Europe’s most attractive labour market

Denmark offers Europe’s most flexible hiring and firing legislation. Moreover, employer-paid social contribution rates are the lowest in Europe.

In Greater Copenhagen you will experience labour market flexibility that is second to none. Combining flexibility and security, Denmark's flexicurity model gives your company Europe’s best up and down-scaling conditions so you can adapt to market changes quickly and efficiently.

The Danish labour market is renowned for its flexibility and exceptional cooperation between businesses and the research sector. And it takes less than one day to establish a company in Denmark.

separator- Peter Halkjaer-Knudsen | Executive Director, ChemPartner Europe

The lowest employer costs in the EU

Denmark offers the most competitive salary levels in the EU. This is due to the fact that additional employer costs including social security contributions, pension schemes, healthcare insurance and holiday pay are lower in Denmark compared to other European countries.

See more about wages and salaries in Greater Copenhagen.

Productive workforce

The Danes are one of the most productive and hardworking workforces in Europe, across industries.

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 highly motivated, conscientious employees with a high degree of job satisfaction.

Denmark moreover has a strong tradition for lifelong learning. The workforce is constantly upgraded to meet the changing needs of the labour market, as most Danes engage in supplementary education and training to improve their skills.

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Great language proficiency

Denmark is an old trading and maritime nation, and the Danes speak many languages. 

Almost nine out of ten Danes speak English, and the Danes repeatedly score top positions in global language skills surveys such as the EF English Proficiency Index and the IMD World Talent Report.

86% of the Danish workforce speaks English and 53% speaks German

Flexible working hours

In contrast to many other European countries, no restrictions apply in Denmark regarding night and weekend work, which means that companies are allowed to operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.