Denmark—Mind the Gap—Employer Perspectives
by Julie A. Norstrand
January 2010—Health benefits among Danish employers are perceived as being fairly generous by European Standards:
- Employees are fully covered from the beginning of an absence period up to 120 days, and in some instances, a full year.
- Employers pay 80% of the employees wage.
Approximately 80% of Danish workers are members of a trade union, though union density varies from one sector to the other.
According to the World Economic Forum, Denmark is ranked 7th in the 2008 Global Gender Gap Report, with a strong record on gender equality.
- Employers are encouraged, however, to promote an “age-friendly environment”;
The hierarchical structure is absent in the Danish workplace:
- In principal, regardless of position or education, all employees are regarded equal.