Language Test

To work in the Danish healthcare system, you will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the Danish language. This means that you must be able to understand, speak, read, and write Danish at a certain level.

Danish 3 Exam

To demonstrate your Danish language proficiency, you need to pass the language test known as "Prøve i dansk 3" (Danish 3 Exam). This test consists of a written and an oral component, assessing your reading comprehension, written communication, and oral communication skills. You must pass the oral communication test and obtain a minimum score of 10. In the reading comprehension and written communication tests, you must obtain a minimum score of 7 in each.

The Danish 3 Exam is administered at various language centers in Denmark. The exam takes place twice a year, in May/June and November/December. To find out where you can take Danish classes and the exam, please contact your municipality.

You can pass the Danish exam before submitting your application and documentation of formal qualifications. However, you must have passed the exam within the past 12 months prior to applying for authorization, unless you can provide evidence of continuous residence in Denmark since passing the language test.

Other options

You do not have to take the aforementioned language test if:

  • You have already passed the Danish 3 Exam and obtained the minimum scores no more than 12 months prior to the approval of your qualifications.

  • You have resided in Denmark since passing the exam and obtaining the minimum scores.

  • You have completed a Danish upper secondary education.

  • You have completed and passed one of the following exams and obtained a diploma:

    • Higher preparatory examination (enkeltfag) in oral and written Danish or Danish as a second language, with a minimum score of 02 (on the 7-point grading scale) or 6 (on the 13-point grading scale) at the A-level within STX, HF, HHX, and EUX (upper secondary education).
    • GIF (Gymnasiale indslusningsforløb for flygtninge og indvandrere) (A-level) in oral and written Danish, with a minimum score of 02 (on the 7-point grading scale) or 6 (on the 13-point grading scale).
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) in Danish (A-level), with a minimum score of 02 (on the 7-point grading scale) or 6 (on the 13-point grading scale) in oral and written Danish.
    • Further education in Denmark at universities, business schools, nursing schools, etc., unless the programs were conducted in a language other than Danish.
    • Studieprøven from language centers (providers of Danish courses) (until 2002, Danskprøve 2).
    • Danskprøve 3 from Studieskolen in Copenhagen, previously also available at Studieskolen in Odense and Aarhus Kommunes Sprogcenter (Danskprøve 3 is different from Danish Exam 3 and is more advanced than Studieprøven).

Documentation of Language Skills

You need to submit documentation of your Danish language skills to the Danish Patient Safety Authority by post, either as a certified copy or in its original form. Alternatively, you can hand in your documentation at the reception desk of the Danish Patient Safety Authority. For contact information and opening hours, please refer to the Contact page.


Your original diploma/documentation will be returned to you via registered mail.

Please allow up to 14 days from the receipt of your documentation of Danish language skills before receiving a confirmation email with further information about the process.