The basic principle of the Danish welfare system is that all citizens have equal rights to free, first-class healthcare and education.

The Danish welfare system

A cornerstone in the Danish welfare system, also known as the Scandinavian welfare model, are free and equal rights to benefits such as healthcare and education for all citizens. The strong welfare state ensures economic equality in society and virtually no corruption, with studies consistently showing that the Danes are among the happiest people on the planet.

Supporting work-life balance

The Danish welfare model also plays an important role in helping to balance work and family life by providing benefits such as long parental leave and inexpensive childcare facilities.

Parents have the right to 52 weeks leave with maternity subsistence allowance, of which 36 weeks can be divided between the mother and the father according to individual wishes. And with an official full-time working week of 37 hours, being a working parent easily translates into being an active and attentive parent.

Education for all

Free education for all is a key priority in Denmark in order to ensure growth, welfare and competitiveness. Combining high academic standards with innovative learning approaches, Danish institutions are preparing their students to play an active role in today’s globalised knowledge-based world.

Higher education

Danish higher education has a long tradition of co‐operation with business, industry and research institutes, creating an enriching and vibrant learning environment for their students.

International students can also find a range of opportunities, as Danish universities and higher education institutions are highly international and offer a large number of programmes in English.

Most of the Danish workforce speaks English and nearly half speaks German

This infographic shows that the Danish workforce have a great language proficiency with 86% speaking English and 47% speaking German.

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