All citizens use the public sector in some way, and as a general principle all citizens must thus help pay for it. The tax funds are used to pay for the different expenses that Danish society has such as welfare benefits, state pension, child benefits and for public institutions such as schools, hospitals, libraries and the police.
The Danish tax system is progressive. This means that the higher your income, the more taxes you have to pay. In many other countries citizens pay less tax than in Denmark, but in return they have to pay to go to school, to the hospital, the doctor’s, etc. Denmark has its own Minister of Taxation, Ministry of Taxation and its own taxation laws.
A full time job in Denmark is determined to be 37 hours per week, but it is not by law. In some collective agreements, shorter or longer working hours are possible. But your must never work more than 48 hours per week in average. You are entitled to get a contract if your hours are 8 or more per week.
Rest breaks are paid by yourself. If you work more than 6 hours, you have the right to have a break. There are no rules about the length of the break, but you must have the opportunity to have something to eat and drink. Usually the lunch break is half an hour.
The Holidays Act determines that you are entitled to five weeks of paid holiday each holiday year. The holiday is calculated as five work days per week. Another 5 work days are available, if you are employed by the municipality or region. but your employer can decide if you can spend them all as days off or if some of them can be paid.
The Holidays Act determines that you are entitled to five weeks of paid holiday each holiday year. The holiday is calculated as five days per week, which totals 25 days per year. The holiday year starts on May 1st. You are entitled to paid holiday if you have earned the right. To earn the right, you must have worked for a whole year.
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