Working Hours and Holidays

Working hours are normally 37 per week and the various COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS contain provisions for compensation if you work overtime, or if you work outside the most general working hours.

Working hours and tasks are part of the contract of employment which you must have from your employer in connection with your employment.

You are entitled to five weeks’ holidays a year – with full pay. You earn 2.08 paid holidays per month and can spend in the same holiday year or no later than 30 December in following year.

If you change job in the middle of the calendar year your employer must pay holiday money for the days earned. You will receive 12.5 % of your total pay in the qualifying year. Holiday money of wages during holidays is not calculated.



Active leisure time with culture, nature, and a sense of community in Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality - Foto:

You can have your holiday money paid out on departure from Denmark. Otherwise the employer must pay the holiday money into the FerieKonto (holiday account), from which you can have it paid out when you take your annual leave in the following holiday year.

The holiday money is taxed when it is paid out to you or the FerieKonto. You should therefore be aware of the fact that you must add in your holiday money in your income tax, even if you may not receive it until the following year.

Here you can read more about the FerieKonto and the HOLIDAY RULES. Use Google Translate for translation.

Charlotte and Ian

Danish/English couple:

Wish of living the good life

”Above all, we just wanted to be together and live the good life. We love being together” says the Danish/English couple Charlotte and Ian Coles who have settled down in an idyllic old farm house at Kloster, halfway between the Ringkøbing Fjord and the Stadil Fjord and close to the town of Ringkøbing.

It is not surprising that the couple had a wish of the good life in peaceful surroundings with lots of nature. Ian was a Major in the British Army, which meant the couple had moved around military bases in England and Germany for years. Ian had also been deployed close to the world’s war zones, leaving Charlotte alone and suffering months of deprivation during their first year in Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality.

They bought the old farmhouse overlooking the Stadil Fjord in 2013, and Charlotte moved in full-time, while Ian could only come home as work allowed. But now the good life has really started as Ian retired this summer.

Ian is 48 years old and he has just landed a job with Vestas - the wind turbine manufacturer – as a Project Training Leader. 

Charlotte and Ian - Read the full story here

Iwona and Jarek

Polish family:

Nature and good conditions for the children are crucial

It is first and foremost the good conditions for the children and the clean and beautiful nature that Iwona and Jarek emphasize when expressing why they have chosen to settle in Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality in Denmark. In the past two years Iwona and Jarek have been living in the village of Finderup together with their joint child Diego and Jarek’s son Manuel and his daughter Karolina.

”The child-care facilities here are simply so good. They do so much for the development of children. For instance, they are allowed to cook and do woodwork when they can handle a knife– even though it may be a little dangerous. Besides, they also spend a lot of time in nature. In all sorts of weather. It is so healthy for them”, says Iwona who is also really happy with the schools.

”However, the best thing is that you exist to live here – which means that you don’t just constantly work, but you work in order to also live in your spare time”, says Iwona, and Jarek agrees. That was the very reason why he came to Denmark to work, since - as a self-employed motor mechanic with his own construction firm - he just worked and worked without earning sufficient to live on. On top of that he did not have any spare time whatsoever.


Iwona og Jarek - Read the full story here