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Denmark

Services

Updated 09/2012

Legal requirements

The Services Directive: One-stop shops

The Services Directive is a European act that will make life easier for companies which offer services within the EU - in their home country or abroad. The directive established the rules that apply for entrepreneurs who want to found a company or who want to provide a temporary service within the EU/EEA (the 27 Member States plus Iceland, Lichtenstein, and Norway). It requires the Member States to remove all unnecessary bureaucracy, simplify formalities for companies and make public administration more effective.

So as to implement the directive, each Member State must establish «One-stop Shops», which are e-government portals that can assist companies to complete their administrative procedures online. The one-stop shops provide comprehensive information on all administrative requirements in relation to founding or expanding a service business in a specific country. For example, this includes:

  • Which licences, certificates or other permits necessary should I obtain so as to start a new business (at home or abroad)?
  • What should I do when I want to offer my services abroad temporarily?
  • What should I do to apply for a licence? Which is the responsible authority?
  • Do I need to pay fees for the licences? What deadlines are in effect?
  • Which laws and regulations exist for my sector?
  • For example, what must I do to establish a restaurant or a shop? Or to work as a travel agent in another country without starting a company?
  • Where can I go for personal advice and further information?

With the one-stop shops, you no longer need to go to different authorities one by one!! The one-stop shop provides you with the opportunity to find all relevant information and to send your online application to the responsible authority through a single contact point, the one-stop shop. You can carry out your administrative formalities electronically through the one-stop shop in the country that you want to do business in.

All one-stop shops are a part of the European EUGO-network. You can easily access all one-stop shops in Europe through a centralised website. The one-stop shop service is of course just one option. You can always approach the relevant authorities directly.

Types of services

There are many different rules for different sectors.

At Virk.dk you can find both contact information for the individual authorities and information about the rules for each sector.

Different ways of providing services

Setting up a service business

There are different rules depending on which sector you are working in. You may choose to contact the relevant authorities to hear more about the rules for your sector.

At Virk.dk you can find both contact information for the individual authorities and information about the rules for each sector.

However, something that is common to all sectors is that your company must be registered in the CVR. However, something that is common to all sectors is that your company must be registered in the CVR.

Providing services on a temporary basis

There are different rules depending on which sector you are working in. You may choose to contact the relevant authorities to hear more about the rules for your sector.

At Virk.dk you can find both contact information for the individual authorities and information about the rules for each sector.

If your company posts staff to Denmark to provide services, your company must be registered there.

Rights of service recipients

You have a large number of rights as a consumer in Denmark. The rights stem from several different rules, but among other things you can contact the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority for more information:

You can also contact the Danish Consumer Council, which has information about your rights:

The European Consumer Centre Denmark can be contacted if you experience problems as the recipient of services.

Labour market

The Danish labour market is mainly regulated by employers and employees. This means that arrangements are made according to the agreements concluded for identical areas.

Employers:

Professional associations:

However, there are also some legal rules that must be complied with in the Danish labour market. You can find information about them on the websites below.

Information about staff posted to Denmark can be found at:

 

Administrative procedures

"One-stop shop"

A one-stop shop was set up to implement the EU Services Directive. There you can find and submit forms for certain sectors. Everything is in English. The one-stop-shop can be accessed via Virk.dk

Notification

All foreign businesses that provide goods and services in Denmark must register for VAT. You must register in Denmark if you pay VAT on goods and services provided in Denmark if you do not have a valid business address.

Such companies must register with the Danish Business Authority if you want to sell goods or services in Denmark.

As a foreign business you are not covered by the turnover limit of DKK 50,000 and must therefore register from the first day the business starts trading.

EU businesses can register through a non-liable representative if you do not have a fixed business address. You have to give details of the representative on the form.

You are not required to register with a non-liable representative if you have a fixed address in Denmark. If these conditions are fulfilled, the company will be allocated a  VAT (CVR) number. The Danish Business Authority is responsible for allocating them. In some cases, the Danish Tax and Customs Administration (SKAT) may refuse registration.

The following forms are mandatory if you post staff to Denmark.

Proof of qualifications

In many sectors you have to provide documentary evidence that you have the right qualifications from your home country. The Danish authorities will then assess your qualifications. You can contact CIRIUS for more information and read more at:

Work permit applications

All businesses that, after 1 May 2008, begin providing services in Denmark must submit information about employees posted in the country in connection with a specific assignment.  However, the posting of some employees is exempt from the obligation to report.

If you send employees to Denmark (posting) you must provide the following information:

  • the name and address of the business whose responsibility it is to submit the information;
  • the CVR or SE number, if this has already been allocated;
  • date for beginning and ending the service;
  • place of delivery of the service;
  • contact person for the business in Denmark;
  • the business's sector code.

Resources

You can obtain information on having foreign qualifications recognised at the CIRIUS service.

The Virk.dk website provides access to a wealth of business-related information. There you can find most of the administrative forms you will need for running a business in Denmark.

Help & advice

Help & advice

The Investindenmark service helps you in transferring to Denmark.

Copenhagen Capacity helps foreign businesses start their business in the Copenhagen area.

SOLVIT helps businesses deal with problems that arise when national authorities wrongly apply EU market rules.

If you wish to establish a business or perform temporary cross-border services in the EU/EEA area (the 27 EU member states, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), turn to the ‘Points of Single Contact (PSC)’ - Members of the EUGO network - that will help you to complete all necessary administrative procedures on-line! Get the information you need and submit your applications to the responsible authorities online. You no longer have to worry about contacting several different authorities one by one - the PSC will do it for you!

E-mail a business organisation near you

The EU runs a network (Enterprise Europe Network) of local business organisations in most European countries that may be able to help you.

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