Investment Visa Overview

Denmark Residency & Citizenship options

In Denmark, the government has created a visa program for start-ups. This is an attempt to make it easier for entrepreneurs to get started and to create new jobs. The visa program offers a number of benefits, including access to resources and support from the government, as well as assistance in finding funding. After 9 continuous years of residence in Denmark, you can apply for citizenship (you will have to also take a Danish language and Citizenship test.

Program 1
  • Name
    Denmark Start-up Visa
  • Description

    Under the Danish Start-up Visa, entrepreneurs with an innovative business concept that can contribute to economic expansion and job creation in Denmark can apply. The business cannot be a restaurant, retail store, small trade, import/export business, or an enterprise of a similar nature in Denmark.

  • Requirements

    There is no minimum investment amount required.

  • Validity
    2 years
  • Investment Type
  • Avg. Processing Time
    6 weeks + 1 month.
  • Investment Amount
    No minimum
  • Avg. Agent Fee
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    181 days of the year. For citizenship you will have to live in Denmark for 9 continous years.
  • Can family be included?
Official Government Website
Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Danish passport is presently ranked 5th. It allows access to 192 countries without the need for a visa. With a very high mobility score, it is regarded one of the most sought passports in the world. Visa-free travel and visas on arrival are available to Danish passport holders in countries such as Brazil, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States, allowing for nearly rapid travel around the world. Danish passport holders, on the other hand, need a visa to visit around 37 countries around the world. China, India, and Russia are among the countries that require a visa.

Passport Rank


Visa Free Countries


Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
  • Visa Free Destinations
  • Visa on Arrival
  • Visa Online
  • Visa Required
  • Visa Free Access
    Schengen, USA, UK, Canada, Japan
  • World Surface Area Reachable
  • Unesco Heritage Sites Access
Passport Ranking Factors

Denmark Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries Denmark passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) is added to the number of countries Denmark passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) (eTA). There are now 145 visa-free countries for Denmark passport holders, 36 visa-on-arrival countries for Denmark passport holders, and 11 eTA destinations. In total, Denmark passport holders can visit 192 countries, either without a visa, with a visa on arrival, or with an eTA. As a result, the Danish passport is ranked number five in the world. Apart from these visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 37 other countries where Denmark passport holders will need a physical visa or an eVisa (i.e. visa required countries).

Citizenship by Descent

Danish citizenship by descent

Denmark exclusively grants citizenship through one's parents. Therefore, children born on July 1, 2014 are Danish citizens if one of their parents is a Dane, regardless of where they were born. For those born prior to this date, however, there are special rules based on whether parent was a Danish citizen and if they were born in Denmark.

Citizenship by Descent - Details
  • CBD Available?
  • Generations
  • Avg. Processing Time (mo.)
  • Avg. Cost
Citizenship by Descent - Footnotes

Note: Keep in mind that the costs for citizenship by descent applications can vary and depend on many factors, such as:

  • The availability of official documents in different countries (if past family members migrated);
  • The availability of historic documents;
  • Sworn translation costs;
  • Price only includes main applicant, in case of adding children or spouses, this can incur additional costs);
  • Whether or not a genealogist is needed to prove ancestry;
  • Other unforeseen costs.

* In the case of first generation citizenship by descent, we assumed ONLY administration costs, which will be around $100 or less (usually free if application is done in the same country versus foreign embassy or consulate)

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