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Pregnancy benefit

Pregnancy benefit is money that you can get if you have a physically demanding job or there are risks in your working environment that mean that you cannot work when you are pregnant.

Am I eligible for pregnancy benefit?

You can get pregnancy benefit if you are pregnant and:

  • cannot work because you have a physically demanding work or there are risks in your working environment. You must be away at least one-fourth of your regular working hours to be able to receive pregnancy benefit.
  • cannot be transferred by your employer to an easier or less risky job. (Only applies to employees and not the self-employed.)

To receive pregnancy benefit, you must also:

  • lose work income.
  • be insured in Sweden. You usually are if you live or work here.

When can I get pregnancy benefit?

If you receive pregnancy benefit due to a physically demanding job, you can receive compensation at the earliest from the 60th day before the estimated delivery.

Pregnancy benefit is paid out until the 11th day before the estimated delivery at the latest. The last 10 days before the estimated delivery, you can instead take out parental benefit.

 

If your employer has prohibited you from continuing your work due to risks in the working environment, you can receive pregnancy benefit as of the day the prohibition applies.

Pregnancy benefit is paid out until the 11th day before the estimated delivery at the latest. The last 10 days before the estimated delivery, you can instead take out parental benefit.

 

If you are self-employed, you are yourself responsible for your working environment. To get pregnancy benefit due to risks in your working environment, you must confirm the risks by sending in a special doctor's statement from a work environment specialist.

A work environment specialist may be a doctor with specialist certification in occupational medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, occupational health and safety medicine or occupational health care. It can also be an occupational hygienist who works at an occupational or environmental medicine clinic.

 

How much money will I get?

You receive approximately 80 per cent of your salary, but this is capped to SEK 791 per day.

How do I apply for pregnancy benefit?

1. Notify your employer

Notify your employer that you want to be moved to an easier or less risky job. If your employer can move you, you cannot receive pregnancy benefit. Tell your employer as soon as you know that you may have difficulty continuing to work due to your pregnancy.

2. Request a statement from your employer

If you cannot be moved, your employer must fill out a statement and send it in to Försäkringskassan.

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3. Apply on My pages (Mina sidor)

Remember to submit your application as soon as possible. Normally, you cannot receive compensation for any time before you applied for pregnancy benefit.

4. You receive a decision

If your application is complete and we have received the statement from your employer, it takes a maximum of 30 days before you receive a decision. If something is missing we will contact you as soon as possible.

5. Send in the declaration

After you have received your decision, you must send in a declaration where you write which days you have not been able to work or will not be able to work. You then submit the declaration via My pages (Mina sidor).

   

6. Disbursement

Disbursement dates:

  • If you were born between the 1st and the 10th, the money will be paid the 25th of each month.
  • If you were born between the 11th and the 20th, the money will be paid the 26th of each month.
  • If you were born between the 21st and the 31st, the money will be paid the 27th of each month.

Special disbursement dates

  • If the disbursement date is a Saturday, your money will be paid out on Friday.
  • If the disbursement date is a Sunday, your money will be paid out on Monday.
  • If the disbursement date is a public holiday or Midsummer Eve, you will receive your money the next weekday.

Disbursement normally scheduled for 25, 26 and 27 December will be paid out on 21 December 2018.

When will the disbursement appear on My pages (Mina sidor)?

On My pages (Mina sidor), you can see the disbursement under Disbursements (Utbetalningar) 1 bank day before the money arrives.

7. Report changes

It is important that you inform us if your salary or working hours change.

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Frequently asked questions

If you are employed

Risky work can, for example, be duties or environments where you come into contact with hazardous substances that can harm your health or your child. It is your employer who has the responsibility for assessing whether you can continue working or not.

If you are a sole proprietor

If you are self-employed, you are yourself responsible for your working environment. To get pregnancy benefits due to risks in your working environment, you must confirm the risks by sending in a special doctor's statement from a work environment specialists. A work environment specialist may be a doctor with specialist certification in occupational medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, occupational and environmental medicine or occupational health care. It can also be an occupational hygienist who works at an occupational or environmental medicine clinic.

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A physically demanding job may, for instance, be a job that involves heavy lifting, difficult movements or monotonous movements that cause a one-sided load.

Yes, you can receive pregnancy benefit for 25, 50 or 75 per cent of a day. You must also shorten your working time the same percentage per day that you are applying for.

Yes, if you should have worked during the period for which you are applying for pregnancy benefits.

Yes, if you can confirm the risks. If you are self-employed, you are yourself responsible for your working environment. To get pregnancy benefits due to risks in your working environment, you must confirm the risks by sending in a special doctor's statement from a work environment specialists.

A work environment specialist may be a doctor with specialist certification in occupational medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, occupational and environmental medicine or occupational health care. It can also be an occupational hygienist who works at an occupational or environmental medicine clinic.

Yes, you must work during a part of the time for which you are applying for pregnancy benefits.

If you apply for a physically demanding job

If you have a sole proprietorship and apply for pregnancy benefits because you have a physically demanding job, you only need to send us an application. Accordingly, you do not need to include a statement of work transfer from the employer.

If you apply for risks in your working environment

If you are self-employed, you are yourself responsible for your working environment. To get pregnancy benefits due to risks in your working environment, you must confirm the risks by sending in a special doctor's statement from a work environment specialists.

A specialist may be a doctor with specialist certification in occupational medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, occupational and environmental medicine or occupational health care. It can also be an occupational hygienist who works at an occupational or environmental medicine clinic.

7204 Special doctor's statement for pregnant sole proprietors upon risks in work (77kB)PDF opens in a new window

Yes.

You are insured in Sweden if you work here. There are some exceptions from this rule. 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 learn what applies if you:

  • 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

Yes, you can keep your pregnancy benefit while you are living within the EU/EEA area or Switzerland. If you travel to a country outside of the EU/EEA area or Switzerland, you must request consent for compensation from Försäkringskassan before you leave.

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