Totalising to Qualify for a Danish Benefit

Totalising for a Danish benefit

Residents of Australia are able to claim Danish Social Pensions Act pensions even though they are not residing in Denmark provided they have resided in Denmark for a minimum of 3 years between age 15 and age 67. People cannot totalise to meet this 3 year minimum.

Australian nationals who are claiming anticipatory pensions (disability and social reasons):

  • must have been mentally and physically capable for carrying on their normal occupation for a continuous period of not less than 12 months while resident in Denmark,
  • must have been resident in Denmark for not less than 12 months immediately before they lodge their claim for pension, and
  • the need for pension must have occurred while the person was a resident in Denmark.

ATP pensions require a minimum of one year of contributions only.

Act reference: SS(IntAgree)Act Schedule 12 Denmark

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