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 has a designated EU-case worker whom you can contact.
Note that being a member of an unemployment fund is voluntary. If you choose not to be a member, you are not covered if unemployed.
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 living in Denmark 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 400-550 /month, which is deductable.
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Member of a Danish a-kasse - if you work in Denmark
If you live in Sweden and start working in Denmark, and want to be unemployment insured, you should become a member of an a-kasse (unemployment insurance fund) in Denmark. It is important that you sign up for a Danish a-kasse on your first working day.
An introduction to Danish trade unions
If you work in Denmark, you can become a member of a Danish trade union. Danish trade unions are divided into the so-called “yellow” trade unions, which are not part of a central organization, and traditional trade unions. It is important to remember that a Swedish trade union cannot help you with your work conditions in Denmark.