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Danish Authorized Translators and Interpreters (DT)

The members of the Danish Authorized Translators and Interpreters (DT) are active professional translators and interpreters who have received a master's degree in translation and interpreting in Danish and one or more other languages from an accredited Danish business school. The degree involves a specialization in LSP (language for special purposes), which means that the skills acquired by graduates are matched to what is required by the business community and public sector. Graduates who apply for this status are officially licensed by the Danish Commerce and Companies Agency ("state-authorized").

The skill set of a translatør, or "state-authorized translator", includes one or more of the following:

1. Translation
State-authorized translators translate all kinds of documents and texts for private individuals, businesses, organizations and public authorities, including the police and the courts. Their educational background provides state-authorized translators with an extensive knowledge of legal, technical, medical and business language and of the differences in social and cultural conditions in countries in which their chosen languages are spoken. Thus they are able to adjust terminology, level of formality and style, and cultural references to match the target group a translation is intended for.

A specialty that only state-authorized translators can provide is certified translations that are immediately valid as legal documents. For further proof of legal validity, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs can "legalize" a certified translation, in effect by authenticating the signature of the state-authorized translator. When a state-authorized translator certifies a translation with his or her official stamp and signature, he or she is verifying that it is a complete and correct translation.

As a rule, the Danish police and courts will require translations to be made (and certified) by state-authorized translators.

Denmark is a signatory to the 1961 Hague Apostille Convention on the legalization of public documents, which means that documents certified by a state-authorized translator can now be sent direct to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for endorsement with an Apostille. If a document is intended for use in a non-signatory country, then that country's embassy in Denmark must legalize the document. For more information, see under "Borgerservice"/"Consular Services" –> "Legalisering"/"Legalisation".

The official stamp of a state-authorized translator. The translator's name will be where the illustration shows "Translatørens navn".

Many state-authorized translators use red stickers instead of a stamp. Whether a stamp or sticker is used in certifying a document, the translator must also sign the document.

2. Interpreting
Many state-authorized translators also offer interpreting services: in the list of DT members, their names are marked with a

State-authorized translators interpret for the business community, labor unions, NGOs, international organizations and private individuals, as well as the courts and other public authorities. Interpreting can take different forms such as whispered interpreting ("chuchotage"), consecutive interpreting, or simultaneous interpreting. Which is best depends on the circumstances and what the organizer wants.

Any of the interpreters in our list of members will be able to advise you on what would be best in a given situation.

3. Language Revision
State-authorized translators also offer language revision and proofreading services to ensure that not only is a text linguistically correct; it is also suitable for the purpose intended.

Members Work Together
DT members work together and help each other, both within the different languages (e.g. quality control of each others' translations) and across language groups. Because of this close network of DT members, it will usually be possible for any one member on the list to help you with any type of translation, interpreting or language revision job.

Taking Care of Members' Interests
Danish Authorized Translators and Interpreters represents its members in dealings with Danish authorities and EU authorities, and DT is a member of the International Federation of Translators (FIT).

Regulated Profession
The profession of state-authorized translators is regulated under the State-Authorized Translators Act (Translatørloven), and members of the profession are obliged to keep confidential what they learn in connection with their work. The Danish title of translatør ("state-authorized translator") is a protected title which may only be used by those persons who have received official certification ("state authorization"). The Danish Central Business Register (CVR) contains a list of all state-authorized translators in alphabetic order by first name. At the CVR's Web site, www., click on "Liberale erhverv" and then on "Translatører og tolke" to view this list.

Using the DT Members' List
You can search for a state-authorized translator by either language or location (Danish zip code). To find a state-authorized translator in a certain language, go to the right of the main page and click on the left-hand search field and pick the relevant abbreviation from the drop-down menu. If you would rather search by location, click on the search box on the right and select the desired range of Danish zip codes from the drop-down menu.

For additional information, please contact our office by telephone at (+45) 3391-6230 or by e-mail at

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