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Family benefits

Family benefits are provided by the country where the child’s father or mother has his/her social insurance.

When the family moves

When a family with children moves to another Nordic country, the family members will be covered by social insurance in the new country of residence and has the right to family and parent benefits according to legislation in the new country of residence.

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

The country where the person is working will pay the family benefits, 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 a difference where the country’s family benefits are higher. The family therefore receives an amount that corresponds to the higher family benefit.

Family and parent benefits can vary country by country within the Nordic area.
This applies to the size of the benefits and what types of benefits can be provided. More detailed information on family benefits is available in each individual country.