Social security and workers' compensation

When you start a company in Denmark, you have to pay Danish social security contributions for your employees.

If your company has employees that carry out work in Denmark you may be obliged to pay social security contributions under the Danish law.

Your employees will be subject to Danish social security Law, if it is not otherwise stated in EC regulation 883/2004 on the coordination of social security schemes or in conventions on social security Denmark has signed.

If your employees are subject to Danish social security rules

When your employees are subject to Danish social security rules, you as a company must:

  • pay labour market supplementary pension (in Danish: ATP) for those employees that:
    • are aged 16 years and over,
    • work at least 9 hours a week, and
    • work as wage earners.

When you are obliged to pay ATP, you will also need to pay for financial support scheme for trainees (in Danish: AUB), financing contribution and contribution to maternity benefits

  • pay contribution to labour market fund for occupational diseases (in Danish: AES)
  • pay their sickness benefits in connection with their illness
  • insure your employees against workplace injuries.

If you have questions on your responsibilities regarding social security contributions (comprising ATP, AES, AUB, financing contribution and contribution to maternity benefits), you should contact the ATP by phone +45 48 20 49 14.

What to do when you have to pay social security contributions in Denmark?

In order to pay ATP and AES and other contributions for your employees, you must register as an employer. You have to submit the registration at the latest 8 days after the first payment of wages.

If you do not have Danish CVR/SE-number, you can register your company and as an employer at the same time by filling out following form.

How to declare and pay ATP and AES contribution?

You have to declare the ATP contribution to the Danish Tax Agency via their online tool TastSelv Erhverv under “eIndkomst”.

After you have paid the ATP, you will automatically receive a bill from AES. The amount of AES contribution is calculated on the bases of your declaration to “eIndkomst”.

Insurance against occupational injury

As an employer, you are liable for the consequences of accidents and industrial diseases to which your employees are exposed. In order to insure your employees against work accidents, you must take an insurance policy at a private insurance company. If an accident occurs and your company does not have insurance, you will be obliged to pay a premium and contributions for the period that your workers should have had the insurance coverage. You will also be sanctioned with a fine, and you will be obliged to pay compensation to the injured employee.

Notification of accidents

You must report the injury to the insurance company and to Labour Market Insurance. Please contact Labour Market Insurance to know how to report the accident.

Where can I get more information on insurance for industrial injuries?

If you need guidance on AES contribution and insurance against workplace injuries, you can always contact Labour Market Insurance by phone +45 72 20 60 00 or by email aes@aes.dk