Work in Denmark


Looking forward to work in Denmark? In this article, we are providing you with some useful information on the Danish labor market and tips to help you land a job.

Thanks to its economic dynamism, Denmark has been attracting many foreign professionals over the years. However, specific conditions apply. Indeed, foreign nationals looking forward to settle and work in the country have to apply for an appropriate permit which generally varies according to their qualifications and their potential in favor of the Danish economy. Make sure to inquire about these before proceeding.

Labor market

Denmark is with no doubt an ideal destination for professional expatriation thanks to its diverse and prosperous economy. Indeed, the Danish economy is driven by several sectors, namely agriculture, fashion, interior design, health care and medicine, information and communication technology, as well as many other promising industries in terms of employment. Moreover, many companies operating across the country are very likely to hire foreign professionals provided they have outstanding profiles and skills.

You are advised to pay attention to temporary and permanent contracts in Denmark. Local recruitment agencies may advise you in this regard.

Note that a good command of Scandinavian languages is highly recommended to work in Denmark. However, multinational companies are very likely to hire English-speaking candidates.

Finally, you may learn Danish on the spot via a few integration programs.

Find a job

Finding a job in Denmark is not a difficult task. You may start by checking out ads in local newspapers as well as on signposts in hypermarkets and shops if you are already on the spot. Why not send spontaneous job applications to companies operating across the country as well? These are quite appreciated. You can also seek the assistance of a recruitment agency or other employment portals.

Note that word of mouth is quite widespread in Denmark. In fact, some companies choose not to advertise their vacancies publicly. Therefore, your friends or contacts on the spot can greatly help in this regard. In all cases, you will have to be very patient before finding a job in the country given the high number of demands.

For greater chances of finding a job, therefore, make sure to update your resume and cover letter which have to be written in English.

Work culture

Most Danish companies seem to have set up a horizontal hierarchy. Teamwork is more common that receiving instructions for superiors. This greatly facilitates communication between the administrative and staff levels, much more than in other European companies.

Denmark has also introduced the flexi-security concept which protects both employees and employers in case of redundancy.

Note, on the other hand, that you are expected to be modest when applying for collaboration.

Working conditions

The legal working week in Denmark consists of 37 hours over 5 days. Workers are then entitled to five weeks leaves once they have completed a calendar year within the same company. In case they have joined during the year, the will be entitled to leaves on a pro-rata basis, that is 2.08 days per month for each month they have worked.

In case of resignation or redundancy, remaining leaves are refunded.

Work and resident permit

To live and work in Denmark, foreign nationals can choose from different programs granting a work and resident permit:

  • The positive list includes a number of deserted positions requiring special skills. The position you are looking forward to occupy should therefore be found in this list. Note that at least a professional license is required for a foreign national to be eligible to this program.
  • The limited wage program involves a minimum wage of DKK 370,000 a year. You should therefore agree to this prerequisite if you wish to acquire a work permit under this program. You will therefore have to produce a job offer or an employment contract clearly stating your working conditions and salary.
  • The accelerated program is intended for foreign professionals having exceptional qualifications, requiring rapid recruitment.

You can of course find more information on other similar programs on the Official Portal for Foreigners. In general, procedures and formalities vary from one program to another.

 Useful links:

New to Denmark – The Official Portal for Foreigners – Work
Work in Denmark – Jobs in Denmark
Proff – Denmark companies' directory

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