The Swedish parental leave – the so called föräldrapenning is a generous one. Parental leave is paid out for no less than 480 day (approximately 16 months) for each child.
Parents are – because of gender equality aspects – encouraged to share the leave. That is why 90 days out of the total 480 days are reserved for each parent. Only single custody parents are entitled to take out the 480 days on their own.
Parents generally get 80% of their salary if they have been working legally in Sweden for at least 240 days and paid taxes. This amount counts for the first 390 days. A reduced amount is then paid out for the remaining 90 days.
More on parental leave
Note: you are entitled to parental leave even if you don’t meet the requirements (of legal work in Sweden for at least 240 days). In this case you get a reduced leave of 180 SEK/day for a period of 480 days.
EU citizen and parental leave in Sweden
EU citizens have to right to receive their parental benefit based on their EU salary immediately prior to moving to Sweden. I.e. if you move with a new baby or wish to take your parental leave upon arriving, your EU salary is used. More find out more here (information in Swedish).
More on family benefits for EU citizen
The website Your Europe gathers information provided by the European Commission and tries to explain the often complex regulations and their effects. Worth a visit for all EU citizens that are planning to move or work in another EU country, like Sweden e.g. Read more here (information in most EU languages).
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