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Spouses/partners

Read about rules and rights, and get to know the Danish culture and establish a social network in your everyday life.

In Greater Copenhagen, many public and private organizations specialize in welcoming spouses to Denmark and will help you settle in, create a network, pursue your career ambitions and become familiar with the Danish way of life.

Events and networks for spouses

  • Spousecare helps to ensure that the accompanying spouses get a social network and an everyday life in Denmark in which they thrive and get their personal wishes and needs for development fulfilled.

    They help companies in retaining staff members from other countries in their job positions.

    Spousecare​

  • International House Copenhagen hosts a broad range of informative events about life in Denmark, leisure activities and networking.

    Topics are wide-ranging – from buying real estate and Danish workplace culture to Danish traditions.

    All events are in English.

    International House Copenhagen

  • Would you like to add a little more music, art, sports and fun to your daily life?

    Leisure Guidance is a free and informal meet-up in which voluntary guides at International House Copenhagen introduce you to the city and its countless activities in an engaging, interactive and relaxed setting. Everyone is welcome, and all you need to do is to sign up.

    Let's guide you to an active life​

  • A great way to meet new people in Denmark is by joining one or more of the country’s many leisure clubs and associations, such as sports clubs and social clubs.

    Expat in Denmark is a great place to start:

    Expat in Denmark (Facebook)

    Clubs and associations in Denmark

    Rudersdal has around 300 clubs and associations. We offer all kinds of activities for you to enjoy in your spare time. Joining a club or association of your interest is also a great way to meet Danes.

    If you want to join a sports club or association, you can search for them in our Association Directory (Foreningsregister):

    Association Directory (Foreningsregister)

    The directory is in Danish, but a dictionary (or online translation portals) should make finding specific types of clubs and associations fairly easy. Contact the individual club or association for more information in English.

  • Volunteering is becoming increasingly popular, and a new study reveals that Danes put a total of 1 million hours into volunteering a day.

    Volunteering in Copenhagen​ (International House Copenhagen)

    You can also volunteer in many of the clubs and associations in Rudersdal.

Practical matters

  • Experience shows that your partner feels more settled in Denmark, if he/she has a job. A job can give your partner a sense of belonging to Denmark, as well as help them build his/her own local social networks. If your partner is an EU/EEA or Swiss citizen, your partner does not need a permit to work in Denmark. If not, he/she is allowed to work full-time for the period his/her residence permit is valid.

    Workindenmark can help your accompanying partner with the job search.

    Your partner can also upload his/her CV to Workindenmark's CV bank and use the section Find a Job.

    Your partner can participate in Workindenmark’s job search seminars for international jobseekers, in which he/she can learn how to write an application and CV which appeals to Danish employers.

    Danish companies with many international employees also offer counselling for accompanying partners and may have their own job banks or networks that you and your partner can use. In connection with your job search, you may be required to have your qualifications officially evaluated.

  • When you have children in Denmark, you may qualify for various grants for your children. These grants are called family benefits. Family benefits are administered by Udbetaling Danmark - Public Benefits Administration.

    Find more information about the various types of family benefits:

    Family and children (Life in Denmark)​

  • In many cases you will be able to bring family pets, when you and your family move to Denmark to work.

    Dogs, cats and ferrets from other EU Member States may enter Denmark through any border crossing as long as the animal has ID, an EU Pet Passport and rabies vaccination.

    For other pets and when bringing pets from countries outside the EU, there are extra requirements. Bringing pets from countries outside the EU, you need to notify the Danish Border Inspection Post prior to import.