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20.10.2015  09:09

The right to vote of Danish citizens living abroad

If you take up residence abroad and in this connection remove your address from the National Register you cannot normally be registered in the voter's register, and you can therefore not participate in election in Denmark. You may only participate if you belong to one of the special groups of persons who, despite the residence abroad, are considered to have maintained a permanent residence in the realm in an election respect.

In order to participate in election in Denmark you must be registered in the electoral register. You are automatically registered if on the day of election you have Danish citizenship, have reached 18 years of age, and at the latest on the 7th dag before election have permanent address in the realm.

If you move abroad and in this connection remove your address from the national register you can only be registered in the voter's register and participate in election in Denmark if you belong to one of the following groups of persons who, despite of the residence abroad, are considered to have maintained permanent residence in the realm in an election respect.

Who can be registered in the electoral register despite of residence abroad?

That is possible in the first place for persons abroad who intend to return to the realm within 2 years after departure.

It is also possible for the below mentioned groups of persons:

  • Persons employed by the Danish State and on duty outside the realm.
  • Persons on duty abroad and employed by the Government or a Danish private company or a Danish organization.
  • Persons on duty abroad and employed by an international organization of which Denmark is a member.
  • Persons stationed on duty abroad by a Danish relief organization.
  • Persons residing abroad for educational purposes.
  • Persons abroad for health reasons.
  • Persons abroad who because of their ties to Denmark can be compared to the above-mentioned persons.

In addition to these, spouses, registered partners and cohabitants to the above-mentioned persons can also maintain their right to vote under the same conditions.

You must apply to register in the electoral register

If you have removed your name from the national register and belong to one of the groups of persons mentioned you must apply to register in the electoral register to be able to vote in the election in Denmark.

You can register for the electoral register at the National Register at the same time when you remove your name from the National Register for moving abroad.

You may also pick-up an application form here which you can fill in and forward to the national register at your latest municipality of residence. In certain cases the municipality must forward the application to the electoral commission, which decides in certain cases about registering in the electoral register of Danes living abroad.

For how long time will I remain registered in the electoral register?

If you get registered in the electoral register, it will be for the duration of 2 years. You will receive a letter informing you of the duration, and what to do if you want to apply for an extension after expiry of the 2 year period.

In which elections can I vote?

For the duration of your register you have the right to participate in general elections, referenda and elections to the European Parliament, but not in municipal and regional elections.



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