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Overview:

The Danish labour market is constructed and regulated in a way that ensures you the most productive, flexible and secure working conditions possible. The Danish labour market is internationally known for its ‘flexicurity model’. A mix of the terms ‘flexibility’ and ‘security’, this concept refers to a welfare state model that combines a flexible labour market with social security for all workers. Most labour market issues are settled by employers and employees rather than by law.

Working culture in Denmark

Danish working culture is based on communication, collaboration and personal responsibility. Danish employees are team players and are often given personal influence and flexibility, in order to have a career without compromising work-life balance.

Flat hierarchy

In the typical Danish workplace, everyone is encouraged to contribute with ideas and professional opinions regardless of title or status. Moreover, everyone relevant is always involved in making decisions.

This means that the general atmosphere in a Danish workplace is professional, but also casual and informal. Many workplaces have what resembles a flat management hierarchy, which means it is more than normal to take up issues directly with the CEO.

Flexible working conditions

In Denmark, a standard workweek consists of 37 hours of work usually carried out from Monday to Friday. Most employees have a certain degree of flexibility when it comes to working hours and are within a fair margin allowed to distribute and balance their workload according to individual needs.

It is more important that you meet your deadlines and show up on time at meetings, than when or where you carry out your work. This keeps stress at a minimum and creates commitment in the Danish workplaces.

Knowledge sharing

Danes hold many meetings to facilitate the free flow of communication and secure unity, common understanding and consensus in the workforce. In addition to this, Danes believe in informal knowledge sharing. This means Danes eat lunch together and hold coffee breaks during the day to socialize and discuss both private and work related topics.

Social activities

Many Danish workplaces organize activities that bring employees together such as after work gatherings on Fridays, Christmas parties in December and other social activities such as running or fitness clubs.

For newcomers to Denmark it is a good idea to participate in these social activities, as it is a good way to get to know your colleagues.