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EU couple who moved to Sweden

Hello there!
So, here is my situation: both me and my husband are Italian citizens.
We moved in Sweden the 27.12.2017.
We both have a personnummer.
We both live in Sweden
I am working in Sweden since January 2018. I am a chef. I had hourly contracts till now, but since June 2018 I have a 75% contract.
My husband works at the University in Luleå, he is a PHD.
He is currently payed from another university. In fact his PHD program is shared between a university in France and the one here in Luleå.
But starting October 2018 he will be payed (and therefore he will be "officially" employed) from the Luleå university.
Our question is: we would like to have a kid (I am not pregnant yet).
We are quite confused about what we are entitled to.
I will take most of the parental leave: at that time, will I be entitled to the 80% of my salary?
I already worked 6 month in Sweden. By the time I would eventually give birth I should have worked the 8 month required to be payed the 80% of.
 The salary, am I correct?

Also, we would like to know if it is possible to meet someone who could help us out since our situation is quite particular.
Thank you very much,



  • Hello Valentina,

    Since this is a public forum, we can only answer to the general questions. In order to give you an answer we need to first process yours and your husband’s documents regarding the social insurance, employments and income details once you make an application for parental benefits.

    Parental benefit that is based on your income is called parental benefit at sickness benefit level. To receive parental benefit at sickness benefit level, you must have had an annual income of at least SEK 82,100 for at least 240 consecutive days before the estimated delivery date. You get nearly 80 per cent of your income, but this is capped at SEK 967 per day. You do not need to have worked at the same workplace or had the same income the entire time, but rather it is the number of days with income that is important.

    If you have worked fewer than 240 consecutive days before the child is born, you receive SEK 250 per day at sickness benefit level for the first 180 days that are taken out for the child. After you, the other parent or you both together have taken out 180 parental benefit days, you receive parental benefit based on your income. You can read more about parental benefit here.

    According to the information given, you seem to fulfill the 240 days rule. However, your husband’s employment situation should be investigated thoroughly.
    As you explained, since especially your husband’s situation is particular, it would be difficult to answer to your questions before we receive all the documents. You can meet a case officer in a service office however you might also receive general information from them too.

    You can also call our Customer Center for private individuals on the telephone number 0771-524 524 and press 8 for assistance in English in order to get further information about your situation.

    Best regards,
    Özge Administrative officer
  • Thank you for your accurate answer!
    About what you said, are the 25 SEK/day before or after taxes?
    What I mean is, will we receive 750 SEK/month exactly or less?

    As for the 240 days: (maybe also this is way too specific as a question).
    I am a chef. So I don't work necessarly 8 hours/ 5 days a week.
    Sometimes I work more (more days and/or more hours), sometimes less.
    How will the 240 days be calculated in my case?

    Thank you,

  • Hello,

    It is 250 SEK per day before tax, not 25 SEK. This is equivalent to about SEK 7,500 a month, before tax.

    The calculation will be made after we receive all the documents and details regarding your employment. However it is ok to have diverse working schedule. We check the employment date/details to see if you have worked at least 240 consecutive days before the estimated delivery date.

    Best regards,
    Özge Administrative officer

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