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Unemployment insurance funds and trade unions. You might think this is a pretty dry and boring subject. But it’s actually pretty important to know how they work. If you join an unemployment insurance fund at least one year before graduating, you will receive DKK 13,158 per month in unemployment insurance the day after you graduate. Otherwise you will have to wait a month for this support.

Membership of the unemployment insurance funds for academics is free for students.

Your chance to meet unemployment insurance funds for academics


WHAT ARE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE FUNDS?

This kind of fund is called an A-kasse in Danish. They provide unemployment insurance as well as helping unemployed people (and students) to find a job. Membership is free for students, and entitles you to attend workshops, visit companies and organisations which may be of interest to you, and get some feedback on your CV. If you lose your job, your unemployment insurance fund will support you and help you to look for a new one.

WHAT ARE TRADE UNIONS?

There’s a difference between unemployment insurance funds and trade unions. An unemployment insurance fund insures you against unemployment. Your trade union does everything it can to provide you with the best possible salary and employment conditions. Members of a trade union can also make use of the union’s network and attend meetings after work and career workshops to boost their competences.

USEFUL INFORMATION

  • If you join an unemployment insurance fund no later than one year before graduating, you will be able to avoid the statutory waiting period before receiving financial support. You will be entitled to receive support the day after you graduate, providing you do not earn more than DKK 215,016 in the year starting on the date you joined the fund.
  • You must apply for a change of status from “student” to “graduate” within 14 days of graduation. Otherwise you will not qualify for financial support as a graduate.
  • If you drop out of your degree programme or take leave of absence, you no longer qualify for free membership of an unemployment insurance fund