Denmark—Country Workforce Profile
by Julie A. Norstrand
August 2009—The Country Workforce Profile of Denmark provides information regarding the country of Denmark alongside that of other Scandinavian countries, the USA and EU, in order to provide context and comparison.
Denmark has a high labor force participation rate, with 78% of the working age population (15-64) in the labor force (in 2008). An important reason for such a high rate is that Danish women work more than in many other European countries. In addition, the unemployment rate in Denmark decreased from 10% in 1995 to 2.9% in 2009, and the self-employment rate is very low compared to the EU-15 average, 6% and 15% respectively.
Unfortunately, the Danish life expectancy has been negatively impacted in recent years due to popular unhealthy habits concerning alcohol, diet, and smoking- a quarter of the population are smokers, down from 50% in 1980. As a result, the healthy life expectancy of the Danish population was somewhat lower than the other Scandinavian countries in question.