Project Description

Being an au pair in Denmark


An Au Pair must be aged between 18 and 29 years old.


The Au Pair takes part in the host family’s normal household tasks. Mostly this means child care and light household duties. Work contents need to be agreed upon by the host family and the Au Pair.

Working Hours

18-30 hours a week, not more than 3-5 hours per day.

Duration of Stay

An Au Pair is granted a residence permit for one year, but no longer than the duration of the Au Pair contract. A six-month extension can be granted so that in exceptional cases, the Au Pair may stay with the family for a maximum of 18 months.

Pocket Money

3.150 DKK gross per month for Au Pair who got their residence permit after 1 January 2012

Language Requirements

The Au Pair must be able to speak and understand a reasonable level of Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English or German.

Travel Costs

The Au Pair must bear the travel costs to Denmark herself/himself. If the Au Pair has his/her permanent residence in a country outside of Europe, the host family shall pay for his/her return ticket.

Language Course

The Au Pair shall be given enough spare time that allows him or her to attend a language course.

Room & Board

The Au Pair receives free room and board. He/she has to be provided with free meals and an adequate room on his/her own in the house of the host family.

Days off

The Au Pair has one day off per week. Also, the Au Pair must be given the opportunity to participate in religious worship.


The host family and the Au Pair have to decide if the Au Pair will be covered by the Holidays Act or the Act on Certain Employment Relationships in Agriculture.