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Checklist for expectant parents

Here you will find a simple checklist of things you might want to consider before going on parental leave.

To-do list for both parents

1. Log in to the Expecting a Child guide (Vänta barn-guiden)

In the Expecting a Child guide, you will find a personalised To-do list, easy-to-read articles and tips, and more detailed information on topics such as parental benefit, child allowance and the 10-day benefit. You will also be able to see if you need to update your income with us and when you need to register and apply. The information in the guide is adapted based on whether you are the expectant father, if you are the pregnant woman or her partner, and whether you work, are a job seeker, a student, or self employed. Your employment status affects how your parental benefit is calculated.

2. Inform us of your income

If you are an employee, ask your employer to log in to forsakringskassan.se and provide details about your income using the code 5033 in the e-service "Provide answers to an income inquiry”.

If you are a student or job-seeker, please call the Customer Centre at 0771‑524 524 to find out what information we need from you.

If you are self-employed, please call the Customer Centre at 0771‑17 90 00 to find out what information we need from you. Say in the voice mail that you are a business owner and you will be put through to the right place.

3. Plan your parental leave

You can plan your parental leave by using the e-service to plan and apply for parental benefit. There you can also see how much money you will get.

If you cannot log in to My pages (Mina sidor), you can use our calculation tool Calculate parental benefit (in Swedish). There you can see how long you can be on leave and how much money you can get every month.

4. Apply for parental benefit

You apply on My pages (Mina sidor).

If you cannot log in to My Pages, please call the Customer Centre at 0771‑524 524 and order a paper form to apply for parental benefit.


Learn about sickness benefit qualifying income (SGI)

SGI is an amount that Försäkringskassan calculates based on your income. The amount is used to determine how much you can receive in parental benefit. In the SGI guide, you can read about SGI and how it affects the amount of money you receive in compensation.

Confirm paternity or parenthood

If you are not married at the time the child is born, the pregnant parent will be given all the days of parental benefit and sole custody of the child. In order for the other parent also to become a legal custodian and receive parental benefit days, both parents must contact the municipality and confirm paternity or parenthood.

Notify your employer

Once you have decided to take parental leave, you must report it to your employer no later than two months before your leave. If there are collective agreements at your workplace, other times may apply, so check out what applies at your job.

Child allowance will be paid out automatically

You will receive child allowance automatically if you are a legal custodian. The first disbursement is normally paid the month after the child is born. After that, child allowance will be paid out on the 20th of each month.

Child allowance

Contact our administrators if you have questions

On Facebook, our administrators will answer your questions about parental leave and other matters that concern you as an expectant parent.

Facebook for parents External link, opens in new window.

Share equally

Sharing the days of parental benefit equally helps give both parents a firmer footing on the job market and a higher salary and pension.

Housing allowance

If you have children and a low income, you may be entitled to housing allowance. By using Calculate housing allowance, you can quickly see how much you can get based on what you earn and how many children you have.

Do not forget your pension

When you become a parent and take parental leave or perhaps work part-time hours while your children are young, your pension may be affected.

Swedish Pensions Agency External link, opens in new window.


Send in your pregnancy certificate

If you are pregnant, you must send your pregnancy certificate to:
Försäkringskassans inläsningscentral
839 88 Östersund.

That will serve as notification that you will want parental benefit later. You will receive the certificate from your midwife around the 20th week of pregnancy.


10-day benefit

You have the right to be on leave from work for 10 days in conjunction with the birth of the child. These days are intended to give you the opportunity to be at the delivery, get to know the child and take care of other children in the family.

10-day benefit

Register for parental benefit if you are going on parental leave

If you are going on parental leave after the baby has been born, you must register that you want parental benefit. You can register whenever you want but no later than on the same day for which you want compensation.

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