The Ministry of Immigration and Integration provides translations into English of some of its guidance on nationality. Guidance concerning the following topic is presently available:
• Multiple nationality
On 18 December 2014 the Danish Parliament passed a bill amending the Nationality Act to allow for full access to multiple nationalities. The act amending the Nationality Act (hereafter the Act on Multiple Nationalities) can be found at the following link (in Danish): https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=167199.
On 1 September 2015 the act came in to force.
The law means that Danish nationals who wish to acquire a foreign nationality may do so without losing their Danish citizenship. In this regard they do not need to take any action in relation to the Danish authorities. Access to multiple nationalities is, however, not decided by Danish law alone. For a person to acquire multiple nationality this must be allowed in the nationality laws of each of the states in which the person wishes to hold nationality.
Danish citizens who acquire foreign nationality
A Danish citizen who before 1 September 2015 acquired foreign nationality upon application or consent will, in accordance with the former rules, have lost his/her Danish nationality.
In accordance with § 3 in the Act on Multiple Nationalities, former Danish citizens, who have lost their Danish nationality by acquiring a foreign nationality can reacquire their Danish nationality by making a declaration to The State Administration (Statsforvaltningen), provided they fulfil certain requirements. The declaration must be made from 1 September 2015 up to and including 31 August 2020.
It is a requirement for reacquisition of Danish nationality, that the individual has not been sentenced to imprisonment in the period between loosing and reacquiring Danish nationality.
It is further a requirement for former Danish citizens born in a foreign country that the requirements in Section 8 of the Danish Nationality Act are met. Section 8 provides that Danish nationality is lost on attaining the age of 22 by a Danish citizen born abroad, who has never lived in Denmark nor been staying in Denmark under circumstances indicating some association with Denmark.
Foreign citizens applying for Danish nationality
The time of entry into force of the new rules also imply that foreign citizens, who are included in a bill on naturalisation, no longer will be met with a requirement to obtain renunciation of their previous nationality.
In accordance with § 4 in the Act on Multiple Nationalities, foreign citizens, who have been included with a condition of obtaining renunciation in an Act on naturalisation passed in December 2012 or later, can acquire Danish nationality without obtaining renunciation of their previous nationality by making a declaration to The State Administration (Statsforvaltningen). The declaration must be made from 1 September 2015 up to and including 31 August 2017.
Children of a person making a declaration will acquire Danish nationality with their parent, unless it is expressly stated that the child is not to acquire Danish nationality with the parent. It is a requirement that at the time of the declaration the parent has custody over the child and that the child is not married, is under 18 years old and lives in Denmark. For adopted children it is furthermore a requirement that the adoption is valid in accordance with Danish law.
Declaration and application
A declaration must be made to The State Administration. Forms for declarations to The State Administration are available on The State Administrations website. A fee of DKK 1,100 must be paid when filing a declaration to The State Administration (Statsforvaltningen).
Applications for naturalization must be submitted using the digital application form available here. If you are exempt from using the digital solution, i.e. due to special circumstances or because the application concerns a stateless person or a minor, you can find the right form here.
Concrete questions regarding declarations
For concrete questions about declarations, The State Administration can be contacted on telephone no. +45 72 56 70 00.