A bunch of useful things to know!
General Practitioner (GP)
Once you have a CPR number, you will be allocated a GP or laege and this will usually be handled as part of getting your paperwork done with the International Citizens Service.
• Where your GP is will depend on which neighourhood you live in in the city.
• Once you’re registered, you’ll get sent a health insurance card (yellow card)
• You’ll need to apply for a European health card (which is blue) separately if you want one
Full-time employees accrue 2.08 vacation days per month, adding up to 25 days per year. The vacation is accrued during the calendar year (January-December), and can be used during the vacation year from 1st of May the following year - April. For example, the vacation earned during January -December 2016 can be used during May 2017 - April 2018.
All employees are entitled to 25 vacation days even if the employee hasn’t earned them yet, but then the vacation days will be unpaid.
Read about Feriekonto, how to work out what you're owed and what to do if you switch jobs here.
The demand for housing is high in the city right now and it can take a while to find somewhere permanent. As a home address is required for most of your paperwork, we’d advise you to start browsing groups and rental sites as soon as possible. More on how below to in the Housing section! :)
With a CPR number, you can learn Danish for free in the city. Check out dedanskesprogcentre.dk - the Danish Language Schools web portal where you can find all the schools which offer official Danish language exams. You will need these if you want to apply for a permanent residence permit or Danish citizenship.
All schools on the web portal offer free Danish language classes on all levels to adult foreigners.
We recommend this one: www.studieskolen.dk/dansk.
In a squeeze? Start here.
If you need at temporary number right away you can buy a sim card for Lebara in any 7/11 kiosk. Here's where to log in and top up online.
When you have a CPR number and local bank account - you can register with a phone company.
We suggest 3 (www.3.dk) to get a good deal on international calls and free roaming in several counties (3likehome plan), but be aware you'll need to produce three payslips so it might take a little while.
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Founders is a startup studio based in lovely Copenhagen, Denmark. We partner with amazing entrepreneurs to build companies from zero to traction (or, idea-stage to product-market-fit).
We made this playbook based on what we've learned welcoming new desk mates, ping pong break pals and co-founders from 20+ nationalities to the Founders Family. Most of this info is already available, but it's scattered between a bunch of different sites and it can be hard to know where to start. We've pulled it all together in one place and thrown in our own recommendations so you can focus on your new job, life, adventure!
Like any good guide, our playbook is a living document that we will constantly be updating. Something you want to see in here? Help us keep the content fresh and relevant by dropping us an email! :)
We made a takeaway pdf with all the answers and tips from each topic.Download pdf version
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