Recognition statistics

The Danish Agency for Higher Education issued 5,334 assessments of various kinds in 2015.

Assessment of foreign qualifications

In 2015, the Danish Agency for Higher Education (Danish ENIC/NARIC office) made a total of 5,335 assessments of foreign qualifications. The agency issued 2,474 ordinary assessment reports (up 30 % from the previous year).

While qualifications at all levels are assessed, 74 % of ordinary assessments indicate a level within higher education.

The average case processing time for an ordinary assessment in 2015 was 36.8 calendar days.

In addition to ordinary assessments, the agency provided 1,944 assessments for the immigration service in connection with the Danish greencard scheme (discontinued in June 2016). In most of these cases, the qualification holders were from Iran, India or Pakistan.

Furthermore, the agency provided advice in response to 660 enquiries from higher education institutions about foreign entrance qualifications, and 76 % of these replies were given on the same day.

Credit transfer appeals

In 2015, the Qualifications Board (Kvalifikationsnævnet) received 45 complaints about Danish educational institutions’ decisions on credit transfer in various contexts or recognition of prior learning in adult education (33 in 2014).

Professional recognition (regulated professions)

In the regulated professions, 1,752 recognition decisions were made in 2015 (up 5 % from the previous year). 52 % of the recognition decisions were made in the field of healthcare.

Overall, 74 % of the decisions in 2015 were favourable, 20 % conditional and 6 % negative.

The competent recognition authorities kept the processing time under three months in approximately 9 out of 10 cases.

Service providers from EU/EEA countries are entitled to practice their profession on a temporary and occasional basis in Denmark. 1,998 service providers registered in 2016. This represents a 50 % increase on the previous year.

Annual reports

The Minister for Higher Education and Science presents an annual report to the Danish Parliament (Folketing), in accordance with the Assessment of Foreign Qualifications Act. See:

The report covers statistics and qualitative developments concerning:

  • Assessment and other recognition activities carried out by the Danish Agency for Higher Education
  • Appeals concerning credit transfer brought before the Qualifications Board
  • Professional recognition carried out by the authorities responsible for the regulated professions.

The full reports are available in Danish:


last modified Jun 06, 2016