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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays. Please scroll down to view.

The Kingdom of Denmark is a country located in Scandinavia, which currently celebrates 11 national holidays. National holidays are regulated by the Holiday Consolidation Act 407 of 28 May 2004. This Act replaces all previous Holiday Acts and amendments. This Act establishes the actual national holidays that are celebrated and provides the government with the authority to declare one-time national holidays if necessary.

The Holiday Act also establishes that any holiday that occurs on a weekend date must remain on that date. Holiday celebrations are not moved to the next working day.

The Labour Laws of Denmark state that all employees are entitled to receive pay for national holidays. However, holidays that occur on typical non-working dates are not viewed as paid national holidays. Employment contracts may make it a requirement to pay for each holiday, regardless of when these holidays occur.

A majority of the holidays celebrated in Denmark are based on the Christian faith. Some of these holidays occur on different dates each year because their celebrations are calculated using the lunar cycle. Employers are required to acknowledge these holidays regardless of the date they occur. The government of Denmark releases the dates for all national holidays at the end of each year for the upcoming year.

Regional, Cultural, and Religious Holidays

The Kingdom of Denmark has a diverse population throughout the country and its territories. Many of these areas celebrate specific holidays based on their indigenous belief systems, cultures, or religions. The government of Denmark acknowledges that these events occur but does not recognize them as national holidays.

At this time, there are not any specific national holidays celebrated in the Faroe Islands or in Greenland that are not observed in Denmark. However, this does not mean that they do not occur. There are many cultural celebrations in these areas.

Employers are not required to provide days off or special pay for any celebration that is not deemed a national holiday by the government of Denmark.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
13 AprThuMaundy Thursday
14 AprFriGood Friday
16 AprSunEaster Sunday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
12 MayFriPrayer Day
25 MayThuAscension Day
4 JunSunWhit Sunday
5 JunMonWhit Monday
5 JunMonConstitution Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTue2nd Day of Christmas