A Canadian-Danish child

Hi all. I’m about to birth a little dual citizen and was just wondering if I need to somehow register this birth with the Canadian authorities, as well as the Danish ones. Anyone have any experience in this area?

Cheers and thanks,


This entry was posted by Jessica Grant Jørgensen on 17.01.08

Brian Keith’s comment:

(A note for other readers – Jessica is a Canadian citizen, now married to a Dane and living in Denmark.)

You could try calling the Canadian Embassy in Copenhagen for clarification. My totally non-expert opinion is that your baby will be a Danish citizen on birth, but won’t become a Canadian citizen until you jump through extra hoops – if at all. Does anyone else have any better advice?

This comment was posted on 17.01.08.

Jayda Siggers’s comment:

Congrats Jessica!!! I have a 2 year old and another on the way. With my 2 year old we applied for a certificate of Canadian citizenship for him so he was eligible for a Canadian passport. All forms are available at the Canadian Embassy. The certificate takes up to one year but in the meantime you can still get your baby a Canadian passport that is valid for one year. The certificate of Canadian citizenship is valid for a lifetime. However, I am not sure about the rules of having both passports. Since my husband and I are both Canadian we didn’t bother with the Danish passport because we would not be able to renew it for him. We are leaving at the end of the year. I hope this helps. Good luck!

This comment was posted on 17.01.08.

Andy’s comment:

There is no problem holding dual passports, as long as you don’t make a big fuss about it.

A child born in Denmark is a Danish citizen. A child born to Canadian parents cannot be refused Canadian citizenship.

So take it easy for now, your gonna have a baby!!! Do what you have to, to fulfil Denmark’s bureaucratic process but don’t reveal too much about your situation or ask too many questions. It confuses the process.

When you are ready to formally obtain the little one’s dual citizenship, contact Lene Becker at the Canadian embassy and she can point you in the right direction.

Best of luck:) Andy

This comment was posted on 17.01.08.

Jessica Grant Jørgensen’s comment:

Thanks for the info. Seems like I don’t need to worry so much about it right at this moment, but when you’re preparing for a life-altering event, well, if you’re me, you’re thinking about every possible eventuality and how to prepare for it.

Again, thanks for the help. I will ring to the embassy at some later point and/or stop by next time I’m in Kbh. just to make sure that this little one is registered as a Canuck.



  1. Pete

    Denmark is now one of a few countries in the world which accepts that its residents have multiple nationalities. The policy of tolerance functions like this:
    You are Canadian and your child is both Canadian and Danish. You and your family fly home for Christmas to Canada. When booking your ticket if there should be any questions of nationality or request for passport data use the Canadian one and again at check in at CPH. When headed out to your gate to fly home with Air Canada you pass the Schengen Control (Passport Control) and your child should show their Danish Passport when leaving Denmark. When arriving Canada be sure then to show your child’s Canadian passport. When leaving Canada after Christmas give the airline check in staff both passports, so they don’t go searching for any visa data, etc. and can process you as fast as possible. When arriving back at CPH be sure to use your childs Danish passport again at passport control. This is the policy of tolerance in a nut shell.

  2. Maria

    Just a quick note. Children born in Denmark are only Danish citizens if their parents are. Few countries (if any) European countries gives citizenship by birth. It’s a more lengthy process that requires the child to stay in the country as a resident for some years.

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