Working in Denmark
Sidst opdateret: Monday, 6. June 2016 - 13:00 / caf
Get tips and tricks on how to work efficiently with Danes: What are the main things to be aware of when moving to and working in Denmark? (Duration 59:49)
In recent years, Denmark has attracted foreign labour to a large number of industries. Denmark expects that in the coming years there will be an increasing need for foreign labour.
You must hold a residence and work permit in order to reside and work in Denmark, if you are a citizen of a country outside the Nordic countries or the EU/EEA. Whether you can obtain a residence and work permit depends, first and foremost, on your qualifications. It is your own responsibility to obtain a work permit if you are required to.
How to obtain a work permit
A number of schemes have been designed in order to make it easier for highly qualified professionals to get a residence and work permit in Denmark.
You can read about the different schemes on New to Denmark.dk - the official portal for foreigners.
Working Conditions in Denmark
Denmark holds the European record for most women on the labour market. A reason is that the opportunities to get a job are equal among men and women, which is an important aspect if you are a woman looking for a job abroad. Furthermore, the salary level is by law required to be the same for both men and woman performing the same job. Women work an average of 35 hours a week compared to 41 hours a week for men. These issues also make Denmark a very relevant choice for couples seeking jobs for both parties.
Gross salaries are high in Denmark in comparison with other countries making Denmark an attractive place to work. Salaries vary, depending on whether you are employed in the private or public sector. Most salaries in the public sector are fixed by collective agreements, but there is an increasing tendency towards individual supplementary agreements.
The private sector practices a more individual salary policy. Often the salary is negotiated individually, and the role of the trade unions is usually more subdued. Public authorities, employers associations, and unions regularly publish detailed salary statistics which give an indication of the salary level.
How and where to find a job
Meet Career Counselor Lise Dan from IDA (15:10)