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HOLIDAY RULES AND BENEFITS

New holiday benefit rules

You can now take your holiday days concurrently. That means that the holiday days you earn in one month can be taken in the following month. You can naturally also save up the days for later.

The holiday year in which you earn your holiday days runs from 1 September to 31 August of the following year (12 months).

You can take your holiday during the holiday period from 1 September to 31 December (16 months). You can earn a maximum of 2.08 holiday days each month, corresponding to a maximum of 25 holiday days per year.

If you have taken your holiday before 31 December, you can apply for the holiday benefit until 31 January in the following year. You cannot transfer your right to holiday benefit from one holiday year to another. You will lose the right to any days with holiday benefit that you did not take before 31 December.

FAQ ON HOLIDAY BENEFIT RULES

Latest update: 01 /06-2021

The condition for receiving holiday benefit is that you have earned the right to it on the basis of benefits paid out by an unemployment insurance fund or parental benefit paid out by Udbetaling Danmark. You can receive holiday benefit if you are unemployed, employed or self-employed as a secondary occupation, and you have received unemployment benefit or parental benefit during the holiday year from 1 September to 31 August of the following year.

It is only when the unemployment benefit or other benefit is paid out that we know how many days of holiday benefit you are entitled to. Your holiday benefit can be paid out no earlier than one week before the start of your holiday. It is therefore only at that time that we can make the final calculation of how many days of holiday benefit you are entitled to.

You can keep track of how many days you are entitled to. In Tast Selv, find ‘Ledig ’ (Unemployed) or ‘Lønmodtager‘ (Employed) and select ‘Ferieoversigt’ (Holiday Summary) – from 1 September 2020. You can also use the link here (link opens in a new tab). The Holiday Summary is updated each time you are paid unemployment benefit, holiday benefit or parental benefit.

You must take your days with holiday benefit before 31 December 2021, otherwise you will lose the right to have the benefit paid out. The deadline for applying for the rest of your holiday benefit is 31 January 2022.

Latest update: 01 /06-2021

Yes, you can. Initially, however, you will have to pay for it yourself. This is because you can only be paid holiday benefit for the number of days you have already earned. If you later earn your entitlement to the holiday days you have taken, you can apply for and be paid holiday benefit for those days.

Here is an example:

If you apply for 5 days’ holiday with holiday benefit for 5 days, but you have only earned the right to 3 days, you can take all 5 days. Initially, you will only be paid holiday benefit for the 3 days you have already earned.  If you later, for example, receive a full month's unemployment benefit from the unemployment insurance fund, you earn the right to 2 more days, which you can then apply to have paid out.

Latest update: 01 /06-2021

You cannot receive holiday benefit until you have taken any holiday days you may have earned at an employer. That is why you need to tell us how many holiday days you have earned at an employer. If you are uncertain about the number of days, check your payslips. However, when you add up the holiday days, please note that you cannot count more than 2.08 days in total for each month, including holiday benefit from us.

If you are working or have worked at reduced hours, please note that some employers state that you have earned 2.08 days of holiday days, even if you have not worked full time during a month.

Latest update: 01 /06-2021

The unemployment insurance fund will assess whether you are self-employed, and whether this is your main or your secondary occupation. If it is your main occupation, you can only receive holiday benefit when you are no longer self-employed. If it is your secondary occupation and you are entitled to unemployment benefit, you can receive holiday benefit under the same conditions as unemployed persons and employees.

Latest update: 01 /06-2021

One day of holiday benefit is equivalent to one day of your normal unemployment benefit before tax. However, if you are a graduate with no dependents, you will receive a slightly higher rate.

Latest update: 01 /06-2021

Remember to inform the Job Centre at least 14 days before you take a holiday. You can do this at jobnet.dk.
If the job centre approves your holiday, you will not be obliged to attend any interviews, activities, etc., to which the job centre invites you during the holiday period. If you do not inform the job centre about your holiday, you may risk having to attend an interview, because the job centre does not know that you are on holiday.

In order to receive holiday benefit, you must notify the Job Centre no later than the first day of your holiday. If you notify them later than this, you can only receive holiday benefit from the day on which the Job Centre receives notice of your holiday.

Latest update: 01 /06-2021

  • You must be a member of a Danish unemployment insurance fund at the time when you wish to take a holiday
  • You must meet the same conditions for receiving unemployment benefit as if you were unemployed
  • You must be unemployed, employed or self-employed as a secondary occupation, and you must have received unemployment benefit or parental benefit during the holiday year from 1 September to 31 August of the following year
  • You must take the holiday days that you have earned at an employer before you can receive holiday benefit
  • You really are on holiday
  • As an unemployed person, you must give notification of your holiday at jobnet.dk 14 days before you take the holiday, and you must be available for work before your holiday
  • You are resident in Denmark at the time of your holiday. However, this does not apply if you are a cross-border worker with a Danish employer

Latest update: 01 /06-2021

Even if you have earned the right to holiday benefit, there are some cases where you cannot receive it.
You cannot receive holiday benefit if you:

  • Have lost the right to unemployment benefit
  • Are in education or training without being simultaneously entitled to unemployment benefit
  • Are self-employed as your main occupation
  • Are sick or on leave
  • Are in quarantine
  • Receive full pay during your holiday
  • Receive early retirement benefit, flexible working allowance or cash assistance
  • Are employed in a senior job
  • Are involved in a labour market conflict

Latest update: 01 /06-2021

You can apply for holiday benefit in Tast Selv whether you are employed or unemployed. In Tast Selv, find your application for holiday benefit by selecting ‘Ledig ’ (Unemployed) or ‘Lønmodtager‘ (Employed) and select ‘Søg feriedagpenge’. You can apply for holiday benefit in Tast Selv here (link opens in new tab).

You can apply five weeks before you take your holiday, at the earliest.

Once you have applied, you will be able to see your application in Tast Selv, and you will receive a letter confirming that we have received your application for holiday benefit. You will receive a further letter when we have processed your application.

Latest update: 01 /06-2021

We will pay out your holiday benefit approximately one week before you go on holiday. It is only at that time that we can finally calculate how many days you have earned, and determine the rate at which the holiday benefit can be paid. If you have already taken your holiday, you will be notified as soon as we have processed your application.

When your holiday benefit has been finally calculated, you will receive a letter approving, rejecting, or partially approving the payment. If holiday benefit is paid out to you, an itemised payment slip will be sent with the payment.