Do the Danes want to reduce their weekly work hours?


The standard work week in Denmark is 37.5 hours, and slightly less than countries like the United Kingdom and the United States, where a 40-hour week is generally considered the norm.

In the past, the Nordic neighbors Sweden and Finland have seen some discussion about a workday of four days a week or six hours, although in neither of the two countries is government policy and such a movement seems to be very far in both cases.

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While Denmark has talked even less about reducing the standard workweek, Danish workers would prefer to slightly reduce their total weekly hours dedicated to their jobs, according to Statistics Denmark data.

People at the typical age to start a family and people with a college education are among the groups that particularly expressed their desire to reduce working hours.

A total of 382,000 people currently working, about 16 percent of all people working in the country, said in a Denmark Statistics survey that they would prefer to work less hours, the agency writes in a press release.

Employees and freelancers, as well as part-time and full-time workers, were included in the investigation.

In the age group 35 to 44, up to 19 percent, 98,000 people said they would prefer to work less hours than their current load.

“The preference for working less levels up when people reach 35, which is an age at which many start families or have small children,” said Martin Faris Sawaed Nielsen, an employee of Denmark Statistics.

The average age of Denmark for first-time parents is 31 for women and 33 for men.

“There are also many people in the age groups of 45-54 and 55-64 who want to reduce their working hours. After this, the percentage drops sharply, and work and family commitments generally take less time, ”said Nielsen.

People with university training (lange videregående uddannelser) are also above average to express a preference to reduce working hours, to 21 percent.

Seven percent of those involved in the study, 190,000 working people, said they would like to work more hours than they currently work.

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