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WHAT CHANGES IN DENMARK

KEY POINTS: What changes about life in Denmark in April 2022?

A new data logging law, restriction-free travel and the return of summer tyres are among things that change in Denmark next month.

A Danish summerhouse
The summerhouse is a popular destination for Danes during the Easter holidays. File photo: John Randeris/Ritzau Scanpix

Covid-19 travel rules now completely gone 

The last of Denmark’s Covid-19 related restrictions on travel were revoked in late March, meaning that April will be the first month in which you can enter Denmark as a tourist, visitor or returning resident without any need for a Covid test or documentation of vaccination status.

This applies regardless of where in the world you are arriving from.

There are also no domestic Covid restrictions in Denmark, with these having been largely ended in February.

Authorities can reinstate travel restrictions at short notice in response to the emergence of new variants of concern.

READ ALSO: Denmark scraps last remaining Covid-19 travel restrictions

New data logging law in force

A new law giving authorities greater reach in logging data from private individuals will be effective as of March 30th, under a law passed in parliament by the government and conservative parties on March 3rd.

The new logging rules “give the option of general and undifferentiated logging of data if there is a serious threat to national security which is genuine and actual or predicted,” the Ministry of Justice said in a statement as it confirmed the new rules were effective on March 30th.

According to the ministry, an assessment based on intelligence service reports has found that these conditions are currently met.

As a result, the law means that telecommunications companies are obliged to log “general and undifferentiated” data from users, rather than to conduct targeted logging of persons suspected of serious crime. They are also required to register customers with authorities, including users of prepaid services.

End of tax deductions for home improvements

A tax deduction for home improvements, the “håndværkerfradrag”, will be scrapped from April 1st under the terms of the 2022 budget. Other tax deductions that can be applied for home services, including cleaning and childcare, are retained.

This article outlines the change in more detail.

READ ALSO: Årsopgørelse: What you need to know as Denmark releases annual tax return

Remember to switch to summer tyres

Alternating between winter and summer tyres is not a legal requirement in Denmark, but is broadly recommended, including by FDM, the Danish membership organisation for motorists.

Neighbouring SwedenNorway and Germany – where many Danish residents head on skiing and other holidays during the colder months – all have rules requiring winter tyres, meanwhile, meaning the practice is common in Denmark, not least for those who may need to take their cars over the border.

Most people switch back to summer tyres at Easter, which this year falls on April 17th, with the ‘Easter holidays’ being the week leading up to this (plus Easter Monday on the 18th.)

More about the practice of using winter and summer tyres in Denmark can be found in this article.

Public holidays

Speaking of Easter, April sees the first of a gamut of public holidays which people in Denmark can enjoy during the spring.

The Easter break brings three public holidays which fall on weekdays: Maundy Thursday (April 14th), Good Friday (April 15th) and Easter Monday (April 18th).

There are also two weekdays off in May and one in June.

READ ALSO: What public holidays does Denmark have in 2022?

Deadline for businesses to repay coronavirus relief loans

Businesses have until April 1st to repay money loaned from the state during the coronavirus crisis.

Around 61,000 loans to companies paid out during the pandemic, totalling just under 22.5 billion kroner, will be due on that date, according to numbers released by the tax ministry in September.

An instalment option allows companies to place their loans with tax authorities and pay them in instalments up to April 1st, 2024.

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WHAT CHANGES IN DENMARK

KEY POINTS: What changes about life in Denmark in July 2022?

A massive sporting event, summer holidays from school and work and an update to preferred professions for work permits are among the changes and events coming up in July.

KEY POINTS: What changes about life in Denmark in July 2022?

Le Tour de France

Returning to its usual mid-summer slot after Covid-19 disruptions, the Tour de France gets under way in Copenhagen on July 1st.

The highly anticipated Danish Grand Départ will make its way through Zealand, pass over the Great Belt Bridge and then charge through hilly Vejle and the verdant South Jutland countryside.

It finishes, as usual, on Paris’s Champs-Elysées on July 24th.

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Summer holidays

Many who go to school and work in Denmark have already begun their annual summer leave. Most schools broke up for the summer on June 24th, although this can vary a little locally.

For those in full or part-time employment who are covered by the Danish Holiday Act (Ferieloven), most will take three weeks off during the next couple of months, with most of this falling in July.

Of the five standard weeks or (normally 25 days) of paid vacation covered by the Holiday Act, the “main holiday period” begins on May 1st and ends on September 30th. During this time, three weeks’ consecutive vacation may be taken out of the five weeks.

Many take three weeks off in a row, sometimes coinciding with the school holidays (although others break it up) – which is why you often hear Danish people who work full time wishing each other a “good summer holiday” as if it’s the end of the school term.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about vacation in Denmark

Update to Positive List

The Positive List is a list of professions for which immigration authorities can issue work permits because Denmark is experiencing a shortage of qualified professionals in those fields.

People who are offered a job included in the Positive List can apply for a Danish residence and work permit based on the Positive List Scheme. An educational background in the relevant field is required.

The Positive List Scheme is one of a number of business schemes used to grant work permits for non-EU and EEA nationals who are unable to move to Denmark under the EU’s right to free movement.

The list is updated twice a year, on January 1st and July 1st.

The updated lists can be viewed on the website of the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).

Firms no longer permitted to ask age of job applicants

Companies in Denmark are, from July, no longer permitted to ask the age of candidates applying for jobs with them.

The law, which was adopted in parliament in March, comes into effect on July 1st.

According to the law, applicants should no longer give their age when applying for jobs. The objective of the new law is to prevent employers from rejecting applicants because of their age.

Tax deadline for businesses

If you are a business owner in Denmark you must register your results for 2021 at the beginning of July.

Information submitted up to 9am on July 4th will be considered submitted on time, the tax authority SKAT states on its website.

Companies whose accounting years run to December 31st can submit 2021’s results until July 7th, the tax authority SKAT states on its website, after the original deadline of June 30th was extended.

Self-employed people are still bound by the July 1st deadline.

READ ALSO: So you missed Denmark’s July 1st tax deadline. Now what? (2021)

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