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The Princess Rule

The Princess Rule

Children born in wedlock to a Danish mother and a father of foreign nationality during the period of January 1st 1961 to December 31st 1978 did not obtain Danish nationality by birth. As an alternative, Danish mothers were offered to make a declaration by which their child obtained Danish citizenship, cf. s. 2(2) of Act No. 117 of March 29th 1978. Children born during this period whose mother did not make a declaration to this effect may apply for Danish nationality by naturalization according to The Princess Rule.

Applying for naturalization under the Princess Rule, does not require residence in Denmark at the time of applying. However it is a condition that you have been staying in Denmark under circumstances indicating some association with the country. According to the Danish Ministry of Immigration, Integration and Housing (in Danish only), this implies minimum three months of residence in Denmark, registered in the Danish Civil Registration System (CPR), or stays accumulating to at least 12 months in total before the age of 22.

Under the Princess Rule you are also exempt from passing the Danish citizenship test including the language test. However, for a successful application, you must be able to take part in an ordinary conversation in Danish with a Danish speaking national from either the Danish Embassy in Canberra or one of the Consulates.
In addition, it is a condition that the other requirements for obtaining Danish nationality by naturalization are fulfilled (in Danish only). If you have been sentenced to imprisonment longer than 18 months, you cannot acquire Danish nationality by naturalization. If you have been convicted of other offences, you cannot be naturalized until after a certain period of time has passed. Finally, you may not have a debt to the Danish authorities.

How to apply

Step 1: Complete Application Form and Payment of Processing Fee
A completed application form is a requirement for an admissible application. Applicants residing abroad can still use the paper version of the application form.

Step 2: Collect Documents
A document checklist can be found in appendix 2 (bilag 2) of the application form.
In addition to the document checklist in appendix 2, you must enclose the following documents with your application:

  • Your birth certificate, which must include your mother’s name.
  • Your mother’s birth certificate
  • Your parents’ marriage certificate 
  • A declaration from your mother stating whether she ever applied for or acquired a foreign nationality by application. The declaration should read as follows: "I, the undersigned, solemnly declare that I have never applied for nor acquired a foreign nationality". If your mother passed away, you need to enclose the death certificate.
  • If you have been studying or working in Denmark: copies of certificates etc. 

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that all necessary documents are submitted. It is strongly recommended that you contact the Nationality Division at the Ministry of Immigration, Integration and Housing for any updates regarding the submission of correct documents. Failure to submit all the required documents may result in delays or rejection of your application.

Step 3: Submit the Application
You can submit the application and supporting documents to any of the Danish missions in Oceania.
The application fee of DKK 1,200.00 shall be paid in local currency to the mission where the application is submitted. Please see our current list of fees.

The application will be processed by the Nationality Division in Denmark. However the mission has a 'controlling caseworker' function in the following steps:

  • Reception of application form and supporting documents including mission's stamp and signature and date of reception on the application form.
  • Hand out of receipt for payment of fee.
  • Check that the application form has been duly completed and signed and all required supporting documents are submitted.
  • Shipment to the Ministry of Immigration, Integration and Housing in Copenhagen.
  • Reception of the decision from the Ministry of Immigration, Integration and Housing.
  • Hand out or shipment of the decision to applicant by standard mail. Shipment with Express or courier mail can be arranged but this will be at the applicant’s expense.

If you have any questions

Please contact the Nationality Division at the Ministry of Immigration, Integration and Housing directly.
Tel.: +45 72 26 87 00. The phone hours can be found here (local time).


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