5 Things That Make Denmark Family-Friendly

BY: Nicole Danielsen, Account Manager Denmark at MediCarrera

Besides being known as one of the happiest countries in the world, where full-time employees devote two-thirds of their day to personal care and leisure, Denmark is also a very family-friendly country. The workplace culture is very supportive of families, while the country has the lowest childhood inequality in the world. Here’s why Denmark is a great place for families:

1. Work-life balance

The work-life balance in Denmark is excellent. Doctors and nurses have great working hours, which means you could finish at 3 PM and have enough time to spend with your family.

Once you move to Denmark, you should find a hobby or a private interest. Since employees spend two-thirds of their day outside work, they should find something to spend their time on.

2. A positive attitude towards family life

The entire society has a positive attitude towards family life and family priority. Employers are very understanding if you have to pick up your children at 4 PM. You can schedule your meetings according to your family and your private schedule. The best thing is that you don’t have to feel bad about giving your family priority even in your work schedule.

There are a lot of opportunities and activities for families and children. There are a lot of parks and playgrounds in the cities, and adventure parks outside the cities. In Denmark, everything is family-friendly.

3. The daycare system

The daycare system in Denmark is well organised, the government takes care of it. Even though the maternity leave is not that long, most of the companies are willing to extend it to one year. At the age of one, children go to a nursery and at the age of three to a kindergarten. After that, they start school at the age of six or seven.

The kindergarten costs between €300 and €400 a month. However, the parents pay a small price, and the government pays for the rest. Kindergartens in Denmark also give priority to single parents.

“The entire society has a positive attitude towards family life and family priority. Employers are very understanding if you have to pick up your children at 4 PM.”

4. The government supports education

The Danish government supports students with a unique system. University is free; students don’t have to pay any tuition fee. They also get an allowance from the government, so if they leave their parents’ house, they can pay rent and food themselves. Maybe they’ll have to work 10-15 hours per week as well, but they don’t depend on their parents.

5. Equal opportunities

The system in Denmark makes it easier for women. They can continue working after a year of maternity leave like they did before. Everybody at work will understand that they have a child and more obligations now and will provide all the support possible. You don’t have to work crazy hours to make up for the time you spent on maternity leave, and your colleagues will help you get back on track.

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