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The Princess Rule

THE PRINCESS RULE

Children born in wedlock to a Danish mother and a father of foreign nationality during the period of January 1, 1961 to December 31, 1978 did not obtain Danish nationality by birth.

As an alternative, Danish mothers were offered to make a declaration by which their child obtained Danish nationality, cf. s. 2(2) of Act No. 117 of March 29, 1978.

Children born during this period whose mother did not make a declaration to this effect may apply for Danish nationality by naturalization according to the “Princess Rule”.

Applying under the Princess Rule, does not require residence in Denmark at the time of applying. However, it is a condition that you have been staying in Denmark under circumstances indicating some association with the country. According to the Danish Ministry of Immigration and Integration (in Danish only), this implies three months of residence, registered in the Danish Civil Registration System (CPR), or stays accumulating to at least one year in total before the age of 22.

Under the Princess Rule, you are also exempt from passing the Danish citizenship test, including the language test. However, for a successful application, you must be able to take part in an ordinary conversation in Danish with a Danish speaking national from  the Embassy of Denmark in Ottawa.

In addition, it is a condition that the other requirements for obtaining Danish nationality by naturalization are fulfilled. If you have been sentenced to imprisonment longer than 18 months, you cannot acquire Danish nationality by naturalization. If you have been convicted of other offences, you cannot be naturalized until after a certain period of time has passed. Finally, you may not have a debt to the Danish authorities.

HOW TO APPLY

Step 1: Complete Application Form and Payment of Processing Fee
A completed application form and payment of the non-refundable processing fee is a requirement for an admissible application.

Payment of the processing fee must be made in the form of a bank draft or money order issued to the Royal Danish Embassy, or in cash. The Embassy's fee schedule can be found here.

Step 2: Collect Documents
A document checklist can be found in “bilag 2” of the application form.
In addition to the document checklist in bilag 2, you must enclose the following documents with your application:

  • Your birth certificate, which must include your mother’s name.
  • Your mother’s birth certificate
  • Your parents’ marriage certificate
  • A declaration from your mother stating whether she ever applied for or acquired a foreign nationality by application. The declaration should read as follows: "I, the undersigned, solemnly declare that I have never applied for nor acquired a foreign nationality". If your mother passed away, you need to enclose the death certificate.
  • If you have been studying or working in Denmark: copies of certificates etc. 

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that all necessary documents are submitted. It is strongly recommended that you contact the Nationality Division at the Ministry of Immigration and Integration for any updates regarding the submission of correct documents. Failure to submit all the required documents may result in delays or rejection of your application.

Neither the Embassy of Denmark in Canada nor the Danish consulates can be held responsible for any problems you may incur as a result of missing documents.

Step 3: Submit the Application
You can send the application, documents and processing fee directly to the Danish Embassy in Canada. The Embassy is located at the following address:

Royal Danish Embassy
47 Clarence Street, Suite 450
Ottawa, ON K1N 9K1 

If case processing by the embassy is required, e.g. if documents are missing or the Ministry of Immigration and Integration has additional questions to the client, an additional hourly fee shall be charged as stated in the fee schedule mentioned above.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS

Please contact the Nationality Division at the Ministry of Immigration and Integration directly.
Tel.: +45 72 26 87 00. The phone hours can be found here (local time).
Email: uim@uim.dk.