You can apply for social benefit if you are between 18 and 65 and cannot provide for yourself and your family.
Who can claim social security?
You can claim social security if your life circumstances change and you cannot provide for yourself and your family. The changes can for instance be:
- You loose your job
- You get sick and are not entitled to sickness benefit
- You are on maternity leave and you are not entitled to maternity benefit
- You get divorce or separated and cannot provide for yourself
In order to claim social security, you must be at least 18 years of age and have lived in Denmark, Greenland or the Faroe Islands for 7 years within the past 8 years.
Students can normally not claim social security during a vacation periods between two courses and during summer holidays.
Income and fortune
If you are married, you and your spouse are mutually obliged to provide for each other. This means that the income and fortune of your spouse is taken into account when the municipality evaluates your application for social security.
If you and your spouse have a fortune, you cannot claim social security. The municipality will accept fortune up to 10.000 DKK per. spouse. Fortune is money and assets which can be converted into money such as a car or a vacation home.
What do you have to do?
You can claim social security from the first day you become unemployed. In order to claim social security, you will need to turn up at Jobcentre Gentofte and register as unemployed. You will normally have to be available to take on a job and actively be seeking employment.
How much can you get?
How much you can claim in social security depends on whether you are older or younger than 25 and whether you have dependents.
Social security is paid out on the last day of banking in a month. It is possible to apply for an advanced payment if you cannot provide for yourself and your dependents until the first down payment of social security.
You furthermore have the possibility to apply for a subsidy to pay for unforeseen one-off expenses and for medical treatment.
You can find the rates for social security on The Ministry of Employment’s webpage.