Compulsory unemployment insurance: 433 kronor

A government inquiry set up to look into the development of a compulsory unemployment insurance fund (a-kassa) has proposed a 433 kronor ($72) monthly fee for the service, SVT news programme Aktuelt reports.

Ever since a-kassa charges were raised by the government at the beginning of last year, some 400,000 people have left the system, leaving a total of around one million people without unemployment insurance.

From January 1st 2010 however, anybody who is not a member of an existing fund will be obliged to pay a monthly fee to a new government agency – Myndigheten för arbetslöshetsförsäkringsavgift (‘Unemployment Insurance Fee Agency’).

The government inquiry had initially been scheduled to present its preliminary findings in January but the head of the inquiry was given an extension until May.

The inquiry is expected to be completed by September 30th.