Employees in Denmark generally enjoy high-quality working conditions, decent pay, generous holiday allowances and the opportunity to enhance their future career prospects with further training and education.

Terms of employment

On the Danish labour market, terms of employment and salaries are generally regulated in cooperation between trade unions and employer associations. Foreign workers and companies can also become members of the Danish organizations. Read more about employment in Denmark on www.workindenmark.dk.


Salaries in Denmark vary according to two things: your qualifications and whether you work in the public or private sector. If you are employed by the public sector, it is likely that your salary will be determined by the agreement made by trade unions and employer associations. Employment conditions are generally regulated by various parties on the labour market. However, it is a growing trend that employees are able to negotiate other personal bonuses with their employer.

Check your salary.

Danish working hours

Normally, a workweek in Denmark is 37 hours divided between 5 days. Most people work between 06.00 and 18.00 from Monday to Friday.


There are a number of different tax schemes in Denmark. You should investigate which one you are covered by when you find a job. Read more about the Danish tax system here.

Holiday entitlement in Denmark

All workers in Denmark are entitled to five weeks´ holiday during every “holiday year”. The holiday year runs from 1 May – 30 April. Every employee receives five weeks leave per year, as long as they have worked for one calendar year, before the beginning of the holiday year.

Get further information and guidance about holiday entitlement here

Good to know

Everybody wants to make a good first impression in a new job, but in Denmark, showing off your knowledge and skills is not the way to achieve this! The Danes would much rather see that you are there to help the team. An introduction to some of the unwritten rules within a Danish workplace can be found at Work in Denmark - Working culture.

Pro tip: Apply for an a-kasse before you begin work or while you're in school, to ensure it's available if you become unemployed, or when you get out of school and before you find a job.