Any person staying in Denmark, regardless of nationality, is entitled to free emergency hospital treatment. However, depending on your country of origin, there are different rules regarding health insurance during your stay in Denmark.

Nordic and UK citizens

Persons from the Nordic countries and the United Kingdom are entitled to the same health services as Danes when they need immediate medical treatment.

EU/EEA citizens

Persons from other European Union countries, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are also entitled to the same health services as residents of Denmark when they need immediate medical treatment, if they bring their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). You should, therefore, contact your local authorities to obtain your EHIC card before coming to Denmark.

Private insurance

It is advisable to obtain some kind of private medical insurance, even if you are covered by your EHIC card.

This is due to the fact that the EHIC health insurance does not cover expenses in connection with home transport in case of for example severe illness or dental service.

Some insurance companies extend their coverage to other countries, therefore, please contact your current insurance company at first for updated information.

When you attend a folk high school as a citizen of an EU- or EEA-country or Switzerland and your stay in Denmark is for more than 3 months, you will need a "Certificate of Registration" from the Regional State Administration, which proves that you are registered as a person with the right  to reside in Denmark.

You can approach the citizen service centre (Borgerservice) in the municipality of the folk high school to obtain a personal identification number and a Danish health insurance card just bringing the above Certificate of Registration and your passport/national identification card. With the Danish health insurance card you can enjoy full coverage by the Danish healthcare system. This process can be initiated as soon as you arrive in Denmark.


Other countries

Persons from other countries are not entitled to any free medical care except the emergency hospital treatment and are urged to obtain a private health insurance.