As a natural part of my job, I can give advise about funeral subsidy and help you apply. The subsidy is rendered by the municipality of residence, administrated by Udbetaling Danmark – and is based on age, civil status and the financial situation of the deceased.
The amount granted as well as the maximum value of assets and fortune are adjusted yearly and are as follows as per January 1, 2018:
If the deceased was over 18 years old the maximum public funeral subsidy amounts to DKK 11.000,-
When the deceased does not leave behind husband/wife or children under the age of 18 the full amount is granted if the deceased’s fortune/assets value less than DKK 18.400,-. Do the fortune/assets exceed this amount the funeral subsidy is gradually reduced – and is no longer granted when the fortune/assets exceed DKK 29.400,-.
When the deceased leaves behind husband/wife or children under the age of 18 the full amount is granted if the total fortune/assets of the family are below DKK 36.700,-. Do the fortune/assets exceed this amount the funeral subsidy is gradually reduced – and is no longer granted when the fortune/assets exceed DKK 47.700,-.
If the deceased was born before April 1, 1957, a minimum amount of DKK 1.050,- is always granted.
If the deceased was under the age of 18 the public funeral subsidy amounts to 9.200,- which is granted regardless of fortune/assets if any.
Please note that the following will be included when calculating the fortune/assets:
- bank deposit(s)
- value of a property if any
- value of parts of housing cooperative if any
- mortgage and market value of any bonds and shares
- investment documents
- any payouts related to the deceased
As the value of all accounts/belongings is frozen immediately after the death, it can – with a view to the information above – be important to be prepared, personally or as a family. Together with family or close friends, you can make certain adjustments to your values which might give your relatives the right to the public funeral subsidy.
You are always welcome to contact me if you have questions or need guidance in connection with the above. Depending of the nature of your questions I might refer you to 30 minutes of free and non-binding legal assistance from the competent lawyers, Trolle Advokatfirma (Read more here)