Conditions for benefit
To receive unemployment benefit you must be unemployed and registered at arbetsförmedlingen. You must also have worked at minimum 80 hours a month for at least 6 months before you became unemployed.
Unemployed and registered at arbetsförmedlingen
The basic condition for being entitled to unemployment insurance is being unemployed. In order for you to be considered unemployed, you should be able to answer “yes” to the following questions
- Are you registered at arbetsförmedlingen?
- Are you actively looking for work?
- Are you willing and able to work at least 17 hours a week?
- Are you prepared to accept all suitable employment?
- Do you stay in Sweden?
You can only receive benefit for days that you are registered at arbetsförmedlingen and you cannot register retroactively.
80 hours a month for six months – work requirement
To receive unemployment benefit you must fulfil the work requirement. This means that you must have worked at least 80 hours a month for at least 6 months during the last 12 months before you became unemployed. Months that you have studied full-time, received sickness or parental benefits, can be disregarded. This means you can still meet the work requirement if you have worked prior to your studies or parental leave.
The unemployment benefit is always calculated on 12 months. Normally it’s the 12 months before you registered at arbetsförmedlingen as unemployed. For example, if you have registered at arbetsförmedlingen on the 1st January 2015, your benefit will be based between the time frame period of 1st January 2014 – 31st December 2014. However, the time frame period can be prolonged with periods of full-time studies, parental leave and sickness leave.
If you have not worked 80 hours a month for at least 6 months, you can also fulfil the work requirement. This is if you have worked at least 480 hours during 6 consecutive months, provided that each one of the 6 months contains at least 50 hours of work.