A short introduction to the Danish a-kasse (unemployment insurance funds)
Arbejdsløshedskasser - also called a-kasser in Denmark are organisations, which in most cases are linked to trade unions. The organisations offer insurance against unemployment and administer public laws and regulations in the field. Every a-kasse have a designated EU-case worker whom you can contact.
The members of an a-kasse (unemployment insurance fund) finance its activities through their membership and by paying labour market contributions.
A-kasse can help you with the following:
- payment of unemployment benefit (dagpenge), holiday pay (feriedagpenge) when you get unemployment benefits and so-called efterløn, which is a special pension through membership to the a-kasse
- agreement guidance
- contact information for the Jobcenter
- outreach work to help the unemployed back into employment
Many a-kasse organisations also offer advice, courses, personal guidance with a coach, etc. The fee for a Danish a-kasse varies, but is usually around DKK 400-500 /month.