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Working as a psychiatrist in Denmark

Check out our open psychiatry positions in Denmark and in Sweden.

If you are interested in working as a psychiatrist in Denmark / Scandinavia, Medicolink finds it relevant for you to become acquainted with the following information, prior to your recruitment process.

General info on the Danish healthcare system

Healthcare service in Denmark is almost exclusively covered publicly, financed by the five regions. The health services are organized into a primary healthcare sector (GPs and private practicing specialist doctors) and a secondary healthcare sector (hospitals and outpatient units), i.e. the GPs function as gatekeepers for the hospitals and specialist doctors. There are a number of private clinics, but the highest proportion of patients are treated in the public institutions.

Psychiatry in Denmark

The number of psychiatrists in Denmark is around 800, but the number of professionals is constantly decreasing and the supply of specialists is not satisfactory. The weekly working hours for psychiatrists are 37 hours and the average monthly salary is 53.000 DKK (equivalent to 7100 EUR, which adds up to a yearly income of 85.200 EUR).

The psychiatric outpatient treatment in Denmark is divided between the psychiatric departments of the bigger hospitals, community psychiatric clinics and local psychiatric units managed by the 5 Regions. There is a main hospital in every region and there are four university hospitals in the country: Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg. Besides the big hospitals, the psychiatric treatment is performed at community psychiatric units. Furthermore, there are approximately 110 practising specialists and clinical psychologists with own practice. Psychiatrists often work within teams that consist of the psychiatrist, a psychologist, a nurse and possibly a social worker. The management structure is partially different from other countries. The staff specialist or the chief physician is responsible for the treatment, but the cooperation with the other professionals is much less hierarchical. The nurses play a very important role in the treatment; they serve as continuity figures throughout the process. They undergo a 3,5 year training, which endows them high professional knowledge and the ability to take higher responsibilities than they would have elsewhere.

How to gain authorization in Denmark as a psychiatrist 

To get authorization and employment as a staff consultant or chief specialist in Denmark, an education matching the Danish model and fulfilling the training standards of the appropriate articles of Council directive 2005/36/EF[1], is necessary. Naturally, knowledge of the Danish language is an important factor as well, in terms of cooperation with patients and colleagues. The Danish model of medical education consists of 6 years of general medical training, which provides the MD degree, one year basic clinical training and a specialist training which might take between 4 and 7 years. The basic clinical training includes working at two of the following places: a medical department, a surgical department, a psychiatric department and a GP. At each place you have to work 6 months.

Medicolink will assist you in getting your previous education and training acknowledged in Denmark.

Societies for psychiatrists

DPS: Danish Psychiatric Society is an association for psychiatrists in Denmark. The association seeks to educate their members further and to support academic research. They also want to increase the public’s knowledge on psychiatry.


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Psychiatrist career in Denmark