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

Ioana and Sorin

Romanian Family:

We have been made very welcome

”We love our country, Romania, but we have also grown very fond of Denmark which has become our home,” says 37-year-old Sorin Ungureanu who - together with his wife Ioana and their two children - find themselves so much at home that in the autumn of 2017 they bought the house of their dreams in Borris. Borris is a town with approximately 800 inhabitants in Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality – geographically the biggest municipality in Denmark.

“We have been living here since 2011 and our children are fully integrated in the local community and gradually, so are we. We have been made to feel really welcome in this town. People gladly help us and we are very happy about living here,” Sorin says whilst simultaneously smiling at Erling Søndergaard - one of the passionate locals who likes to give a lending hand. Erling has helped the family with the purchase of their house, and as a friend of the family he joins our conversation as to why Sorin and Ioana came to Denmark and what it is like for a foreign family to move to Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality.

”We are also happy having you here. We can tell that you like being here, and you have also done a great deal to become a part of the community,” Erling points out referring to the fact that Sorin among others has been active in leading a father-child gymnastics team and a table tennis team in town.

Ioana und Sorin - Read the full story here