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Denmark has attracted foreign labour to a large number of industries in recent years. Denmark expects that in the coming years there will be an increasing need for foreign labour, especially foreign qualified professionals.
Below you will get a general view of employment and job opportunities in Denmark, including specific information about working conditions, tax and insurance.
NemKonto is the account where you receive your salary and payments from public institutions, including tax refunds and social security allowances. If you have more than one bank account, you much choose one account as NemKonto. Contact your bank for more information about making your bank account your NemKonto.
The Danish labour market is, to a great extent, regulated by the various players in the labour market themselves, as opposed to by legislation. Under the Danish model, employers and employees reach voluntary collective agreements on pay and working conditions. The trade unions play a pivotal role in the Danish labour market, and there is a high level of union membership among Danish workers.
Trade unions assist with cases regarding pay and working conditions and can help in connection with work-related injury cases, rehabilitation and much more. Some trade unions can also offer personal consultancy and career planning. Many workplaces have trade union representatives who represent the trade union in the workplace and employees interests.
Your choice of trade union depends on your position and workplace.
Studies show that Danish employees have the highest job satisfaction ratings in Europe. One important factor is many work places’ emphasis on a good work-life balance. The general work conditions for permanent employment, among others, are:
- 37 hour work week
- Flexible working hours
- 5 + 1 weeks paid vacation pr. year (after one year of work in Denmark)
- Salary paid during illness
- Salary paid the first 2 days if you need to stay at home with your ill child
Most workplaces in Denmark are characterized by a horizontal structure and open dialogue between management and employees, often in an informal tone. Danish workplaces offer good working conditions for employees, modern facilities and high-quality technical equipment. Competence development is highly prioritized and most workplaces regularly offer continuing education to their employees.