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Child allowance

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

Can I receive child allowance and large family supplement?

You get child allowance if you

  • have children who are younger than 16 years old and live in Sweden. In some situations, you can receive child allowance for children who live in another EU/EEA country or Switzerland.
  • You are insured in Sweden. If you live here, you are. There are some exceptions to this rule.

The large family supplement is paid out automatically if you receive child allowance for at least two children.

There are some exceptions to the rules that apply if you, the child, or the other parent lives or works in a different country.
For example, you can work in another country and still be insured in Sweden. There are also situations in which you can work in Sweden but be insured in another country. Call the Customer Centre to know what applies if you, for example:

  • 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
 

How much money do I get?

If you and the other parent have joint custody, you share the child allowance. You will each receive SEK 625 per month. If you have sole custody of the child, you receive SEK 1,250 per month. Child allowance is tax-exempt.

If you have two or more children for which you are receiving child allowance, you will automatically receive the large family supplement as well.

If you share the child allowance

Number of children Child allowance Large family supplement Total
1 SEK 625 - SEK 625
2 SEK 1,250 SEK 75 SEK 1,325
3 SEK 1,875 SEK 365 SEK 2,240
4 SEK 2,500 SEK 870 SEK 3,370
5 SEK 3,125 SEK 1,495 SEK 4,620
6 SEK 3,750 SEK 2,120 SEK 5,870

If you receive the entire child allowance

Number of children Child allowance Large family supplement Total
1 SEK 1,250 - SEK 1,250
2 SEK 2,500 SEK 150 SEK 2,650
3 SEK 3,750 SEK 730 SEK 4,480
4 SEK 5,000 SEK 1,740 SEK 6,740
5 SEK 6,250 SEK 2,990 SEK 9,240
6 SEK 7,500 SEK 4,240 SEK 11,740
 

What do I need to do to receive child allowance?

You do not need to apply for child allowance. It is paid out automatically.

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.

What happens to the child allowance when my child turns 16?

When your child turns 16, they will no longer receive child allowance. The month of your child's birthday determines how long they will receive child allowance.

If your child turns 16 between January and March, the final child allowance disbursement will be in June. If your child begins studying at upper-secondary school in the autumn, the Central Student Grants Committee (CSN) will begin paying study grant to your child in September.

If you receive large family supplement

You can continue receiving the large family supplement for a child who has turned 16 if the child

  • lives with you
  • is studying full time at an upper-secondary school, compulsory school or special school
  • is unmarried.  

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

To keep your large family supplement, you must register this with us.

A registration form will be sent to your home in March. For the child to count towards the large family supplement, use the form to notify us that your child is still going to school.

A registration form will be sent to your home in June. Send it in if your child will be continuing their studies in upper-secondary school.

You can also register this via My pages (Mina sidor).

 

 

If your child turns 16 between April and June, the final child allowance disbursement will be in June.

If your child begins studying at upper-secondary school in the autumn, the Central Student Grants Committee (CSN) will begin paying study grant to your child in September.

If you receive large family supplement
You can continue receiving the large family supplement for a child who has turned 16 if the child

  • lives with you
  • is studying full time at an upper-secondary school, compulsory school or special school
  • is unmarried.  

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

To keep your large family supplement, you must register this with us.

A form will be sent to your home in June. For the child to count towards the large family supplement, use the form to notify us that your child is still going to school. You can also register this via My pages (Mina sidor).

 

 

If your child turns 16 between July and September, the final child allowance disbursement will be in September.

If your child is studying at upper-secondary school, the Central Student Grants Committee (CSN) will begin paying study grant to your child in October.

If you receive large family supplement
You can continue receiving the large family supplement for a child who has turned 16 if the child

  • lives with you
  • is studying full time at an upper-secondary school, compulsory school or special school
  • is unmarried.  

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

To keep your large family supplement, you must register this with us.

A form will be sent to your home in September. For the child to count towards the large family supplement, use the form to notify us that your child is still going to school. You can also register this via My pages (Mina sidor).

 

 

If your child turns 16 between October and December, the final child allowance disbursement will be in December.

If your child is studying at upper-secondary school, the Central Student Grants Committee (CSN) will begin paying study grant to your child in January of the following year.

If you receive large family supplement
You can continue receiving the large family supplement for a child who has turned 16 if the child

  • lives with you
  • is studying full time at an upper-secondary school, compulsory school or special school
  • is unmarried.  

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

To keep your large family supplement, you must register this with us.

A form will be sent to your home in December. For the child to count towards the large family supplement, use the form to notify us that your child is still going to school. You can also register this via My pages (Mina sidor).

 

 

If your child has turned 16 but is still attending compulsory school or special school (and not upper-secondary school), you will continue receiving child allowance from Försäkringskassan even after the child has turned 16.

You do not have to do anything. The school will inform us that your child should receive extended child allowance.

 

Frequently asked questions

Yes, your family may be entitled to child allowance from Sweden. We need to know more about your family situation to be able to tell you what applies in your particular situation. Call the Customer Centre at 0771-524 524.

Yes, if you work in Sweden and have a child who lives in another member state, you may be entitled to child allowance from Sweden. If both parents work in different countries, they are entitled to child allowance from both countries. The country in which the child lives has primary responsibility for paying child allowance. Call the Customer Centre at 0771-524 524 to learn what applies in your particular case.

This will take some time since we need to contact the authority in the other country to find out what applies in your situation

The Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN) is responsible for paying student grant. If your child is a Swedish citizen and will be attending upper-secondary school in Sweden, you usually do not have to apply for student grant. More about student grant for upper-secondary school students between the ages of 16 and 20 is available on CSN’s website.

Grant for upper-secondary studies in Sweden (csn.se) opens in a new window

We need 

  • the social insurance numbers of you and your family members in the member state
  • your address in the other member state
  • a birth certificate if the child does not have a Swedish personal identity number
  • a document showing employment in Sweden, such as an employment contract or a current payslip.

You can continue receiving the large family supplement for a child who has turned 16 if the child

  • lives with you
  • is studying full time at an upper-secondary school, compulsory school or special school
  • is unmarried.  

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

But, if you want to receive the large family supplement for a child over age 16, you must register this. You register most easily on My pages (Mina sidor).

No, not if you are only live-in partners. If you are married to each other or have a child together, you will automatically receive the large family supplement without having to submit an application.

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

No, you cannot choose the recipient of large family supplement if you have shared child allowance.

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 their own account number on the form and then the money is sent to the child.

If you and the other parent are in agreement and can register together, you do this on a form that you both sign.

If you register jointly, it will be processed more quickly than if you register by yourself.

5180 Child allowance and large family supplement (if applicable) – Parents’ joint registration of recipient (103 kB)PDF opens in a new window

If you and the other parent are not in agreement and you are registering by yourself, you must do this on My pages (Mina sidor).

Once you have registered, we will start an investigation of where the child lives and who is entitled to the child allowance.  We begin by contacting the other parent and asking questions to determine whether information we have about where the child lives is correct. We will contact you if we need you to provide more information.

Since we need to check the information with the other parent, it will take longer to process the case if you register by yourself rather than you registering together.

If you and the other parent are in agreement and can register together, you do this on a form that you both sign.

5180 Child allowance and large family supplement (if applicable) – Parents’ joint registration of recipient (103 kB)PDF opens in a new window

If you and the other parent are not in agreement, you can register by yourself, using My pages (Mina sidor).

Once you have registered, we will start an investigation of where the child lives and who is entitled to the child allowance.  We begin by contacting the other parent to determine whether the information we have about where the child lives is correct. We will contact you if we need you to provide more information.

Since we need to check the information with the other parent, it will take longer to process the case if you do not register together. 

You are insured in Sweden if you live here and have Swedish citizenship or a Swedish residence permit.

There are exceptions to the rules if you, the child, or the other parent lives or works in a different country. For example, you can work in another country and still be insured in Sweden. There are also situations in which you can work in Sweden but be insured in another country. Call the Customer Centre at 0771-524 524 to know what applies if you, for example:

  • work as a sailor
  • are a diplomat
  • work in two or more countries
  • 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
  • are a civil servant of an administration that belongs to Sweden but work in another country
  • are assigned to work in another country by a Swedish employer or are assigned to work in Sweden by a foreign employer.   

       

Försäkringskassan will first investigate whether you and your child are insured in Sweden, and then whether you are entitled to child allowance. It may therefore take some time before you receive your decision and, if approved, your child allowance disbursement.

The first disbursement of child allowance is paid after you and the child have been granted a residence permit, have been registered in the Population Register, and Försäkringskassan has investigated whether you are entitled to child allowance.

If your child is younger than 16 years of age and will be living abroad for more than 6 months, you must report this to Försäkringskassan. When the child leaves Sweden, you are no longer entitled to child allowance. Special rules apply for a child who moves abroad with a legal guardian who is an aid worker, government employee or student studying abroad.

If your child is age 16 or older and will be studying at a Swedish school abroad at the compulsory level, you may be eligible for extended child allowance. You apply using the form Application for extended child allowance for study at Swedish school abroad.



If your child is younger than 16 years of age and will be living abroad for more than six months, you must report this to Försäkringskassan. When the child leaves Sweden, you are no longer entitled to child allowance. Special rules apply for a child who moves abroad with a legal guardian who is an aid worker, government employee or student studying abroad.

If your child is age 16 or older and will be studying at a Swedish compulsory school abroad, you may be eligible for extended child allowance. You apply using the form Application for extended child allowance for study at Swedish school abroad.

2536 Application for extended child allowance for study at Swedish school abroadPDF opens in a new window

If your child is younger than 16 years of age and will be living abroad for less than six months, you do not have to report this to Försäkringskassan. But, if plans change and the stay abroad becomes longer than six months, you must notify Försäkringskassan immediately. This way, you can avoid being paid child allowance you are not entitled to and will be forced to pay back.

If you have technical issues

If your e-identification does not work or if you have other technical issues, you can get help on our technical support pages, where you can even get the help of an administrator directly in a web meeting. You are then connected with the administrator, who can see your screen and help you. Web meetings are available during the Customer Centre’s opening hours.

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If you have a protected identity

If you or your child has a protected identity, you cannot use all of the e-services found on My pages (Mina sidor).

If you are living with a protected identity or have a child with a protected identity

If you must apply using a paper form

All forms that can be downloaded from the website can be found under Forms and certificates.

Forms and certificates

You need to register if the child is over the age of 16 and is studying in a programme that makes them eligible for student grant, but this has been denied by CSN. This normally applies to children who have a temporary residence permit. Use this form:

5219 Child who has turned 16 is attending schoolPDF opens in a new window

You also need to report whether you were previously married to each other or have had a child together and want to count all of the children in the family for large family supplement. This may apply if you are live-in partners and are both receiving child allowance, extended child allowance or student grant. Use this form: 

5220 Application for large family supplement

If you are married to each other or have a child together, you do not need to apply to have all of the children in the family counted together.

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