Working Holiday Denmark.
The working holiday visa allows you to remain in Denmark for one year as a tourist while letting you work. The primary purpose of your stay must be holiday, but you may work during your stay in order to earn supplementary funds to support yourself.
Denmark has made working holiday agreements with:
- New Zealand
- South Korea.
Apply Working Holiday Visa
If you’re from outside of the EU, you’ll need a residence and work permit.
- Basic Requirements. (May vary depending on your nationality)
- Need to be a citizen of an eligible country and hold a valid passport (See list of countries below)
- Be between the age group of 18-36.
- Possess no criminal records and have no serious medical conditions
- Have a valid private health insurance.
- You must have sufficient funds to pay for food and accomodation during the first part of your stay.
- You must be able to pay for your trip home. This means that you must have a return ticket or sufficient funds to buy a return ticket.
Denmark is in the temperate zone.
The first aspect you will want to consider is the season of your arrival. Select your arrival depending on Seasons in Denmark.
The Danish weather can be rather unpredictable, but one of the really nice things about Denmark is the fact that we experience all four seasons. The change of the seasons always gives us something to look forward to; the wonderful sceneries of winter, – the start of a new year when every bush and tree awakes with new light green leaves, – the green fields, the colorful blossoms and the sound of the bumble bee during summer and the magnificent colors of autumn.
Every season has it’s own charm.
All of this makes Denmark a place to visit all year round. You just need to pick YOUR favorite season.
- March to May: Spring. From the middle of March til the end of May you can experience very nice weather in Denmark. Spring time to me is the most wonderful season of the entire year. That is when everything starts, the sun is out, days get longer and outdoor activities take over again
- June to August: Summer. We don’t have tropical summers here, but the summer season is wonderful just the same. The Danish summer is fresh with temperatures between 21 and 32 degrees Celsius.
Since this country is surrounded by water/beaches, spending the summer, licking sun, waterskiing, sailing, playing beach volley or just strolling along the water edge are outdoor activities, we enjoy.
- September to November: Autumn. Autumn is the “quiet” season with memories of the summer. it’s the time of the year to replace the shorts and t-shirt with a sweater and jeans and go hunting for mushrooms, collect seashells and amber (if you know where to find it!) and – of course – prepare for the upcoming winter season.
- December to February: Winter. The winters are usually not particularly cold with mean temperatures of around 0.5 °C. We HAVE seen really cold ice winters, where the temperatures reached a bottom low of -20 degrees C and the fjords froze over. The lowest temperature of -31.20 C in Denmark was on the night between 7th and 8th of January 1982. Now THAT was cold!
What Type of Job Should I Look For?
Working holiday jobs vary by where you are living, but are typically more manual labor rather than office jobs since the government doesn’t want you getting too attached or taking well-paying jobs from their citizens. They range from bartending, farm work, barista work, pearl diving or fruit picking. Just remember that under most visas you can only work at one job for 6 months, followed by another job for 6 months if you so choose.
Have a CV or resume typed out and printed before you leave so that you can easily start handing them out as soon as you’re running low on funds.
Find a Job
Jobs at companies
This involves working in bars, pubs, hotels, campsites, restaurants, cafes, receptions, laundry work, ground keeping gardening and maintenance along with odd jobs This area of work is ideal for anyone on a traveling working holiday. It does not necessarily require too many prior skills. You should be able to quickly “learn on the job”. Again, a number of these job areas will entail a lot of socializing. This is an ideal way to meet local people, as well as meeting people from other countries and cultures. Previous experience might help, but what would be useful if you are dressed neatly and naturally have an outgoing personality.
Child Care work
This involves working as an Au Pair or Nanny. In Denmark, this will quite often mean “living in”, meals may well be provided. This might also mean the use of a car is thrown in as well. You may be asked to take young children to kindergarten, or to their schools and back. To accompany them t the park or to play areas. With very young children, you could be asked to “change them” and bathe them. There may be general cleaning duties as well.
If you are looking for causal agricultural work, there are a lot of opportunities with seasonal crop and fruit picking.
For example, the strawberry picking season is June and July. The cherry-picking season is July and August. While apples are harvested between September and October.
By looking carefully on line , you will find there is a range of work available in either summer or winter holiday resorts. Specialized jobs, can also be found in any of the major cities.
Is it easy to find a job on a working holiday visa?
It should be fairly easy to get a job – it mostly depends on your own requirements for a job and your expectations. It is of course not possible to make big jumps in academic careers on a working holiday visa, but if you are happy with a job as a waitress, cleaner, clerk or perhaps the more exciting job as a guide, diving instructor or cattle farmer, we can guarantee you a successful stay. The intention of a working holiday is of course the actual holiday, but you get the opportunity to work and finance the experience.
What should I have in pay?
There is not always a precise answer to what you should have in pay because it depends on many different factors. If there is no agreement at your workplace, you must agree with your employer.
Denmark is one of the few Western countries who never had a national minimum wage. The high collective coverage at the Danish labor market, which has meant that most low-paid workers have instead been covered by the collective agreements on the minimum wage level.
The average minimum wage for all private and public collective agreements is approx. 110 kr per hour. The general working time is 37 hours per week, 5 days workweek and approx. 7.5 hours per day.
Working Holiday Accommodation Options.
If you are thinking about going on a working holiday or are looking at a fixed working permit, then accommodation deals and packages could be an important part of this
For example, if you plan to work on a farm, you could get staff accommodation at a reduced rate.
If accommodation is provided then there is a good chance that you will have to share a room. This will include wash rooms, laundries etc. There could be a demand for a “damage” deposit, and you may have to pay one or two months in advanced rent. Also keep drinking and any other activities to a minimum, to avoid problems.
The cost of accommodation will vary to some extent from city to city. If you plan a gap year or a working holiday, and there is no accommodation included, then you will have to take the average price of reasonably cheap place to stay, into consideration. So you have a good idea of knowing your over all budget before you go..
You tend to pay for what you get. The quality of hotels in Denmark is good overall, but this can vary. There will be a difference between the cities and the country, where the country will tend to be cheaper. Plus at the ”cheap” end, the quality tends to be better, as well.
Bed and breakfast
This is very much a temporary solution. If you have come to study or work and have not yet sorted out any accommodation, this is one possible option. They could be in a town house, an apartment or a farmhouse. Most will be registered with a specific professional association. They may not have a private comfort room etc. This is something you may have to share
This is probably one of the cheapest and convenient ways of finding shared or communal accommodation. This is also a safe method of finding accommodation as hostels in Denmark are regulated, approved and inspected by the Danish Hosteling Association. Toilets, shower areas,bathrooms and cooking areas are shared. They may not all be “basic”. Some have swimming pools as well as fitness centers. Pre-booking is essential as places fill up quickly.
This could be another option for international students wishing to study in Denmark. You are given your own private room and become effectively, part of the family. This way you get to learn about Danish culture. These will be organized through colleges and individual schools.
Dormitories/Halls of Residence
Universities, Colleges and Schools may have their own accommodation for students. These will usually include a private bedroom, along with shared washrooms, laundry and canteens. This is a good way to meet and mix with other students.
Commercial Renting for Students
Universities and colleges will often offer listings of available private rented accommodation. There will also be on line sites and adverts in local newspapers.
Real care could be needed in this area. Any lease or agreement with a private landlord will need to be looked at very carefully prior to renting. Visit the accommodation first, as well. This could be well be an expensive option in major Danish cities. This will also quite probably mean shared accommodation, in order to bring down prices. You may need to get in contact with a provincial tenancy office as well.
This will give you freedom away from the campus, if you are an international college or university student.
When is the best time to start the Work and Holiday application?
We advice 3-4 months prior to departure, so you have plenty of time to work on your files, bookings and CV/resume. Simply get your visa first and then book your flight.
- When you are approved for a residence permit for Working Holiday to Denmark, you will receive a residence card when you have arrived in Denmark. The decision letter will instruct you how to receive the residence card. We offer you guidance regarding what to do once you have arrived in Denmark.
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