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Can both parents take parental leave for the same period to take care of different children?


My wife and I are parents of two children and both of us are employed. One child goes to dagis and the other to school. There will be a period between Christmas and New Years when both school and dagis will be closed.
I know that both parents can't take parental leave for the same period for a child, but since we have two children are we allowed to apply to parental leave for this period at the same time, one for each child, so we both can take care of them?

Best regards,

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  • Hello,

    Yes, it is possible to take parental benefit for two parents for the same period for two different children.

    It is also possible to be on parental leave for two parents for the same period and same child and it is called double days. The double days can only be taken out during the child's first year and both parents can take out 30 double days at most.

    You can apply parental benefit online via My Pages (Mina sidor) on our website. You can also see what is happening with your case on My Pages.
    You can find more information about parental benefit here.

    Best regards

  • Hello!
    We have a 1,5 years old daughter who does not have a place to a forskola. One of our relatives stays with her when we are at work. Do I have the right to use parental leave days to stay with her  few weeks or it is necessary the child to have a place to school in order to use them?
  • Hi!
    If someone has worked 6 months,then ends his contract and applies for parental leave while been unemployed, how is the monthly amount calculated?Based on his previous salary or the the sickness minimum level( 250 kr per day)? And what does the term protect your income mean?
  • Hello Tony,

    Yes, you have the right to use parental benefit as long as you take care of the child. The child doesn't need to start school for you to take the parental benefit.
    This is of course if you are socially covered in Sweden. You can find more information about parental benefit here.

    Best regards
  • Thank you!
    And something more.I will have fulfilled 5,5 months of working(Monday to Friday, 75% ).If after the end of the contract I want to use parental leave for 2 weeks, which compensation level can I get?Based on my salary or 250kr per day?
  • Hello Tony and Antonis,

    The answer to your questions about the basic level 250 kr per day is here.

    Examples of how to protect your qualifying income:
    • If you reduce your working hours by half from full-time to part-time, you must take at least two and a half days of parental benefit per week.
    • If you lose your employment you should register to Arbetsförmedlingen
    • When you study with the CSN study benefit
    More information about parental benefit you'll find on

    If you have questions regarding your specific cases you're wellcome to call to us 0771 524 524 and press 8 for english.

    Best regards,
  • hi i applied for 50% parental leave and also for my wife its 100% but i did not apply as double days so my question how i can change my application and slecet double days
    Zeeshan yousafzai
  • Hello,

    Thank you for your post! It can be done in your page (mina sidor) but if you want help in doing it we advice you to contact our customer center by calling 0771 524 524 (for english press 8) and get help informaiton on how to change it.

    Best regards,

    Adem Administrative officer
  • Hi,
    can both parents take parental leave for lowest level benefit at the same time?
    also can the lowest level benefit be taken only on Saturday /Sundays?
  • Hello,

    Thank you for your question!

    Parents can receive up to 30 days of Parental Benefit for taking care of the same child at the same time. These days are called double days (dubbeldagar). Double days can be taken out until child turns one.

    You can take the double days in both the sickness benefit level as well as minimum (lowest) level.

    You can always take out parental benefit at the minimum level (lägstanivå) for weekends, holidays or other days.

    Please remember that the Swedish Social Insurance Agency has limited abilities to answer questions relating to individual cases on this forum. We therefore ask you to contact our customer center if you have questions relating to your specific case by calling telephone number 0771 524524 and press 8 to get connected to the English line.

    Our telephone lines are open the following hours:

    Monday – Friday 8.00am — 4.00 pm,

    Best regards,
    Hazan Administrative officer

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