There are various kinds of pensions in Denmark. This page provides information about the old age pension (folkepension). You can read about the other types on the page about the pension system in Denmark.
Do you have the right to a Danish old age pension?
As a rule, when you live and work in Denmark you are earning the right to a Danish old age pension. If you live in Denmark and work in another Nordic country, you will generally earn pension rights in the country where you work. If you work in two or more countries or are posted to another Nordic country and are unsure about where you are earning the right to a pension, you should contact the authorities. In Denmark you should contact the office for international social security at Udbetaling Danmark.
How do you earn the right to a Danish pension?
The right to a Danish pension is based on the number of years you spend in Denmark from the age of 15 to retirement age or until you are awarded invalidity pension.
You have the right to a full old age pension if you live in Denmark for 40 years during that period. If not, you may be entitled to reduced state pension – also known as a “fractional” pension. Fractional pensions are calculated on the basis of the number of years you spend in Denmark during the period from age 15 to retirement age.
Any periods during which you were covered by the social security system of another state while living in Denmark will not be included in the calculation. You will not be entitled to any form of Danish old age pension if you have spent less than one year in the country.
When will your Danish old age pension be paid out?
Your retirement age depends on when you were born. At the moment, it is between 65 and 68.
You may choose to wait longer. The longer you wait, the bigger the pension will be. See:
How do you apply for an old age pension?
The old age pension is not paid out automatically. You need to apply for it, which you can do up to six months before you reach retirement age.
If you live in Denmark, you must apply in Denmark.
See borger.dk for information on the Danish old age pension and how to apply.
If you have earned the right to an old age pension from one or more other Nordic countries, you generally apply for it/them in Denmark. See borger.dk for further information about how to apply and what documentation you will need.
If you live in another Nordic country and have earned the right to a Danish old age pension, you will generally need to apply for it to the authorities in the country where you live.
You may have the right to various supplements to your Danish pension: supplementary pension (elderly cheque), heating allowance, health allowance and personal allowance. You can read more about these supplements on borger.dk.
You may have the right to housing benefit. This depends, among other things, on your rent, your income, the size of your home and how many people live there. You can read more on borger.dk.
Can you take your Danish old age pension with you to another Nordic country?
If you are a Danish citizen or a citizen of an EU country, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, you can generally take your pension with you to another Nordic country. You need to apply to Udbetaling Danmark to take your pension abroad.
You cannot take your Danish pension to the Faroe Islands or Greenland, and must instead, apply for a Faroese or Greenlandic pension.
You can read more on borger.dk.
How is the old age pension paid out in the event of death?
If you live with a spouse, civil partner or cohabiting partner who is also in receipt of either invalidity pension or old age pension, your pension will continue to be paid for up to three months after your death. This is known as a survivor's pension.
Your next of kin does not need to do anything about your invalidity pension or old age pension in the event of your death. The National Registration Office will notify Udbetaling Danmark and your local authority and an automatic decision will be made about what will happen to your pension. However, if you live abroad, your family should contact Udbetaling Danmark.
How do you find out if you have the right to a pension in Denmark?
If you have any questions about your Danish old age pension, contact Udbetaling Danmark.
Where do you pay tax if you receive a Danish old age pension abroad?
See the Nordic tax portal, Nordic eTax, for more information about the taxation of pensions in the Nordic Region.
Part-time pension, flex assistance and senior jobs
If you are older and want to reduce your working hours, you may have the right to a part-time pension or a senior job.
If you are older and have a flexi-job, and want to stop working before the retirement age, you may have the right to flex assistance.
A part-time pension is a form of financial compensation for those who want to reduce their working hours without retiring completely. To have the right to a part-time pension you must have been born before 1959 and meet certain conditions.
To have the right to flex assistance, you must be in a flexi-job and be contributing to the flex assistance scheme. You will automatically be registered for the flex assistance scheme when you are referred to a flexi-job. When you register for the flex assistance scheme, Udbetaling Danmark will write to you, and you will then need to decide whether you want to be part of the scheme or not.
If you are unemployed, contributing to the pre-retirement scheme and within five years of retirement age, you may have the right to a senior job in your local authority area. You must be unemployed, a member of an unemployment insurance fund and continue to pay contributions to a pre-retirement pension.
Who to contact if you have questions?
If you have any questions, please fill in our contact form.
NB! If you have questions regarding the processing of a specific case or application, or other personal matters, please contact the relevant authority directly.