The Danish legislation on opening hours is coming into full effect on 1 October 2012. From this date shops are generally only required to close on official holidays. Shops selling groceries that have a annual revenue of less than DKK 31,4 million can always stay open. The changes are expected to have a significant impact on general opening hours.

Retailers will now be able to stay open the most of the year including Sundays with no requirement of closing at night. The changes are expected to benefit larger shops and supermarkets that would have the possibility to stay open for much longer than smaller shops.