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Denmark has 9 different programs for the different au pair citizenships.
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rules & regulations

Au pair
World
Working Holiday
New Zealand

minimum stay

6 months

maximum stay

24 months

12 months

working hours

3-5 hours per day, no more than 6 days per week.

days off

  • The au pair is entitled to one-and-a-half day off every week. A half day off means that the au pair can complete chores of 3 to 5 hours either before or after 2 p.m. on the day in question

holidays


  • The au pair is entitled to a day off on official Danish national Holidays
  • The au pair must have a written agreement with the host family describing when a holiday is expected to be taken.

allowed work

 The au pair can assume a role as a member of the family. This means that the au pair should contribute to the household by carrying out chores related to the family's daily housekeeping, such as babysitting, cleaning and washing clothes. 

Which work should and can be done by an au pair? Which work an au pair definitely doesn't have to do? Discuss with others in our community!

forbidden work

The au pair may not take on responsibilities related to personal care or sick care of adult members of the host family.

Which work should and can be done by an au pair? Which work an au pair definitely doesn't have to do? Discuss with others in our community!

pocket money

minimum of 4050 DKK per month

board and lodging

The au pair receives free room and board. 

He or she has to be provided with free meals and an adequate room of his or her own in the house of the host family.

room

The au pair is entitled to his or her own bedroom in the family's home during the entire stay. In addition to his or her bedroom, the host family must also have a common living room, as well as one bedroom for every two people registered at the residence. If the host family’s building is occupied by several families, there may only be calculated two members of the same family per bedroom. Both the common living room and all bedrooms must be approved for living in and must be registered in the Housing Register BBR (Bygnings- og Boligsregistret)

language course

The au pair is allowed to study or take a training course for a limited period of time. The host family pays DKK 5070 (2016 level) to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration. This amount is to help finance part of the Danish state's expenses for free Danish language classes 

travel expenses

  • The host family must pay the au pair's trip to Denmark if the au pair lives in a country outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland. The duration and route of the trip must not be disproportionately inconvenient for the au pair.
  • The host family must pay the au pair's trip home when your au pair stay ends, if the au pair goes back home to the country of origin or previous country of residence.

health, accident and liability insurance

The host family must take out the following three insurances covering the au pair:

  1.  insurance against industrial injuries,
  2.  insurance against personal injury outside work, 
  3. and insurance covering transportation to your home country in the case of your death, serious illness or injury

social welfare system

In Denmark each person has a personal registration number, which is called a CPR number. CPR stands for Central Person Register. The CPR number is essential in relation to any contact with the Danish authorities and especially in connection to tax and social security issues. 

Application for Tax card and CPR number

One can contact the local municipality’s Citizen Service Centre or one of the four International Citizen Service Centers, available in the largest cities in Denmark: Aalborg, Aarhus, Copenhagen and Odense.

tax

au pairs are liable to pay tax on earnings plus board and lodgings and are responsible for advising the tax office of income. Board and lodgings are assessed as an income of DKK 2033 per month. An au pair is allowed a total income of approximately DKK 2616 per month before being taxed.

So far as taxation is concerned, the relationship between the au pair and host family is regarded as an employer/employee relationship and is therefore subject to Danish taxation laws. The Danish Tax and Customs Administration (SKAT) can inform you about the rules regarding taxation of pocket money and free room and board on tel: 45 72 22 18 18.

Please contact the Danish tax authority SKAT for more information.


au pairs are liable to pay tax on earnings plus board and lodgings and are responsible for advising the tax office of income. Board and lodgings are assessed as an income of DKK 2033 per month. An au pair is allowed a total income of approximately DKK 2616 per month before being taxed.

So far as taxation is concerned, the relationship between the au pair and host family is regarded as an employer/employee relationship and is therefore subject to Danish taxation laws. The Danish Tax and Customs Administration (SKAT) can inform you about the rules regarding taxation of pocket money and free room and board on tel: 45 72 22 18 18.

Please contact the Danish tax authority SKAT for more information.

cost for host family

  • The host family must pay the au pair's trip to Denmark if the au pair lives in a country outside the EU/EEA or Switzerland. The duration and route of the trip must not be disproportionately inconvenient for the au pair.
  • The host family must pay the au pair's trip home when your au pair stay ends, if the au pair goes back home to the country of origin or previous country of residence
  • The host family must pay DKK 5070 (2016 level) to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration. This amount is to help finance part of the Danish state's expenses for Danish language classes for the au pair..

ending of contract

Any termination of the au pair contract must be done in writing. The au pair can terminate the contract with two weeks' notice, and the host family can terminate the contract with one month's notice. If the au pair decides to stay with the host family during this period, the host family must continue to provide the au pair with food and lodging and pay the au pair's monthly allowance. If the au pair decides not to stay with the family during this period, the host family must continue to pay the au pair's monthly allowance.

Furthermore, both the au pair and host family have a right to terminate the contract with immediate effect in the case of serious violation of the contract by the other party, or if other serious circumstances warrant it.

Discuss with others in our community what one can do should problems arise with your au pair / family!

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