We pay the unemployment insurance benefits a calendar month at a time equalling 160,33 work hours regardless of the number of days and weeks in the month.
If unemployed you can claim the unemployment insurance benefits for a total of 3.848 hours within a period of three years. This translates into two years of unemployment insurance benefits with an expiration date of three years. The three years are also referred to as the period of reference. When the period of reference has expired you must have earned enough work hours or income to qualify for a new period of unemployment insurance benefits if you have not found employment.
Unemployment insurance rates
We calculate your unemployment insurance rate by looking at your income in the 12 highest paid months within the last 24 months.
You can only receive a maximum of 19.322 DKK a month before taxes in unemployment insurance benefits (2021 rates). This equates an hourly pay of 120,50 DKK.
If you have earned 23.400 DKK on average a month before taxes for a year for the last two years you will receive the highest unemployment insurance rate.If you have not earned enough to claim the highest rate, we will calculate your rate as such:
(Your total income the last 12 months) x0,92/12x0,90 = rate per month. With a monthly income of i.e. 20.600 DKK, the calculation will look like this:
247.200x0,92/12x0,90 = 17.057 DKK a month.
You can find your unemployment insurance rate per hour by dividing your monthly rate by 160,33. In the above example that comes to a total of (17.057/160,33) = 106,39 DKK/an hour.
There is no minimum rate. Your unemployment insurance rate completely depends on your salary in the 12 highest paid months. However, the maximum rate is 19.322 DKK a month (2021 rates).