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You have five weeks of vacation and you should be aware of some factors, which can seem a little confusing at first:
- The five weeks of vacation are taken during the Danish Vacation Year, which runs from May 1st until April 30th the following year.
- If you have a job covered by the Danish Holiday Act, you are entitled to take vacation during the vacation year period. However, it will only be paid vacation if you have earned paid vacation time.
- You earn paid vacation from January 1st to December 31st each calendar year at the rate of 2.08 days per month.
- The vacation time that you earn in one calendar year is used in the next applicable vacation year.
The Danish vacation is further broken down so that there is a “main holiday period” which starts on May 1st and ends on September 30th. During this time, you would generally take three weeks of vacation of your five weeks. A lot of people take three weeks in a row while others break it up. If your employer wants to decide when you should take any of your vacation days, they have to let you know in advance according to the notice period rules.
In addition to the vacation days, there are also public holidays. These are bunched up mostly in the early part of the year and so after June, there is only Christmas. However, the period in between June and Christmas includes the above mentioned main holiday, so it’s not bad at all.
Here is a list of the public holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- Maundy Thursday
- Good Friday
- Easter Monday
- Great Prayer Day
- Ascension Day
- Whit Monday
- Christmas Day
- Boxing Day
In addition to the usual public holidays, companies can choose to give extra time off, for example on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. There are also differences regarding Labour Day and Constitution Day, depending on where you work/what kind of work you do. Sometimes you can get a whole day off for these extra holidays, sometimes just a half day. Check with your employer for details.