More highly skilled expats  

come to work in Denmark

2010.12.10

More and more highly skilled foreigners choose to work and live in Denmark, reports a new survey. The number of well-educated expats in the Danish knowledge industries has gone from 33,000 in 2008 to 41,500 in 2010.

 “Denmark is one of the few countries in the world where you can have a management position and still pick up your children from school or daycare a couple of times a week,” says Henrik Mahncke, Deputy Head at Oxford Research, who conducted the survey.

Nine out of ten respondents stress the fact that Danish work places respect employees’ family life. And almost everyone is pleased with the sense of personal safety and clean environment.

Soft values on Danish labour market

“The soft values rather than the cool cash are decisive, and Denmark should be branded on those. Denmark is an open, helpful and safe place to live,” says Craig Till, Head of Secretariat in the network Expat in Denmark.

Highly-skilled foreigners often benefit from a special tax-scheme that allows them to pay only 26 percent in income tax for a maximum of five years.

The survey also shows that almost half of the well-educated expats end up staying longer than originally planned while 69 percent label the Danish work culture as “appealing”.

Source: Expat in Denmark

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