The Danish word ‘a‑kasse’ is an abbreviation for ‘arbejdsløshedskasse’ and means unemployment insurance fund. When you join (become a member of) the a‑kasse, you are guaranteed an amount of regular income if you become unemployed. So the a‑kasse can give you time to look for the right job, pay your bills – and in fact help you to find a job.
How does an a-kasse work?
Each month you pay a monthly fee, which can be written off against your Danish tax payments. When you have made payments for 12 consecutive months, you are eligible for unemployment benefits, dependent on whether you are new to the benefits system or not:
New to the benefits system
If you are new to the benefits system, your eligibility for receiving benefits is based on your income.
This means that you become eligible to receive benefits once you have earned DKK 233.376. In calculating this, we can only include up to DKK 19.448 per month, however.
If you are already in the benefits system
If you have received benefits before, you renew your eligibility by means of hours worked rather than income. This means that you become eligible for benefits again once you have worked 1,924 hours within a three-year period.
If you have been made redundant, your monthly insurance payment will be paid directly into your bank account in your first month of redundancy. Should you choose to leave your position, there is a 3-week waiting period before cover applies.
What do you get from an a-kasse?
A full paying member receives a monthly sum on average of 19.083 DKK (2020) – you’ll find the latest a-kasse rates here. Furthermore you can consult our job advisors and receive help in connection with your job application process, including advice on how to write a successful CV.
What does an a-kasse cost?
Min A-kasse is one of the cheapest unemplopyment benefit fonds in Denmark. Before tax reduction the monthly charge for a full paying member of Min A-kasse’s Unemployment Insurance Fund is 476 DKK (2020).