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Danish by birth

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

Danish parents living in Brazil are not required to register the birth of their newborn child with the Danish authorities.

The child will not acquire a Danish civil registry number (CPR-nummer). However, the child will be given a civil registry number in the event of relocating to Denmark.

If your child is a Danish national you may apply for a Danish passport for the child.

The child is a Danish national by birth if:

The mother is Danish and the child was born on or after 1 January 1979, or if the father is Danish and is married to the mother of the child, or the child was born in Denmark after 1 February 1999.

Your child will also become a Danish national if the Danish father subsequently marries the child's foreign mother before the child is 18 years old (and the child is unmarried).

Danish fathers whose children do not qualify as Danish nationals according to the above mentioned may apply for their child to be naturalised as a Danish national, if the father shares the parental responsibility. Information about naturalisation is available further below.

Children born to a Danish mother and a foreign father in wedlock before 1 January 1979 may apply for naturalisation according to the Princess Rule.

Dual nationality

As of 1 September 2015, former Danish citizens who have lost their Danish nationality by acquiring a foreign nationality will be able to reacquire Danish nationality by making a declaration to The State Administration (Statsforvaltningen) provided they fulfil certain requirements.
 
The declaration must be made between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2020. It does not matter when you lost your Danish nationality.
 
Where and how to apply
 
The declaration may be sent directly to The State Administration or be lodged through a Danish diplomatic or consular mission abroad. 
You can find the declaration on the State Administration’s website

The fee of DKK 1.100 must be paid directly to The State Administration directly through their website or by bank transfer:
 
Danske Bank
Reg.nr.: 0216
Kontonummer: 4069175392
IBAN: DK24 0216 4069 1753 92
BIC/SWIFT: DABADKKK

 
 
It is important that you provide your Danish CPR number when you pay the fee. If you do not have a CPR number, please provide full name, birthdate and current citizenship. 

The declaration form with its supporting documents and copy of the payment receipt should be sent to the State Administration at the following address: 
 
Statsforvaltningen
Storetorv 10
DK-6200 Aabenraa
DENMARK 

 
You can call the State Administration directly, if you have any doubts: +45 7256 7000
 
If you wish to send the declaration through the Danish Embassy in Brasilia, the consulate in São Paulo or one of our honorary consulates, there will be a handling fee of BRL 80.
 
We will help with receiving the declaration and documents, stamping the declaration and sending everything by diplomatic mail to the State Administration. If a legalization of a relevant document is required, we will charge the normal legalization fee extra. We will receive and inform you about the decision made by the State Administration.
 
We are not responsible for checking the content of the declaration. If you want help with the content and preparing the declaration, we will charge an additional hourly fee of BRL 400.

 

 

Nationals born abroad

Nationals born abroad - The 22-year rule

As a general rule, Danish nationals born abroad lose their Danish nationality when reaching the age of 22. However, retention of Danish nationality may be granted provided certain conditions are fulfilled before the applicant reaches the age of 22.

RETENTION OF DANISH NATIONALITY
You can apply to retain your Danish nationality between the day you turn 21 until the day you turn 22. According to the Danish Ministry of Immigration and Integration (in Danish only), retention may be granted in the following cases:

1. If, the applicant before reaching the age of 22, were resident in Denmark: Considered to exist where a person has been registered in the Danish Civil Registration System (CPR) for a period of no less than 90 consecutive days.
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This implies a requirement that it must be a matter of actual residence and not holiday.

2. Residence in a Nordic country for an aggregate period of 7 years which is considered equivalent to residence in Denmark.

3. If, the applicant before reaching the age of 22, stayed under circumstances indicating some close association with Denmark: Considered to exist if the person has stayed in Denmark for an aggregate period of not less than 1 year.
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If, the applicant has not stayed in Denmark for a full year, the requirement of stay will be regarded as met where the duration of the aggregate stay is close to 1 year and the circumstances of the periods of stay indicate that they are a reflection of the fact that the applicant had a current and personal association with Denmark.

If, the applicant has not retained his Danish nationality through residence or periods of stay, the Ministry of Immigration and Integration may, subject to application submitted before the person concerned reached the age of 22 years, grant the applicant permission to retain his nationality through an overall specific assessment.
- Including factors such as the total duration of the applicants periods of stay in Denmark, the number of periods of stay in Denmark, whether the applicant masters the Danish language and whether the applicant has close association with Denmark (contact to relatives, Danish associations etc.

If the application for retention of Danish nationality is not submitted until after the applicant has reached the age of 22 and the person has not retained his/her nationality through residence or periods of stay, the Ministry of Immigration and Integration may not grant the applicant permission to retain his/her Danish nationality.

Application

Download the application form for retention of Danish nationality 

The application should  be submitted before the citizen has reached the age of 22.

Find more information about applying for retention of citizenship here.

The application must be forwarded directly to the Ministry of Immigration and Integration. If you wish to submit the application through the Danish Embassy in Brasilia or General Consulate in São Paulo, a service fee for receiving and sending the  documents is charged.

If you wish the assistance of the Embassy or Consulates for example to have the application form completed in Danish etc., an hourly rate will be charged. 

The application form must be forwarded to:

Ministry of Immigration and Integration
Nationality Division
Slotsholmsgade 10
1216 Copenhagen K
Denmark

In connection with the submission of an application for the retention of Danish nationality, a fee of DKK 1,200 will be charged by the Ministry of Immigration and Integration. Information on the account is available on the Ministry of Immigration and Integrations website

The fee cannot be refunded, regardless of the application is met or not.

Please note: It is the responsibility of the applicant that all required documents are attached to the application. The lack of documentation can cause delay or rejection of the application for retention of Danish citizenship.

The application will only be taken into consideration if the following is attached:

  1. The applicant's Certificate of Birth or Baptism from which the names of both parents appear.
  2. The applicant's parents' (in case of children born out of wedlock, the mother's) Certificates of Birth or Baptism.
  3. Documentation for the payment of the fee charged.
  4. Copy of the applicant's and the applicant's parents' Danish and foreign passports.
  5. The applicant's parents' Marriage Certificate.
  6. Possible Danish citizenship certificate issued to the applicant or the applicant's parents.
  7. Documentation for possible Danish schooling - including højskole
  8. Documentation for the applicant's or the applicants' parents possible foreign citizenship (for example a citizenship certificate).
  9. documentation for possible stay in Denmark not registered in the CPR.

All certificates must have apostille and the original sent to the Ministry of Immigration and Integration.  

The regulations governing nationality are subject to change. Therefore, if you are in doubt, whether you are a Danish national, you are advised to contact the Danish Ministry of Immigration and Integration.

Please note: In order to apply for a passport at a Danish embassy or consulate, Danish citizens born abroad and above the age of 22 must show a certificate of citizenship (statsborgerretsbevis or indfødsretsbevis), regardless of whether they have lived in Denmark for a prolonged period of time. All Danish citizens born abroad are strongly encouraged to apply for retention of/proof of their Danish citizenship.

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.

Naturalisation

Naturalisation is generally only given to persons living in Denmark and who fulfil certain conditions with respect to residence, good character, debts to public authorities and Danish language skills. In general, the applicant must have resided in Denmark for a minimum of 9 years. Moreover, as a general rule the applicant must hold an unlimited residence permit.

An applicant who has been convicted of an offence cannot be naturalised until after a certain period of time. An applicant may not have debts to the Danish authorities and has to be economically self-reliant.

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.

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.

When submitting an application for Danish nationality by naturalisation, a special application form must be used. The form (in Danish) is available on request from Denmark’s embassy in Brasilia.

Apart from the application form the application should cover the following particulars and the listed documents should be enclosed:

1) Date and place of birth of the applicant. Please enclose a copy of the certificate of birth or baptism.

2) Please enclose a copy of the parent’s marriage certificate and documentation stating the citizenships of the parents.

3) Please enclose a copy of the applicant’s passport.

4) If the applicant is married. If so, please enclose a copy of the certificate of marriage and a copy of the spouse's certificate of birth or baptism.

5) If the applicant has any children. If so, please enclose a copy of the original certificate of birth or baptism.

6) The residences of the applicant from birth until the date of the application. In particular, indicate if, when and for how long the applicant has stayed in Denmark, and indicate the place and nature of stays, e.g. holiday, attendance at a folk high school, etc.

7) If the applicant master the Danish language.

8) The applicant’s relation to Denmark. State the names and addresses of at least two persons in Denmark, who can confirm the information given.

9) Whether the applicant has ever acquired a foreign nationality by application, or submitted such an application.

The applicant must sign a declaration concerning foreign nationality. The declaration could read as follows: "I, the undersigned, solemnly declare that I have never applied for nor acquired a foreign nationality".

10) Finally, the application should include the following declaration: "I solemnly declare that the information given above is correct".

For information regarding consular service fees, please contact the embassy.

Please forward the application to:

Embaixada da Dinamarca
SES - Avenida das Nações qd. 807 lote 26
70200-900 Brasília – DF

The application process lasts about 18 months.

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