of movement within the EU and, thus, continue to be able to travel, settle and live in EU countries. Nevertheless, since the end of the transition period is drawing closer, it’s crucial you act now to ensure you can legally stay in the EU. 

British citizens in Denmark: what steps do you need to take?

We know this time can be stressful for British citizens living in Denmark. With this article, we aim to give you an overview of the situation in Denmark and provide you with a precise list of steps to tick off on your To-Do list. In this way you get all the administrative tasks done quickly and effectively. With the bureaucratic hassle out of the way you can fully enjoy the Christmas period and look forward to a - hopefully much better - year of 2021 in Denmark.

The first steps: what do you need to do right now?

Registration as a resident: 

Register yourself as a Danish resident if you want to stay in Denmark after 2020. As long as you are lawfully registered as a resident in Denmark before January 1st 2020, you continue to hold the right to stay. The registration process is two-fold: (1) request an EU residence document (EU-opholdsdokument) at the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration, and (2) register with your local civil registration office (Folkeregistret), where you will receive your individual Central Person Register (CPR) number. You will be able to apply for a new residence document until the end of 2021.

Life in Denmark post-Brexit

The following sections will summarise the regulations and laws governing life as a British citizen in Denmark after December 31st 2020. 


You continue to hold your right to work in Denmark, as long as you are registered as a Danish resident before December 31st 2020, and given you remain resident. Depending on your employer, you may need a UK police certificate.


Since Great Britain has a double taxation agreement with Denmark you do not pay tax on the same income in both countries. Every Danish resident has to declare their income to the Danish authorities, even when it does not come from Denmark. As a Danish resident you must apply for a Skattekort, an income tax card with your CPR number. 

Banking arrangements should stay the same after the end of the transition period on December 31st 2020. If your finance provider needs to make any alterations to one of your products, they will contact you directly. 


Until the end of the transition period on December 31st 2020, the legislation on driving license exchanges will remain the same. As a Danish resident you should exchange your UK driving license for a Danish one.  

Do you still have doubts about what you must do to legally stay in Denmark or other EU-member states post-Brexit?

We have created a comprehensive guide on how British citizens can remain compliant with the new regulations in Denmark and other EU-member states. In case you still have further questions that are not answered in this article nor by the guide, please send us a message or schedule a free consultation - we will be happy to help you!

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