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Benefits During Sickness or in Connection with Childbirth

The statistics is influenced by local Danish law. The law of parental leave is unchanged since 2002 and it is possible to compare the figures back to 2003. Concerning sick leave there has been several adjustment making it more difficult to compare over time.

Comparability - geographical

The statistics are influenced by local Danish law and because of that, it is difficult to compare with statistics from other countries.

Comparability over time

Summary of major changes

  • Year 2000: Public employees are included
  • Year 2000: Paternity leave is increased with two weeks
  • Year 2002: Total maternity and paternity leave from 26 weeks to 46 weeks
  • Year 2007: 2nd of April: Employers period increased form 14 to 15 days, which means fewer days of sickness benefit.
  • Year 2008: 2nd of June: Employers period increased form 15 to 21 days, which means fewer days of sickness benefit.
  • Year 2012: 2nd of January: Employers period increased form 21 to 30 days, which means fewer days of sickness benefit.
  • Year 2014: A new sickness benefit reform will enter into force in the summer of 2014. The processing of especially long-term sick leave changes.

- Year 2015, 1 May: Unemployed receive unemployment benefits during the first 2 weeks of sickness instead of sickness benefits.

Coherence - cross domain

The Ministry of Employment publishes on Jobindsats on a monthly basis the number of beneficiaries of sickness benefits. The ministry's method of calculation, however, does not coincide with Statistics Denmark. In addition, both sickness and maternity benefits days are included in a larger context in the statistics Persons receiving public benefits. In these statistics, however, days on sickness benefits or maternity benefits are down-prioritized in cases where there is conflicting information, so the numbers will rarely be the same as in the primary statistics.

Coherence - internal

Data is consistent.