Unemployment benefit is money that you can receive when you are unemployed. Here you can read about what the conditions are and how to apply for benefit.
What is unemployment benefit (a-kassa)?
The video explains what a-kassa is and how it works. (Swedish only).
How do I apply for unemployment benefit?
- Register with us the first day you are unemployed.
- Contact your unemployment benefit office and apply for benefit. The simplest way to do this is to log in on your unemployment benefit office’s website.
If you are not a member of an unemployment benefit insurance fund, you can still receive some payment. You can either
- apply for membership when you become unemployed
- apply for benefit from Alfakassan.
What is required to receive unemployment benefit?
To receive unemployment benefit you must be registered with us. You need to be prepared to be able to accept a job immediately. This means among other things that you are not on sick leave, that you are in Sweden and that you have if necessary arranged child-care.
To receive benefit you must also have worked before. You need to satisfy one of the following conditions:
- You need to have worked 80 hours per calendar month for at least 6 months over the past year.
- You have worked for at least 480 hours during 6 consecutive months and worked at least 50 hours during each of the 6 months over the past year.
How much money do I receive?
You can receive either benefit based on your previous income or so-called basic benefit. The benefit you receive depends on how long you have been a member of an unemployment benefit insurance fund.
Benefit based on your income
You can receive up to 80 per cent of your previous wages/salary and at most 20,000 kronor per month before tax if you have been a member of an unemployment benefit insurance fund for at least a year.
Basic benefit is 8,000 kronor per month before tax depending on how mush you have worked before. You can apply for basic benefit if you are not a member of an unemployment benefit insurance fund or have been a member for less than a year. You must also be over 20 years of age.
It is your unemployment benefit office that decides on the benefit and calculates how much benefit you are entitled to.
What is required to keep your unemployment benefit?
When you receive unemployment benefit, it is important that you are active and look for work. Bear in mind that you need to be prepared to broaden your search as regards both profession and where in the country the job is located.
You need to take part in the activities we agree on and attend meetings that we book. You need to notify us if you cannot do so. You also need to report your activities every month. You should submit your activity report between the 1st and the 14th of each month.
Unemployment benefit inside Europe
Are you considering working or have you worked in another European country? Within the EU/EEA and in Switzerland there are laws that protect you from losing your social security if you move between the various countries.
Transfer your benefit to apply for a job in Europe
If you are entitled to unemployment benefit in Sweden, you can apply to transfer your benefit to apply for a job in another country within the EU/EEA or Switzerland.
You must be fully unemployed and have been registered with us for at least four weeks after becoming unemployed.
Remember to apply before you leave Sweden. You apply to the Swedish Unemployment Insurance Board (IAF).
Contact your unemployment benefit office if you have questions
If you have questions about your benefit, your membership or something else, contact your unemployment benefit office. On the Sveriges a-kassors (The Swedish Federation of Unemployment Insurance Funds) website you will find the contact details of all unemployment benefit insurance offices.
On the Hej a-kassa website you will find more information about unemployment benefit. You will also find guidance on choosing an unemployment benefit insurance fund.