If you are an employee
If you are an employee and have worked in Denmark for the last four whole months, you will receive parental benefit if you meet the following conditions:
- You have employment the day before the leave starts or on the first day of it.
- You have worked at least 160 hours within the last four whole months before your leave.
- You have worked at least 40 hours per month for at least three of those four months.
If you move to Denmark from another EU/EEA country less than four whole months before your leave, your employment in that other country counts as part of the 160 hours in total and 40 hours per month. To receive maternity/paternity benefits in Denmark, it is a condition that you are employed in Denmark prior to your leave.
Please note that you also need to spend time - be physically present - with your child every day to receive maternity/paternity benefits.
If you are self-employed, unemployed, a student or a recent graduate you have to comply with other terms. You can read more on borger.dk or contact Udbetaling Danmark.
If your child is new-born when you move to Denmark
If you move to Denmark after the birth of your child, you are eligible for the benefits from Udbetaling Danmark if:
- You meet the employee-conditions above or are eligible to receive unemployment benefits
- You no longer receive maternity/paternity benefits from the country that you arrive from
- Your child was born less than 46 weeks ago.
If you comply with all these terms, you are eligible for maternity/paternity benefits until your child is 46 weeks.
If you or the child’s other parent are not subject to the Danish maternity/paternity rules before your child is 46 weeks, you cannot take your leave and receive maternity/paternity benefits from Udbetaling Danmark later.
If only one of you is eligible for maternity/paternity benefits from Denmark
If only you, and not the child’s other parent, are eligible for Danish benefits, you have a right to maternity/paternity benefits in 16 weeks out of the 32 weeks of the child-care leave. However, you can receive the benefits in all 32 weeks if you live alone with the child or if you can document that the child’s other parent does not receive benefits from a different country during this period.