Danish employees are the happiest in the EU

According to a new survey by Eurobarometer, Denmark has the happiest workforce in the EU.

Denmark is often ranked as one of the happiest nations in the world and a good work life seems to be part of the reason, since 94 per cent of Danish workers are satisfied with their conditions at work.

Efficient and well-educated employees
Being satisfied at work also appears to have a positive impact on efficiency: The Danish workforce is among the most productive in Europe and companies are allowed to operate 24/7.

A high level of education combined with independence and flexibility makes the Danish employees capable of taking on tasks, which elsewhere would be reserved for management. This is not only an advantage for the employers; it also contributes to employees’ job satisfaction.

Flexible Danish Labour Market
Denmark has a very flexible labour market thanks to the unique Danish “flexicurity” model. The employer is entitled to dismiss employees at any time, with few related costs, making it easier for an individual business to adjust the size of its workforce in Denmark. This does not influence job satisfaction negatively because it is combined with an unemployment insurance that provides economic security for the employees.

Earlier this month, the Danish government launched a proposal to improve conditions for foreign employees and students to increase the international talent pool in Denmark. Click to read more

About the survey
Working conditions are one of the key areas covered by European Union law. To further explore Europeans’ actual experiences of working conditions the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion commissioned a survey which was designed to explore a range of questions about working conditions and occupational health and safety.

The survey was carried out by TNS Political & Social network in the 28 Member States of the European Union in April 2014. 26.571 respondents from different social and demographic groups were interviewed via telephone in their mother tongue on behalf of the European Commission. Download the survey