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Parental leave

Denmark has a generous parental leave policy. Find out more about the benefits available to parents below.

Parental leave

Parents in Denmark have the right to a total of 52 weeks parental leave.

The mother is entitled to four weeks' maternity leave prior to giving birth and 14 weeks after; the father is entitled to two weeks' leave after the birth; and the remaining time can be divided according to individual wishes.

For part of your maternity or paternity leave you will receive full or partial salary payments from your employer. How much you receive and how long you are entitled to receive salary payments depends on your employment contract or the collective agreement under which you are covered.

Parents who are not entitled to paid maternity/paternity leave from their workplace can receive maternity/paternity benefits.


For adoptive parents, the same rights apply in general as for biological parents.


Read more about maternity and paternity leave and benefits on Life in Denmark.