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How is part-time leave calculated in days, and what are "periods" of parental leave?

Hello, how are you?

Our daughter was born a half of a year ago and we are trying to start to
understand some of the basic ideas of how to apply for parental leave.

*It said on the internet that there are 480 "days" of parental leave which
can be taken at a rate of 12.5%, 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100%, allowing parents to work part-time. Does this mean if the parents could work half-days at 50% for 960 days (i.e., day means a day of work), or does the rate not matter and it is always 480 days (day means a calendar day)?
(Also, would 25% leave mean that 75% of the salary would be usually paid by the company, then 80% of the remaining 25% of the salary would be applied for through Försäkringskassan (so basically, salary would be slightly lower for 100% parental leave than 12.5%, but much more time can be spent with the child)?)

*It was also written that parents have the right to divide up their leave into a maximum of three "periods" each calendar year, but what is meant by this?
For example, does this mean something like a continuous number of days, so that if the parents took leave on Jan. 1, 3, and 5, they would not have the right to take any more parental leave that year?
Or does this mean something like semesters or quarters of a year (or some time unit the company defines), like parents can take leave in the spring, summer, and fall, and then work in the winter?
Thank you.


  • Hello Martin.
    You are right about your calculation for the parental leave, if you take 50% parental leave, you can have 960 days where you work half the day and stay at home the rest of the day with your child. And yes, if you take 25% parental leave, your company pays you for working 75% and Försäkringskassan pay 80% of the remaining 25% of your salary.
    The answer to you second question:
    You have the right to divide up your leave into a maximum of three periods each calendar year. If you and your employer agree, you can divide up the leave into more periods. So, check with your employer what applies for you.
    Kind regards,

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