Jobs in Denmark

You may need to apply for a work permit before you can work in Denmark

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Jobs in Denmark come with pros and cons. Most jobs in Denmark are steady jobs with excellent benefits and competitive pay. However, having a job in Denmark also means high deductions.

Jobs in Denmark are easier to come by if you are trained or experienced in a specialized field of work, no matter which one. The rate of immigration is low in Denmark and the country constantly tries to recruit skilled workers from abroad.

In addition, residents of the European Union, European Economic Area, Switzerland and Nordic countries can live and work in Denmark if they want for up to three months. To stay longer, they must get a special "registration certificate."

The Basic Integration Education Program

In 2016, the Danish government entered into an agreement known as the "basic integration education program." The goal of this program: to place more refugees in short-term jobs (up to two years) at apprentice salary rates. The refugees are trained in new skills or can get up to 20 weeks of school. The agreement has been successful, too. The Confederation of Danish Employers reported that the agreement has helped a growing number of refugees find work in Denmark.  

Non-EU Workers in Denmark

Non-European Union citizens need to apply for a work permit before taking up a job in Denmark. Here are some ways you can get one of these permits: 

  • You have the option of trying to score high enough for a three-year residence permit under the Danish Green Card scheme, which will allow you to live in Denmark and find work. An offer for a job in Denmark isn't required for this option.
  • You also have the option to find a job in Denmark that pays more than a certain amount per year. This makes a worker eligible for a work permit through the Pay Limit program.
  • The Positive List program is another option to start a job in Denmark. Under this, you need skills in one of the many professions Denmark is lacking skilled workers for. Contact your local Danish embassy for individual visa requirements and specifics about this program. 

Finding a Job in Denmark

If you don't have access to local Danish newspapers for your job search, the best start is to search for jobs in Denmark online. Some websites include: 

If you speak Danish, take a look at these popular sites for jobs in Denmark:

  • Jobindex.dk
  • Monster Denmark
  • StepStone Denmark

Speaking Danish 

You don't necessarily have to be fluent in Danish to get a job in Denmark, although some jobs require it. You can also find some companies that are specifically looking for English speakers. However, it helps to be able to speak both. 

If you don't speak Danish, you can search specifically for an English-language job in Denmark. Even the government tells refugees who want to work in Denmark: Work first, learn the language later