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Citizenship

Are you expecting or do you have children in Brazil, please find information on Danish citizenship here.

 

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Danish citizen by birth

The birth of a child in Brazil has to be registered with the Brazilian authorities.

However, Danish parents living in Brazil are not required to register the child with the Danish authorities

Please note, that the child will not automatically acquire a Danish civil registry number (CPR-nummer). However, the child will be given a civil registry number in case of relocating to Denmark.

All questions regarding citizenship by birth are referred to the Ministry of Immigration and Integration, the National Office of Immigration (Udlændinge- og Integrationsministeriet, Indfødsretkontoret).

Read about citizenship by birth on the Ministry of Immigration and Integration’s website (In Danish only).

Dual citizenship

Read about rules and guidance on dual citizenship on the Ministry of Immigration and Integration’s (Udlændinge- og Integrationsministeriet, Indfødsretkontoret) website.

For more information please read here (In Danish only).

All questions regarding dual citizenship are referred to the Ministry of Immigration and Integration, the National Office of Immigration (Udlændinge- og Integrationsministeriet, Indfødsretkontoret).

Retention and proof of Danish citizenship

Danish nationals who were born abroad and has never lived in Denmark nor stayed under circumstances indicating close association with Denmark, may lose their Danish citizenship by reaching the age of 22.

We recommend all Danish nationals, who were born abroad, to apply for either retention or proof of their Danish citizenship.

Certain criteria must be fulfilled in order to obtain or remain the Danish citizenship. As a result, we refer to the website of the Ministry of Immigration and Integration for information on the criteria and the application process.

For more information please read here (In Danish only):

Proof of citizenship

Retention of citizenship

All questions regarding retention or proof of Danish citizenship are referred to the Ministry of Immigration and Integration, the National Office of Immigration (Udlændinge- og Integrationsministeriet, Indfødsretkontoret).

Guidelines on the Princess Rule

Children born in wedlock to a Danish mother and a foreign father during the period 1 January 1961 to 31 December 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 nationality, cf. s. 2(2) of Law No. 117 of 19 March 1978.

Children born in this period whose mother did not make a declaration to this affect may apply for Danish nationality by naturalisation according to the Princess Rule.

It is a condition that the general requirements for obtaining Danish nationality by naturalisation are fulfilled. This means that an applicant who has been convicted of an offence cannot be naturalised until after a certain period of time, and that the applicant may not have debts to the Danish authorities.

In addition, the applicant must be able to, without using other languages, and with a natural accent, unhindered take part in an ordinary conversation in Danish. It is not a condition that the applicant must read or write in Danish.

Further, it is a condition that the applicant has been staying in Denmark under circumstances indicating some association with the country. In general, one year's stay in total before the age of 22 is required.

In order to obtain Danish nationality by naturalisation, it is furthermore a condition that the applicant renounces his/her previous nationality, in so far as this is possible, unless the applicant lives in his/her country of origin. This means that a Brazilian national residing in the Brazil does not have to give up his/her Brazilian nationality to obtain Danish nationality by naturalisation in accordance with the Princess Rule.

Please note that the information above is for guidance only.

Citizenship by naturalisation

Having a Danish citizenship is, among others, a prerequisite for obtaining Danish passport and having the right to vote for parliamentary elections.

A foreign citizen can only acquire Danish citizenship by law, which means, that only the Danish Parliament can assign Danish citizenship to a foreigner. This is called - to obtain citizenship by naturalization.

Read about citizenship by naturalization on the Ministry of Immigration and Integration’s website here.

For more information please read here (In Danish only).

All questions regarding citizenship by naturalization are referred to the Ministry of Immigration and Integration, the National Office of Immigration (Udlændinge- og Integrationsministeriet, Indfødsretkontoret).

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