How does an a-kasse work in Denmark?

a-kasse in Denmark

Your a-kasse can help you financially.

You are provided with an amount of regular income if you lose your job when you’re a member of an a-kasse in Denmark. Unemployment benefits are called “dagpenge”, and unemployed people can get “dagpenge” for a maximum of two years.

How an a-kasse works
A-kasse, an abbreviation of the Danish word “arbejdsløshedskasse”, is an unemployment insurance fund helping you out financially if you lose your job. You’re entitled to unemployment benefits for a maximum of two years when you’re a member of an a-kasse in Denmark.

An a-kasse covers you in two ways. Firstly, if you lose your job the a-kasse will cover you immediately. Secondly, if you are studying you are covered from the time you finish your Bachelor or Master’s degree and start searching for a job to finding a job. In both situations, you can get “dagpenge” for a maximum of two years.

To get “dagpenge” you must be available for the job market. This means unemployed people need to send a minimum of one to three job applications per week. When being unemployed you are also expected to attend meetings at the local job centre and at the a-kasse’s office.

Member of an a-kasse
In order to be a member of an a-kasse in Denmark, you must pay a monthly fee. The fee differs from a-kasse to a-kasse but expect approximately 400-500 DKK. per month. For students it’s free, but you need to apply for contingent exemption. To get dagpenge from the first month after finishing your education, you must have been a member of the a-kasse for at least one year prior to graduation.

Vacation
You are required to inform the a-kasse if you go on vacation, which can be done online 14 days before travelling. You can also decide to go on vacation before receiving the “dagpenge”. After you finish your education, you are able to bring your “dagpenge” to another EEA-country, but you still must be available to the job market in that country – meaning you should apply for at least one to three jobs per week.

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