Danish citizenship refused to 83 people with criminal records

83 people have been refused Danish citizenship in the past two years because they have committed serious crimes.

Danish citizenship refused to 83 people with criminal records
Immigration minister Mattias Tesfaye. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

The rejections are a result of stricter rules introduced in 2018 under the previous government. The Social Democrats, now the ruling party after winning the 2019 general election, also voted for the measure in 2018.

The figures were announced by the Ministry of Immigration and Integration on Friday.

“These restrictions have quite clearly worked. Far fewer criminals are being granted citizenship. I think we should be pleased about that,” immigration minister Mattias Tesfaye said.

Persons with convictions for crimes including gang crime, assaulting children and sexual assault are amongst those refused citizenship.

An unconditional prison sentence of one year or more is the basis upon which a convicted criminal is permanently barred from Danish citizenship.

The rule also applies for crimes endangering others if unconditional sentences of three months or more in prison are given.

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QUIZ: Can you pass the 2022 Danish citizenship test?

If you want to become a Danish citizen, you'll have to prove your knowledge of the country's culture, history, politics and more by passing a citizenship test. Can you pass our quiz version?

QUIZ: Can you pass the 2022 Danish citizenship test?

A condition of getting Danish citizenship is to demonstrate knowledge of Danish society, culture and history by passing a citizenship test (indfødsretsprøve).

In April 2021, the previous version of the citizenship test, which consisted of 40 multiple choice questions, was supplemented with five extra questions about “Danish values” such as equality, freedom of speech and the relation between legislation and religion. 

The pass mark is 36/45 and at least four of the five Danish values questions must be answered correctly. 

Children under 12, Swedish and Norwegian citizens, and people from the Danish minority in German region Schleswig-Holstein do not need to take the citizenship test.

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While there are 45 questions (and they’re in Danish) in the real test, we’ve compiled 15 for you to have a go at answering. They are all based on the actual test from November 2022.

The pass mark on the real test is 36/45, with at least 4 of the 5 “values” questions (the last 5 questions in the test) correctly answered. In our version, the last 3 questions are taken from the Danish values section of the real test.

The 45 questions in the real citizenship test cover a broader range of topics and styles than those covered here, so please don’t take our quiz as any certain measure of your ability to pass the real thing.