Working hours in Denmark: Is work-life balance as good as it seems?

Working hours in Denmark are not as extensive as they are in many other countries. Although there is no legally-mandated limit on working hours – just as there is no legally-mandated minimum wage in Denmark – the umbrella agreements that many unions set with employers limit the ordinary work week to 37 or 37.5 hours.

This breaks down to about 7.5 hours a day, 5 days a week, with a half-hour unpaid for lunch. Most Danish employers provide a hot lunch for employees to eat together as a team.

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