Working in Denmark is an attractive option for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) due to the country’s high quality of life and strong economy. Danish work culture is heavily focused on creating harmonious relationships between management and employees which allows OFWs to feel appreciated in the workplace and strive for excellence in their position. Also the relationship between Denmark and the Philippines refer to both the past and present ties between the two countries. There is an embassy for Denmark in Manila, and there is an embassy for the Philippines in Copenhagen.
People say that diplomatic relationships are strong, close, polite, and friendly. The Philippines said that Denmark was an important ally in its use of wind energy and renewable energy sources. Denmark and the Philippines have strong maritime ties.
Denmark’s embassy in the Philippines reopened in 2014 after being closed since 2002.
The list of documents needed to apply for work can be found here. Just click and have a view of the requirements.
Most of the time, references are not needed, but they are becoming more and more common for managerial positions. You can give the contact information of someone who can speak to your skills and character. You can also say at the end of your resume that references are available upon request. If you write this in Danish, you’ll get extra points.
As for your qualifications, you should be ready to show a copy of your diploma or certificate to a potential employer.
You shouldn’t be surprised if the Danish police ask you for a straffeattest, which is proof that you haven’t been convicted of a crime in the country. This is asked of Danes and people who aren’t Danes, and it’s easy to find online.
The search for work in Denmark can feel complex and frustrating. As well as this there are many stages in your career to consider, whether you are seeking a voluntary job, an internship or a job as a stay-at-home parent. It’s a long process but also one where you want to make sure every move is right for you and your family. Here are some essential steps to consider in finding work in Denmark. Let’s begin with job searching.
I. Job Search
A lot of foreigners are actively looking for jobs in Denmark through online platforms. The working culture in Denmark is stable and you will also experience welcoming, trustworthy, and happy Danes wherever you go. It’s not hard finding work in Denmark. All you need to know however, is how to do it. Here is the list of websites where you can start your job hunt in Denmark today.
In this website, each job offer has a title, the name of the company, a logo or picture, and the date it was posted. They also tell you how many jobs like the one you want are on their partner sites. You might expect a logo, some photos, or more color on a website with graphs and maps. In the
section that lists companies, the ones with the most job openings are at the top.
To search for jobs in Denmark using JobBoard Finder, you may read the steps below and follow.
1. Click the link above to view the website.
2. In the search bar, the one with the red circle, enter the job that you are looking for. In this example, ‘Engineer’ was entered into the search engine. Then click ‘Search’.
3. Then, job results will be revealed. Click the job offers. Click ‘more’. Follow the instructions later on that will be shown on the site.
Work in Denmark
Workindenmark is Denmark’s national public employment service for qualified foreign workers who want to find a job in Denmark and for Danish companies who want to hire foreign workers. Workindenmark is part of the Danish Ministry of Employment and a part of the European Employment Service (EURES).
1. Click the link above to redirect you on the site.
2. In the search bar, enter the job that you wish to apply for. And enter ‘SEARCH’.
3. You will be shown job offers in Denmark.
Filipinos can use the website’s resources to learn more about the rights of migrant workers, the services offered, and advice on how to find work abroad. A section devoted to Department of Migrant Workers news and updates is also included.
1. Click the link above.
2. Enter ‘Denmark’ in the search bar.
3. Job offers in Denmark will appear.
Note: Before or after looking for a job in Denmark, if you want to read the job listings and get in touch with the hiring company, you must create an account on these websites. Before applying, make sure your resume, cover letter, high school diploma, and birth certificate are ready. The employer must receive these as soon as is practical. Keep submitting applications for jobs until you find one. You must get a work permit after giving the organization or employer any extra records they ask for.
II. Getting a Work Permit and Visa
Denmark is one of the top European Union (EU) countries for work visas and residence permits. The visa application process itself is relatively quick and easy. A work visa is required even if you will be doing unpaid work or seeking sideline employment, such as teaching or lecturing.
This is done in person at one of SIRI’s branches by giving the following documents:
- A national ID or passport
- Photo for a passport
- An application that is complete
- Proof of why a worker should be allowed to live in a country (like a work contract)
Process for Getting a Work Visa for Denmark
SIRI is where you must go to apply for a Danish work visa (Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration). You can fill out the application yourself or give your employer the power to fill it out on your behalf. Here are the steps you need to take to get a work visa:
1. Decide on a Denmark Work Visa Program
You must choose the visa program on the SIRI website that best fits your employment situation.
2. Make a Case order number.
After you choose the type of visa you need to apply for, you make a case order ID. It’s kind of like making an account, where you give your name, passport number, and email address.
3. Pay the fee for a Danish work visa
After you make your Case Order ID, you must pay the fee and send in your application. You have to do both in the same year or your application may be turned down. Most work visas cost DKK 4,405, or about €590. Unnecessary fees will be refunded.
4. Create the Denmark Work Visa Document Checklist.
Denmark visa documents:
- Passport – Validate and blank your passport.
- Passport copy -No blank pages.
- Healthcare – You need health insurance for your entire stay in Denmark.
- Schengen-compliant passport photos.
- Visa receipt.
- Power of attorney completed – This is only needed if you authorize your employer or someone else to submit the application.
- A job offer – Contracts/offers cannot be older than 30 days.
- Educated – These documents demonstrate your qualifications for the job.
- Danish work permit (if required).
Three ways to apply for a Denmark work visa:
The SIRI website allows online application. Not everyone has this option.
A Danish diplomatic mission or application center in your country can accept visa applications. If your country does not have a Danish diplomatic mission, you may be referred to a Norwegian or regional Danish mission.
Denmark residents can apply for work visas (not as a tourist). Before applying, make an appointment with a SIRI branch.
Even if you submit documents at an embassy or SIRI branch, you must complete the initial online application (first four steps).
Within 14 days of applying, you must have your photo and fingerprints taken at a Danish diplomatic mission abroad. Immigration authorities store biometric data. Even online applicants must submit biometrics at a Danish diplomatic mission.
7. Denmark work visas take 30 days. Fast-Track visas take 10 days to process.
The application center’s decision will be emailed to you. The visa application center can send SMS updates.
III. Preparation in Going to Denmark
10 Things to Know Before Starting Work in Denmark
Studying, working, or living abroad requires some adjustment. Foreigners should be open-minded and learn as much as they can about this beautiful and progressive Nordic country. Self-education is the best way to adapt. Denmark jobs attract many foreign workers. After receiving a Danish visa, successful applicants are excited, but they must prepare for work in Denmark.
Language – Learning Danish basics is crucial. Not all Danes speak English. The local kommune can help.
Culture – You’ll meet many Danes in your new job. You must then study Danish culture and customs. This avoids embarrassing situations. Get a CPR number after getting your residence/work permit. Living in Denmark requires a CPR number. You join the National Register of Persons (Folkeregistereret). Register within five days of arrival. You should visit it first. After getting your CPR card, you can open a bank account and other important things. Get a tax card from the tax office (Skattecentre). You usually get two cards, A and B.
After registering, your municipality sends you a health insurance card. This proves you’re eligible for public health care. Your GP’s name, address, and PIN are on the card. Hospitalization and GP visits are free. Taxpayers cover the costs.
Prices – Learn the Danish krone. if you’re in business, the basics of costing. The job must be priced correctly.
Personal funds – Since you’re just starting and your salary is a month away, you need your own funds for basic needs. Plan to have enough for food, rent, and initial purchases, and remember that prices may be higher than in your country!
Optional: Open an online bank account. To get paid faster and spend money in Denmark without bank fees, open a N26 Bank account. Start with N26 Metal for unlimited withdrawals and payments in all currencies!
Know the area– Find banks, post offices, schools, drugstores, and libraries by walking. It will make your daily commute easier. Get a Danish driver’s license – If you have a non-EU driver’s license, you must switch it to a Danish one within 14 days of receiving your CPR number and being officially registered.
Home or renter’s insurance is cheap and will help you in the future.
Bonus tip: Borger.dk is the most important website you’ll use in Denmark (after Denmark.net) (borger means citizen). Danish e-official government’s portal. Most interactions with the government are digital, so you’ll need it.
IV. Arrival in Denmark
Welcome to Denmark. How can you get started? There are some things to consider if you’re from a Nordic, EU, or non-EU country.
The EU residence document confirms that you have the right to live and work in Denmark. If you live in Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden, you don’t need one. You will also get a Danish CPR number when you register your address at the local municipality.
Find a place to live
Finding a home is hard. Start ASAP.
You can’t get a CPR number until you have a place to live. Municipalities require 1–3 months of residency for a permanent address.
Attend an International Citizen Service center
International newcomers to Denmark have a lot to do.
Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus, and Aalborg have International Citizen Service (ICS) centers. These four International Citizen Service centres represent all public authorities you need to enter Denmark. In most cases, you only need to visit an ICS center to complete paperwork and get answers.
Aarhus, Aalborg, Copenhagen, and Odense International Citizen Service Centre addresses and hours.
CPR number application
-Civil registration number
Each Dane has a civil registration number Central Person Register(CPR).
Tax and social security issues require the CPR number when dealing with Danish authorities.
You must notify the municipal authorities if you plan to stay for 3 months or more (6 months if within EU/EEA or Nordic countries) (Folkeregistret).
CPR numbers require a Danish address.
CPR numbers can only be obtained in person at Citizen Service or International Citizen Service centers.
CPR number application documents:
- Work and residence permit (for non-EU/EEA, Nordic, or Swiss citizens)
- EU ID card (if your residence in Denmark is based on the EU-rules)
- Denmark address proof (e.g., rental contract)
- If you’re unmarried, legal custody documents.
- Name changes (marriage/divorce certificate, etc.)
- Children’s birth certificates
- A marriage certificate
- If moving to Denmark from another Nordic country: your social security number.
Why CPR numbers matter
CPR numbers are needed in many important situations, including:
- Money transfer
- To find housing to open a danish bank account
- Get insurance
- Doctor’s visit.
You need a CPR number to live in Denmark longer than three months.
Get health insurance and get care.
“Yellow card” health insurance
Health insurance cards prove eligibility for national health insurance services.
You receive a health insurance card when you register for a CPR number with Citizen Service in your municipality or one of the International Citizen Service centers.
Your national health insurance card will arrive in Denmark 2–3 weeks after you register for your CPR number. Your CPR number, name, and doctor’s address will be on the card (general practitioner).
The yellow health insurance card is needed when you visit a doctor, dentist, hospital, or library.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the most commonly asked questions about searching for DMW jobs in Denmark as a Filipino.
1. How many hours is full time in Denmark?
On average, people in Denmark work 37 hours per week. If the hours are less than that, the job is called “part-time.” For the Employers’ and Salaried Employees’ Act to apply to you as an employee, you must work more than eight hours per week (in Danish: Funktionaerloven).
2. How is work/life balance in Denmark?
Work-life balance is one of the most important parts of Danish business culture. This makes Denmark one of the best places in the world to live with a family. All workers are legally allowed 5 weeks off each year, which makes it easy to spend time with family and travel to see relatives who live far away.
3. Is English mandatory in Denmark?
About 86% of Danes also speak English as a second language. This is because Danish students are required to start learning English in the first grade at public elementary schools (called folkeskole in Danish), which are by far the most popular choice in the country.
4. Can you work two jobs in Denmark?
You are only permitted to work in the jobs that are listed on your permit. The same rules apply if you are given a new job offer within the same organization. While working in Denmark, if you find a new side job, you must apply for a new work permit and include information about your new job.
5. Does Denmark have a 4 day work week?
Denmark. The Odsherred Municipality adopted a four-day, 35-hour workweek in 2019 despite the fact that Denmark’s standard work week is 37 hours long.
I hope this article was helpful. If you are planning to move to Denmark, and looking for a job here, then I strongly recommend that you follow all the steps in this guide. Do not rush your search for jobs; be thorough and make sure that the position you have found is perfect for you. Then, send a professional resume and CV and hopefully, positive hiring decisions will follow. Good luck with your job search!