Number of holiday days

The number of days of annual holiday day is calculated for each holiday credit year, i.e. the period between 1 April and 31 March (e.g. 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015).

An employee accrues annual holiday days as follows:

  • 2 days per month if the employee works at least 14 days or 35 hours per calendar month and the employment relationship has lasted less than a year, or
  • 2.5 days per month if the employee works at least 14 days or 35 hours per calendar month and the employment relationship has lasted more than a year.

If the employee has been on several fixed-term employment contracts back-to-back or separated with only brief interruptions, the employment is considered to be continuous as far as the accrual of holiday is concerned.

A part-time employee does not accrue annual holiday if he/she works for less than 14 days or less than 35 hours in a calendar month. Part-time employees are, however, entitled to free time.

Employees accrue annual holiday for periods equivalent to time at work as per the Annual Holiday Act. Any period of absence from work for which the employer is obliged by law to pay the employee is considered to be a period equivalent to work. The following cases where an employee is unable to work during an employment relationship are also considered periods equivalent to work: maternity, special maternity, paternity or parental leave; temporary child-care leave; absence for compelling family reasons; illness or accident; medical rehabilitation; or lay-offs (a complete list of applicable cases may be found in section 7 of the Annual Holiday Act.

When an employee is absent from work because of maternity leave, special maternity leave, paternity and parental leave, temporary child-care leave and absence for compelling family a total of most 156 days (i.e. appr. 6 months) are considered to be equivalent of days at work and thus holiday accrual time. More information on how the annual holiday is determined on the site Family leave.