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Before you relocate, you should consider your tax situation in Denmark. Your tax liability depends on a number of circumstances such as your position at Aalborg University, how long you will stay in Denmark, whether you will be employed or not and whether you will be a resident in Denmark or not.

The Danish society is a welfare society and is based on the concept of citizens having equal access to different services paid for by taxes. This includes services such as health care, childcare and education. Taxes in Denmark are administered by the Danish Tax Agency (Skattestyrelsen).

The tax rates in Denmark are generally known to be high, but it is less known that social security is financed by taxes. Furthermore, everyone has access to the same public services regardless of income and employment. As a rule of thumb, if you live in Denmark, you are fully tax liable in Denmark. Your global income shall therefore be declared and taxed in Denmark.

Tax rate

In Denmark, the tax system is progressive which means that the more you earn, the higher percentage you pay in direct tax. Your income tax consists of labour market contribution (AM bidrag), municipal tax, church tax (optional), health tax and state tax. Furthermore, as a taxpayer, you may be eligible for various deductions such as for example interest expenses, travelling expenses and union fees.

The Danish tax system consists of direct and indirect taxes. Because of the different personal circumstances that determine each individual’s tax rate, it is impossible for the university to estimate your tax rate in advance.

The tax rate can vary from approximately 30 % to approx. 56 %. Most people range between 35 – 42 %. Please contact the Danish Tax Agency for more information about deductions.

Read more about different types of tax on the Danish Tax Agency (SKAT)'s website.