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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.

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