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Work-life balance is a cornerstone of Danish business culture, making Greater Copenhagen one of the world's most family-friendly places to live.
Striking the ideal balance between work and personal life can be quite a challenge, especially for working parents. If you decide to make Greater Copenhagen your new home, you will quickly discover why its citizens call it one of the world's most family-friendly places to live.
The Danes are happy and hardworking
The Danes are one of the most productive and hardworking workforces in Europe. This is very much owing to the Danish job mentality and work culture where employees experience a high degree of autonomy and empowerment at work, resulting in very responsible, conscientious employees with a high level of job satisfaction.
Danish work environments are rarely based on hierarchies and formalities, and managers are seen more as team leaders than as key decision-makers delegating tasks to others. As a result, employees are encouraged to speak their minds freely and everyone's opinion is given consideration when making decisions.
Danes are the second happiest people in the world
World Hapiness Report 2019
Happiness at work
The Danes are so happy at work that they even have a special word for it: arbejdsglæde. Arbejde means work and glæde means happiness, so arbejdsglæde is happiness at work.
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Time to spare and money to spend
The Danish working culture is characterised by a high degree of flexibility and work-life balance. In Greater Copenhagen, you can have an interesting job, pursue your career ambitions and be an attentive parent - without compromising your salary. You will have time to spare as well as money to spend.
37-hour work week
The working week in Denmark is 37 hours, giving you the freedom to pick up your children from daycare every day. Moreover, employees in Denmark earn the right to five weeks paid holiday after 12 months of employment.
The happiest people in the world
Not having to worry about spending too little time with your family is one of the main reasons why most expats say that living in Denmark is great. And it plays a great role in why the Danes consider themselves the happiest people in the world.