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Unemployment benefits

Employees and self-employed individuals, aged 18-70, are entitled to receive unemployment benefits if they have earned insurance cover and meet the conditions of the Unemployment Insurance Act and the Labour Market Measures Act. Unemployment benefits are applied for online. You will need to meet certain conditions to maintain the rights to unemployment benefits.

How to apply

More information about unemployment benefits, who is entitled to them, how to apply and how to maintain the benefits can be found here on the website of the Directorate of Labour.

The Icelandic Confederation of Labour has set up an information website intended to help those who have lost their jobs, who struggle, and want to improve their prospects in the job market.

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