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Rolighedsvej 9
DK-1958 Frederiksberg C

Settwell Relocation
Hack Kampmanns Plads 2, niveau 3 
DK-8000 Aarhus C

Phone: +45 3534 9295

School and childcare

Childcare and school systems are very important matters to those bringing their families.

Below we have collected a list of childcare companies, daycare facilities and international schools. In Denmark children are offered childcare until the age of 6, following which children begin formal schooling. You can choose between public, private and international Schools and while Public schooling is free, many expats prefer International schools.

Age 0-3

Nurseries take in children from six months to three years of age. The staff is especially trained to look after the needs of your child and your child will be a part of a large group of children.

If you prefer that your child is looked after in a private home with a small group of children you could choose a day care instead.

Age 3-6

Kindergartens take in children from the age of two years and ten months until the day they start school.

Age 6-17

In Denmark all children are entitled to free education at a public school. It is compulsory for children to attend school from the age of 6. The first year is kindergarten class followed by nine years of schooling which may be supplemented by an optional grade 10.

You can choose between:

  • Enrolling your child in a public school
  • Enrolling your child in a private, international school
  • Teaching your child at home. The local municipality carries out supervision, if you choose to teach your child at home.

Following primary school, which is completed at the age of 16-17, nearly all Danish students continue on to some form of upper secondary education.

After school

After school care programs are offered for school children between 6-13 years of age.

For children between 6-10 years, the after school care is called an SFO (Skolefritidsordning). The SFO is located at the school and offers a range of creative and social activities for children. The opening hours of SFOs vary from school to school but most are open from 6.30am-8am and from 12pm-5pm. SFO personnel are professionals and generally have educational training. Enrolment is possible through the school or municipality. Price of SFOs varies from DKK 900-2200 a month.

For children between 10-13 years, recreational clubs are offered normally open in the afternoons and early evening. The clubs offer lots of activities like music, theatre, film, computers, sports, nature and outdoor activities. More information can be obtained at the school or municipality.

Child benefit

When working in Denmark, you are eligible to receive child benefit.

Child benefit is based on the rules of Optjeningsprincippet. This means that full allowance is only granted if the parent has resided or been working in Denmark or another EU/EØS country for a period of two years out of the last teen years.

Non EU citizens
If you are a non EU citizen, payments should automatically start six months after registration and according to below payment scheme.

EU/EØS citizens
If you are an EU/EØS citizen and have worked in your home country or another EU/EØS country for a period of two years out of the last ten years, you are entitled to full child benefit. Application is possible from the day of CPR registration. The application process is extensive since the Danish authorities have to verify your information with the country in which you have previously worked. Upon approval, the child benefit will be calculated from the day of CPR registration in Denmark. 

Udbetaling Danmark
All payments are done by Udbetaling Danmark.
Kindly ring Udbetaling Danmark directly on +45 7012 8062 to ensure that you are registered in their system and to receive guidance going forward. Remember to have CPR numbers for all family members ready plus your work contract and pay slips for the first working months in Denmark.

Please find the application form ”Ansøgnings- og oplysningsskema til udbetaling af børne- og ungeydelser”  on the website of Udbetaling Danmark.

Payment scheme
After six months in Denmark 25% of the amount will be paid
After one year in Denmark 50% of the amount will be paid
After one and a half years 75% of the amount will be paid
After two years the full amount will be paid

The benefit is paid on the following dates:  

Registration before:  Allowance paid on:
March 31 April 20
June 30  July 20
September 30 October 20
December 31 January 20


Amounts per child:  
0-2 years old DKK 4.443,00 every quarter
3-6 years old DKK 3.519,00 every quarter
7-14 years old DKK 2.769,00 every quarter
15-17 years old DKK 923,00 a month

On 1 January 2014, the amount of child benefit was regulated according to income. A yearly income exiting DKK 713.100 means a lower allowance. Two percent of the income exiting is deducted the yearly paid child benefit. Kindly see examples below: 

One income         
Yearly income = DKK 850.000    
Income exceeding = (850.000 - 712.600) = DKK 137.400
Yearly deduction = (137.400*2%) = DKK 2.748 meaning DKK 687 every quarter


Family income        
Yearly income husband = DKK 850.000    
Yearly income wife = DKK 920.000    
Income exceeding = (850.000 - 712.600)  = DKK 137.400
Income exceeding = (920.000 - 712.600)  = DKK 207.400
Total = (137.400 + 207.400)  = DKK 344.800
Yearly deduction =  (344.800*2 %) = DKK 6.896 meaning DKK 1.724 every quarter

Should you have any further questions regarding child benefit, kindly ring Udbetaling Danmark directly on +45 7012 8062.

Childcare subsidy

When choosing private childcare, it is possible to claim subsidy from the municipality. The amount of subsidy depends on the age of child and numbers of weekly childcare hours. An application must be filled in and sign by both parents and the private childcare and send to the municipality for review. All payments are deposited in your NemKonto the last bank day of the month.    

The subsidy can wary from municipality to municipality. Following please find the price list for 2013/2014 for the municipality of Copenhagen.  

Please ask your Settwell Counselor for more information.

Danish lessons

Most Danes speak English quite well. Nevertheless, being able to speak some Danish can benefit you both at work and socially.

When registering in Denmark, you are entitled to free Danish lessons (Intro Danish). The set-up differs from municipality to municipality why you better contact your municipality for more information. 

The City of Copenhagen has decided to offer Danish lessons for up to five years. 
For information on free Danish lessons (Intro Danish) please find following link here.

For information on free Danish lessons (Intro Danish) please find following link here

There are lots of private schools offering Danish courses. Below please find list of private language schools: 



English lessons

If you want to brush up your English while living in Denmark, there are a lot of good language schools around the country.

Simpatico languages



Higher education

There are three types of higher education programs:

  • The short programs – 2 years
  • The medium-term - professional bachelor programs
  • The long-term programs – Master and Ph.D.

Each program has its own entry requirements that typically ask for specific exams or other qualifications.
Most education programs have a quota system which means that they accept applicants in two quotas:

  • First quota – Entry based on qualifying examination grades
  • Second quota – Entry based on other selection criteria specific to the program

IB schools

IB international education offered in over 100 countries, including Denmark. Students will be introduced to subjects such as foreign languages, mathematics and some of a more creative nature. The IB Program is divided into:

The IB Primary Years Program for students aged 3 to 12
The IB Middle Years Program for students aged 11 to 16
The IB Diploma Program for students aged 16 to 19

Copenhagen International School
Hellerupvej 22
2900 Hellerup
Phone: +45 3946 3300

Prins Henriks Skole
Frederiksberg Allé 22A
1820 Frederiksberg C
Phone: +45 3321 2048

Sankt Petri Skole
Larslejsstræde 5
1451 Kopenhagen K
Phone: +45 3313 0462

Nørre Gymnasium(Only IB Diploma Program)
Mørkhøjvej 78
2700 Brønshøj
Phone: +45 4494 2722

Birkerød Gymnasium og HF(Only IB Diploma Program)
Søndervangen 56
3460 Birkerød
Phone: +45 4581 0256

Herlufsholm Skole
Herlufsholm Alle 170
4700 Næstved
Phone: +45 5575 3500


Nyborg Gymnasium og HF(Only IB Diploma Program)
Skolebakken 13
5800 Nyborg
Phone: +45 6531 0217


Langkaer Gymnasium, HF & IB World School(Only IB Diploma Program)
Kileparken 25
8381 Tilst
Phone: +45 8624 2011

Grenaa Gymnasium og HF(Only IB Diploma Program)
N P Josiassensvej 21
8500 Grenaa
Phone: +45 8758 4050

Hasseris Gymnasium(Only IB Diploma Program)
Hasserisvej 300
9100 Aalborg
Phone: +45 9632 7110

Ikast Brande Gymnasium(Only IB Diploma Program)
Bøgildvej 6
7430 Ikast
Phone: +45 9715 3611

Struer Gymnasium og HF-Kursus(Only IB Diploma Program)
Jyllandsgade 2
7600 Struer
Phone: +45 9785 4300

Kolding Amtsgymnasium og HF-Kursus(Only IB Diploma Program)
Skovvangen 10
6000 Kolding
Phone: +45 7633 9600

EUC Syd(Only IB Diploma Program)
Hilmar Finsens Gade 18
6400 Sønderborg
Phone: +45 7412 4242

List of international pre-schools

Children’s Garden International Pre-School
Bernstorffsvej 75
2900 Hellerup
+45 7375 2900

Stepping Stones
Bernstorffsvej 230
2920 Charlottenlund
+45 3512 3330

Sunrise International Pre-School
Norgesmindevej 32
2920 Hellerup
+45 3543 2317

Børnehuset Drivhuset
Kollegiebakken 13
2800 Lyngby
+45 4528 5490

The Little Montessori School
Lundtoftevej 97
2800 Lyngby
+45 4593 5295

Montessori International Pre-School
Søndermarksvej 13
2500 Valby
+45 2636 4873

Kidz R Os
Lyshøjgårdsvej 43-45
2500 Valby
+45 2734 6539

Dansk Tysk Børnehus/Dänisch Deutsches Kinderhaus
Mariendalsvej 59a+b
2000 Frederiksberg
+45 7170 1833


Aarhus Academy for Global Education
Bushøjvænget 133
8270 Højbjerg
+45 8672 6060

International School of Billund
Skolevej 24
7190 Billund
+45 2632 7800

List of international schools

International schools are located throughout Denmark. Some schools are private and some are departments of Danish public schools. The international schools are members of the Danish International School Network.

Please find list of international schools in Denmark below. Be aware that each school have its own enrolment procedures.

CIS - Copenhagen International School
Levantkaj 4-14
2150 Nordhavn
Phone: +45 3946 3300

Rygaards International School
Bernstorffsvej 54
2900 Hellerup
Phone: +45 3962 1053

International School of Hellerup
Rygaards Alle 131
2900 Hellerup
Phone: + 4570 2063

European School Copenhagen
Teglholmsgade 37A
2450 Copenhagen SV
Phone: +45 6136 5619

Hørsholm International School, NGG
Christianshusvej 16
2970 Hørsholm
Phone: +45 4557 2616

Lycée Français Prins Henrik
Frederiksberg Alle 22A
1820 Frederiksberg C
Phone: +45 3321 2048

Bernadotte School
The International School in Denmark
Hellerupvej 11
2900 Hellerup
Phone: +45 3962 2837

Sankt Petri School
Lars Lejstræde 5
1451 København K
Phone: +45 3313 0462

Bjørns International School
Gartnerivej 5
2100 København Ø
Phone: +45 3929 2937

Institut Sant Joseph
Dag Hammarskjoelds Alle 17
Copenhagen Ø
Phone: +45 3538 4735

Skt. Josefs Skole
Frederiksborgvej 10
4000 Roskilde
Phone: +45 4635 2526


Odense International School
Slotsvænget 1-3 & 4
5000 Odense
Phone: +45 2937 3171 and +45 6611 8159


Aarhus Academy for Global Education
Dalgas Avenue 12
8000 Aarhus
Phone: +45 8672 6060

Esbjerg International School
Guldager Skolevej 4
6710 Esbjerg V
Phone: +45 7610 5399

International School Billund
Skolevej 24
7190 Billund
Phone: +45 2632 7800

International School Ikast-Brande
Bøgildvej 2
7430 Ikast
Phone: +45 9715 6465

Kochs International
Skt. Johannes Allé 4
8000 Aarhus C
Phone: +45 8732 1999

Park Allé 2
7600 Struer
Phone: +45 9785 2252

Skipper Clement International School
Gammel Kærvej 28-30
9000 Aalborg
Phone: +45 9812 1188

Vesterbro 14
9000 Aalborg
Phone: +45 4129 6163

Sønderborg International School
Sdr. Landevej 28
6400 Sønderborg
Phone: +45 7443 0110

Viborg private Realskole International School
Trekronervej 10&14
8800 Viborg
Phone: +45 8662 0888


Private nanny

There are a number of agencies and links to finding a nanny in Denmark.  

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