Funeral benefits

You can apply for funeral benefits if the Probate Court has distributed all assets to beneficiaries

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The purpose of funeral benefits is to help pay funeral costs when a family member passes away.

The amount depends on the deceased person’s age, family circumstances, assets and the assets of any spouse. Assistance with funeral expenses is a one-off payment and is not taxable.

You can apply for funeral benefits if the Probate Court has distributed all assets to beneficiaries and the deceased had the right to Danish health insurance.

You can apply as soon as the death estate of the deceased has been settled

How much you will get depends on the age, family circumstances, fortune and marital property, if the deceased was married. The benefit is paid out as a lump sum, that you do not have to pay taxes off.

If the deceased was 18 years or older

If the deceased was 18 years or older, you can receive a maximum of DKK 11,650 (2021) in funeral benefits.

The benefit depends on the deceased’s fortune:

  • If the deceased leaves behind children under the age of 18 or a spouse, the funeral benefit will be reduced, if the total asset value of the deceased or the spouse on the day of the death exceeds DKK 38,950 (2021). You will not be eligible for the benefit, if the total fortune exceeds DKK 50,600 (2021).
  • If the deceased does not have children under the age of 18 or a spouse, the funeral benefit will be reduced. You will however not be entitled to the benefit, if the deceased’s assets exceed DKK 19,550 (2021). You will not be eligible for the benefit, if the total fortune exceeds DKK 31,200 (2021).

Examples of assets include:

  • deposit in a bank
  • mortgage deeds and market value of bonds and shares
  • cash
  • property
  • value of shares in cooperative housing associations
  • shares and investment certificates
  • one-off payments as a result of the death - one-off payments are included in the assets, even if the amount is paid out after the death
  • documented debt

Any expenses related to the funeral – undertaker fees, gatherings, catering etc. – are not included in the asset statement.

If the deceased was born before 1 April 1957

If the deceased was born before 1 April 1957, you can receive at least DKK 1,050 in funeral benefits regardless of his or her assets.

If the deceased was under the age of 18

You can receive DKK 9,750 (2021) in funeral benefits if the deceased was under the age of 18.

When applying for funeral benefits, you must send documentation of wealth/assets and debt as well as documentation from the probates court’s handling of the death estate.  

The documentation you need to send depends on how the death estate has been handled. In the table below, you can see the different ways a death estate can be processed and what documentation you need to send to Udbetaling Danmark when applying.

In this table, you can see the different ways a death estate can be processed and what documentation you need to send to Udbetaling Danmark when applying.
 The estate of the deceased person was handled as You must send 
 Estate disbursement
  • probate court certificate
  • documentation of the deceased persons debt
  • documentation of the spouse’s property and assets
  • documentation of thespouse’s debt, including any separate property/estate
 Undivided possession of an estate or Spouse’s advance entitlement
  • probate court certificate
  • a copy of the form “formueoversigt” or a copy of the form “formueskema”.
  • documentation of   assets and debt including any separate property/estate

You must send documentation for both you and your spouse.

 tate released for administration out of court, either as “Forenklet privat skifte” or as  “Almindeligt privat skifte”
  • probate court certificate
  • the document “Åbningsstatus”, which includes information about the deceased person’s assets and debt at the time of death
  • documentation of assets and debt
  • information about the spouse’s property and assets
  • documentation of the spouse’s debt, including any separate property/estate

If you already have a finished estate inventory you do not need to send the document “Åbningsstatus”.

 Estate administered by an executor
  • probate court certificate
  • Estate inventory
  • Documentation of the spouse’s assets and debt, including any separate property/estate

Below you will find the wealth form, that you will need when documenting wealth. Remember to attach it when applying for funeral assistance:

The funeral benefit will be paid out to your NemKonto account.

NemKonto is a normal bank account, that you assign at your bank. All citizens in Denmark are required to have a NemKonto if they receive payments from public institutions.

If an undertaker applies on your behalf, the payment will often be made directly to the undertaker.

The funeral benefits will be paid out to you, when the death state has been settled and Udbetaling Denmark has received all the necessary information and documentation from you. 

As a relative, you may be entitled to funeral assistance if the deceased lived abroad.  

If the deceased lived in an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, then the rules of EU law apply. This means that you can get funeral assistance if:  

  • The deceased was socially secured in Denmark – for example if the deceased worked in Denmark or received Danish State or Disability Pension at the time of death
  • You can document that you have access to the death estate.

You can also contact Udbetaling Danmark if you have further questions about funeral benefits for a deceased person who lived abroad.

The case processing time limit is 4 weeks. The case processing time limit period begins the same day Udbetaling Danmark receives your application.

You can help ensure that your application is processed as soon as possible by:

  • Attaching the required documentation
  • Ensuring that your information in the National Register of Persons (CPR) is correct.

Contact Udbetaling Danmark, Funeral benefits

Last updated: 16 December 2020