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Child allowance


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You can read about child allowance and child allowance supplement for multiple children here.

What is child allowance?

Child allowance is a financial support that is automatically paid out to all parents who live and have children in Sweden.

Am I eligible for child allowance?

You get child allowance if you

  • have children up to 16 years of age
  • You are insured in Sweden. If you live here, you are.
    There are some exceptions to this rule.

Exceptions

You can live in another country and still be insured in Sweden. There are also occasions when you can live in Sweden, but be insured in another country, by working abroad for example. Call the Customer Centre to learn what applies if you:

  • work as a sailor
  • are assigned to work in another country by a Swedish employer or are assigned to work in Sweden by a foreign employer
  • are a diplomat
  • work in two or more countries
  • are a civil servant of an administration that belongs to Sweden but work in another country
  • work as part of a flight crew
  • are a contracted employee within the EU
  • have been granted an exemption to be covered by Swedish social insurance.

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How much do I get?

The child allowance is SEK 1,050 per month per child. If you have two or more children, you also automatically receive child allowance supplement for multiple children. The allowance is tax free.

See how much child allowance and child allowance supplement you get

Total number of children Child allowance Child allowance supplement for families with several children

In total

1

SEK 1,050

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SEK 1050

2

SEK 2,100

SEK 150

SEK 2,250

3

SEK 3,150

SEK 604

SEK 3,754

4

SEK 4,200

SEK 1,614

SEK 5,814

5

SEK 5,250

SEK 2,864

SEK 8,114

6

SEK 6,300

SEK 4,114

SEK 10,414

 

Child allowance supplement if you have children over the age of 16

You can receive the multiple children child allowance supplement for children aged 16 or over if the child

  • lives with you
  • is studying full time at an upper-secondary school, compulsory school or special school
  • receives study allowance or extended child allowance
  • is not married.

This applies up to and including the month of June of the year the child turns 20 years old.

If you want the multiple children child allowance supplement for children over the age of 16, register it on this form:

 5219 - Multiple children child allowance supplement.. Registration to count children aged 16 and up.

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What do I need to do to get child allowance and child allowance supplement?

If you have children under the age of 16, you get the child allowance and child allowance supplement automatically.

If you have joint custody, you can choose who will get the child allowance. If you do not choose, the money is paid out to the mother.

If the parents are of the same gender, the allowance is paid out to the oldest of the parents unless you choose otherwise.

If you do not live together and want to have shared child allowance

Shared child allowance means that you as parents receive half of the child allowance each. You can share the child allowance if you

  • do not live together
  • have the child with you about half of the time each
  • have joint legal custody of the child
  • agree to share the allowance
  • have children who are up to 16 years of age
  • are insured in Sweden. If you live and work here, you are.

If you want to apply for shared child allowance, you must complete and send in this form:

5180 Barnbidrag och eventuellt flerbarnstillägg - Föräldrars gemensamma anmälan om mottagare In Swedish

5227 Barnbidrag - En förälders anmälan om att vara mottagare In Swedish

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When will the money be paid?

The money will arrive no later than the 20th of every month.

The first disbursement will be made in the month after the child is born and is paid out up to and including the quarter that the child turns 16 years old.

Children who are born between January and March receive child allowance up to and including the year they turn 16.

Always report changes

Phone the Customer Centre if

  • you or the child will live abroad for more than six months
  • the custody of your child changes
  • you have shared child allowance and the child begins to live mostly or only with one parent
  • if the child discontinues his or her studies
  • if you or the other parent begins to work in or receive pension from any other EU or EEA country or Switzerland
  • you, the other parent or the child move to any other EU or EEA country or Switzerland.

This kind of change can influence whether you have the right to child allowance or not.

 FAQ’s

Can we parents share the child allowance?

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Yes, if the child lives with you about half of the time each, you can share the child allowance if you agree to. You must have joint legal custody.

Shared child allowance is SEK 525 per child and month.

Can one get child allowance for children over the age of 16?

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Yes, if your child is still in compulsory school or in special school, Försäkringskassan pays extended child allowance. You do not need to apply for extended child allowance. The school informs Försäkringskassan of what we need to know.

Children over the age of 16 who are studying at upper-secondary school receive a study grant from the Central Student Grants Committee (CSN).

My future live-in partner and I have one child each. Can we get child allowance supplement for multiple children now that we are moving in together?

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No, not if you are cohabitants. You must be married or have children together to be able to count together children in the family.

Yes, if you are married. If you are married or have children together, you can count the children together. Report how many children you have on the form

5220 Report to count together children in the family (child allowance supplement for multiple children)

How do I change which account the money is paid into?

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Log in to My pages (Mina sidor) to change to another one of your own accounts.

Can the money be deposited into my child's account?

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No, one must be 18 to receive disbursements from Försäkringskassan.

If the child has extended child allowance, we send out an account registration form before the child turns 18. The child enters his or her own account number on the form and then the money is sent to the child.

My child turns 16 this year. What is happening now?

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The child allowance is disbursed up to and including the quarter your child turns 16.

After the child has turned 16 and is studying at upper-secondary school, the Central Student Grants Committee (CSN) pays a study grant. The child does not need to apply for study grant; it is disbursed automatically. If the child is still attending compulsory school, extended child allowance is paid out automatically.

The first disbursement of the study grant will be made the last bank day of September.

The study grant can be shared in the same was as the child allowance.

What happens if I work abroad?

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If you are going to live or work abroad for more than six months, it can affect your right to child allowance. Phone the Customer Centre to find out what applies to you.

We have shared child allowance now, but our child will only live with me. Do I need to do anything?

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Yes. If the child no longer lives with you both interchangeably, you no longer have the right to share the child allowance. You can yourself register that you want to have the entire child allowance on the form

5227 Barnbidrag En förälders anmälan om att vara mottagare In Swedish

You can also make a joint registration on this form:

5180 Barnbidrag och eventuellt flerbarnstillägg - Föräldrars gemensamma anmälan om mottagare In Swedish

I want us to share the child allowance, but the other parent does not. Can I demand that we share?

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No, you must agree to be able to share the child allowance if the child lives with you both interchangeably and both are legal guardians.