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Recognition statistics

Key figures for international credential evaluation and professional recognition in Denmark

Assessment of foreign qualifications

In 2019, the Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science (Danish ENIC/NARIC office) made a total of 3,898 assessments of foreign qualifications of various kinds (up 4 % from the previous year). This includes 2,600 ordinary assessments, i.e. a document stating the level and field of a qualification, which the qualification holder can use when looking for a job etc.

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

The average case processing time for an ordinary assessment in 2019 was 34 calendar days.

Credit transfer appeals

In 2019, the Qualifications Board (Kvalifikationsnævnet) received 43 appeals against Danish educational institutions’ decisions on credit transfer in various contexts or recognition of prior learning in adult education.

Professional recognition (regulated professions)

In 2019, the competent authorities made 2,708 recognition decisions for the purpose of establishment. Most of the recognition decisions were made by the Danish Patient Safety Authority, the Danish Working Environment Authority, and the Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science.

Overall, 72 % of the decisions in 2019 were favourable, 16 % conditional, and 12 % negative.

The competent authorities kept the processing time under three months in approximately 91 % of cases under the EU recognition directive and in approximately 63 % of other cases.

Service providers from EU/EEA countries are entitled to practice their profession on a temporary and occasional basis in Denmark. 1,363 service providers registered in 2019 (down 38 % from 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 Oct 02, 2020