Denmark: Greenlandic and Faroese parents to receive no child support refund

The parents of about 500 Greenlandic and Faroese children residing in Denmark will not receive a refund when the Danish Tax Industry starts giving EU parents the child support funds they have wrongfully missed out on since 2012.

Last summer, the EU Commission ruled that Denmark unlawfully refused child support to citizens of EU countries in Denmark who had not resided in the Scandinavian country for a minimum of two years out of the previous 10.

However, although Denmark applied the same 10-year ruling to people from Greenland and the Faroe Islands, they will not be entitled to any refund.

Tax Minister Morten Ostergaard said if any problems arise from the ruling he will look into it. However, he noted that under the current government people from the Faroese and Greenland have the same child support opportunities as everyone else in the county.

Ostergaard went on to say that if the former government’s requirements of parents needing to have lived in the country for at least two years before they are entitled to claim child support results in any problems then he will investigate the matter further.