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The Danish Holiday Act 2020

On 1 September 2020, a new Danish Holiday Act enters into force.

With the new Holiday Act, you are entitled to the same number of holidays as today.

The period of when you earn paid holidays and the period of when you can take the holidays, have changed.

Where you have previously earned paid holidays in the calendar year from 1 January to 31 December, you will now earn paid holidays from 1 September to 31 August the following year with the new Holiday Act. Like today, you will earn 2.08 paid holidays per month.

You can take the earned paid holidays from 1 September to 31 December the following year, which means a period of 16 months. This provides more flexibility when you want to take your holidays.

Concurrent holiday

Your opportunities to take holidays will also be changed in the new Holiday Act, as the term concurrent holiday is being implemented.

This means that you can take paid holidays as soon as you have earned them. The days that you earn in one month can be used for taking paid holidays in the subsequent month.

Transition period

There will be a transitional period before the new Holiday Act enters into force.

The transitional period runs from 1 September 2019 until and including 31 August 2020. The holiday funds that you earn during this period will be frozen and not be paid out until you leave the labour market.

The holiday accrual year in 2019 has thefore been shortened. You only earn paid holidays in the period from 1 January 2019 to 31 August 2019. You can use this to take paid holidays during the period from 1 May 2020 to 30 September 2020. From 1 September 2020 you start accruing holidays that you can take on an ongoing basis.