Danish vacation know how

You have started your new job recently in Denmark, and you would like to go for a vacation, but you are not sure how many days you are entitled to.

How much do employees have to work for paid vacation days in other countries?


Denmark has one of the highest number of paid holidays in the world. Including other benefits the country provides the employees  no wonder why the Danes are so satisfied with their working conditions.

The Danish Holiday Act may seem a little complex at the first glance, but it’s worth to get familiar with rules that regulate the different types of earned vacation days and when you can use them. The Act is a guideline for most salaried employees, excluding freelancers, independent consultants or blue-collar employees.

Good to know:

  • 5 weeks of vacation counts from May 1st until April 30th the following year.
  • Be aware that only if you have earned the vacation you time you are entitled to use it.
  • You earn 2.08 paid vacation days / month in the calendar year (from January 1st to December 31st)
  • You can use your vacation time you have earned during the calendar year in the next applicable vacation year.

For example if you have started to work at your new medical position on May 1st, until December 31st you will earn 16 days of paid vacation that you can use during next year form the 1st of March.

Moreover there are the bank holidays and additional free days. You can read more about them here.


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Source: TheLocal.dk


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