Dagpenge after graduation and holidays


I am graduating in December from my masters as an EU citizen and I'd like to ask some questions regarding to that.

As many other I would like to go on a holiday and receiving dagpenge, when I'll be back from holidays. As I am not a member of an A-kasse yet, I'll have a one month quarantine before getting dagpenge. So with dates demonstrated:

I'll graduate on 18th of December, I register as a member and as a new graduate of an A-kasse within 14 days after my graduation. (I won't say to jobnet.dk that I am available as a job searcher as of yet and because of planned holidays.)
I normally would be able to receive benefits after the 19th of January. But. If I go on a holiday right after my graduation and will be back on the 31st of January. Will I be able to receive dagpenge from the 1st of February and get a payment the end of February for the month of February? So my quarantine counts and gone after 19th of January, or it counts from the day I say I'd like to receive dagpenge and will have dagpenge payed only for the month of March?

Also: it says so in the rules, that one can freely travel on holidays, but is it true for normal weekends too? So one can go away for the weekends from Denmark? And if so, what time can or should the flight leave on a Friday? Or it could be only from Saturday to Sunday?
As it says one is allowed to leave for a jobsamtale to other EU countries if proof of invitation letter is demonstrated and weekends are calculated in those 5 days. So I am a little puzzled according to normal weekend travels.

Thank you for your answer,
Kind regards,
in A-kasse for graduates by

1 Answer



there are different questions in your request, so I will try to divide them.

1) What can you do in your 1 month waiting period ("karensperiode") as graduate?

In the 1 month waiting period (karens) you can do whatever you like to do. So you can go to another country on holiday, visit family or what else you like. 

Graduates with a waiting period are not required to register at the Jobcenter (Jobnet.dk) before the month has passed. If they do this anyway, they will be called in for talks with the A-kasse and the Jobcenter.

The "waiting period" begins to count from 19. december 2019 and will be gone on 19th January 2020.

From that day 19th January 2020, you can get dagpenge. However it requires that you are in Denmark, and are available for the labor market. i.e seeking job and go to meetings in Jobcenter/A-kasse..

If you want to have more holiday after the waititng period, until 31st of January, you can do that but must notify the Jobcenter/A-kasse about your holiday at latest 14 days before.

So in your case you should be able to receive dagpenge from the 1st of February.

I would anyway recommend you to get this confirmed by your own A-kasse.

2) Can you go away for the weekends from Denmark?

You can receive dagpenge during a weekend stay abroad if you travel abroad at the earliest after normal working hours on Friday and returns to Denmark in good time so that you can familiarize yourself with your post and in time be able to start a job or offer, to which you may may be referred, at the commencement of working hours on Monday. It is a condition that you was able and willing to stay in Denmark over the weekend and take over work if you had been referred to a job.

Hopes this clarify things a little for you. Otherwise you are welcome to post comments here.

Best regards,

Anders Weber, www.a-kasser.dk