Sickness benefit

You can claim sickness benefit if you, due to your own sickness or injury, are fully or partly unable to work. You can read more about the rules here if you are unemployed, self-employed or working.


If you are an employee, you employer will pay out sickness pay if you have been employed for at least 8 weeks and have worked for at least 74 hours for those 8 weeks.

You employers will pay out sickness benefit to you for 30 days from the first day of absence, if you do not get full pay during sickness.

If you employer have paid out sickness benefit for 30 days and you continue to be sick, you will need to report your sickness to the municipality no later then a week after the payment from the employers has stopped. Thereafter, the employer will hand over the information in NemRefusion and you will receive a letter which you have to sign and return to the municipality.

If you are unemployed or an employee, the municipality will pay out sickness benefit if you: 

  • You have been working for the past 26 weeks and have worked for at least 240 hours during that period.
  • Are a member of a unemployment fund and qualify for unemployment benefit
  • Or have graduated from an education of at least 18th months duration within the last month

If you are self-employed, you have the right to sickness benefit from the municipality after two weeks of sickness.

You can also take out an insurance which will entitle you to sickness benefit from 1st or 3rd day off. If you have taken out insurance, you will need to report the sickness no later than a week from the 1st or 3rd day off.

 To receive payment from your municipality, you will need to have been self-employed to a certain extent for the past 6 months within the last 12 months.

You will need to report your sickness

If you are an employee, you will need to inform your employer of your sickness according to the set rules of your place of work.

If you are unemployed, you can register your sickness on “min side” on You will have to register at that you are able to take on a job again.

If you are self-employed you can register your sickness digital through NemRefusion.

How long can you claim sickness benefit?

As a general rule, you can claim sickness benefit for a maximum of 22 weeks within a period of 9 months. If you are still sick after 52 weeks, it is possible to extent the period of sickness benefit.

Why are you called in for an interview when you are sick?

When you have been sick for a maximum of 8 weeks, you will be called in for an interview by Jobcentre Gentofte. At the interview, you and your case worker will work out how often and how your course of sickness needs to be dealt with.

The point of the follow-up is to determine how you can keep your job and remain on the labour market.

After your first interview, Jobcentre Gentofte will draft a plan for a follow-up which will point at activities which will work towards bringing you back to work. This plan can be drafted in collaboration with your employer. Activities could for instance be that you resume work on a part time basis or are given new job assignments-

The plan is individually drafted and pays special attention to your health.


Jobcenter Gentofte
Maltegårdsvej 1, 2920 Charlottenlund, 39986800,