Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Sweden - Child allowance

This chapter discusses Swedish child allowance and how you, as a parent, may be able to claim it. It also explains the conditions for extending child allowance and looks at an additional child allowance, called large family supplement, which you can claim if you have several children.

The chapter includes:

  • child allowance (barnbidrag)
  • extended child allowance (förlängt barnbidrag)
  • large family supplement (flerbarnstillägg)

In what situation can I claim?

If you live in Sweden and have children, you are entitled to child allowance. This is financial support that is automatically paid to all parents from and including the first month after birth until the child is 16 years old. You may then get extended child allowance or a student grant. If you have several children, you can also get large family supplement in addition to child allowance. For EU citizens there may be special rules.

What conditions do I need to meet?

Child allowance, extended child allowance and large family supplement are all tax-free allowances. Child allowance is shared between the parents if there are two guardians. If there is only one guardian, the allowance is paid to this person. Parents can also choose jointly for the child allowance to be paid to only one of them.

Child allowance

To qualify for child allowance for children aged under 16, you must be insured in Sweden. Normally a person who lives in Sweden is insured. In some situations, you can also get child benefit for children living in another EU/EEA country or Switzerland. Special rules may also apply to families where the parents live and work in different EU countries. If you are unsure what rules apply to you, please contact the Swedish Social Insurance Agency's customer centre.

Extended child allowance

You may be able to receive an extended allowance once your child has reached the age of 16 years. If your child is studying at senior high school, the Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN) will pay a study allowance. The first payment will be made on the last banking day in the quarter after your child turn 16 and the grant will be paid until June in the year in which the child turns 20. If the child is still in compulsory school or senior high school, the Swedish Social Insurance Agency will pay extended child allowance up to and including the month in which the child completes the course or terminates the studies.

Large family supplement

If you have several children, you can get large family supplement as well as child allowance until the child turns 16. You can continue to receive large family supplement for children over 16 years if they live with you, study full time, receive study help or extended child allowance and are not married. This will apply until June in the year when the child turns 20. You must notify the Swedish Social Insurance Agency if you want to claim large family supplement for children over 16.

What am I entitled to and how can I claim?

Child allowance

Child allowance is SEK 1,250 per month, or SEK 625 to each parent if there are two guardians. As a parent, you get this benefit automatically from and including the first month after birth until the child is 16 years old. In cases of adoption, you get child allowance from the first month after you have received the child into your care. The money is paid on the 20th of each month.

Extended child allowance

Extended child allowance and study allowance are both SEK 1,250 per month. This is paid automatically.

The Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN) pays the study allowance.

Large family supplement

If you have children under 16, you will automatically receive the large family supplement. For children over 16 years, you must apply for extended large family supplement. See the Swedish Social Insurance Agency's website.

Jargon busters

Child allowance is a benefit for those who have children and live in Sweden. This is paid automatically.

Large family supplement is a benefit in addition to child allowance for those who have more than one child. It is also paid automatically until the child is 16 years old.

Forms you may need to fill in

Applications to include children over the age of 16 years. https://www.forsakringskassan.se/

Know your rights

Sweden:

EU:

Who do you need to contact?

Swedish Social Insurance Agency
Website: www.forsakringskassan.se
Customer centre e-mail: kundcenter@forsakringskassan.se
Customer centre telephone: +46 771524524
Find your local Social Insurance Agency

The Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN)
Website: www.csn.se/
E-mail service: https://www.csn.se/epostaoss/indexFraga.jsp
Tel. +46 771276000

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