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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 reported with a salary at the minimum of 223.428 DKK (2017) to the Incom Register (up to a maximum of 18.619 DKK per month)within the last three years if you are full-time insured
  • have been reported with a salary at the minimum of 148.956 DKK (2017) to the Income Register (up to a maximum of 12.413 DKK per month) 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 not have a right to unemployment benefint anymore and you have had some working hours during the unemployment period, you have the option to extend your entitlement to unemployment benefits for up to one year.

In order to requalify to the right to unemployment benefit as a full-time insured member, you must have reported at least 1.924 working hours to the Incom Register within the last three years. These hours must not have been used for the previous placement or extenstion of the unemployment benefit period. As part-time insured the requirement is 1.258 working hours.

If you do not have a right to unemployment benefit anymore and extension has been used and you are still unemployed, you might have the right to economic help from your municipality. Contact your municipality for more information.

How much is the unemployment insurance?

The maximum unemployment benefit is 18.403 DKK per month (2017). If you are a part-time insured member the highest rate is 12.269 DKK per month (2017).

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 12 months with the highest salery during the latest 24 months reporting to the Income Register prior to the unemployment.

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