Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Danish Green Card

So I've posted about the Czech Green Card. The Danish Green Card is another beast entirely and it's a completely different way in to Europe, not just in terms of destination, but also method.

From one of my trips to the lovely city of Copenhagen
If you've been reading this blog for a while — or just researching moving abroad in general — then you know that the basic way to acquire a work permit is to apply for a job while outside of your target country and then the company applies for the work permit. You must not be in the country while the permit is issued lest it be considered invalid. The rules on this are so strict that I was forced to miss my father's partner's funeral in the UK because I was getting a work permit issued.

Countries do this because they don't want people seeking work on tourist visas and possibly becoming illegal immigrants if they don't find it. Denmark has tried a different approach, the Danish Green Card. This allows you to move you and your family to Denmark for up to three years and live there while you look for work. There are several preconditions:
  • You must score 100 points on their assessment
  • You must document that you can support yourself financially for a year
  • You must have health insurance
  • You may not receive any public funds
Again from a trip to Copenhagen
The points are fairly straightforward and are well-documented. You'll need at least a bachelor's degree (30 points) to qualify for the green card and you'll receive a bonus of 10 points if your education qualifies you to perform a job on in which they have a skills shortage.

You must also speak one of Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English or German (since you're reading this, you can figure out which one you qualify for). They make it clear that even if you speak English, without the ability to speak Danish your opportunities in the Danish market are somewhat limited. You will also be given a few points if you've worked in your field recently, gone to school in the EEA and are young enough.

You'll need to have the equivalent of around $1,100 to $1,300 US per month (for a year) to prove that you can support yourself. Obviously, this will increase if you bring your family.

This is a fantastic scheme for a fantastic country. I've been to Copenhagen twice and not only is the city gorgeous, but the people are friendly and things are simply relaxed. It's also possibly more bike-friendly then Amsterdam. You should also be happy to note that Danish is a "category 1" language and thus is considered easy for English speakers to learn.


  1. Danish is very easy to learn...

    First you learn Norwegian, then you stuff a potatoe in your mouth...
    (A bit of a joke in Norway :-)

    You whould note that all's not well in Denmark, though.
    Citizens that are without work, and are collecting unemployment, is considered 'working for the state' and must send out applications to set number of jobs each month. and making money on the side while being unemployed? Not a good idea. , one of my favorite authors has now given up getting a job in Denmark and has moved to Ireland...
    You may want to drop her a note and get a few details about the danish job market.
    (Be warned that she's a historiean and likes to write... )

  2. @anthony-lion: part of what's happening in Denmark may be what's happening all over Europe: unemployment, but still not enough skilled workers (something the green card is designed to correct).

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  4. If you are an educated non-white person, then please stay away
    from Denmark. It is the most racist country on earth.If you are indian or Pakistani, then please please take my advice seriously, and dont spend your money or time on this Green card. They may give it to you for their very own selfish purposes, ie they want people to bring money from outside and spend it in their country since majority here takes money from the state to spend, and they want people to come from outside and spend money here. And also many people leave Denmark for its institutional racism. DPP manifesto is clear on this. Please read online, and dont end up getting your money, time and self-esteem robbed by a stupid, and inhuman immigration policy started by the Danish government.

    Racist network to hold rally in Aarhus.