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Holiday when you work in Denmark

If you work in Denmark, you are subject to the Danish holiday legislation called "Ferieloven". You have the right to go on five weeks of holiday, but you should note that the Danish holiday year runs from 1st of May in the one year until 30th of April in the following year.
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This information is for EU citizens only.

The right to five weeks of holiday when you work in Denmark

If you work in Denmark, you are covered by the Danish holiday legislation called "Ferieloven". The Annual Holidays Act gives all employees the right to five weeks' holiday. But the right to holiday doesn't automatically mean that you have the right to receive a salary during the holiday. The Annual Holidays Act is a so-called minimilag (minimum law), you can always negotiate better conditions than those laid out in the Annual Holidays Act, but never worse.

Care days and holiday days off

It is the employer's duty to pay holiday pay and it is the employee's duty to use the holiday that the holiday pay covers. In some work places there are also rules, which give employees the right to so-called care days and holiday days. These are extra days that you can take in addition to your holiday allowance. Check with your employer to find out what agreements there are in force at your work place.

Danish holiday year from 1st of May the one year until 30th of April in the following year

What is known as the Danish "ferieåret" runs from 1st of May to 30th of April. However, you earn your holiday during the calendar year (1st of January - 31st of December). This means that the holiday days you can take are not "renewed" until 1st of May. For example, if a person is employed in Denmark on 1st of March, he or she will earn holiday days over a period of 10 months, and be able to use these days after 1st of May the following year.

How to take holiday

  • You order your holiday pay, called feriepenge, by logging in with your NemID at borger.dk. At the website you can also check how many days of holiday you have left. 
  • If you do not have NemID, you can order your feriepenge by filling in a form at borger.dk.
  • In some cases, your holiday is administrated by your employer instead of by Feriekonto. 

Create a NemKonto in order to get your holiday pay

Your holiday compensation/holiday pay is paid into a NemKonto. A NemKonto is one of your ordinary bank accounts, which is mainly used by the government when they need to pay you money. Examples of this are if you are paid a tax refund, or receive child benefit or a pension. If you wish to establish a NemKonto, you can ask at your Danish bank or read about how to do this on nemkonto.dk.

Holiday - when you stop working in Denmark

If you no longer want to work in Denmark, you have the right to be paid any feriepenge you have saved and not used. In most cases, you must contact the Feriekonto yourself, because they do not automatically receive contact information for people who are not registered as living in Denmark. You can find out more about how to proceed on borger.dk.

 

Good to know: you must apply for your holiday pay no later than 6 months after you finish working and have possibly removed your details from the public register (folkeregistret). Otherwise you may lose your holiday pay.