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Public Holidays 2017

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

Greenland, one of the largest island nations in the world is part of the Kingdom of Denmark. The economy depends on the fishing industry and global fish imports. The majority of workers in Greenland are employed in the fishing industry. Public holidays and observances are predominately based on Danish culture and tradition.

Greenland observes national holidays, as well as local traditional festivals and observances. National holidays include: New Year’s Day; Epiphany; Maundy Thursday; Good Friday; Easter Monday; Store Bededag; Ascension; Whit Monday; Ulartuneq, which is Greenland’s National Day; Christmas and St. Stephen’s Day.

Labour Laws Pertaining to Greenland

As an unofficial territory of Denmark, all employees are required to enter into an employment contract or union collective bargaining agreement setting forth terms of employment, overtime compensation and entitlement to paid holidays and annual leave. Employers are responsible for outlining provisions for benefits. Labour laws are not applicable when contracts and collective bargaining agreements are in effect.

According to Danish labour laws, the Holiday Act applies to all workers, with the exception of salaried professionals and those employed in managerial positions. In essence, entitlement to paid public holidays and annual leave is regulated by union bargaining agreements. Danish law provides that all employees are entitled to 25 paid holidays per year. Employees receive normal wages on holidays only if the employee has worked with the same employer during the year preceding a specific holiday.

Greenland’s labour laws are loosely based on Danish laws, which state that a work week should not exceed 48 hours. Collective bargaining agreements typically limit workers to approximately 37 hours per week. Overtime compensation, entitlement to paid public holidays and annual leave are established by collective bargaining agreements and are not regulated by labour laws.

Minimal information is available concerning labour laws in Greenland. As an island country associated with Denmark, it can be assumed that the laws in both countries are similar in nature.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
6 JanFriEpiphany
13 AprThuMaundy Thursday
14 AprFriGood Friday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
12 MayFriPrayer Day
25 MayThuAscension Day
5 JunMonWhit Monday
21 JunWedUllortuneq (National Day)
24 DecSunChristmas Eve
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueChristmas Holiday
31 DecSunNew Year's Eve