If you have been granted a residence permit in Sweden
Here, you can read about what Försäkringskassan is and what forms of compensation you may be entitled to when you have a permanent or temporary residence permit in Sweden.
What is Försäkringskassan?
Försäkringskassan is a government agency that pays out money to families with children, as well as individuals with a disability or illness. In general terms, the money is called compensation.
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Who can receive compensation from Försäkringskassan?
To receive compensation from Försäkringskassan, you must be insured in Sweden. Information on who is insured in Sweden and that this means can be found here.
What is the difference between Försäkringskassan and a private insurance company?
With a private insurance company, you must pay money to be insured. For example, you can pay to have insurance for your home or your car. With Försäkringskassan, you are insured by having a residence permit and living or working in Sweden.
How do I apply for compensation from Försäkringskassan?
To apply for compensation, you must:
- Send in an application for the compensation you want.
- Send in form 5456 about where you are insured.
If you have a child under the age of 16, we will contact you as soon as you have been entered into the population register. We will then investigate whether you are entitled to child allowance and other compensation for families with children.
If you have a child over the age of 16, you must report this to Försäkringskassan. We will then investigate whether you are entitled to extended child allowance and other compensation. You can report that the child has come to Sweden at one of our service offices.
If the child comes to live with you in Sweden, you must report this to Försäkringskassan. We will then investigate whether you are entitled to child allowance and other compensation for families with children. You can report that the child has come to Sweden at one of our service offices.
Can I get help to apply for compensation?
Yes. There are different ways you can get help to find out what forms of compensation you are entitled to and how you apply.
1. Read about the different forms of compensation here on our website.
The information is available in Swedish and English.
If you have e-identification, you can register and apply via My pages (Mina sidor). Information on My pages (Mina sidor) is only available in Swedish.
2. Visit a Försäkringskassan service office
There, you can meet with staff from Försäkringskassan and get help in finding out what you are entitled to and how you apply.
3. Schedule a phone meeting in your language.
You can talk to an administrator in, for example, Arabic, Tigrinya, Somali, English, Turkish, French, Spanish or German. The administrator can help you apply for compensation.
4. Questions and answers in English in our customer forum
Here, you can ask general questions about different forms of compensation from Försäkringskassan and get answers in English, Spanish, Finnish, and Polish.
You can read about the most common forms of compensation here
Information on the different forms of compensation is available in Swedish and English.
If you have received an introduction plan from the Public Employment Service, you can receive introduction benefit from Försäkringskassan.
- If you have children, you may also be eligible for supplementary introduction benefit.
- If you do not have children and have your own home, you can receive introduction benefit for housing.
Everyone in Sweden with a child under the age of 16 receives child allowance. Once the child turns 16, the child allowance stops. But, you can receive extended child allowance if the child is still attending compulsory school.
You cannot receive child allowance if you are receiving daily benefit from the Swedish Migration Agency.
If you have a child under the age of 16 with you when you arrive to Sweden, we will contact you once you have been entered into the population register so that you will begin receiving child allowance.
If the child moves to Sweden to be with you at a later date, you must report to us that the child has moved here.
If you have children, you can receive housing allowance if you need help to pay rent or monthly fees for your housing.
If can also receive housing allowance if you are younger than 29 years old and do not have children.
You can only receive housing allowance if own your home or have a rental contract and are renting as tenant or are subletting. You cannot receive housing allowance if you are a lodger or renting part of someone else’s home.
If you are separated or divorced from the child’s other parent, the other parent must pay money for the child if the child lives with you. This is called child support. If the other parent is not paying child support, you can apply for maintenance support from Försäkringskassan.
Dental care subsidy is financial support you are given for dental care.
Everyone who lives and is insured in Sweden is covered by national dental care subsidy starting at the age of 23. Dental care is free of charge for children and young people younger than this.
The national dental care subsidy consists of general dental care allowance, special dental care allowance, and high-cost protection.
Frequently asked questions
You can get help from Försäkringskassan here
- Schedule a meeting in your language
- Call the Customer Centre
- Visit a service office
- Customer forum in English
- Swedish Tax Agency (skatteverket.se)
- Public Employment Service (arbetsformedlingen.se)
- Swedish Pensions Agency (pensionsmyndigheten.se)