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Terms of Employment

Your terms of employment are in many cases based on collective agreements. If not, then you have to negotiate your own terms


The Danish Model

The Danish labour market is known for high job mobility, flexibility and high-quality working conditions. In Denmark, the terms of employment are in many cases regulated by collective agreements (in Danish: overenskomster) made by the primary players of the Danish labour market; Trade unions and employer associations, in contrast to regulated by legislation.

If your employment is regulated by a collective agreement you will not have to worry about negotiating general terms of employment such as working hours, minimum salary and terms of notice directly with your employer. These terms are agreed upon, protected and upheld by the assigned players in the labour market.

This system of labour market regulation is referred to as the 'Danish model' because it is unique and hence one of a kind. In Denmark, the model creates what is called flexicurity – the combination of flexibility and security for employees all over the country.

However, not all jobs in Denmark are included in collective agreements. In these cases, employees have contract freedom and are able to negotiate, form and influence their own terms of employment directly with their employer.

If you want to learn more about working conditions in the Danish labour market please visit lifeindenmark.dk. Here you will find additional information about the Danish model, trade unions, collective agreements, working hours, pay, unemployment benefits and much more.

Lifeindenmark.dk: Further information about terms of employment (new tab).

You can also read the brochure "Know your rights and obligations when working in Denmark", intended specifically for non-Danish speakers.

The brochure answers questions such as do I need a work contract and what should it contain? Is there a statutory minimum wage in Denmark? What are the rules concerning health and safety? Where do I pay my tax? Do I need a work- and residence permit?

Know your rights and obligations when working in Denmark brochure (PDF, new tab).

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