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Step-by-step guide to opening a business in Denmark

Our up-to-date guide to opening a business in Denmark. Follow the steps in the guide to get started – quick and easy. We are also happy to walk you through it.

Setting up or expanding your business is easy in Denmark. Follow this step-by-step guide to an efficient start to your business operations.

The step-by-step guide helps decide which type of legal entity that is the best fit for your goals and activities in Denmark, how to register your company and how to register with the Danish Tax Authorities.

The step-by-step guide introduces how to issue employment contracts, set up corporate structures, transfer employees to Denmark including residence and work permits in Denmark while the guide also assists in setting up payroll and bank account and finding office location.

Why Denmark?

  • Equal access to public services     

    Foreign citizens with residence and work permits receive the same benefits as Danish citizens including access to free healthcare, medical services, education and much more.

  • Fast-track permits     

    A residence and work permit may be issued to international employees within 24 hours under the fast-track scheme. It is required of the employing company to be certified by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration. 

  • All employers are required to take out an industrial injury insurance     

    The industrial injury insurance should be added to an employee’s salary as the employer’s contribution along with the contribution to the Supplementary Labour Market Pension Fund. These contributions to employer-paid social security are among the world’s lowest. 

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"We have been very pleased with the setup here in Denmark. Everything is going very well. Rules are very clear, for instance regarding taxation, which makes it easy doing business here. Also, we have enjoyed very good local co-operation and find it easy to recruit people with excellent English skills, which is important to us."
Huang Jian, Head of China Classification Society Denmark China Classification Society

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