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If you want to start a business in Denmark, you need to know and follow Danish rules and legislations.

On the website of The Danish Business Authority,you can learn more about the most typical rules and regulations and get more information on starting a business in Denmark.


If you are an individual or a company from one of the Nordic countries, EU/EEA or Switzerland you can start a business in Denmark without any restrictions. A citizen from outside the Nordic countries, EU/EEA or Switzerland must apply for a residence and work permit in order to be self-employed and/or operate an independent company in Denmark. In some cases, you may be required to start a new company in Denmark, e.g., if you or your business is active in Denmark for more than 6 or 12 continuous months or if you take up a residence in Denmark.


If you already have a residence and work permit, it is easy to set up your own business. You must register your business at least eight days prior to starting any business assignments, tasks, or responsibilities. You can register your business online at the official business website www.virk.dkHere you will find how-to guides when starting your own business, as well as templates, registration forms etc. It is a website used by companies to register their company, register taxes, make changes to their business set-up, etc. Unfortunately, this website is only in Danish, but Google Translate can get you far. The Danish Tax Authority will automatically receive the information from virk.dk. 


If you have questions about starting your own business in Odense, the website of Odense Municipality will provide you with useful links and more information about different services for start-ups and businesses. If you would like to discuss your business idea or get feedback before or after setting up your business, you can contact one of the municipality’s entrepreneurial consultants to set up a meeting. You can also get 1-2 hours of free counseling from experts on different matters from private companies, which are cooperating with Odense Municipality on entrepreneurship.If you are interested in booking a meeting with one of them, ask one of the entrepreneurial consultants for help.


If you would like to get in touch with local entrepreneurs the Startup Odense's website gives you an overview of the entrepreneurial activities, resources, and actors in and around Odense.


Also, there are many networks/office communities in Odense – see the list of the office communities here.


A link that may also be helpful to you is Startup Questions and Answers (in Danish).