If you, before you go on your maternity/paternity leave, have been employed for at least 13 weeks and for at least 120 hours, you are eligible for maternity/paternity benefits.
In order to receive maternity/paternity benefits in Denmark, you must have been employed in Denmark at least 13 weeks prior to your leave.
If you move to Denmark from another EU/EEA country less than 13 weeks before your leave, your employment in that other country counts as part of the 13 weeks – however, this only applies if you have not had any periods of unemployment between employment in the other country and the employment in Denmark.
You must be employed in Denmark when your leave begins in order to receive maternity/paternity benefits from 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 have been employed for at least 13 weeks after your arrival to Denmark or are eligible to receive unemployment benefits
- You do 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 on.
If only one of you is eligible for maternity/paternity benefits from Denmark
If you, and not the child’s other parent, are eligible for the benefits from Denmark, 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.