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 – after employment for a whole calendar year. You earn 2.08 days’ holiday per month, but you are entitled to 5 weeks’ holiday in the holiday year, running from the 1st May until the 30th April, even though you may only have had 6 months’ employment prior to this. In that case only days not earned in your present place of work will be deducted.

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

Johanna and Malte

German family:

Good working conditions leaving room for a family life close to the North Sea

The North Sea. Proper wages – on time – and working conditions leaving room for a good family life with children. Those are the really big advantages pointed out by the German couple Malte and Johanna Mayrberger when moving from the city of Berlin to the seaport of Hvide Sande. Well yes – into the bargain is also the possibility of buying your own house and the fact that people are friendly and polite.

”We would never have been able to buy a house in Germany. You need to provide a down payment of half the price to obtain a loan for the remaining, and yet it is very difficult and sometimes impossible to qualify for a mortgage,” Malte explains, and Johanna adds:

”At any rate we would not have been able to afford having a child, a car, going on holidays, which we do every year, and have time for leisure activities.”

Malte and Johanna moved to Hvide Sande on the 1st November nine years ago and have settled in fine. 

Johanne and Malte - Read the full story here