The new vacation time rules in Denmark

Payroll and HR | 29.09.2021

by Erik Bekkåsen

Remaining vacation from the mini-vacation year as well as 4 weeks of earned vacation from the new vacation year must be held before 31th of December 2021.

If you still have vacation days from the so-called ‘mini-vacation year’, which ran from the period 1st of May to 31st of August 2020, it is important to spend them before the end of 2021, otherwise you lose the right to the vacation days and the vacation fee. 

The vacation days earned in the period 1st of January to 31st of August  2019 have been given a special status and are not included in the vacation that can be paid / transferred in the current employment relationship.

There is therefore no possibility of having the vacation days transferred or paid out, as it has special status.

You also have to make sure that you have spent four weeks of the earned vacation in the period 1th September 2020 to 31th August 2021, as only the 5th vacation week can be transferred or paid out in January 2022.

If you don’t use the 16,64 vacation days from the ‘mini-vacation year’, as well as 4 of the 5 weeks earned in the period from 1th of September 2020 to 31th of August 2021, you will lose the right to both the vacation days and the vacation fee.

Remember that transfer of the 5th vacation week for the vacation year 2020 (earned in the period 1th of September 2020 to 31th of August 2021), must be agreed in writing between the employer and employee no later than 31th of December 2021.


Want to know more about the vacation rules in the Nordics? Click here for more information. Vacation rules in the Nordic countries

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About Erik Bekkåsen

With more than 30 years’ experience from payroll and HR, Erik has led large departments in big international groups. During 16 years at Azets, he has worked to provide the best service and support for customer groups regarding payroll’s local laws and regulations. Since 2019, he has built a Business Area for payroll and HR services at Azets, directed at Nordic and global clients.