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Dual citizenship

On 1 September 2015 the bill amending the Danish Nationality Act came into force. The bill allows for full access to dual and multiple nationalities. Information about the new Act is available in English here.

Danish nationals wishing to acquire Australian or New Zealand citizenship

With the new rules, Danish citizens living in Australia or New Zealand can now acquire Australian or New Zealand citizenship without losing their Danish citizenship.
According to the Danish Ministry of Justice, you no longer need to notify the Danish authorities if you acquire another citizenship.

For information on how to obtain Australian citizenship, please visit the website of Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Please note that neither the Danish Embassy in Canberra nor any of the Danish missions in Australia are able to assist regarding Australian citizenship rules.

For information on how to obtain New Zealand citizenship, please visit the website of The Department of Internal Affairs. Please note that neither the Danish Embassy in Canberra nor any of the Danish missions in New Zealand are able to assist regarding New Zealand citizenship rules.

Former Danish nationals wishing to reacquire Danish citizenship

Former Danish nationals who lost their Danish citizenship by acquiring Australian or New Zealand (or another) citizenship before 1 September 2015, can within a 5-year period until 1 September 2020 apply to reacquire their Danish citizenship, provided they fulfil certain requirements.

Former Danish nationals can apply for reacquisition of Danish citizenship by sending a declaration and relevant documentation to the Danish State Administration (Statsforvaltningen). Please note that this procedure is only available for a five-year period between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2020.

The State Administration has informed that two basic conditions must be fulfilled to reacquire your Danish citizenship under the new rules:
1. You lost your Danish citizenship because you, or your parents while you were a minor, applied for and acquired the citizenship of another country.
2. You have not been sentenced to imprisonment during the period from when you lost your Danish citizenship until you send the declaration to the State Administration

Children
Your child(ren) can acquire Danish citizenship as part of your declaration while they are under 18 and remain unmarried. In order to use this opportunity, you must have legal custody over your child(ren) and the other parent must give his/her consent if he/she also has custody.
For adopted children it is an additional requirement that the adoption is legal under Danish law.

NOTE: If you were born outside of Denmark and lost your Danish citizenship according to the 22-year-rule, you CANNOT reacquire Danish citizenship by declaration. However you may be eligible for proof of Danish citizenship. You can find more information about that here.

How to apply

Step 1: Complete Application Form and Payment of Processing Fee
A completed application form and payment of the non-refundable processing fee of DKK 1100 is a requirement for an admissible application. The payment must be made directly to the State Administration by using the online payment portal (in Danish only). You can pay by using your Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card.

Step 2: Collect Documents
Please click here for an unofficial translation of the supporting document checklist.
For quick and efficient processing, you must collect all the required documents in the checklist (relevant to your situation) before you submit your application. Failure to submit all the required documents may result in delays or rejection of your declaration.
Please note that it is your responsibility to consult the checklist in the current online declaration form before submitting your application.

Step 3: Submit the Application
You can send the declaration directly to the State Administration in Denmark at the following address:

Statsforvaltningen
Storetorv 10
DK-6200 Aabenraa
Denmark

Alternatively, you can submit your application through one of the Danish missions in Oceania. Please note that if you choose to submit your application with a Danish mission, there is an additional handling fee according to The Executive Order on Payment for Services provided by the Danish Foreign Service. The fee schedule can be found here.

The handling fee covers the Danish mission’s involvement in the following steps:

  • Reception of declaration form and supporting documents
  • Hand out of receipt
  • Shipment to the State Administration
  • Reception of the decision from the State Administration
  • Hand out of the decision to applicant or shipment to applicant by mail according to agreement.

Please note: the Embassy or Consulates are not responsible for checking contents.

If you have any questions

Please contact the State Administration directly.
Tel.: +45 72 56 70 00. The phone hours can be found here (local time).

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