Name: Tine Lund
Occupation: Press Secretary - City of Copenhagen.
What does your job entail?
I work as a press secretary for one of the Mayors of Copenhagen.
How many hours a week do you work?
What happens if you have to do overtime?
Overtime is included in my salary, so I don’t receive extra payment. However, I do have a lot of flexibility of coming in late or leaving early when I have a smaller work load.
Denmark is well known for its good work-life balance. Do you think you have that?
Compared to my friends who live abroad, I think I do. However, it is still sometimes stressful to make a career job go together with family life, as the nursery for my child closes at five and I want to do my best in both parts of my life.
How do you think your work-life balance could be improved?
Things can always be improved, but generally speaking I think I am well off.
How do you think your working life compares to others in Europe?
We have very good conditions in Denmark when it comes to obtaining a work-life balance. What we lack here is sometimes an acceptance of the fact that managing a career and being the perfect mum (making home-baked buns, picking up your kids from day-care early and look amazing at the same time) can be rather difficult. Furthermore, it is expensive to have home help in the house here, which is more common in other parts of Europe.
Tell me a little about your private life.
What does your partner do?
He is a director in a pharmaceutical company.
Do you have children?
I have 2 children
Do you and your partner split family duties?
Indeed, we are both involved in the running of the household. Also here in Denmark it is common that parents split maternity leave. We have approximately one year off and usually the mother has 9-10 months and the father the rest. With our first-born, I had three months and my husband the rest.
What do you like to do to relax as a family/yourself?
We spend weekends in our summer house, in parks or with family and friends. When my daughter is asleep, reading a book is a pleasure.
By Richard Steed, freelance journalist.