Recognition statistics

Key figures for international credential evaluation and professional recognition in Denmark

Assessment of foreign qualifications

In 2018, the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education (Danish ENIC/NARIC office) made a total of 3,758 assessments of foreign qualifications of various kinds (down 8 % from the previous year). This includes 2,623 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 2018 was 36 calendar days.

Credit transfer appeals

In 2018, the Qualifications Board (Kvalifikationsnævnet) received 25 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 2018, the competent authorities made 2,498 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 Science and Higher Education.

Overall, 68 % of the decisions in 2018 were favourable, 19 % conditional, and 13 % negative.

The competent 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. 2,208 service providers registered in 2018 (down 4 % 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 Jul 12, 2019