The government temporarily eases on the terms for the unemployment fund

During the remainder of the year it will be easier to receive benefit from the unemployment fund. The government has decided to reduce the requirements and raise the maximum level of benefit to dampen the negative effects of the Corona-crises on the Swedish economy.

One month as a member will count as four

Each month as a member will count as four months during the period March until December 2020. This means that, that after three months of membership, you may already be entitled to income-based benefit, up to 80 percent of your previous salary. In normal cases, you should have been required to have been a member for at least twelve months.

The requirement of worked time is reduced

In normal cases, you should have worked about half-time for six months to be entitled to benefit from us. Now it is enough if you have worked

  • at least 60 hours per month for six of the last twelve months
  • or at least 40 hours per month and 420 hours in total for a continous period of six months.

Higher insurance levels

Between April 13, 2020 and January 3, 2021, you who have worked full time can receive

  • 1 200 Swedish krona per day if you meet the conditions for income-based benefit
  • 510 Swedish krona per day if your meet the conditions for basic benefit.

The level of benefit depends among other things on how much you have worked, what you have earned and how long you have been a member of an unemployment fund.

Qualifying period is being abolished

Between 30 March 2020 and 3 January 2021, you can receive benefit from us from the first day of your unemployment. In normal cases, you would have a qualifying period of six days without benefit. If you already have received a deduction after March 30, we will adjust it retroactively as soon as possible.

Easier for entrepreneurs to get benefit

You who run your own company can have the business dormant during 2020 without it affecting your right to benefit from the unemployment fund in the future. In normal cases, you should have worked in the company for at least five years before you can receive benefit from the unemployment insurance fund if your company is dormant again. However, you can always seek benefit from us if you close the business completely.

The rules are temporary

These terms and conditions of benefit apply for a limited time only. All cases that we handle after these temporary rules have expired are subject to the usual rules.

Read more about the decision

Easing up on the conditions for the unemployment fund is one of several temporary measures that the government is taking to mitigate the negative effects of the Corona crisis on the Swedish economy. You can read more about the proposal on the government's website.