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Factsheet for measure DK-2021-51/2127 – measures in Denmark

Healthcare professionals can transfer their holidays to the next year

Sundhedspersonale kan overføre ferie til næste år

Country Denmark , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 14 December 2021 – 01 January 2022
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Employment protection and retention
– Working time flexibility
Author Carsten Jørgensen (FAOS, University of Copenhagen), Anders Randrup (Oxford Research)
Measure added 10 January 2022 (updated 19 April 2022)

Background information

There is a growing shortage of healthcare professionals, and the pressure is growing with the latest development in the COVID-19 infection with the Omikron variant. To reduce the pressure in the healthcare system, it will be possible for healthcare professionals to transfer holidays to the next holiday year.

The Ministry of Employment is therefore changing the law, so that it is possible to free up more hands within the health sector over Christmas.

Content of measure

It will be possible for healthcare professionals to carry over holidays that should have been taken before 31 December 2021 to next year.

Changes were made in executive Order no. 1072 of 29 October 2019 on holiday obstacles.

Use of measure

The hope is that the measure is going to free more hands within the area, however it is only an option which the healthcare professionals can choose to use if they want to.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Workers in essential services
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


This is a measure taken by the government alone, and the social partners involvement is not described anywhere.

Views and reactions


Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities Q86 Human health activities
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Health professionals


  • 14 December 2021: Sundhedspersonale kan overføre ferie til næste år (


Eurofound (2022), Healthcare professionals can transfer their holidays to the next year, measure DK-2021-51/2127 (measures in Denmark), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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