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Starting up your own business

How do I start my own business in Denmark?

Denmark encourages innovation and entrepreneurship. As an international graduate from a Danish higher education institution you might want to explore the opportunity of starting up your own business.

If you are a Nordic or EU/EEA citizen, you can start your own business in Denmark. If you are a citizen from outside the Nordic countries, EU/EEA and Switzerland, you have to apply for a residence and work permit in order to be self-employed and/or operate an independent company in Denmark.

You can also read about how to obtain a Startup Visa here.

Register your business

If you want to start your own business, you have to register your company with the Danish Commerce and Companies Agency. This must be done no later than eight days before you start any dutiable activities. Register your business online at virk.dk (in Danish).

Once you have registered your business you will get a Central Business Registration Number (CVR number). The CVR-number is your business’ identification number which you must use when you correspond with public authorities and private entities, i.e. when issuing invoices etc.

Once you have registered your business, information is automatically sent to the Danish tax authorities (SKAT), as the company must be VAT registered.

For more information, check out this step-by-step guide on how to start up a business in Denmark.

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