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Family benefits

Family benefits (e.g., child benefit) are provided by the country where the child’s father or mother is covered by social insurance.

When the family moves

When a family with children moves to another Nordic country, the family members are then covered by social insurance in the new country of residence, thereby giving them the right to family benefits as stipulated by the legislation in their new country of residence.

Working in a Nordic country while the family lives in another Nordic country

The family benefits are paid from the country in which the person is working, i.e. the country where the person who is gainfully employed is registered for social insurance. If the corresponding benefits are higher in the country where the person is living, the country of residence shall pay the difference. The family, therefore, receives an amount that corresponds to the higher family benefit.

Each parent works in a different country, but both live in one of them

The country where the family lives will pay the family benefits. The other country where a parent works will pay the difference if that country’s family benefits are higher. The family, therefore, receives an amount that corresponds to the higher family benefit.

Differences between Nordic countries

The benefits and rates may differ between countries.