Immigration to Denmark

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Before 1776 there was almost no immigration controls in Denmark. An exception was the Jews who among others had to pay a fee. Applications for immigration permission, see the Danish Chancellery of the National Archives. Remember that you also search immigrants online in Danish Demographic Database

Poles and Swedes

In areas with many foreign workers you be lucky to find special registration of foreigners. For example, at Lollland and Bornholm, where there were many seasonal workers from Poland and Sweden. In most other areas there are not specific registration protocols for strangers. If you need to find Swedes, there is good help available in the book "Above the Sound" which can be purchased at the Provincial Archives for 125 kroner. On the Internet you will find the same help via the address

After 1914, the State Police in Copenhagen, which issued the residence books to strangers. To find something in this archive - which can be found at the National Archives - you have to know the migrant foreigners' number, or use the name directory.

Films from around the country

Do you need to trace people abroad, Provincial Archives will not be able to help you. But you can rent microfiche from Sweden through SVAR, which is part of the Swedish National Archives. You can find SVAR at the following URL Similarly the Mormon Church's Family History Centers have limited microfilm from around the world. For addresses and hours of operations, visit the under Genealogy. In Denmark, family history centers in Allerød, Ronne, Søborg, Slæglese, Esbjerg, Fredericia, Frederikshavn, Odense.

Immigrants in Copenhagen There is very little material about immigrants in Copenhagen. Look in the Registry "Copenhagen police and judicial authorities" in Copenhagen Police mm.

Jews and Catholics, Page 117-118 and 122 Covers the years 1780-1835, respectively. 1818.

Incoming foreigners Page 126 and 159 Covers the years 1860-63, respectively. 1863-69.

Market traveler et al. Page 181. Covers the years 1911-47.