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Child allowance

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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 525 per month. If you have sole custody of the child, you receive SEK 1,050 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 525 - SEK 525
2 SEK 1,050 SEK 75 SEK 1,125
3 SEK 1,575 SEK 302 SEK 1,877
4 SEK 2,100 SEK 807 SEK 2,907
5 SEK 2,625 SEK 1,432 SEK 4,057
6 SEK 3,150 SEK 2,057 SEK 5,207

If you receive the entire child allowance

Number of children Child allowance Large family supplement Total
1 SEK 1,050 - SEK 1,050
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
 

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.

 
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Frequently asked questions

Yes, your family can receive child allowance from Sweden. Call the Customer Centre at 0771-524 524 since we need to learn more about your family situation to be able to tell you what applies in your particular situation.

Yes, if you work in Sweden and are a legal guardian of a child 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 for the child. 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

Contact the National Board of Student Aid (CSN).

National Board of Student Aid (www.csn.se) opens in a new window

 

Försäkringskassan needs

  • the social insurance numbers of you and your family members in the other country
  • address details in the other member state
  • a birth certificate if the child does not have a Swedish personal identity number
  • information on your employment in Sweden. Such information can be in the form of an employment contract and 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).

If you are unable to use My pages (Mina sidor), you can send in this form:

5219 - Large family supplement. Report that a child who has turned 16 is attending school (94 kB)PDF opens in a new window

No, not if you are only live-in partners. 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 or were married or have children together, you can count the children together. Register using this form:

5220 Registration for large family supplement (114 kB)PDF opens in a new window

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 together, the request is 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 register by yourself, register 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 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 are unable to use My pages (Mina sidor), you can send in this form.

5227 Child allowance – one parent's registration to be recipient (104 kB)PDF opens in a new window

If you cannot agree to share the child allowance, you can send in this form to register that you want to receive half of the child allowance.

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 together, the request is 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 register by yourself, register 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 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 are unable to use My pages (Mina sidor), you can send in this form.

5227 Child allowance – one parent's registration to be recipient (104 kB)PDF opens in a new window

Send in this form to register 

For you to receive the entire child allowance, the child must live with you the majority of the time.
You can also receive the entire child allowance if the other parent cannot care for the child, e.g. due to illness.

You are insured in Sweden if you live here.

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 at 0771-524 524 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

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.

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 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.

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

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