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Denmark: Recruitment and selection

Updating author: Lise Lauridsen, Bech-Bruun
Consultant editor: Mette Søsted
Original author: Yvonne Frederiksen, Norrbom Vinding

Summary

  • Employers are prohibited from taking into account in the recruitment process various characteristics, as well as whether or not a candidate has taken or plans to take pregnancy or childbirth-related leave. (See Discrimination)
  • Although there are no requirements as to how a job advertisement should be worded, employers are prohibited from stating that they are looking for employees of a particular characteristic under any of the prohibited discrimination grounds. (See Advertising vacancies)
  • During the recruitment and selection process, employers must collect and process any personal data in accordance with data protection legislation. (See Data relating to candidates)
  • Employers are prohibited from asking candidates questions about certain personal characteristics and must not take into account a candidate's response to pregnancy-related questions when deciding whether or not to hire her. (See Selection)
  • There are various rules regarding work carried out by young people. (See Young people and children)
  • Positive action in favour of disabled people is permitted to a certain extent. (See People with disabilities)
  • To work as employees in Denmark, people who are not citizens of EU/EEA member states or Switzerland must apply for a residence and work permit. (See Foreign nationals)