Family benefits

Family benefits

Child benefit

Child benefit is a kind of benefit that is paid for all children under the age of 18 years who live in Norway. The purpose of child benefit is to help cover the costs of raising children. Single parents are entitled to child benefit for one child more than they actually live with (extended child benefit).

Cash-for-care benefits for the parents of toddlers

The benefit may be granted for children between one and two years of age who do not have a full-time place at a publicly maintained day care institution.

Birth and adoption

An gainfully employed woman is eligible for pregnancy benefit prior to the birth. After the birth she is entitled to parental benefit calculated in the same way as sickness benefit.

The purpose of parental benefits is to ensure income for parents in connection with the birth of a child. You can receive parental benefits if you have been occupationally active and have had a pensionable income for at least six of the last ten months before the benefit period commences.

A woman who has not been gainfully employed prior to the birth is paid a lump sum maternity grant at the birth.

Similar benefits apply in case of adoption.