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WORK IN DENMARK

 

It is your own responsibility to insure yourself against unemployment.

As opposed to all other forms of social security in Denmark, unemployment insurance is voluntary. This means you are not automatically insured against unemployment.

You can take out unemployment insurance with an unemployment insurance fund (so-called a-kasse in Danish). The funds are private associations that – in most cases – are associated with trade unions and other professional organisations, but it is not mandatory to be a member of a trade union in order to become a member of the unemployment insurance fund.

Can I sign up for unemployment insurance?

You can become a member of an unemployment insurance fund if you are at least 18 years of age, still have 2 years left before you reach your old age pension age and reside in Denmark (or another EU/EEA country and work in Denmark). Furthermore you have to meet one of the following conditions:

  • Have paid work within a profession covered by the unemployment insurance fund.
  • Have completed a graduate program of at least 18 months in duration. Please note that you can only become member of an unemployment insurance
    fund after graduation if you had your residence in Denmark immediately up till start of your education.
  • Be a business-owner or help run your spouse’s business.

A list of all unemployment insurance funds can be found here: A-kasser i Danmark (in Danish)

Unemployment benefits

You are entitled to unemployment benefit, if you have been a member of an unemployment insurance fund for at least one year and your income for the past three years has been at least 228,348 kr. (2018-rate)