The general rule on breaks is that you are entitled to a break of 15 minutes after a 4 ½ hour work period.
If you work more than 6 hours you are entitled to a break of 30 minutes, which can include the first 15-minute break. The length of the break depends on its purpose, for example, a break for food.
There is no entitlement to be paid during these breaks and they are not considered part of working time.
Danish working hours
In general, a working week in Denmark is 37 hours divided between 5 days. Employees in Denmark are usually expected to complete the necessary amount of working hours from Monday to Friday between 06:00 and 18:00.
Working time doesn’t include:
- travelling to work if you have a set workplace
- day-release training at a college
- time taken to travel to an occasional meeting away from your normal workplace.
- ‘On call’ at home and not working doesn’t usually count as working time. But time ‘on call’ when you have to be on work premises does count.