Vacation laws in Denmark

Payroll and HR | 29.11.2021

by Erik Bekkåsen

As we’re moving towards the end of 2021, we can look back on a year with lots of changes. With so much information making the rounds and keeping us on our toes, it’s also important to make sure you are getting the time off needed to recharge your batteries. The vacation laws in Denmark changed on the 1st of September 2020, and it’s still good to keep these in mind before the year’s end.

Under the old Holiday Act, the earning year lasted one year, and the period followed the calendar year, ie. from 1st of January to 31st of December. The holiday year was also from 1st of May to 30th of April.

  • Under the new holiday law, the earning year still lasts one year, but the period runs from 1st of September to 31st of August.
  • The timeframe to use your earned vacation has also changed from 1st of May to 30th of April to 1st of September to 31st of December the following year.
  • The employee still earns 2,08 days pr. Month and 25 days pr. year.

This means that vacation earned from 1st of September to 31st of August must be used before the 31st of December the year after. 

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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.