citizenship

Yet another update on dual citizenship for Denmark – mark 18 December on your calendars!

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The Danish Parliament will hold the second debate on the dual citizenship law on 16 December and the third and final debate AND VOTE during their session on 18 December. It is on the daily agenda for that day, as you can see here. Support for the law is high, so it looks like Christmas will be coming a week early for a lot of people who have been waiting for this! (See my original post on the subject here.)

Update on dual citizenship in Denmark

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aabf91441e8c4c79a9e696e4c6ac98e0I have been monitoring the situation with dual citizenship in Denmark. A friend pointed me to a discussion on the Americans in Denmark Part 2 group page that appeared on 16 November, 2014. ‘Larry Jf’ posted the following:

This past week the law allowing dual citizenship for those who become a Danish citizen was mentioned from the podium in the folketing (Parliament). That was treatment No.1 of the law. Treatment No.2 will be a debate of the law, which will take place soon and the final vote to pass the law will take place before the end of the year. I have this info from my contact in the folketing and since he is a folketing politician who has pushed for and will vote for the law I trust the info.

Indeed, I looked for the discussion in the Folketing’s Dagsorden and found it on their 13 November 2014 agenda. Here is a link (in Danish): http://www.ft.dk/samling/20141/lovforslag/L44/index.htm. So the law is on the agenda – they are recommending that it come into force in September 2015. Let’s keep fingers crossed and see how things go!

Recent & upcoming: Voices of Refugees, yard sale, dual citizenship update, fashion outlet sale, Danish beach quality and weather and more

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EVENTS

Voices of Refugees concert at Musikkens Hus Friday, 6 June

A unique opportunity to hear refugees’ stories and thoughts through song will take place Friday, 6 June at 19:30 at Musikkens Hus. Danish singers will perform songs written by refugees from such countries as Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Bosnia about their experiences of war, trauma, and escape. Performers include Søs Fenger, Julie Maria, Sys Bjerre, Jeff Buckley, Freya, Ida Gaard and Sara Grabow. Tickets (205 kr + fee) are going fast, evidently, so buy yours soon if you’re interested. You can order them online or buy them at the box office tomorrow. Part of the proceeds will go to Amnesty International.

Yard sale in my neighborhood!

yard-sale3-600x365I am taking the opportunity as the writer of this blog to promote a yard sale in my neighborhood this Saturday, 7 June from 11:00 to 15:00. There will be at least six families taking part and lots of items will be for sale, from children’s items to women and men’s clothing to kitchen items. The sale will take place in the green space bordered by the Nørregade, Østergravensgade, and Søndergade streets in the center of Aalborg (click here for the map). There are several entries to the space – directly across from the main library, next to Amerikansk Diner; two entrances from Søndergade; and one from Østergravensgade. We’ll have signs up on the day indicating the entrances. Hope to see you here!

Fashion outlet sale at Aalborg Kongres- & Kulturcenter

There will be a massive outlet sale at Aalborg Kongres- & Kulturcenter this weekend, 7 and 8 June from 11:00 to 17:00 both days. Entry is free to the public. Steep discounts of 30-80% on all clothing, accessories, shoes, bags, etc. will be offered. Click here for more information.

“Why are Danes so weird at work?” – PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT WAS CANCELLED  ON 6 JUNE DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST

Day and time: Thursday 12th June – 16.30-19.30
Venue: Aftenskolernes Hus, Kjellerupsgade 16-18, 9000 Aalborg

Do not miss this exciting and unique opportunity to network with some of North Denmark’s business people! Erhverv Norddanmark (Chamber of Commerce for North Denmark) and Trademark Future Lounge are inviting expats to meet members of Trademark Future Lounge on Thursday, 12th June from 16.30 to 19.30. A sociologist from Aalborg University will give insights into how Danes behave at work and when doing business – for better or for worse. This talk should enable an interesting and positive debate between the participants before they are divided into teams and work together to produce the fanciest version of the Danish national dish.

Trademark Future Lounge aims to create links to expats living in North Denmark and between professionals with different backgrounds, nationalities and professional skills. This is done through the traditional Trademark Future Lounge approach where professionalism and active cooperation go hand-in-hand.

Sign up by Tuesday 10th June by sending an email to Annica Gade Engholm (annica@erhvervnorddanmark.dk). The event is free of charge when you sign up. However, please note there is a no-show fee of DKK 220 + moms which is also payable in case you cancel after the deadline.

Kunsten offers art summer school for children 9-12

Kunsten is offering an art summer school for children ages 9 to 12 this year at Utzon Center and Karolinelund, as the museum is undergoing renovations until October 2015. I was unable to find more information about this on either the Utzon Center or Kunsten websites; perhaps it will show up soon. Stay tuned!

NEWS

Liberalization of dual citizenship rules in Denmark receives political agreement

Yesterday the Danish government signed a broad political agreement with the Left (Venstre), the Socialist People’s Party (Socialistisk Folkeparti), Enhedslisten and Liberal Alliance parties to accept dual citizenship for both foreigners living in Denmark and Danes living abroad. The parties also agree that there should be a transitional period for former Danish citizens who lost their Danish citizenship when obtaining foreign citizenship. This autumn the government will, in light of the agreement, forward a legislative proposal to amend the rules on dual citizenship. The changes are expected to come into force in the summer of 2015. (See my previous post on dual citizenship here. I received the information for this update from the Ministry of Justice’s website.)

Board and card games at Aalborg Library

Did you know that you can borrow board and card games from the Aalborg library? I didn’t either – but apparently the library has just purchased a load of new games and made them available to play either at the library or at home. I saw one of my all-time favorite card games, Ligretto, in the photograph so I am tempted to go check out their other offerings.

Mødrehjælpen (Mothers’ Help) opens new advice center in Aalborg

Mødrehjælpen has just opened a new counselling center in central Aalborg at Boulevarden 30, 4th floor. A national Danish organization, Mødrehjælpen provides women and families with advice and gives economic, social and educational support; offers counselling on abortion and  abused women; and helps individuals build a social network so that there’s someone whose hand you can hold when you need it. They also provide legal assistance. More information about the Aalborg center’s opening hours, etc. is available here. While the organization has had a second-hand shop on Danmarksgade for quite some time, this is the first counselling center they’ve opened in Aalborg.

Aalborg beaches get top marks by EU Commission and Danish Outdoor Council

Studies of water quality and beach quality in Denmark by two organizations – the EU Commission and Danish Outdoor Council (Friluftsråd) – have given Aalborg Kommune beaches top marks. While the EU study focused on water quality, bacteria and health in its study, the Outdoor Council focused on toilets, parking places and beach cleanliness, among other things (there is some overlap between the two). Both organizations found beaches in Aalborg Kommune in excellent condition, as well as the ports of Nibe, Hals and Marina Fjordparken (included only in the Outdoor Council’s ratings coverage). Here are the marks by beach (blue flag is a top mark):

EU Commission rating of excellence Blue flag from Danish Outdoor Council
Bisnap X X
Dokkedal X
Egense X X
Egholm X X
Halkær Bredning X
Hesteskoen X X
Hou X X
Lindholm Strandpark X X
Møllestenen X X
Nibe X
Stejlgabet X
Vester Langeland (Mou) X

Denmark awaits a warm summer

Meterologists in Denmark, Germany and Scandinavia had already declared that this summer will be a warm one; now an American meteorological organization has chimed in with similar predictions. The U.S. weather service NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) has studied what weather will look like in Europe throughout the summer, and estimates that the temperature in Denmark will be about one degree warmer than normal and that we will get about twenty percent less rainfall over the three summer months. While one degree does not seem much, it can evidently do a lot to provide stable summer heat.

Once again, thanks to Midt-Vest Avis for the bulk of the info!

Denmark ushers in new dual citizenship law on 1 Sept 2015

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TENTH UPDATE (29 November 2016): The proposed Finanslov includes further restrictions on gaining permanent residency in Denmark for non-EU citizens. If approved (which is likely to happen in January 2017) the law will require immigrants who wish to gain permaenent residency in Denmark to have lived here for at least 8 years – rather than the current 6 – as well as a few other items. Welcome to Denmark! You can read more here.

NINTH UPDATE (27 January 2016): Yesterday Parliament passed stricter requirements for obtaining Permanent Residency in Denmark. (This is the precursor to Danish citizenship.) This was part of the notorious package that also included confiscation of valuables from refugees, requiring refugees to wait three years before applying for family reunification, etc. This change affects everyone, though – not just refugees. Here are the updated rules:

Applicants must
  • have lived in Denmark at least 6 years
  • pass Prøve i Dansk 2 (Danish 2)
  • not have served a prison sentence of one (1) year or more. Individuals convicted of a less serious crime have to wait for a specified period of time to become eligible to apply after serving their sentence. These waiting periods will be prolonged by fifty (50) percent.
  • have been employed full time for 2.5 of the past 3 years. Part-time work and studies no longer count toward the ‘occupation requirement.’
  • have fulfilled two of the following four supplementary conditions:
    • displayed ‘active citizenship’ by participating in civic organizations or passed a 25-question citizenship test
    • held steady employment for four of the past 4.5 years
    • have earned an annual average salary of 270,000 kroner for the two years prior to application
    • passed Prøve i Dansk 3 (Danish 3) exam

If the applicant has fulfilled all four of the supplementary conditions, they may apply for permanent residency after four years. The cost of applying for permanent residency is DKK 5,525 as of 2016 (visit this page and scroll down, almost to the bottom.) See here for an article in English and here for the text of the law in Danish (section 3 is on permanent residency.)

EIGHTH UPDATE (05 October 2015): Parliament has passed stricter requirements for obtaining Danish citizenship. These include passing Prøve i Dansk 3 (instead of 2) – see my post on this test here and here; a more difficult citizenship exam (and higher passing mark); and proving that one has been self-sufficient for the last 4.5 out of 5 years. Read more here (English), here (Danish), and here (Danish.)

SEVENTH UPDATE (23 September 2015): The Integration Minister, Inger Støjberg, has evidently made a proposal in the form of a ’44-page Circular Letter on Naturalisation’ to change the rules, which would mean reprocessing all applications made for Danish citizenship in the last 14 months. Click here and here for more info.

SIXTH UPDATE: Despite the dual citizenship law now in effect, it appears the current government wishes to make it harder to actually get Danish citizenship. See this article and this one.

FIFTH UPDATE: The dual citizenship law is now in effect. Please read more about it here.

FOURTH UPDATE: The dual citizenship law was officially passed in the Danish Parliament Thursday, 18 December 2014. With a vote of 89-19, the act passed with flying colours (minus the support of the Danish People’s Party and the Conservatives). Here is an article about it (in English) in The Local on the day it was passed. The law will go into effect on 1 September, 2015. For more information from the Ministry of Justice about multiple nationality, click here (in English); for official government guidance about applying for Danish citizenship, click here. Information about the Danish citizenship test (given twice a year) can be found here.

THIRD UPDATE: The Danish Parliament will hold the second debate on the dual citizenship law on 16 December and the third and final debate AND VOTE during their session on 18 December. It is on the daily agenda for that day, as you can see here. Support for the law is high, so it looks like Christmas will be coming a week early for a lot of people who have been waiting for this!

SECOND UPDATE: The following information was posted to the Americans in Denmark Facebook group page on 16 November, 2014: This past week the law allowing dual citizenship for those who become a Danish citizen was mentioned from the podium in the folketing (Parliament). That was treatment No.1 of the law. Treatment No.2 will be a debate of the law, which will take place soon and the final vote to pass the law will take place before the end of the year. I have this info from my contact in the folketing and since he is a folketing politician who has pushed for and will vote for the law I trust the info.

Indeed, I looked for the discussion in the Folketing’s Dagsorden and found it on their 13 November 2014 agenda. Here is a link (in Danish). So the law is on the agenda – they are recommending that it come into force in September 2015. Let’s see how things go!

By the way, you can test your ability to pass the citizenship test online. Here is a story in The Local about it, with a link to a mock exam based on a previous one…

UPDATE: Yesterday, 4 June 2014, the Danish government signed a broad political agreement with the Left (Venstre), the Socialist People’s Party (Socialistisk Folkeparti), Enhedslisten and Liberal Alliance parties to accept dual citizenship for both foreigners living in Denmark and Danes living abroad. The parties agree that there should be a transitional period for former Danish citizens who lost their Danish citizenship when obtaining foreign citizenship. This autumn the government will, in light of the agreement, forward a legislative proposal to amend the rules on dual citizenship. The changes are expected to come into force in the summer of 2015. (I received the information for this update from the Ministry of Justice’s website.)

[Original article’s start] The subject of dual citizenship recently made its way onto my radar. I had not given it much thought before as I have never lived long enough in another country (including this one) to qualify for citizenship there and my daughters are fortunate to have parents from two countries – Germany and the US – that allow it (at least to some extent; see below). However, I learned last month that immigrants to Denmark and Danes living abroad are not afforded the same privilege. The possibility of dual citizenship is severely restricted in Denmark – but this seems set to change soon.

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