Registration of Birth in Denmark

Find out how to register the birth of a newborn baby…

Following a birth, the midwife fills in the forms to register the birth and sends them to the Registrar of the State Church, who issues a birth certificate. These forms have to be handed in at the local State Church office (even if the family are affiliated to another religion or do not attend church) in the area of residence within 14 days of the birth.

The child must have at least one Danish National as a parent to become a Danish citizen.

Parents have up to six months after the birth to choose the surname of their child born in Denmark. The name must be permitted in Denmark under the Danish Act on Names. Parents who are or have been foreign nationals are allowed to give their child a surname that is not approved in Denmark, as long as the name is approved in the parents' home country.