Danes abroad, who are moving home to Denmark

Danes abroad, who are moving home to Denmark

Danes abroad who want to move back to Denmark have few places to seek proper information.

One website, where most everything you may need is included, is the website of the municipality of Silkeborg.

The website has gathered the main advice in one place which is very useful for Danes abroad. Below, this information is translated into English:

First rule is, that you can not report your relocation back to Denmark online, you must meet up personally in Borgerservice in the municipality where you have decided to reside and bring your passport.

Checklist
When you move back to Denmark, remember:

  • to report to the Citizen Register (folkeregisgteret).
  • to choose a doctor (otherwise one will be automatically selected for you).
  • to contact SKAT (revenue department) for the preliminary statement and tax card.

Depending on your situation, be aware of whether you should:

  • Apply for a residence permit to your foreign spouse.
  • Register yourself at the job center as available on the labour market and apply for economic assistance in the municipality.
  • Register yourself in a Danish union for unemployment benefits.
  • Apply for maternity leave and maternity support.
  • Change your foreign driving license to a Danish driving license.

 

From Borger.dk there is additional advise:

When you want to move back to Denmark, there are several things to be aware of


Report entry

If you are a Danish citizen and will stay in Denmark for more than three months, you may be registered in the CPR (folkeregistret) if you have a place to live.

The municipality where you choose to settle will probably require you to meet up personally in the public service office of the municipality to be registered in the CPR (folkeregistret), choose a doctor, etc.

  • bring your passport and documentation for your new, local Danish residence

If you stay in Denmark for less than three months, you can not be registered in the CPR (folkeregistret) as having re-entered Denmark to live here.

You can not pre-register yourself as a citizen while you are abroad – you must actually have moved before you can do this.


Choosing your own doctor

You must inform the citizen service of the doctor you wish to have – otherwise a doctor will automatically be chosen for you. You can choose a doctor who has access to new patients here:


How do I get a health card?

Once you have been registered in the CPR, you will after approx. two to three weeks receive a health card (the former health insurance certificate). It will be sent to you by mail.


About searching jobs
You must contact the job center in your area if you are unemployed and seeking a job. You will find your local job center at jobcenter.dk.


How do I get a tax card?
When you are registered with the CPR as a returning citizen of Denmark, contact the Tax Authority at +45 72 22 28 92 as soon as possible and speak to the Foreign Department. This applies regardless of whether you have income from Denmark, from abroad or from both places.

The tax authorities need the following information in order to make the tax card over the phone:

  • Social Security number
  • Information about income from Denmark and abroad
  • Information on deductions (eg unemployment insurance, union membership, transport cost, etc.).
  • Information on the purchase of housing in Denmark
  • Information about foreign property and possibly rental of them
  • Information about Danish and foreign accounts, securities, deposits and pension schemes.


Daily allowance and unemployment benefits

When you return to Denmark after a work-time job as an employee in an EEA country, you are no longer a member of a Danish unemployment fund.

You must therefore apply for admission to your Danish unemployment insurance again. The application must be sent within eight weeks after your insurance cover ends in the EEA country in which you were previously insured. If you do not comply with the eight-week deadline, it may affect your entitlement to unemployment benefit.

As a rule, you can only be admitted to a Danish unemployment insurance scheme when you are resident and resident in Denmark. You have the opportunity to transfer research and working periods earned in another EEA country to an Danish unemployment insurance scheme in Denmark.

In some cases you have the opportunity to become a member of or maintain the membership of Danish Danish unemployment insurance scheme during work abroad. If you have legally retained your membership of Danish unemployment insurance fund during your working period in another EEA country, follow the usual Danish rules in regards to enrollment, vacancy etc.


Eight-week period

If you have been employed in an EEA country and you have been a member of a Danish unemployment fund in the past five years, you must apply for admission to your Danish unemployment insurance scheme in writing. The application must be sent within eight weeks after your insurance cover ends in the EEA country in which you were previously insured.

If you have not been a member of a Danish unemployment fund in the last five years, you must have completed a work in addition to the written application within eight weeks (the work must last a total of 296 hours within three months ).

If you do not comply with the eight-week deadline, you must be registered as a new member – and will then only be entitled to unemployment benefits after one year.

You can contact your Danish unemployment fund, which can provide you with information on how to prepare your return. You will find a list of Danish unemployment insurance scheme on the National Board of Occupational Injuries:


Financial assistance and housing support
You can apply for cash assistance if you are unable to support yourself or your family for a period of time. To get cash help, you must firstly:

If you are renting your residence you may – depending on your income – be eligible for housing support.


Pension and abroad

If you believe that you are entitled to a foreign pension before you reach 67, contact Payout Denmark, which manages the pension area in Denmark. You can read more about the rules here:


If my spouse is a foreigner

If your spouse is an EU / EEA citizen or citizen in one of the Nordic countries, he / she does not need a residence permit to live in Denmark.

If, however, your spouse is a third-country national – ie citizen in a country outside the Nordic countries and EU / EEA countries – a valid residence permit is required.

Your foreign spouse may be entitled to a residence permit pursuant to the rules on family reunification. If you have lived in another EU / EEA country, special rules apply.


Childcare and school choice

If you have children, the municipality’s civil service can tell you about day care centers and schools, as well as the center can also inform you about childcare. Below you can read more about possibilities for childcare and school and education options.


Car and driving license
If you bring with you a car on foreign license plates, you must have completed the Vehicle Authority’s “5 Steps to Importing a Vehicle” within 30 days after entering Denmark. Only when Danish registration fee has been paid for the assessment price can the car get Danish license plates.

Whether you have to pay customs and VAT for the car depends on whether you are transporting the vehicle from an EU country or from a country outside the European Union.

If you have a foreign driving license when moving home, you may need to switch to a Danish in the municipality’s civil service.

Access the full website of the text above:
https://silkeborgkommune.dk/Borger/Flytte-bo-og-bygge/Naar-jeg-skal-flytte/Udlandsdanskere-der-flytter-hjem

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EU, member states ambassadors met Thai foreign ministry

EU, member states ambassadors met Thai foreign ministry

EU Ambassador Pirkka Tapiola and the Ambassadors of EU Member States accredited to Thailand on 16 July met the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, H.E. Mrs. Busaya Mathelin.

“Bilateral relations, which hold great potential for increased political and economic cooperation, were discussed in the fruitful meeting,” reported the Embassy of Finland in Bangkok, represented by Chargée d’Affaires Katarina Tapio.

“EU Ambassador Pirkka Tapiola reiterated the importance of holding credible, transparent and inclusive elections, and the urgent lifting of restrictions on activities of political parties and on the freedoms of expression and assembly.”

During the meeting, both sides reaffirmed their good and long-standing relations as well the enormous potential for increased partnership, both economically and politically. The European Union is Thailand’s third largest partner in terms of both trade and investment, stated the Delegation of the European Union to Thailand

The EU and Member State Ambassadors welcomed the Permanent Secretary outlining Thailand’s vision for the future Thailand-EU relationship and providing an up-date on the domestic political situation in Thailand.

The EU Ambassador recalled the December 2017 Council Conclusions adopted by the EU’s 28 Foreign Ministers that note the steps taken so far in implementing the roadmap to democracy and reiterate the importance of holding credible, transparent and inclusive elections in order to return to a democratic form of governance. In this context, the EU side also emphasised the importance of an urgent lifting of restrictions on activities of political parties and on the freedoms of expression and assembly.

The EU and Member State Ambassadors jointly expressed deep disappointment regarding the execution of Theerasak Longji on 18 June, which marks a regrettable step backwards. The Ambassadors called on the Royal Thai Government to refrain from any future executions, and work towards a moratorium and the eventual abolishing of the death penalty, as the government has previously stated.

The Permanent Secretary set out Thai priorities for their upcoming Chairmanship of Asean in 2019. The EU representatives expressed great appreciation for the highly constructive role played by Thailand as country coordinator for EU-ASEAN Dialogue Relations over the past three years and committed to support Thailand’s Chairmanship in view of further strengthening relations between the European Union and Asean.

The European Union and its Member States will continue to work with Thailand as a friend and close partner and stand ready to support the Kingdom on its path to democracy, including through EU election observation, stated the EU delegation.

Sources: Embassy of Finland in Bangkok, Delegation of the European Union to Thailand

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Danish Embassy to launch redesigned alley garden in Yangon

Danish Embassy to launch redesigned alley garden in Yangon

The Embassy of Denmark in Myanmar is assisting in the launch of an alley garden in Yangon.

The garden, Doh Eain’s Sixth Alley Garden, is part of a ongoing project by the urban design firm Doh Eain, who’s mission it is to “design user-centered solutions that preserve and improve historical, cultural, social and natural assets the city.”

The alleyway’s design was created with the help of the Danish architect Anne Marie Galmstrup and includes “a playhouse, a climbing wall, murals, plants, and colorful seating and plinths areas,” according to the Danish Embassy of Myanmar.

The opening will take place on Saturday 21 July where the community of 41 Street – 42 Street will open Yangon’s sixth regenerated alleyway in collaboration with Doh Eain. The official opening will be at 9am.

The alleyway was funded by the Embassy of Denmark in Myanmar.

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Nordic Summer Lunch at Koh Thai Hong Kong

Nordic Summer Lunch at Koh Thai Hong Kong

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Kong Kong invites to the second of the annual Nordic Summer lunches, held at Koh Thai in Wan Chai, Friday 20 July 2018, starting at 12.30 pm.

SwedCham is delighted to coordinate with the other Nordic Chambers for this Networking Lunch. The concept is simple – bring your friends and colleagues and come to meet members of other Nordic Chambers (Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish) while enjoying a set lunch. Each and every guest will pay for their own order. Koh Thai has a two course set lunch that is a available for a price between 98 – 138 HKD.

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Mats Harborn, European Chamber China presented new report

Mats Harborn, European Chamber China presented new report

On 10 July the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (European Chamber) launched their thematic report: ‘18 months since Davos – How China’s vision became a reform imperative’.

The report analyses the progress and shortcomings of China’s reform agenda since President Xi Jinping spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos in early 2017. 18 Months Since Davos: How China’s Vision Became a Reform Imperative analyses a year and a half of reform across a wide variety of industries, and examines where tangible results have been seen by European companies in China. It also looks at what the raising of equity caps in selected industries actually means to operations on the ground, as well as which barriers remain or are now more pronounced.

Although the past 18 months has seen more tangible results relative to any other 18-month period since China’s accession to the WTO, in absolute terms the story is quite different. Serious issues like SOE domination, unfair technology transfers and a burdensome regulatory environment detract from the value of progress such as recent of market openings, improvements in the R&D environment and more stringent enforcement of environmental regulations.

The European Chamber is now calling for an absolute approach to implementation of the reform agenda. For China to reach its next stage of development and escape the middle-income trap, an open and competitive business environment underpinned by rule of law must be cultivated. Beyond China’s borders, the global economic system is demanding that China take up its responsibilities as a leading market that is highly dynamic and increasingly on the cutting-edge of innovation, and fulfil the commitments it has made often and prominently.

“It is no longer sufficient for China to aim to become more open, more equitable, and better regulated,” said European Chamber President Mats Harborn. “In order to meet the demands of the Chinese economy and to diffuse rapidly-rising global tensions, China must shift to an absolute perspective that results in China simply becoming an open, equitable and well-regulated place to do businesses.”

The non-profit, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (European Chamber) was founded in 2000 by 51 member companies that shared a goal of establishing a common voice for the various business sectors of the European Union and European businesses operating in China.

Link to report:
www.europeanchamber.com.cn/en/publications-18-months-since-davos

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Alliance to standardize blockchain in the supply chain industry

Alliance to standardize blockchain in the supply chain industry

Sales Manager Jana Lee and Managing Director Soeren Duvier. Photo: Sara Brun Nielsen

Blockchain is one of the most hyped technology concepts of our time. The possible future of all technologies. The new internet. Still, many companies have very little understanding of how to incorporate the technology in a way that makes sense – considering the challenges within blockchain – so the industry demands knowledge. This is where BiTA enters the picture.

Blockchain is perhaps the most powerful innovation, associated with the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, as countless industries from financial services to healthcare have begun to consider how to utilize the technology for their own applications. But the companies and institutions need more knowledge. BiTA – Blockchain in Transport Alliance – opened its Asia office in Singapore last month. Counting over 400 members, including Asian and Oceanian countries, the standards organisation has great expectations for its entry in Asia.

The BiTA Asia office is run by Danish Managing Director Soeren Duvier and Sales Manager Jana Lee. There is a need for development and innovation for blockchain technology to truly succeed. BiTA provides forums for exactly this.

So, what is blockchain? The decisive factor in blockchain technology is its ability to distribute information. It has a decentralised and verifiable nature which saves and secures data on several continuous blocks – each block having its own “fingerprint” as well as the “fingerprint” of the previous block. You may think of it as an e-notary with the ability to protect data and prevent it from being tampered with. This makes the technology extremely safe and therefore attractive to many industries – if not all.

“A core belief at BiTA is that a market is only as strong as its educational foundation.”

These are the words greeting you when surfing BiTA’s website. And education truly is the purpose of the organisation. Blockchain technology is trending. Major companies in all kinds of industries draw attention to their specific use of blockchain. Still, you may question the net value of blockchain of today – due to the many challenges within the technology.

“Blockchain has been trending the last three to four years, but at the moment, many of the solutions are about generating buzz or siloed within one company. It is still early days; however, the potential is there for a quantum leap in process improvement,” Duvier states. “When you have an organization creating a forum for the development of standards, you want as many members as possible to set the benchmarks for the industry. I have some background in shipping. Moving things from A to B will not see a 90 percent cost reduction because you change your database to a DLT setup. However, it will lower the overall costs if the entire industry uses the same standards and change business practices.”

The industry asked for an Alliance

BiTA was originally founded one year ago in the U.S. upon a demand for knowledge about blockchain from the supply chain industry. The Alliance creates a forum to those who want to be a part of setting standards for blockchain technology within the industry.

“BiTA has no interest in imposing standards on our members. We actually want to hold-back a bit to ensure that our standards are some all of members, and industries, can agree on. BiTA’s focus is on the value blockchain technology can bring to the supply chain and to differentiate it from those using blockchain solely for cryptocurrency,” Duvier explains.

The Asian region contains a massive potential for BiTA and it is no coincident Singapore was chosen as base for the organisation. The country not only constitutes the trade hub of Asia. Singapore is additionally one of the world’s most important countries when it comes to the supply chain industry.

“There is a lot of potential in the supply chain industry. Supply chain is used in most industries –probably in every industry,” Lee explains.

A blockchain’s database is not kept in a single location – which could be infiltrated or controlled by a single party – but rather hosted by numerous computers at once. This creates several challenges to which there is no clear solution. Yet. The challenges include large-scale energy demands that burden the environment, slow transaction speed, and the lack of regulation which creates a risky environment.

Photo: Sara Brun Nielsen

“Using the shipping companies as an example, they would be looking for solutions concerning large amounts of documentation and payments and keeping track of their ships. We can help them by bringing them together with people from the tech industry and other members. And we can help by creating standards. That makes us unique,” Duvier states.

For BiTA it is most important that the members set the standards. This also meaning BiTA will not be making demands but rather facilitate a forum for the discussion of these challengers, allowing the members to make the demands. If they so wish. Talking about the environmental burden blockhcain generates, Duvier states:

“That is not something we are put in the world to solve, but something we are put in the world to draw attention to.”

Standards will be developed – but who will create them?

The development of standards is an attempt to systematise and make the entire industry comparable when it comes to blockchain.

“Historically, there have always been developed standards over time in all industries. Whether it is shipping or agriculture or finance. Sometimes the states regulate first, and that is not always favourable for the companies,” Duvier explains.

According to Duvier, who has 25 years of operational and commercial experience in the shipping, energy, and commodity markets, it could be an issue if the states were to regulate first. Different countries would prefer different solutions and varying regulations would complicate the process of streamlining standards internationally.

BiTA – at the same time – is an Alliance. 16 council members need to agree on all decisions. This makes the process of creating standards for the industry slow. The real challenge will be bringing together members with varying levels of interest and involvement and ensuring that BiTA remains relevant to, and representative of, all.

Duvier explains that BiTA can act as a neutral body engaging with various governments.

“If the states have any concerns or issues to be resolved, then we will be part of that solution too,” Duvier states.

In spite of the unresolved challenges, the potential in blockchain technology is undeniable. Solutions can be found. The question is how fast and by whom.

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European business position paper Thailand launched

European business position paper Thailand launched

On 6 July the European Association for Business and Commerce (EABC) launched the 2018 European Business Position Paper. EU Ambassador Pirkka Tapiola joined together with the Minister of Commerce and the European Association for Business and Commerce (EABC) in the launch event.

In his welcoming remarks, Ambassador Tapiola stressed the importance of the openness of the economy and the existence of the rule of law in order to attract European investors. Ambassador Tapiola also encouraged Thailand to actively support the EU in ensuring the proper functioning of the WTO multilateral trading system in light of rising protectionism.

The European Business Position paper is an annual publication, containing a set of economic policy recommendations from the members of the EABC on a broad range of sectors and policy areas.

The EABC Position Paper is the unified work of EABC’s twelve working groups contributing to the improvement of European-Thai economic relations, trade and investment and covering a broad range of industries. This Paper provides important recommendations that will strengthen Thailand’s competitiveness towards more prosperity. Policymakers today acknowledge the benefits of useful information presented in this Paper, as identifying optimal solutions to complicated problems require input from business leaders.

H.E. Mr Pirkka Tapiola, Ambassador, Delegation of the European Union to Thailand

The report is unique in that it is derived from the extensive efforts and serious commitment from more than 80 European business leaders in Thailand – with over 70 working group sessions held over the past year. This Paper is a resource for the Royal Thai Government’s regulators and policymakers to learn about the issues and to find the best approach. The EABC Position Paper is our sincere contribution to improve Thailand’s competitiveness for the mutual benefit of the two economies, and for long-term European investment in Thailand.

Source: European Association for Business and Commerce

From the right: Jan Eriksson, President EABC; Mr. Christian Weidmann, Vice President EABC

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