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Unemployment benefits

Unemployment benefits

How does unemployment insurance/a-kasse work in Denmark?
It is not mandatory for you to be a member of the unemployment benefit fund (a-kasse) in Denmark. In order to be insured in the event of unemployment, you must join an a-kasse, which must be recognized by the state.

If you are a member of the unemployment insurance (a-kasse) in Denmark, you will as a Nordic citizen be entitled to unemployment benefits if you involuntary are unemployed and otherwise meets the requirements for payment of allowances.

What conditions must I meet?

To receive unemployment benefits, you must:

  • be registered as job seekers in your local jobcenter from the first day you are unemployed
  • have been a member of an unemployment insurance for at least one year 
  • have been employed for at least 1.924 hours within the last three years if you are full-time insured
  • have been employed for at least 1.258 hours within the last three years if you are part-time insured
  • have been self-employment significantly for at least 52 weeks within the last three years
  • be available for work. This means you must apply for work and be able to take over work with one day notice
  • check out jubsuggestions at least once a week 

How do I become a member of an unemployment benefit insurance fund?

If you want to join an unemployment benefit fund, please contact one of the unemployment benefit funds in the link on the right side of this page.

For how long can I receive unemployment insurance?

You are entitled to unemployment benefits for two years within a period of three years if you qualify.

If you have received unemployment benefits for two years within a period of three years and you are unemployed you might have the right to temporary helt (arbejdsmarkedsydelse) from your unemployment benefit fund (a-kasse) or conomic help from your municipality. Contact your unemployment benefit fund (a-kasse) or municipality for more information.

How much is the unemployment insurance?

The maximum unemployment benefit is 836 DKK per day - the equivalent of 4.180 DKK per week (2016). Are you part-time insured the highest rate is 557 DKK per day, which equates to 2.785 DKK per week (2016).

However you can not receive more than 90 percent of the wages you earned before you became unemployed. Unemployment benefits are calculated on the basis of the last three-month reporting paychecks from the most recent employer to the register regarding income (Indkomstregistret).

Unemployment benefits in the Nordic countries

Here you can get an overall view of unemployment benefits in the Nordic area

Read more about unemployment benefits in the Nordic area