Danish Citizenship by Marriage

Danish citizenship by marriage is a way for foreign nationals who are married to a Danish citizen to become citizens of Denmark. The foreign national must have been married to the Danish citizen for a specific amount of time in addition to meeting other requirements in order to be eligible.

It should be noted that receiving Danish citizenship by marriage is not automatic and requires the Danish Immigration Service’s approval. The procedure might take several months, and candidates might need to submit further paperwork or go through an interview.

Once granted Danish citizenship, the individual will have the same rights and privileges as any other Danish citizen, including the right to vote and run for public office.

Who is Eligible?

  • Must have been wed to a Danish national for at least three years
  • Must have had a valid residence permit or another legal basis for residency in Denmark for at least two years
  • Have a clean criminal history and be at least 18 years old
  • Must have successfully passed a Danish language test at level A2 or higher and be able to speak, read, write, and comprehend Danish
  • A citizenship test covering Danish society, history, culture, and politics is required
  • Must have a strong desire to participate actively in Danish society and intend to live in Denmark with their Danish spouse

The Process

Determine eligibility: The foreign national must ascertain whether they satisfy the requirements for Danish citizenship by marriage, which include having been wed for at least three years to a Danish citizen and fulfilling language and residency requirements

The applicant must gather all required papers, such as a marriage certificate, proof of identity, a residency permit or other legal basis for residing in Denmark, and evidence of language competency

Application submission: The applicant must send their application, along with all necessary supporting materials and the application money, to the Danish Immigration Service

Attend interview: The Danish Immigration Service may request that the applicant appear for a meeting in order to confirm their identity, evaluate their language skills, and explore their ties to Danish culture

Pass the citizenship test: In order to be approved, the candidate must pass a citizenship test that includes Danish politics, history, culture, and society

Receive decision: The Danish Immigration Service will decide on the application and inform the applicant of the result

Oath of allegiance: If your application is accepted, you’ll need to swear an oath of allegiance to Denmark


If I get a divorce from my Danish husband, may I still marry and get Danish citizenship?

No, you need to be wed to a Danish citizen and have been for at least three years before you apply

I want to become a citizen of Denmark; do I have to give up my current citizenship?

No, Denmark permits dual citizenship, therefore you can keep your present citizenship while obtaining Danish citizenship

How long does the application process for Danish citizenship by marriage take?

The application process can take several months, and it may take longer if additional documentation or interviews are required.

How long do I need to be married to a Danish citizen to be eligible for Danish citizenship?

To be eligible for Danish citizenship by marriage, you generally need to have been married to a Danish citizen for a minimum of three years. The marriage must be legally recognized in Denmark and have been entered into voluntarily.

Do I need to live in Denmark during the marriage to be eligible for citizenship?

Yes, residence in Denmark is a requirement for obtaining Danish citizenship by marriage. You are required to have resided in Denmark for a certain period of time, usually at least two years, prior to applying for citizenship.


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