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FACTS AND FIGURES

 

OFFICIAL NAME:

Kingdom of Denmark

NATIONALITY: Danish
CAPITAL: Copenhagen GOVERNMENT: Constitutional Monarchy
NATIONAL DAY: June 5 (1849) LAND AREA: 5,765 sqkm (as big as Nueva Ecija)
LOCATION: Northern Europe
TERRAIN: low and flat to gently rolling plains
CLIMATE: temperate; humid and overcast; mild, windy winters and cool summers
NATURAL HAZARDS: flooding in some areas
POPULATION: 5,529,888 (July 2011 est.)
PEOPLE: Scandinavian, Inuit, Faroese, German, Turkish, Iranian, Somali
LANGUAGES: Danish, Faroese, Greenlandic (Inuit dialect), German (English is predominant second language)
RELIGION: Evangelical Lutheran 95%, other Christian (Protestant and Roman Catholic) 3%, Muslim 2%
WORKING WEEK: Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
CURRENCY: Danish Krone (DKK), Exchange Rate: 1 NOK = 8.1963 PHP
CODE: COUNTRY DIALING =  +45     INTERNET  =  .dk  
TIME DIFFERENCE: UTC +2 (Manila is six (6) hours ahead of Norway time)

 

HOLIDAYS:

 

January 1:  New Year's Day Thursday before Easter Sunday: Maundy Thursday
Friday before Easter Sunday: Good Friday
March/April: Easter Sunday Day after Easter Sunday: Easter Monday
The 4th Friday after Easter: General Prayer Day 40 days after Easter: Ascension Day
7 weeks after Easter: Whit Sunday December 25: First Day of Christmas
December 26: Second Day of Christmas  

 

ABOUT AU PAIRS

*  Au Pair is a French term meaning "on par" or "equal to".  It denotes living on an equal basis in a reciprocal, caring relationship between the host family and the children.

*  An au pair is typically a young Filipino placed under a cultural exchange arrangement with a host family for immersion in cultural and language training for a maximum of two (2) years.

*  Host family refers to the family the au pair will be living with for the duration of the au pair contract.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE AU PAIR

1.  Share in the usual household chores along with other members of the family such as:  child care, light household chores, and other responsibilities agreed upon in the au pair contract.

2.  Shall take part in the family life.

3.  Shall learn the culture, customs and language of the country.  Attend school to learn the host country's language.

4.  Carry out chores 3 to 5 hours daily (18 to 30 hours per week).

5.  May NOT carry out paid or unpaid work outside of the host family's home.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE HOST FAMILY

1.  Treat the au pair in just and humane manner.

2.  Provide food and accommodations to the au pair (separate bedroom).

3.  Provide health and accident insurance.

4.  Provide monthly allowance.

5.  Pay for school fees.

6.  Shoulder all travel costs related to sponsoring the Filipino au pair:  transportation, visa, POEA processing fee, OWWA membership fee, cost of training (if required by employer).

7.  Not deduct any amount from regular pocket money of the au pair except compulsory contributions allowed by law.

8.  Provide the au pair a copy of the contract.