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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.

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


Iwona and Jarek

Polish family:

Nature and good conditions for the children are crucial

It is first and foremost the good conditions for the children and the clean and beautiful nature that Iwona and Jarek emphasize when expressing why they have chosen to settle in Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality in Denmark. In the past two years Iwona and Jarek have been living in the village of Finderup together with their joint child Diego and Jarek’s son Manuel and his daughter Karolina.

”The child-care facilities here are simply so good. They do so much for the development of children. For instance, they are allowed to cook and do woodwork when they can handle a knife– even though it may be a little dangerous. Besides, they also spend a lot of time in nature. In all sorts of weather. It is so healthy for them”, says Iwona who is also really happy with the schools.

”However, the best thing is that you exist to live here – which means that you don’t just constantly work, but you work in order to also live in your spare time”, says Iwona, and Jarek agrees. That was the very reason why he came to Denmark to work, since - as a self-employed motor mechanic with his own construction firm - he just worked and worked without earning sufficient to live on. On top of that he did not have any spare time whatsoever.


Iwona og Jarek - Read the full story here