Becoming an au pair in Denmark – What are the requirements? What does the process consist of, which documents do you need, and what exactly are you going to do as an au pair? In short, how do you become an au pair in Denmark?
Au Pair Requirements
- You are between 17 and 30 years old
- You are not married and do not have children
- You have good knowledge of either Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, German, or English
- Your family cannot come with you to Denmark
- If you are from outside the EU or EEA, you cannot have previously has a residence permit for Denmark
Au pairs and Danish host families sign an officially regulated au pair contract which discusses the working hours, schedule, holidays, pocket money, and other rules and expectations.
Minimum and maximum stay
Au pairs in Denmark can stay in the country for up to 18 months. Your initial residence permit is valid for one year with the option to extend it with an additional 6 months. Au pairs can come on either the au pair program visa or the working holiday visa depending on your country of origin.
As an au pair in Demark, you will receive 4,550 Danish Krones (DKK) monthly, which equates to approximately 611 EUR. You should receive your pocket money also during holidays and when you fall ill. Au pairs are subject to taxes on their monthly pocket money.
Au pairs in Denmark should come in with at least some knowledge of either Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, German, or English. You should also have enough free time to take a Danish language course while au pairing. Host families should pay a one-off payment of 18,000 DKK to support the state’s expenses of offering Danish lessons to au pairs.
Amount of working hours
Au pairs in Denmark can work should work between 18 and 30 hours a week for their host families. Depending on your hours, you should work a maximum of 3 to 5 hours a day accordingly. Au pairs cannot work more than 30 hours a week even for more pocket money.
Days off and holidays
Au pairs in Denmark should have at least 1.5 days off per week and should be off during Danish public holidays so they can experience Danish culture to its fullest. If you are religious, your schedule should allow for you to participate in your religious worship.
Each month, you should accrue holiday days. You are entitled to 2.5 days off monthly for 6 days a week of work or 2.08 days off for 5 days a week of work. You should be paid during your holidays and any holiday days you do not take should be paid back to you at the end of your stay.
Au pair insurance
Your host family is responsible for supporting you in case of illness. They should sign you up for health insurance upon your arrival at the local citizen’s service center where they can obtain your health card.
Are you ready for a new adventure?
So, you now know what the requirements are and what the process to become an au pair in Denmark consists of. So, there is only one question left:
We’d love to look for a wonderful family for you!