Benefits in DK and abroad

As a member of Akademikernes A-kasse, you can receive unemployment benefit if you find yourself out of work for a period of time.

You are entitled to receive benefits for a period of up to 2 years. If you are not a Danish or EEA citizen, your right to receive unemployment benefits depends on your citizenship. Read more about this below.

See what you have to do to get benefits as newly unemployed.

Requirements for receiving unemployment benefits

You can receive unemployment benefit if you:

  • are unemployed and registered at
  • have been a member of an unemployment insurance fund for the past 12 months
  • fulfill the income criteria, which is minimum DKK 243.996 (2021) within the last 3 years in a period of membership of an unemployment insurance fund. You can only compute a maximum of DKK 20.333 (2021) per month. 
  • can apply for and undertake work for 37 hours per week if you are full-time insured, and 30 hours per week if you are part-time insured.

Legal demands while you receive unemployment benefits

While you receive unemployment benefits you have to

  • actively apply for jobs – 1-2 applications per week
  • be ready to undertake full-time work (or part-time if you are part-time insured) within one day
  • fill in your benefit card (ydelseskort) monthly when it is ready for you in your inbox at our self-service portal
  • attend meetings, courses and other events scheduled by your job centre or by us
  • stay within Denmark’s borders


Non-EEA citizens

If you are not a citizen in an EEA country country, you can only accept a job in Denmark if you can obtain a residence permit with an unlimited work permit. If you obtain a residence permit under the establishment scheme, it is a condition that you do not receive benefits from a Danish Unemployment Insurance Fund under the rules for new graduates.

Ph.D.’s are considered employees

If you are a Ph.D. student then you become a member of an Unemployment Insurance Fund under the rules applying to wage earners. This means you can obtain the right to unemployment benefits under the rules applying to wage earners. In such a case, you can obtain a work and residence permit even if you are receiving unemployment benefits from an Unemployment Insurance Fund.

However, it requires that you have been a paying member of the Unemployment Insurance Fund for a minimum of one year before you complete your Ph.D. and are able to fulfill a income criteria which is a minimum of DKK 243.996 (2021) within a year. You can only compute a maximum of DKK 20.333 (2021) per month in a membership period. 

Job search in another EEA country with benefits from Denmark

You can get Danish unemployment benefits for up to 3 months when you are looking for jobs in another EEA country. However, there are some requirements:

  • You have to be registered as unemployed at for at least 4 weeks before your departure (called the 4-weeks rule). Call us if you want to know more about the 4-weeks rule.
  • You must have the right to benefits at the time of departure. This means that you must have residence in Denmark immediately prior to the departure date.

Exemptions for the 4-weeks rule

You can apply for an exemption for the 4-weeks rule in the following situations:

  • When you move with your spouse or partner who has started permanent work or is beginning an education of at least 18 months in another EEA country
  • When you can prove that you are going for a job interview in another EEA country
  • When you have a special connection to the EEA country where you want to look for work. If you are a citizen of the country you want to travel to, you only have to be registered as unemployed in Denmark for at least 1 week.

Apply for Danish benefits during your travel

You must contact your local job centre to apply for the 3 months period of job search in another EEA country. You have to fill in the PD U2 form via our self-service portal and send it to Akademikernes A-kasse.

Upon approval, Akademikernes A-kasse will issue a certificate (PD U2) that you must take with you to the country you want to travel to.

Register as unemployed when you arrive at the other EEA country

Before you leave Denmark, it is important that you do not cancel your registration as unemployed at until the last working day before your departure. After you have left Denmark, you have 7 days (your departure day counts as day 1) to register as unemployed in the country you have traveled to.

We pay your unemployment benefits while you are away

You will receive Danish benefits in the other EEA country from Akademikernes A-kasse. We will transfer the benefits to your account here in Denmark (NemKonto). In order to receive the benefits you must send us a benefit card (ydelseskort) every month via our self-service portal.

You can receive up to 90 percent of your average salary

In general, the unemployment benefit rate is calculated on the basis of the 12 months with the highest income within the last 2 years. You will receive 90 percent of the average salary income, minus labour market contribution (8 percent before taxes).

However, you can never receive more than the highest unemployment benefit rate.

To qualify for the highest unemployment benefit rate, you must have worked for at least 24 hours and 40 minutes per week at a monthly salary of at least DKK 23,336 (2021).

Your rate will be calculated every time you get a new 2 year right to benefits.

Receive unemployment benefits from your first day out of a job

You can normally receive unemployment benefits beginning from your first day of unemployment. However, your employer often has to pay your unemployment benefits for the first days - so-called G-days. After this, Akademikernes A-kasse will pay your unemployment benefits.

If you are under a notice period during which you can claim salary from your employer, you become unemployed after the notice period expires. This also applies even if you are not working during the notice period.

Quarantine before unemployment benefits

If you have terminated your employment yourself or if you are somehow responsible for losing your job, you will normally receive unemployment benefit following 111 hours quarantine (equal to 3 weeks full-time labour). It is important, however, that you register with the job center or on on the first day after the notice period expires.

A quarantine is effective only in weeks when you would have been entitled to unemployment benefits. Therefore, it is important that you make yourself available for work with the job centre.

Unemployment benefits as a self-employed

If you decide to end your self-employment altogether, you will be entitled to benefits after one year of membership, provided you have worked on a full-time basis for a period of at least 12 months to fulfill the income criteria, which is minimum 243.996 kr. (2021) within a year of membership. We will ask you to fill out a special form Erklæring om omfang af arbejde i selvstændig virksomhed (AK030) to see if your work as a self-employed can fulfill the income criteria.