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Practical matters

On this page, we try to guide you through how several practical matter work in Denmark such as exchanging your driver's license, waste disposal, or registrering a move within the country. You are always welcome to contact us if you need additional help. 

Driver´s License

Depending on the country or territory where your driver’s license has been issued, different rules apply as to whether you will need to exchange your foreign license for a Danish license.

The below procedures should provide you with the easiest method of license exchange.

British licenses issued before 1/1 2021 can be exchanged using the EU procedure. British licenses issued after 1/1 2021 can be exchanged using the procedure for non-EU licenses.

Please be aware that you will be charged a fee when you acquire a health certificate at your doctor (prices can vary) and when you exchange your license at the Citizen Service Centre (280 DKK).

Driver´s License

Learning Danish

Danish tuition upon arrival

When you arrive in Denmark, you will be invited by the municipality for Danish tuition at AOF job & Dansk. The municipality will for the first period of your stay cover the expenses for Danish Tuition at AOF Job & Dansk, which consists of 6 modules and can be used for a period of 5 years distributed with the help of a 42-month vouchers system. You will be required to pay a deposit of DKK 2,000,00 before the lessons start (Au-pairs excepted from deposit).

The module tuition is targeted both at oral and written Danish which is required by many potential future employers in Denmark. Also, the module tuition meets the criteria for admission to Studies in Danish and/or to apply for permanent residence.

You will receive an offer from the Jobcenter about module Danish tuition within a month after your arrival. Please contact Esbjerg Jobcenter in case you do not receive the offer and/or if you need to postpone startup, as your voucher system will begin when you receive the offer for Danish tuition.

To receive an offer or postpone start-up please reach out to Esbjerg Jobcenter, Carol Christiansen on email cac@esbjergkommune.dk or phone +45 76 16 74 33

For further questions about the curriculum and teaching methods at AOF Job og Dansk please contact esbjerg@aofjobogdansk.dk

Additional options for improving your Danish skills

Moving within Denmark

If you move within Denmark, it is your responsibility to inform the Civil Registration office within 5 days after you move. 

The change of address can be completed online at www.lifeindenmark.dk or www.borger.dk or personally at a Citizen Service Centre. You can book a time at the Citizen service centers in Esbjerg municipality at www.esbjerg.dk/booking. You will need to provide your moving date as well as your new and old addresses.

When you change your address, you will also have the option to change your doctor.  If your new address is close to your former address, you can of course choose to keep your current doctor.
 

Other things to remember

Remember to notify the companies that supply your heating, electricity, internet and phone, as well any other utility and service providers.
If you are a student with SU, remember to let the SU office know about your change in address.
If you receive a housing benefit, remember to inform Udbetaling Danmark.

Change address online

Change your address online here

Leaving Denmark

When moving from Denmark to another country, you should be aware of the following actions which may be required in connection with your departure:

1. Unregister your address and Civil Registration at the Citizen Service Centre or at borger.dk or www.lifeindenmark.dk no later than 5 days after you relocate.

2. SKAT/TAX should be notified. Contact SKAT in order to issue a statement of tax payment so that any outstanding tax credit can be reimbursed to your Nem account. You can notify SKAT here (https://www.skat.dk/SKAT.aspx?oid=2244375&vid=0&lang=us)

You might also wish to take the following actions

  • Contact your pension company to learn about receiving your pension abroad.
  •  De-register your children from childcare, school, and so forth.
  • Cancel utilities and other services such as electricity, gas, phone, TV and internet.
  • Cancel your insurance with your insurance company.
  • Terminate your housing lease with your landlord.
  • Contact Feriekonto in order to ensure that you will have your remaining holiday leave paid out, in case it is not done automatically. Typically, your outstanding holiday pay will automatically be added to your Nem account when you are no longer registered in the Civil Registration System. Read more at www.lifeindenmark.dk
  • De-register your vehicle with SKAT & the Central Motor Registry. When your vehicle is de-registred from the Central Motor Registry, you must hand in your number plates. Find more information on this process at www.lifeindenmark.dk
  • Close your bank account. Ask if it is possible to keep your Nem Account open for a period of time.
  • Hand in or destroy your yellow healthcare card.
  • Contact your doctor and dentist to obtain copies of your medical records if needed.

 

What to do with waste & recycling

Visuel overviews of waste disposal

Overview poster of where to put waste - described in text on the page too

Overview poster of how to sort your waste - described in text on the page too

Parking

Free parking areas are located throughout the municipality typically allowing you to park for a limit of 2 hours with a Valid Parking disc. In many cases parking will be unlimited and for free after 6pm. on weekdays, after 2pm. on Saturdays and on Sundays. Parking restrictions are common throughout Denmark, are clearly marked and are strictly enforced. Be aware that violating the parking regulations incurs a fine.

More info about parking in Esbjerg and Denmark

Local News in Danish

If you would like to know what is going on locally in the area of Esbjerg or Southwestern Jutland, you can stay updated here.

Find local news

Where to find practical information

Life in Denmark is a public Danish site where you can find lots of national relevant information and here you will also find the public self-service solutions, which are available in English.

On www.lifeindenmark.dk you can for example make change of address and find information about for example:

  • Housing benefits
  • Holiday funds if leaving Denmark
  • Import or purchase of motor vehicle and insurances for vehicles
  • Child and youth benefit and family allowances in Denmark
  • Maternity /paternity benefits in Denmark
  • Giving birth in Denmark
  • Marriage and divorce in Denmark
  • Tax System in Denmark
  • Mandatory and voluntary insurances in Denmark
  • Danish pension types
  • Recognition of foreign qualifications
  • bringing pets to Denmark 
  • Public consumer complaint system
  • Product warranties
  • Purchase of real estate
  • Electricity, Heating, water and sewage
  • Internet and TV in Denmark
  • Transportation in Denmark
  • Higher education system in Denmark and SU (educational grant)
  • Elections in Denmark
  • Plus find facts about Denmark or find a Danish Dictionary of official terms

This website www.esbjerg.dk/newinesbjerg and the Esbjerg area booklet Boost your life offers local relevant practical information for the area of Esbjerg Municipality, such as information for example for local networks, landlords, school dentists, kindergartens, schools, home visiting nurses, cultural institutions, citizen service offices, second hand stores, local transportation etc.