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How to set up a business in Denmark

Registering a formal company in Denmark is easy and can be done fast, making you ready for business within hours.
The first step is to choose the type of company you wish to establish.

A) Limited liability company

The vast majority of companies in Denmark are companies with limited liability – a public limited company (‘A/S’) or a private limited company (‘ApS’).

To establish a company in Denmark the following documents must be drafted:

  • Memorandum of Association
  • Articles of Association

All documents can be drafted in English, and no signatures require a notarial certificate.

Furthermore, the share capital must be paid to the company’s bank account or to the client account of the company’s attorney.

Once the relevant founding documents are drafted and signed, and the share capital paid, a Danish company can be registered online with the Danish Business Authority. The company will then receive its unique Company Register Number (CVR) within minutes. The fee for registration is less than € 100, excluding legal fees.

B) Branch or representative office

Certain types of foreign companies are allowed to operate in Denmark through a branch office. A branch office is not a separate legal entity but represents the foreign company in Denmark. A foreign branch must be registered with the Danish Business Authority and registration can be done within a couple of weeks. A branch is subject to Danish corporate taxation.
 
A foreign company’s activities in Denmark may also be carried out through a representative office provided the activities are of limited nature, e.g. receiving orders (but not invoicing), administrative work or performance of a specific business activity for a limited period of time (e.g. a construction contract). A foreign representative office need not be registered with the Danish Business Authority. A representative office is generally not subject to Danish corporate taxation.

Overview Legal entity structure in Denmark

Are you looking for an overview of the legal entity structure in Denmark? Then look no further.

Download our fact sheet for a complete overview and comparison between the following legal entities: 

  • Public limited company
  • Private limited company
  • Branch
  • Representative office.
Next, you will need to register for Danish VAT and tax.

Register your company for VAT and tax

Once your company is registered with the Danish Business Authority, you must register the company for VAT and tax.

Your company, if registered in Denmark, is subject to Danish tax laws. The tax payment will depend on the type of the company you have established.

fact What is SKAT?

‘SKAT’ is the name of the Danish Customs and Tax Administration. SKAT manages and enforces tax laws in Denmark.
To begin, please refer to SKAT’s guide: Tax in Denmark. This guide introduces the Danish tax system to newcomers and non-Danish speakers who are not yet familiar with the system.
 
On SKAT’s website, you can also read more about VAT and tax for new businesses and access general information on working in Denmark.

fact Corporate tax in Denmark?

Corporate tax in Denmark is 22% that is below the OECD average. When establishing a legal entity in Denmark, make sure that the company group structure is designed to include the most beneficial tax opportunities provided by the Danish legislation.

Let our network guide you

Although setting up a Danish company can be done quickly and easily, we always recommend that you seek advice from an attorney and/or tax expert before establishing a business in Denmark.

Whether your are looking for a relocation agent, legal counselling, banking services, recruitment assistance or other services, take a moment to search our Service Provider Network Catalogue. Here you will find a broad selection of service providers offering consulting targeted at foreign investors in Denmark.

 

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