Share of unemployed persons in Denmark 2019, by age group

Individuals who do not have a job but would like to be in full-time employment, are defined as unemployed in Denmark. The number of unemployed Danes decreased constantly since 2012 and was down to nearly 104 thousand in 2019, among them most of the unemployed were in the ages of 25 to 34 years. The unemployment rate among the elderly aged 60 years and older was 3.8 percent, and from the age of 65 years on, the retirement pension is being paid.

 Receiving unemployment benefits in Denmark 

  By law, Danes have the right to receive unemployment benefits. There are requirements to be eligible for unemployment benefits in Denmark: being a member of an unemployment insurance fund called “A-kasse” is necessary as well as having earned a specific amount of money in the past. In addition, being registered at the Public Employment Service is required and as of January 2019, only people who have stayed in Denmark, Greenland, Faroe Islands or another EU/EEA country in seven out of the last eight years can claim unemployment benefits.

Labor market

  Since 2012, the number of employed Danes was growing to a small degree and predicts an ongoing growth trend for the future. The Danish labor market is known for the Flexicurity Model – a combination of market economy and a welfare state, and due to this model, the labor market can reflect the needs of employers and guarantee the welfare of employees which creates many possibilities for both sides.

Rate of unemployment in Denmark in 2019, by age group

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May 2020



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