All international students are strongly advised to arrange for a private general insurance during their stay in Denmark, so for instance theft and expenses related to home transport in case of severe illness or death in the family are covered. Obtaining a Health Insurance and Personal property/liability insurance in your own country is easier and cheaper than trying to sort things out in Denmark.
As soon as you have registered in Denmark the Danish health insurance entitles you to free emergency medical treatment by a general practitioner and in public hospitals. It is therefore strongly recommended that you register immediately upon arrival in Denmark.
- Nordic citizens
Citizens from Nordic countries are automatically entitled to the same medical treatment as Danish nationals.
- EU citizens
Citizens from European countries should also bring the blue European Health Insurance card obtained in their home country.
- Other citizens (requiring student visas to Denmark)
Please make sure to register for the Danish health insurance card immediately upon arrival in Denmark as you are only covered by the Danish health insurance from this date.
National health insurance card
The Municipality will send the yellow national health insurance card (”sundhedskort”) to your address in Denmark within approx. three weeks from registration. It states the name and address of a general practitioner and you should bring the card for all official purposes. The card should be returned to the nearest national registry office before you leave Denmark.
Personal property insurance/Liability insurance
As a supplement to your health insurance, you need a liability insurance to cover personal injury, legal aid and damage to property. During any international visit, the risk of damage or loss of personal property or effects is real. It is highly likely that you are travelling with a number of items that have considerable value. Please be aware that this remains your personal responsibility
Copenhagen and the greater Copenhagen area is generally considered as safe but students should still be cautious. Emergency calls from public payphones are free of charge, no coins are needed. You should always state your CPR number.
Call 114 for assistance
Call 112 for assistance.
Indicate fire or ambulance as required. Speak slowly and distinctly, state your phone number and the address from where you are calling.
Call 1813 for assistance
Doctors on call
38 69 38 69 (from 16.00-08.00, weekends and national holidays)
State your CPR number and inform the GP of your situation. If the GP finds it necessary you will be referred to the casualty ward of the nearest hospital.
You will find pharmacies ("Apotek") in all Danish cities. They are marked with a green 'A”. Normal opening hours are
Monday - Friday 9:00-17:30 and
Pharmacies with 24-hour service:
- Københavns Steno Apotek, Vesterbrogade 6C, 1620 Cph V
- Københavns Sønderbro Apotek, Amagerbrogade 158, 2300 Cph S
- Lyngby Svane Apotek, Lyngby Hovedgade 27
Visiting the dentist is not free of charge and can be quite expensive in Denmark. If you need dental treatment you simply choose any dentist in e.g. the Yellow Pages and call ahead for an appointment.
Emergency Dental Service: Oslo Plads 14, DK-2100 Cph Ø (by Østerport station)