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The yellow health insurance card

Denmark has an extensive public health- and health insurance system offering free consultation and treatment at a local GP, out-of-hours medical services, and public hospitals. Examinations and treatments are free.

You are covered by the Danish health insurance system if you work and reside legally in Denmark. In connection with your entry registration, you will be allocated a GP of your own choice, and you will receive a national health insurance card, colloquially called “the yellow health insurance card”. In addition to your personal details, the health insurance card also contains the name of your GP.



As a rule, your GP is responsible for treating you if you need medical help and refers you to specialist doctors or a hospital, if necessary.

The GP, who is often also called the family doctor, has special rules for appointments, telephone hours etc. Outside normal working hours an automatic answering machine will inform you about contact to the A & E doctor, (accident and emergency ward).

Dial 112 in the case of emergencies or illness.

Children are covered by the health insurance scheme together with their mother and father until they have reached the age of 15. Subsequently, they get their own health insurance card and are entitled to choose their own GP.

When you see a doctor, specialist doctors, or receive treatment for instance at the hospital, or in other places where you undergo treatment, you must bring your yellow health insurance card. You must also bring the yellow health insurance card if you are to see a dentist or a physiotherapist, where treatments are partly covered by public payment.


Sundhedshus Ringkøbing - Foto: Region Midtjylland


The health insurance card can also be used as proof of identity in other connections. For example many libraries, including the libraries of the Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality, use the health insurance card as a library card.

For more information about the Danish health system, click HERE.

Including among others your options of interpreter assistance.

Charlotte and Ian

Danish/English couple:

Wish of living the good life

”Above all, we just wanted to be together and live the good life. We love being together” says the Danish/English couple Charlotte and Ian Coles who have settled down in an idyllic old farm house at Kloster, halfway between the Ringkøbing Fjord and the Stadil Fjord and close to the town of Ringkøbing.

It is not surprising that the couple had a wish of the good life in peaceful surroundings with lots of nature. Ian was a Major in the British Army, which meant the couple had moved around military bases in England and Germany for years. Ian had also been deployed close to the world’s war zones, leaving Charlotte alone and suffering months of deprivation during their first year in Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality.

They bought the old farmhouse overlooking the Stadil Fjord in 2013, and Charlotte moved in full-time, while Ian could only come home as work allowed. But now the good life has really started as Ian retired this summer.

Ian is 48 years old and he has just landed a job with Vestas - the wind turbine manufacturer – as a Project Training Leader. 

Charlotte and Ian - Read the full story here


Ioana and Sorin

Romanian Family:

We have been made very welcome

”We love our country, Romania, but we have also grown very fond of Denmark which has become our home,” says 37-year-old Sorin Ungureanu who - together with his wife Ioana and their two children - find themselves so much at home that in the autumn of 2017 they bought the house of their dreams in Borris. Borris is a town with approximately 800 inhabitants in Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality – geographically the biggest municipality in Denmark.

“We have been living here since 2011 and our children are fully integrated in the local community and gradually, so are we. We have been made to feel really welcome in this town. People gladly help us and we are very happy about living here,” Sorin says whilst simultaneously smiling at Erling Søndergaard - one of the passionate locals who likes to give a lending hand. Erling has helped the family with the purchase of their house, and as a friend of the family he joins our conversation as to why Sorin and Ioana came to Denmark and what it is like for a foreign family to move to Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality.

”We are also happy having you here. We can tell that you like being here, and you have also done a great deal to become a part of the community,” Erling points out referring to the fact that Sorin among others has been active in leading a father-child gymnastics team and a table tennis team in town.

Ioana und Sorin - Read the full story here