Summary on Swedish unemployment insurance funds
This information is for EU/EEA citizens only
Unemployment insurance funds in Sweden
Temporary regulations 13th of April 2020 to 3rd of January 2021 due to the coronavirus/covid-19 situation
Unemployment insurance funds (a-kassor) are organisations that manage unemployment benefits for their members. If you would like to become a member of an unemployment insurance fund, it must be an unemployment insurance fund in your country of employment. Unemployment insurance funds include certain business areas or industries and may have a connection to trade organisations. However, membership in an unemployment fund does not necessarily entail membership in a trade association or trade union.
A Swedish unemployment insurance fund administers the payment of unemployment benefits (arbetslöshetsersättning) for the unemployed. It is a kind of insurance against unemployment that you draw when you become a member of an unemployment insurance fund. The benefit is calculated on the basis of the unemployed person’s former income, but cannot exceed 80 percent of their salary, max 1200 SEK per day.
Unemployment insurance funds vary in subscription and cost between 110 SEK/month - 200 SEK/month (2020). Check with the individual unemployment insurance fund. Every a-kassa has a designated EU-case worker whom you can contact.
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Unemployment benefits - if you commute to/from Sweden
If you commute between Denmark and Sweden, there are special rules regarding unemployment insurance funds and unemployment benefit. The main rule is that if you want unemployment benefits, you must be a member of an unemployment insurance fund in your working country, as long as you are in work.