Unemployment insurance fund
In Denmark there are more than 20 unemployment insurance funds.
You pay to be a member of an unemployment insurance fund and to be eligible for unemployment benefits (dagpenge).
To receive unemployment benefits you must meet some requirements:
- You must have been member of an unemployment insurance fundfor at least one year.
- You must have stayed in Denmark OR another EU/EEA country for 5 of the last 12 years, if you apply for benefits in 2019. If you apply in 2020 it is 6 of the last 12 years and from 2021 it is 7 of the last 12 years.
- You must have stayed in Denmark OR another EU/EEA country for 5 of the last 12 years, if you apply for benefits in 2019
- You will have the right to reside and workin Denmark. This also means that you must make sure that you are allowed to stay in Denmark if you are dismissed or if you resign.
- You must have earned/have had an income of at least DKK 233,376 (in 2019) during the last 3 years (in total) for full-time insured. DKK 155,580 if you are part-time insured.
No matter which unemployment fund you choose you will get the same amount of unemployment benefit.
If you wish to apply for unemployment benefits you must submit a declaration of unemployment to your unemployment fund and register as a jobseeker at www.jobnet.dk. You must agree to actively seek employment and be prepared to accept job offers if you are unemployed and receive benefits.
You can receive unemployment benefits for two years, however there is an option to extend the period to three years. To know more about this option and to explore the rules in general: