As a general rule, the working hours in Denmark are laid down in an agreement, and for the vast majority of areas, normal working hours are agreed to 37 hours per week.
Working hours are primarily between Monday to Friday in the time frame between 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. The lunch break is normally 30 minutes long. At certain workplaces, the lunch break is paid as part of general working hours, while at others it is paid by the employees themselves.
For employees over the age of 18, the EU Working Time Directive also provides the following framework for working hours:
- A daily rest period of at least 11 consecutive hours.
- A break during a work day exceeding 6 hours. The length of the break depends on the purpose of the break, e.g. whether it is a break intended for a meal.
- One 24-hour period off per week, which must follow directly a daily rest period. No more than six 24-hour periods between two 24-hour periods off are allowed.
- Weekly working hours of maximum 48 hours on average, incl. overtime.
- An employee on night shift must not work more than 8 hours on average per 24-hour period.
In some cases, these rules may be derogated from in collective agreements.