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Information in English

On these pages you will find general information on Frederiksberg in English. This includes tourist information, an introduction to the political system of Frederiksberg and useful information for newcomers.

  • The Mayor of Frederiksberg Welcomes You  

    Welcome to Frederiksberg

    ...the green oasis of the capital

    Frederiksberg is famous for its beautiful areas and parks, and a rich cultural life with high-quality entertainment and events.

    Frederiksberg is a place not only for the young and for students, but also for families and the elderly – the diverse population is what makes the city interesting and thriving.

    This guide offers a rich variety of information as to living and working in Frederiksberg, and hopefully it answers some of the questions you may have as a new resident.

    Twice a year all new residents in Frederiksberg are invited to a welcome meeting at the City Hall. The welcome meeting is a broad introduction to your new home municipality and the services we offer. You will receive a formal invitation prior to the meeting, and I really hope to see you there.

    If you still have unanswered questions having read this guide, you are welcome to contact us.

    Welcome to Frederiksberg – we hope you’ll have a pleasant and enjoyable time in Denmark.

    Jørgen Glenthøj 
    Jørgen Glenthøj
    Mayor of Frederiksberg

  • The City of Frederiksberg  

    The City of Frederiksberg is a modern, metropolitan local authority with the characteristics of a major city. First and foremost, however, Frederiksberg is a residential area with all service provisions included. The many parks and leisure facilities in the city provide the Capital with a green oasis characterised by a special, historic charm.

    Frederiksberg's area is nine square kilometres, which makes it the smallest and the most densely populated local authority in the country, with a density of about 10,000 inhabitants per square kilometre.   

    History in short
    Frederiksberg's history dates back to 1651 when King Frederik III gave 20 peasants of Dutch origin from Amager the right to settle and cultivate the previously royal land around Allégade. King Frederik IV built  Frederiksberg Castle between 1699 and 1703 as a country residence for the royal family. At the same time the city at the foot of the castle hill became known as Frederiksberg.
    Frederiksberg was given its local self-government in 1858, and it rapidly began to grow in population. From 1919, the authority appointed its own mayor and city council. From the beginning of the 20th Century and in the following 40-50 years the urban development continued in Frederiksberg. Around 1950 the city was almost fully developed and the number of citizens reached 120.000 - the highest ever. Frederiksberg was - and still is - characterized by extensive villa districts and spacious blocks of flats.
    Here you can read a more detailed description of the history of Frederiksberg.

    Development and change
    Although Frederiksberg appears to be a fully developed city, it is still a place of continuous change. As a consequence of the improved infrastructure (the Metro, the Circular Line and busses), the areas around the new stations (i.e. Forum, Frederiksberg, Fasanvej, Lindevang and Flintholm) have undergone and are still undergoing a rapid development.

    Frederiksberg Gymnasium, the extension to the existing Library and the Falkoner Cinema Centre are examples of this development. Shops and housing are under construction bringing life and activities to the area. Copenhagen Business School (CBS) has in 2006 opened a new building for teaching and research purposes. A green campus has been created outside the CBS combining the two stations Frederiksberg and Fasanvej; designed to maintain Frederiksberg as an environmentally orientated city.

    Urban renewal
    The city of Frederiksberg is responsible for a large part of the urban landscape such as roads, green zones, public transport, the fire services and the environmental protection. The city has supervised a very careful and sensitive restoration of some of its many older buildings. This urban renewal will continue, combined with new construction for both residential and business purposes.

    Around Flintholm Station a whole new area with industry and housing is being established. This area will have shops, restaurants and cafes, housing for the young and the old, squares, parks, industry and public institutions and a shopping centre. To accommodate pedestrians and cyclists, a green cycle- and footpath has been built in the local area. The path is passing through green zones and provides road safety for many people travelling across the city.

    Frederiksberg Have and Søndermarken are two centrally placed parks next to the ZOO, which a couple of years back was enlarged by a new elephant house designed by Norman Foster and a "savanna" bordering Frederiksberg Have.

    The links below you find detailed information about the local authority of Frederiksberg.

  • The History of Frederiksberg  

    The booklet "From Village to Big City" describes the history of Frederiksberg in the long perspective.

    The history is divided into the following chapters, which you can see below:

  • Citizen Service Center  

    Frederiksberg Citizen Service Centre is your welcome service to Frederiksberg Municipality. Whether you need a new passport, plan to renovate your home or need to find day care or a school for your child, you can contact the Frederiksberg Citizen Service Centre for information.

    Read about the practical matters you must attend to here.

  • International Citizen Service  

    An agreement in partnership with the City of Copenhagen states that international citizens living in Frederiksberg Municipality will be able to have all their necessary paperwork done at the International Citizen Service in Copenhagen.

    So far, 15 municipalities in the Capital Region of Denmark and the Region of Zealand are a part of the agreement that aims to ensure a flexible and effective entry to Denmark for international citizens of the municipalities and for companies that hire staff from abroad. At the International Citizen Service all relevant authorities are represented and all necessary paperwork can be taken care of in just one sitting (issuance of CPR number, health insurance card, work and residence permits and tax card).

    International Citizen Service is located in the International House Copenhagen which offers public and private services to companies and international newcomers. Companies and international citizens of Frederiksberg Municipality will now also have access to these services.

    Among the offers are help in job seeking for students and accompanying spouses, courses in intercultural understanding, professional and social events, as well as networking opportunities.

    Companies in the Capital Region of Denmark and Region Zealand will furthermore be able to access assistance in recruiting, hiring and welcoming international employees.

    For information about opening hours and a description of the services in International Citizen Service and International House, please visit www.ihcph.dk

  • Childcare and Schools  

    Most Danish children who have reached school age go to the public school nearest to their home. In general, children start school in the calendar year when they have their sixth birthday. Generally, there is a space for your child in the school that is nearest to where you live. However, if there are available places in other schools, you have the right to choose a given available school.

    If you would like your children to attend a Danish public school, you can contact the Department of Schools. They will inform you about which schools offer enrolment in special classes for children, who do not speak Danish. In Danish, these classes are named “modtagerklasser,” which literally means “reception classes.”

    After School Care
    There are a number of care taking possibilities after school hours. Most schools have an after school “club” for the children, where they go after regular school hours. The care taking and after school activities are typically located at or near the school, your child is attending.

    You have to sign up and pay for after school care. Contact the school of your child to do this.

    Applying for Childcare

    It is your responsibility to contact “Pladsanvisningen” at the municipality and sign your child up for a place at a nursery, kindergarten or school. In case the municipality cannot give you a place immediately, your child's name will be placed on a waiting list. The earlier you sign in your child's name, the greater the chance of finding a place when you need it, but you cannot register before the child has received his or her CPR-number.

    Please note that you can only sign up your child digitally - to log in you need a NemID. To sign up your child you need to live in the municipality of Frederiksberg.

    Read more about NemID.

    Sign in to the digital "pladsanvisning" (in Danish).

    Paying for Childcare 

    The price of childcare is determined by the municipal board. This cost is also influenced by whether the institution offers meals or not.

    Contact “Pladsanvisningen” at the municipality town hall for further information or to sign up for childcare.

    It is located at Frederiksberg Rådhus, Smallegade 1, 2000 Frederiksberg
    It is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Tel.: 3821 0100
    Mail: pladsanvisningen@frederiksberg.dk

    Child Benefit

    Children under the age of 18 are automatically registered for child benefit and the families receive child allowance every three months; for foreigners the allowance is dependant on length of residence in Denmark.

    The requirements are that you are registered and pay taxes in Denmark. If you already receive child benefit from another country, this will be deducted from the allowance that you receive from the municipality.

    In order to receive child benefit, you need a NemKonto account at a Danish bank.

  • Getting Around  

    Denmark has a well-developed infrastructure with good conditions for cars, bicycles and commuters.

    Read about transportation in Denmark here.

  • Health Care  

    If you work legally in Denmark, you are covered by the Danish health insurance system.

    Read about general health care here.

    Read about Frederiksberg Health Center and their offers here.

  • Job Seach and Language Skills  

    If you are looking for work in Denmark, you can contact Jobcenter Frederiksberg, which you can visit in person at:

    Jobcenter Frederiksberg
    Smallegade 1, 2nd floor   
    2000 Frederiksberg

    Opening Hours:
    Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.
    Friday, 8 a.m.-12 a.m. 
    Telephone: 38 21 57 00 

    You can also visit the Jobcenter online. Click here to go to jobnet.dk  'Jobnet in English'.  

    There are several other official agencies and non-governmental associations/companies, which provide services for jobseekers and expats in Denmark. This is just a small selection (links include the English versions):

    Private online job search engines (links include the English versions):

    Integration Periods and Employment Advice

    Frederiksberg Municipality offers two kinds of integration tracks for new residents:

    • The Integration Programme, which is offered to refugees and people who come for family reunification.
    • The Introduction Period, which is offered to foreigners who work in Denmark, spouses, foreign students, au pairs and citizens of EU-/EEA-countries or Switzerland.

    The Integration Programme (Integrationsprogram) 

    If you have a residence permit, which obliges or recommends you to follow an Integration Programme, you will receive a letter from Frederiksberg Municipality with further information.

    The Introduction Period (Introduktionsforløb) 

    If you have a residence permit that gives you the right to an Introduction Period, then you are offered the courses below. The Introduction Period has a maximum duration of 3 years and it is on a voluntary basis.

    The Introduction Period consists of:

    • Danish Language Courses or Intro Danish (Intro-dansk)
    • Course in Danish Culture and Society (Kursus i Danske Samfundsforhold og Dansk Kultur og Historie)
    • Employment advice and guidance for spouses.

    If you are an accompanying spouse, an EU/EEA-citizen, greencard holder or international student, unemployed and wish to work in Denmark, you can receive professional advice and guidance on how to enter the Danish labour market.

    Common to all newly arrived foreigners, those who are included in the Danish Integration Act and who have received their residence permit after 1 August 2010, can attend the Danish Language Courses and a Course in Danish Culture and Society.

    Contact the Frederiksberg Municipality Integrationsforum/Jobcenter for more information on the various integration and employment related effort offers we have.

    Center for Integration - Jobcenter Frederiksberg
    Smallegade 1, 2nd Floor
    2000 Frederiksberg    

    Telephone: 38 21 57 00
    E-mail: cfi@frederiksberg.dk 

    Language Courses

    Frederiksberg Municipality offers two different kinds of Danish language courses:

    • Danish Language courses as a comprehensive education for a maximum of 3 years for all foreigners
    • Intro Danish as a labour-market related language course for employed foreigners

    Danish Language Education (Danskuddannelse – DU 1, 2 and 3)

    Frederiksberg offers Danish language courses to adult foreigners, who are 18 years of age, have a Danish CPR-number and are registered at the municipality. The Danish language courses are offered to all foreigners and can last for a maximum of 3 years.

    The education is divided into 3 levels, each level consisting of 6 modules, which are completed with a final exam. Please note that the exams, which complete (danskuddannelse) DU 1, DU 2 and DU 3 have great significance if you wish to obtain either permanent residence permit or Danish citizenship.

    3 Years of Danish Language Education

    The 3 year duration of Danish Language Education begins in the month when you receive your CPR-number and have registered yourself at the municipality office. This is regardless of whether you start the courses or not. After the 3-year-period has ended, the municipality does not provide further subsidies for your Danish Language Education.

    If you have a residence permit as an au pair, you are only offered two modules of Danish language education. However, this limitation does not count if you have started your Danish language education prior to 1 August 2010 or you are a citizen of EU-EEA/countries or Switzerland 

    Intro Danish 

    Intro Danish is an intensive labour-market oriented Danish language course, which is intended primarily for newly arrived immigrants who work in Denmark.

    The course is divided into 5 x 50 lessons. Please note that it is possible to change from Intro Danish to the ordinary Danish Language Education within the 3 year period, but not the other way around. The Intro Danish course must be started during the first year of arrival into Denmark and the course can run for a period of maximum 18 months.

    You need to have legitimate work and the right to work in Denmark. If you have your own company and have a CVR registration number in Denmark, you are also entitled to take the course.  

    Course in Danish Culture and Society (Kursus i danske samfundsforhold og dansk kultur og historie)

    For newly arrived foreigners who have received their residence permit after the 1st of August 2010, Frederiksberg Municipality offers a course in Danish Culture and Society. The course provides an introduction to Danish society, and also includes information on the Danish Integration Act and the rules concerning permanent residence permits.

    Online Danish 

    Online Danish is an initiative of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration. It is a free online course in Danish language that allows foreign job-seekers to learn Danish before coming to work in Denmark. At present, Online Danish is under development .

    There are however other opportunities to learn Danish online for both beginners and more practiced users.

    Contact the Frederiksberg Municipality Jobcenter for more information on learning Danish:

    Smallegade 1, 2nd floor
    2000 Frederiksberg

    Telephone: 38 21 57 00
    Email: danskuddannelse@frederiksberg.dk

  • All public streets in the City of Frederiksberg are part of one two-hour parking zone - 7 a.m.-12 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays. This means, that there is two hours free parking in most places in our city. Using parking discs is strongly recommended. However be sure to pay attention to street signs with local restrictions. For instance at Gl. Kongevej, Falkoner Allé and Godthåbsvej, where you only can park your car for 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Private residential streets have special time limits and parking restrictions.

    For mobile phone payment, call 70 22 12 94.

    In addition to the one day permits, you can get different kinds of permanent parking permits. Read about parking permits and parking rules here.

  • Your residence  

    You will need to sign up for some services when moving into your residence.

    Read about the different services here.

  • Waste and recycling  

    Household Waste
    Your household waste is collected every week, normally on a fixed day between Monday and Friday.


    • Please put all your household waste in a plastic bag or something similar
    • Broken glass and other sharp objects must be wrapped, i.e. in an old newspaper
    • Allow ashes to cool and then seal them, to avoid discomfort from the dust

    If you live in a house, it is your responsibility that the outdoor garbage containers are accessible for the garbage collection once a week.
    Keep the lid closed to avoid attracting rats and other animals and do not overload the containers.

    In Denmark, most bottles and cans that you buy are part of the Danish deposit and return system. You can return these bottles and cans to most supermarkets to get your deposit back.

    Bottles and glass that are not included in the deposit and return system can be recycled at the designated glass recycling containers, at different locations. To find a glass recycling container near you, click here.

    If you live in an apartment building, you might find a glass recycling container in the common area. Furthermore, you might find recycling containers for metal, hard plastics, paper, cardboard, batteries and hazardous waste. All waste has to be separated and recycled if possible.

    If you live in a house, you will find recycling containers for paper and garden waste. You can also get a recycling container for metals and hard plastics.

    If you need more information, you can 

    Bulky Waste
    Bulky waste includes furniture, home appliances, doors, lumber, mattresses, etc.

    Everything must be separated into large burnable items, large iron and metals, electronics, PVC and impregnated wood. If you live in a house, bulky waste trucks will also collect your cardboard. Bicycles must be tagged “STORSKRALD” (bulky waste) to avoid mistakes.

    Trailers, motorcycles, mopeds, cars, boats or parts of these will not be collected as bulky waste.

    If you live in a house, your bulky waste is collected 4 times a year. It must be put on the sidewalk by 7 a.m. and no earlier than the night before. There are limitations regarding size and quantity. Contact the Citizen Service office if in doubt.

    If you live in an apartment, bulky waste is collected on demand. Check the common areas if there is a place for collecting bulky waste and contact the building janitor if you have questions.

    Recycling Centres
    You can also dispose of your refuse at one of the many refuse recycling centres. The nearest one are:

    Bispeengen Genbrugsstation
    Access for vehicles and bikes: Bispeengen 35, Frederiksberg (by Nordre Fasanvej)
    Access for bikes and pedestrians: Borups Allé 158, Frederiksberg
    Open: Workweek 10 am - 6 pm, Weekends 10 am - 5 pm  

    If you need more information about garbage, recycling, garden or bulk refuse, you can contact the Citizen Service Centre, ask your question online or ask your neighbours.

    Citizen Service Centre (Borgerservicecenter)
    Frederiksberg Rådhus
    Smallegade 1 
    2000 Frederiksberg 
    Waste hotline Tel.: 3821 4900
    Email: affald@frederiksberg.dk

    Opening hours
    Monday and Thursday, 9 am -5 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 am -1 pm
    Telephone hours
    Monday-Thursday, 10 am - 3 pm, Friday, 10 am - 1 pm

  • Tourist Guide  

    Welcome to Frederiksberg!

    Frederiksberg offers an exciting blend of culture, modern architecture, open spaces and excellent shopping facilities. Today, it has developed into a municipality with more than 100,000 residents with a strong sense of local pride.

    The residents are however not the only people, who benefit of what Frederiksberg has to offer. There are also about 25,000 students attending institutions of higher education situated in Frederiksberg, and 30,000 people who commute to work in Frederiksberg every day. And on top of that, the many visitors who find Frederiksberg an attractive destination for an excursion – be it for shopping, dining, visiting the Zoo or strolling in one of the beautiful parks.

    For much more information on Frederiksberg, please visit the links here below.

    Link to Frederiksberg Tourist Guide

    Link to AOK website in English (events)

    Link to Kultunaut website in English (events)

    Link to more tourist information for the entire Copenhagen Region

  • Starting a business in Frederiksberg  

    Citizens of Frederiksberg, and businesses with an address in Frederiksberg, can participate in free courses in English on how to develop a new startup company at Business House Copenhagen. The courses take place frequently as the different courses are available every month. You can combine the courses according to your needs, preferences, and the time you have available.

    You can sign up for the different courses and find more information if you follow this link: Link to Business House Copenhagen website in English
  • Greater Copenhagen  

    Greater Copenhagen is a business region of 46 municipalities in Eastern Denmark.
    Greater Copenhagen is home to 2.6 million inhabitants and Scandinavia’s largest recruitment base of highly-skilled employees. The region offers world class research facilities and a creative business environment with easy access to the Northern European markets.
    Greater Copenhagen aims to be the leading metropolis in Northern Europe in terms of attracting and retaining international investment, companies, tourism and talent.

    The Greater Copenhagen Collaboration
    The Greater Copenhagen Collaboration is a political platform for promoting regional collaboration and economic growth. The mayors and regional chairpersons of Eastern Denmark lead the Collaboration.
    In close dialogue with business and other key players in Greater Copenhagen, the Greater Copenhagen Collaboration launches strategic initiatives to generate economic growth and create jobs in Greater Copenhagen.


    In 2020, Greater Copenhagen will be a leading international hub for investment and knowledge capable of competing with the most successful metropolises in Europe.
    By then, our regional collaboration on a focused growth agenda will have created significant economic growth and increased employment in Southern Scandinavia’s international metropolis – Greater Copenhagen.