If you were looking for one of the best places in the world to work, you just found it. But be warned, once you have had a taste of Danish work culture, you may never want to work anywhere else!
What's so different?
Throughout Scandinavia, there is a strong focus on the importance of work-life balance, and on providing a pleasant and rewarding work environment.
This culture is one of the reasons why the Danish workforce is one of the hardest-working and most productive in Europe.
Another reason is the concept of 'self-management'. Employees experience a high degree of autonomy and empowerment at work which results in very responsible, conscientious employees with a high level of job satisfaction (Denmark.dk).
A nation of team players
Danish work environments are rarely based on hierarchies and formalities, and managers are more often seen as team leaders who work alongside their teams than as key decision-makers who simply delegate tasks to others. As a result, employees are encouraged to speak their minds freely and everyone's opinion is taken into consideration.
Happy people, happy workers
Denmark's recipe for happiness has three main elements:
- Work-life balance
Denmark has one of the world's best-balanced and highest-quality lifestyles. A good work-life balance is the cornerstone of Danish working culture. On average, Danes work a 37-hour week and enjoy 5 weeks of paid leave. This means plenty of free time to prioritize life outside work.
Sources: (Sleep Junkie, 2019; Health Europa, 2020; Denmark.dk)
- Excellent business climate
Denmark is a great place to do business. It is one of the world's most honest and innovative economies.
Sources: (World Economic Forum, 2020; World Economic Forum Report, 2019)
- A model labour market
The Danish workplace offers a high degree of flexibility and mobility. The concept of 'flexicurity' provides a safety net to employees when between jobs.
Workplaces offer low hierarchy, giving employees a high degree of autonomy and personal development. Denmark is a world leader when it comes to gender equality
Sources: (CopCap, 2019; Gender Equality Index, 2019; World Economic Forum Report, 2019; Denmark.dk)
Don't just take our word for it...
Job opportunities – where and how
Check out the many online job portals for open full-time positions, student positions and internships.
- If you’re looking for a regional job close to where you already study and live, you should check out your local job centre. Find yours here.
- University websites also show listings of student jobs and full-time jobs.
- Find vacancies for international students in Denmark here.
- Find vacancies for full time employment here:
- For an overview of all Danish job sites, try this.