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Being an au pair in Denmark


THIS PAGE WAS LAST UPDATED IN 2011


Employment requirements and conditions for au pairs and nannies change on a regular basis in every country. Please note it is YOUR responsibility to check the most up-to-date information on government websites. Thank you!


  • Age: The au pair must be between 17 and 29 years of age .
  • Salary (Pocket money): Au pair must receive at least 3050 DKK per month in pocket money from the host family.
  • Number of hrs to work and days off: An au pair must perform between 3 and 5 hours' worth of household chores daily (i.e. 18 - 30 hours per week) and receive at least one day off per week.
  • Visas: Au pairs from Nordic and EEA countries can travel to and work in Denmark freely. For more information see Visa requirements for Denmark
  • Duration of stay: An au pair is given a residence permit for one year and a six-month extension can be applied for.
  • Language requirements: An au pair should be able to speak and understand a reasonable level of Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English or German.
  • Health Insurance: The host family must make sure the au pair is covered by the Danish National Health Insurance. The host family must take out three types of insurance covering the au pair: insurance for work-related injuries, insurance covering leisure time and accidents, and insurance covering the costs of the au pair returning to her homeland.
  • Travel costs: Travel costs to Denmark from the au pair's home country should be covered by the au pair. However, if the host family wants to pay for a part of the costs, it is suggested that they do so after the au pair has stayed with them for at least half of the agreed time.
  • Language courses: The au pair must have the possibility of attending language courses in Denmark.


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