Work-Life Balance in Denmark

Much has already been said about how extremely positive it is to be living in Denmark. One of the primary reasons why this is so is the huge importance given to maintaining healthy work-life balance. This means giving equal importance to how people lead happy personal lives while providing security and fulfillment in their work environment.

Not surprisingly, Denmark leads in the list of countries which provide the best work-life balance. Thanks to the very generous social safety net provided in the country, Danes have much less to complain about than their counterparts in other parts of the world. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development or OECD undertook the task of determining what countries were included in the list. 

OECD based its ranking on at least 3 variables including percentage of employees working very long hours, employment rate for women and children, and the time spent on leisure and personal care. The last variable include the time time spent on sleeping. In these three variables, Denmark managed to get favorable feedback.

The average working hours of Danes are much lower than the established OECD average. Overtime, when rendered, is appropriately compensated. Danes allot at least 16 hours of their day to leisure and personal care. Danish mothers also have better employment opportunities. Employees are given ample vacation time while provided liberal allowances in the form of sick leaves when an immediate family member is sick. The high degree of flexibility that characterizes Danish life is being credited for the high rate of satisfaction that Danes enjoy.

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