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Denmark now allows dual citizenship, but you have to speak Danish.

This is a long shot, I'm aware, but...

Denmark recently started allowing dual citizenship under certain conditions, one of which is speaking Danish. Has anyone applied using Danish learned on Duolingo -- and if so, was it good enough?

I'm a fairly good candidate for dual citizenship in other respects, and I've learned Danish entirely from Duolingo, so I'll keep you guys posted on whether that's good enough assuming this doesn't get downvoted to H-.

Tak, samfund! [I don't know how to say "community," so it's going to have to be "society"]

January 19, 2016



The specific test you have to pass is called "Prøve i Dansk 3" (PD3). According to Wikipedia, that is equivalent to CEFR level B2, but I'm not sure that information is up-to-date. I have read that the passing grade on PD3 was raised recently. Of course it takes more than just passing the test to be granted citizenship. The law is intended for people living in Denmark who want to become citizens without giving up their foreign citizenship and for Danish-born people naturalized in another country who want to reacquire their Danish citizenship.


First, bravo for your courage! I will be fascinated to hear your experience with this. While personally I do not aspire to dual citizenship a fair way to state my proficiency goal with Danish is to say I would love to be good enough at Danish to pass the current--and now higher--proficiency exam. I turned my tree gold a long time ago and now work with a tutor via Skype every week. My tutor largely works with students preparing for that exam so she is likely a good judge of how my level stacks up. So, far the message is "keep working...." My own internal experience is that there is a long intermediate level one must get through beyond what Duolingo teaches and before one get to that level. However, I do not have many people with whom I can practice Danish. So, if you somehow have a lot of good opportunity outside Duolingo to practice your Danish, I can imagine it. Also, some are really gifted at languages in a way I am not. So, if you are one of those, blessings on you. Again, bravo for your courage.

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    Not ultra relevant but community translates as "fællesskab".


    The common consensus in discussions on this site appears to be that DuoLingo can get most learners to about an A2 proficiency level in a given language; maybe B1 if you invest a lot of time and keep your language tree gilded over longer durations.

    For that it's worth, methinks you ought to shoot for C1 or better if you want your Danish to help pave your way to Danish citizenship.

    See this Wikipedia article on Common European Framework of Reference for Languages for more information on this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages


    I started learning danish, here on Duolingo like 1,5 years ago. I am able to talk and understand danish pretty good by now. But I have also taken 2 language courses during that time here at my university. I might apply for this in the future and thanks for bringing this up. very useful information indeed. :)


    Just curious but were you able to get citizenship based on your language skills?

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