Recognition statistics

The Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education issued 5,690 assessments of various kinds in 2016.

Assessment of foreign qualifications

In 2016, the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education (Danish ENIC/NARIC office) made a total of 5,690 assessments of foreign qualifications of various kinds (up 7 % from the previous year). This includes 3,192 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, 69 % of ordinary assessments in 2016 indicate a level within higher education.

The average case processing time for an ordinary assessment in 2016 was 44.5 calendar days.

In addition to ordinary assessments, the Agency provided 1,209 assessments for the immigration service in connection with the Danish greencard scheme (discontinued in June 2016).

Furthermore, the Agency provided advice in response to 672 enquiries from educational institutions about foreign qualifications.

Credit transfer appeals

In 2016, the Qualifications Board (Kvalifikationsnævnet) received 31 complaints about Danish educational institutions’ decisions on credit transfer in various contexts or recognition of prior learning in adult education (45 in 2015).

Professional recognition (regulated professions)

In the regulated professions, 2,100 recognition decisions were made in 2016. This represents a 20 % increase on the previous year. 53 % of the recognition decisions were made in the field of healthcare.

Overall, 72 % of the decisions in 2016 were favourable, 23 % conditional, and 5 % 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. 2,108 service providers registered in 2016 (up 6 % 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 May 23, 2017