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Some quick facts!

The standard working week in Denmark is a five-day week of 37 hours per week. Primary working hours are Monday-Friday from 06:00 – 18:00. Lunch breaks are typically 30 minutes. Lunch breaks are paid as regular working hours in the public sector, whereas most private employees pay for lunch breaks themselves. However, this varies from workplace to workplace. Having a paid lunch break as an employee in the public sector however also means that you are on duty and cannot be sure to have a full lunch break


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What about holiday allowance accrual?

Until now you have earned paid vacation from January 1st to December 31st each calendar year at the rate of 2,08 days per months if full time employed. The Danish vacation year has run from May 1st until April 30th the following year, this means that the vacation time that you earn in one calendar year is used in the next applicable vacation year. This also means that some of you have had to work up until 16 months in Denmark until you have been entitled to paid holidays.

This system of holiday allowance accrual is changing - read more

From September 1, 2020 new rules will replace the old system. The new holiday scheme will be based on simultaneity, which means that the paid vacation that you earn in one month can be held the following month.

The vacation year will run from September 1st to December 31st the following year, and thereby you have 16 months to hold your earned vacation.

Vacation earned in the period September 1, 2019 to August 31st, 2020 will be freezed and cannot be held or disbursed until you leave the labour market.

Gifts, running events and company parties

When you enter a workplace by time you will also get acquainted with the social part of that specific work place. Here are some key words:

Gavekasse: all employees who are interested donate a certain amount of money per month or when necessary to be able to buy a present when someone is getting married, has had a baby, celebrate a round birthday and so forth.

Running events: In recent years running events have become increasingly popular and many companies now offer to pay for their employees participation in a running event. The run is combined with the possibility of having a social event away from the workplace.

Julefrokost, sommerfest and other parties: Some companies pay all costs related to Christmas lunch (julefrokost) and sommerfest and others ask their employees to pay a part of the cost. Both ways it is a good way to get to know your work colleagues even better.