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Unemployment Benefits


As of 1. of July 2017, significant changes have been made to the way that first time unemployed can obtain the right to unemployment benefits.

Until 1. of July 2017,  you must have been member of an A-kasse for at least 1 year to be eligible for unemployment benefits, and you must have worked 1.924 hours.

After 1. of July 2017 the most important change is for salaried/employees who have had a job for some time and after 1. of July 2017 get unemployed.

According to the new rules, you do not obtain the right to benefits after having worked a specific amount of hours (1,924), but you obtain the right to benefits if you have earned/have had an income of at least DKK 223,428 (in 2017) during the last 3 years (in total). You must still have been member of an A-kasse for at least 1 year.

Graduates - as it also was before - still do not need to meet these two requirements. Graduates after 1. of July only need to fulfill the special requirements for graduates.

The change from 1. of July only affects first time unemployed. If you have been unemployed before and need to earn a new unemployment benefit period, then the old rule must be used, which means that you must work 1,924 hours before you can start a new 2-year period with benefits/dagpenge.

Is there any change in how long you can get benefits?

When you start to get unemployment benefits (dagpenge), you will be granted a 2-year period. This was also 2 years after the old rule.

BUT after 1. of July 2017 you have the possibilty to earn up to 1 year extra with dagpenge so the total period will be 3 years.

You earn the right to a longer period with dagpenge every time you have 1 hour of paid work. And the calculation is so: 1 hour of work gives you two hours extra dagpenge starting when your current 2-year period runs out.

You can read more about the all the new rules who have been introduced during 2017 here:

And you can read more about unemployment benefits, a-kasse, and unions on our website

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