Webbinnehållsvisning (JSR 286)

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Parental benefit

Parents have the right to parental benefit when a child is born or adopted. The parents receive a total of 480 days with parental benefit for a child. Parents with joint custody have the right to half of these days each. If a parent has received parental benefit from another country, these days are then deducted from the 480 parental benefit days.

Who can receive parental benefit?

Parental benefit can be paid to

  • the child's parents
  • an individual who has legal custody of the child
  • an individual or couple who, with the consent of the Social Welfare Board, take in a child with the intention of adopting him or her


In addition, parental benefit is paid to the person living together with the parent and who

  • has or has had other children together with the parent
  • is or has been married with the parent
  • is or has been a registered partner with the parent

When can a person receive parental benefit?

The mother has the right to take out parental benefit as early as 60 days prior to the estimated due date. During parental training, both parents have the right to parental benefit.

Försäkringskassan pays parental benefit up until the child has turned eight or has completed their first school year. Adoptive parent can take out parental benefit within eight years from the day they start to take care of the child, but only until the child turns ten.

Different remuneration levels

The days can be taken out with different increments of remuneration: one-eighth, one-quarter, one-half, three-quarters or full remuneration. There are three different remuneration levels in the parental benefit.

  • The sickness benefit level is based on the sickness benefit qualifying income.
  • The basic level is SEK 180 per day.
  • The minimum level is SEK 180 per day for children born 1 July 2006 and later, and SEK 60 per day for children born before 1 July 2006.

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