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New maternity leave rules


From 2nd August, we have new maternity leave rules in Denmark. The change has been triggered due to an EU directive that specifies that there needs to be a minimum of 2 months of maternity leave for each parent. 

  • The mother has the right to 4 weeks leave before birth; both parents have the right to 2 weeks leave immediately after birth; both parents have the right to 26 weeks combined leave which they can share; each parent has the right to 9 weeks leave which they cannot share. 
  • If you are a single mother or single father, you are entitled to the entire 46 weeks leave. From January 2024, the single mother/father will be able to transfer 13 weeks to a close family member. 
Narcis George Matache
Narcis George Matache
Executive Editor and Founder of "Last Week in Denmark".

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