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Work in Denmark

Since the 1960’s Denmark has attracted foreign labour to a large number of industries. Surveys show that foreigners working in Denmark are very satisfied with their job and a European study shows that Danish employees are the happiest in the EU.

Denmark has seen a significant increase in the number of foreign workers since the 1980’s. Today more than 100.000 foreigners work in Denmark. The vast majority is from other EU or Nordic countries but also an increasing number of non-EU citizens live and work in Denmark.

Most are employed in the service, business and transportation sector (incl. hotels, restaurants etc.), but also in the areas of public administration, health, agriculture and industry.

An official workweek in Denmark is 37 hours and all employees have the right to at least five weeks of holiday per year. It is quite normal that both parents work, as there are good opportunities for day-care.


Many foreign employees point out that there is a very positive balance between the working life and family life in Denmark.

Denmark has one of the world’s most competitive and flexible economies partly due to the low level of corruption and its high performance in entrepreneurship and opportunities for new businesses. 

The Danish welfare system
The Danish welfare society is characterised by a high standard of living. It is build on one of the highest taxation rates in the world, which pays for the welfare system, incl. child care, education, health facilities and care for the elderly.

The principle of the Danish welfare system is that all citizens have equal access to social services regardless of their social background or origin. The system ensures that citizens are financially secured, e.g. in case of illness and old age. This system also means that Denmark is one of the most income equal countries in the world with a large middle class.