Working as a Nurse in Denmark

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Nurses working under the Danish Health Service are supported under the Danish Nurses’ Organization (DNO), a professional organization for nurses in Denmark. Approximately 90% of Denmark’s nurses are members of the DNO, which aims to support nurses before and during their careers.

If you wish to become a nurse in Denmark you must first obtain Danish registration, as issued by the National Board of Health. Application for registration must be in writing and include original documentation and certified true certificates. Documentation required includes a Certificate of Good Standing, which approves your right to practice as a nurse.

The majority of the Danish health service is public. Newly qualified nurses employed in the Danish public health service are entitled to a salary of DKK 22,800 per month, along with allowances and pensions. With approximately 8 years of experience, nurses are entitled to around DKK 26,000 per month. The more experience a nurse has, the more allowances they are entitled to.


All registered nurses are automatically entitled to receive a pension. A mandatory contribution of 13% must be paid monthly. A nurse’s pension package covers a range of situations, including when you retire, fall ill or die.


Once you have been granted nursing status in Denmark, your exact working terms will be specified within your contract. In some circumstances, nurses are entitled to temporary housing, language training and vocational training programs.


As a member of the DNO you will be provided with access to professional societies, training and networks. In addition, you will be in a position to receive legal advice, as well as counseling on salary and employment conditions, employment injuries, claims for damages as well as professional counseling in connection with job shift and career planning. In addition, if you wish to purchase nursing literature, insurance and so on, you will be entitled to obtain a discount on such purchases.