Danish business style

Holidays, etiquette and wages

Danish business style

Useful information for investors who intend to open a business in Denmark.

Danish workforce

Holidays - Generally, a year of work entitles an employee to 5 weeks of holiday. In terms of holiday payments, it all depends on how long the employee has been working for the company; the more experience the employee has, the more he/she deserves.

Minimum wage - In Denmark there is no national minimum wage. However, different sectors set minimum wage rates through collective agreements.

Work hours - An employee will usually work 37 hours on average per week; it is prohibited by law for an individual to work more than 48 hours per week.  

Business hours - Business hours are generally from 8/9am to 4/5pm Monday to Friday. Though, many companies close their business early on Fridays.

Business etiquette

  • The typical business outfit for both men and women, is a suit.
  • The accepted form of greeting in Denmark is a handshake. You will be expected to shake everyone's hand at the beginning and at the end of a formal business meeting. Make sure to greet women first.
  • The Danes are very good at analysing information, taking notes and keeping records. Make sure to document all information in written form and be prepared for negotiations.
  • Personal space is something which is very important for the Danes. Make sure to keep some distance when interacting in Denmark. Especially if you are from a very warm culture in which touching indicates affection.
  • Before a business meeting it is very important to send an agenda. It is an emphasized mark of protocol in Denmark.
  • Danish people are very punctual at business and social events; and they expect others to be as punctual as them.

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