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Parental leave for Norwegian living and working in Sweden

My domestic partner and I are moving to Örebro, Sweden in November this year. We are both Norwegians. He will be starting his new job there on November 1st. We are also expecting a child in September (the child will be born in Norway). The mother will according to NAV (Försäkringskassan in Norway) have to take all 49 weeks (or 59 weeks with 80 % payment) of Norwegian parental leave since the father will be working in Sweden. The mother will not be working during her parental leave, but will start working in Sweden after.

Normally in Norway the father gets 15 weeks of paternal leave (suggested new rules from summer 2018), but since we are moving to Sweden and he will get a Swedish employer we are under the impression that he will not be entitled to this (according to NAV).
Therefore, we are wondering: As he will be working full time for a Swedish employer and will be living in Sweden during, approx. one year before the maternal leave is over, will he be entitled to paid paternal leave from his swedish employer after the mother has finished her maternal leave?
Is it possible for him to start paternal leave before the maternal leave is finished, so both parents can have ha few weeks of parental leave at the same time?

(We have not decided whether the mother will have 49 or 59 weeks of maternal leave yet. We are both currently working here in Norway, the father has been employed at his current job for approx. 2 years in June 2018.)


  • Hello!

    Yes, it is possible that your partner can receive parental benefit from Sweden, if he or she works in Sweden. However, the level of the compensation depends on how long he had worked before the child was born as well as how many days that are already taken out. You can also apply for 30 double days for parental benefits until the child gets one year old. But this will depend on the decision that is made once we have worked out everything.

    To receive parental benefit at sickness benefit level, he or she must have had an annual income of at least SEK 82,100 for at least 240 consecutive days before the estimated delivery date. If he or she worked in another country in EU/EEA or Switzerland before the child was born, there is a possibility that he or she can get parental benefit based on previous income from that country. However, we will look more into this once we receive the application.

    Generally, in Sweden, parental benefit is paid out for 480 days for one child. For 390 days, the compensation is based on the income one has (days at the sickness benefit level). For the other 90 days, the compensation is SEK 180 per day (days at the minimum level). However, if one or both of you have taken out some parental benefit days from another country, these days will be deducted first. We will look into this once we receive your applications.

    You can find more information here.

    Best regards,

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