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Am I entitled to parental leave from Sweden if I move to another EU country?

Parental leave abroad (Original title)

Hello,

My husband and I have been living and working in Sweden for the past 4 years.We're expecting our third child now.

My husband has a job offer to work abroad, in another EU country, for less than 1 year.

This job will start during our parental leave.
I will still keep my job in Sweden, but I would like to know if we all move abroad (temporarily for less than a year) and inform skattverket and försäkringskassan of that, am I still entitled to parental leave from Sweden?

Regards,

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  • Hi Ana!

    Yes, you could still be entitled to receive parental leave from Sweden as long as you are covered by Swedish social insurance.

    If you are moving to another EU-country you should fill out and send to us a form 5459 Uppgifter vid flyttning till eller arbete i ett annat land. Försäkringskassan will determine whether you are covered by Swedish social insurance.

    You can find the form here.

    Best regards,

    Aneta
  • Hi Aneta,

    Thank you very much for your quick reply.

    I'll fill out the form and send it to you, but should I do with how many days of notice?

    Best Regards,

    Ana
  • Hi Ana!

    You can already send the form if you know when you're leaving.

    Best regards,

    Aneta
  • Hi
    I have been working in Sweden for 3 years and now my partner has been offered a job in USA for 2 years. Can I claim my parental leave for some time? I have 2 children (6 and 4) and have most of my parental leave remaining. I will be leaving my job in Sweden most likely but will return in 2 years,
    Thanks
    Danielle
  • Hello,

    The general rule of taking parental benefits while living outside of European Union says that if you are moving abroad for the period longer than 12 months, you are not entitled to any parental benefits.

    In some cases you can get parental benefit, when you are moving to another country outside of European Union for the time that does not exceed 6 months (or 12 months in specific cases). Please call us for more information on 0771 524 524 (press 8 for English) so that we can discuss your individual case in detail.

    Best regards,
    Aleksandra Administrator
  • Hi!

    I have worked in UK for 4 years and had my baby born in Uk.
    We moved to Sweden when he was 2,5month old. We are in Sweden nearly 3 years now and I founded out that I could apply for parental leave as it is 420 days.
    I was on maternity leave when I left Uk. In total I spend approx. 6 month on maternity leave. Is there any information needed from UK to apply for parental leave in Sweden and if so, what kind of information and where can I get this information from?
    Elina
  • Hello Elina,

    If you (or the other parent) have received parental benefits from another country those days would normally be deducted from the pool of 480 days. We make the calculation when we receive your application for parental benefit.

    You need to provide us the document showing the details of how many days of parental benefits you have received and how much money did both you (and the other parent) get from UK. With the help of the certificate we will be able to calculate the days left.

    You can request the certificate from the social insurance agency in UK. If you don’t have possibility to receive the certificate yourself write that on your application so that Försäkringskassan can contact the authorities directly.

    Best regards,
    Özge
  • Hi,
    I come from another EU country but, I have been living and working in Sweden for the last 3 years. Now my wife is pregnant and my question is if I could get my parental leave if I move temporeraly to my home country. So I will continue being employed in Sweden but I won't have a personal address here until we find a bigger place (we live now in  1 room appartment).

    Best regards,
    Ilian
    Ilian Iliev
  • Hello,

    The general rule says that you are entitled to receive parental leave from Sweden as long as you are covered by Swedish social insurance.

    Normally, you are covered by Swedish social insurance when you work in Sweden or take parental benefits from Sweden.

    If you are moving to another EU-country you should fill out and send to us a form 5459 Uppgifter vid flyttning till eller arbete i ett annat land. Försäkringskassan will determine whether you are covered by Swedish social insurance.

    You can find the form here.

    Best regards,


    Aleksandra Administrator
  • Hi, my wife and I are british citizens living and working in Sweden. My wife wants to take her maternity days in uk sfter baby is born. I can also go and work from uk. How does the maternity days work whilst we are in uk? Can i give my wife my full allowance? How long can we be covered before we need to be back in Sweden? I hope we can be with our family in uk for our first child.

    Thanks.
    Ash
  • Hi;

    You can take out Swedish parental benefit for a maximum of one year in the United Kingdom without any issues. However, if you move there and intend to stay for longer than one year you can only receive Swedish parental benefit as long as it is income-based and you protect your income. Your income is protected if you have a child under one year of age or if you are on parental leave full-time - please call us on 0771-524 524 for more information on how to protect your income.

    I recommend that, before moving to the UK, your wife fills in form 5459 and sends it to us together with the application for parental benefit. That way we will look at this case and confirm her social insurance during the time she is abroad. Be aware that if someone intends to move abroad for longer than six months, they may lose their right to child benefit ("barnbidrag").

    If you continue to be socially insured in Sweden (for example because you remain employed by a Swedish company), you will be able to transfer your parental benefit days to your wife. More information here, under the question "How do we distribute the days between us?".
    Daniel
  • Thanks Daniel for the clear info, Ash.
    Ash
  • My wife is expected to travel to India(non EU country) for a period of 5 to 6 months along with my child due to medical emergency with one of our relatives. I will continue to be in Sweden for my work.

    Can we still avail the parental benefits for the period my wife is in India (non EU Country). We have lot of days left this year.
    Gaurav
  • Hello,

    You can receive parental benefit from Sweden as long as you are covered by Swedish social insurance. The general rule of taking parental benefits while living outside of European Union says that if you are moving abroad for less than one year, you can take out parental benefit as usual for up to six months.

    The person that is moving out to other country should fill out and send us form 5459 (Information. Moving to or working in another country). Försäkringskassan will determine whether you are covered by Swedish social insurance. You can send us the form online on Mina Sidor. If you don't have the possibility to send us the form online, you can find the form here.

    Be aware that if someone intends to move abroad for longer than six months, they may lose their right to child allowance ("barnbidrag").
    Since this is a public forum, we can only give you answers to general questions however your situation might depend on other factors.

    Best regards
    Mathiewos
  • Hi, I am from the UK and have been working Sweden fulltime for over a year. We'll be having a baby in August. I am looking at the option of taking my parental leave in the UK including giving birth in the UK. Is there any problem with that? Would I need to do anything special to register the birth in Sweden?
    Janice
  • Hi;

    Further up in this thread, on my post from the 17th of October, you will see some information about taking parental benefit in another European country.

    You can find more information about taking parental leave for a child born abroad on this thread.

    If you have questions about your specific case you may contact us on 0771-524 524 (choice '8' for English).

    Best regards;
    Daniel
  • Hi ! I live and work in sweden the past 4 years , now am having a baby and am planning on giving birth in my home country (EU- country ) . I intend to keep my job in sweden , as i have a permanent contract .Am i allowed parental leave if my baby is born abroad . I plan to take 13 months of parental leave .
    chara
  • Hi;

    There is an answer to your question in this same thread, in my answer on the 17th of October.

    Best regards;
    Daniel
  • Hi,
    Me and my sambo come from another EU country but we have been living and working in Sweden for the last 5-6 years. We are expecting our first child who's gonna born in November. My sambo got offered a position in Switzerland from next spring (after planning to spend half a year on föräldraledighet in Sweden) while I am planning to work here until March and then be on parentel leave. As I understood I would be entitled to receive parental leave from Sweden as I would keep my job, even if I move to Switzerland in the meantime. Is that true? And is there a time limit?
    A little bit unrelated question, but do you know I would be entitled to arbetslöshetspenningen if we decide to stay in Switzerland and I start to look for jobs there after the parental leave? We do not really know how it is going to work out so moving back to Sweden in half a year or a year or so is certainly an option.
    Thanks for your answer in advance.
    Balazs
  • Hi;

    As mentioned on the 17th of October, you can have the right to parental benefit from Sweden while staying in the European Economic Area or Switzerland for up to one year. In some cases it is possible to receive income-based parental benefit abroad for longer than one year, but we would have to check your case to ensure that you fulfil the conditions. When you send in your application for parental benefit, send us form 5459 at the same time so that we study your right to this benefit abroad.

    For questions about your unemployment benefit it is best to contact your a-kassa, since they are the responsible institutions in Sweden.

    Best regards;
    Daniel
  • Hej,
    I am becoming a father at the end of this year. I am employed by a Swedish university but working and living abroad in Switzerland (URA-contract). Through this I am covered by Försäkringskassan.
    The mother, my sambo, is Swedish but also working and living in Switzerland. She is not covered by Försäkringskassan but will receive parental leave from her Swiss employer.
    The baby will be born in Switzerland.

    Am I entitled to Swedish parental leave?
    What steps do I need to undertake to receive it?

    Best,
    Florian
    Florian
  • Hello,

    According to the information given, yes, if you are covered by the Swedish social insurance, you might be entitle to parental benefit from Sweden. Since the baby will be born in Switzerland, you need to contact our customer center to order the application form. By doing so, we would have possibility to check your social insurance situation in detail as well. Together with the application that you will fill, you need to send in the birth certificate.

    Best regards,
    Özge Administrative officer
  • Hello,
    You mentioned above about sending the birth certificate. Does it have to be original or copy is fine? Where exactly should it be send? What address? Or can I send a scan? If so, what is the email address?

    Thank you,
    Weronika

    Weronika Bartkowska
  • Hej!

    I found the above thread very helpful, many thanks!

    However, my situation is slightly different and hoping that you could provide some further clarification. I have been working for over two years in Sweden now and will become a father by March next year. However, my current contract will end by the 1st of November. I have a job lined up in Germany from November 1st, but unsure whether that would still entitle me to Swedish parental allowance/benefits? I am just wondering, since I guess that if I would take the job in Germany, I would not be covered under Swedish insurance for over 3 months (i.e. November till March). My sambo will remain in Sweden (though unemployed currently) and the baby will be born in Sweden as well.

    Many thanks for your help!

    Best,

    Alex
    Alex
  • Hello,

    Generally you are insured in the country where you work. You should report to Försäkringskassan that you are working abroad. You can find more information here.

    Since it is a public forum, it is difficult for us to answer to questions regarding specific cases. We therefore recommend that you call our Customer Service for further questions. Our telephone number is 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,


    Luna
  • Hi,
    My better half and I moved to Ireland from Sweden in the summer of 2017.
    She is a Swedish National, having lived and worked her whole life there previously. We are expecting a baby in February 2019.

    Is she entitled to claim parental leave from Sweden? Naturally, Sweden offers a longer(and fairer) parental leave to it's citizens and she would prefer to go down this route.

    Kind Regards,
    Stephen
    Stephen M
  • Hello,

    Generally, when you move to another country, you are usually no longer eligible to be insured in Sweden. Among other things, this means that you cannot receive compensation from Försäkringskassan. You can find more information here.

    Since it is a public forum, it is difficult for us to answer to questions regarding specific cases. We therefore recommend that you call our Customer Service for further questions. Our telephone number is 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,



    Håkan
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