Swedish woman sent to Denmark for child benefit

A woman in Sweden has been advised to go to Denmark to collect her child benefit, according to an article in SVD on Monday. The woman was informed last summer that her child benefit was to stop, and she had to turn to the council in Denmark, where her ex-husband pays his tax, for any further claims.

Although her ex-husband works in Denmark the woman has never lived there, and her children have grown up in Sweden. According to EU regulations dating back to the 1970s, benefits should not be linked to wherever you hold your citizenship, but to the country where you are registered as a full time employee.

If only one of the parents is working the benefit should be collected from the country where that parent is employed, explained SVD.

Sources: Svenska Dagbladet


Stockholm cafe’s kid ban has parents frothing

A Stockholm coffee shop has banned children from its premises and sparked an uproar among the capital's caffeine-loving parents.

Stockholm cafe's kid ban has parents frothing

“People have to understand that we can’t continue like this,” Josef Shamon, a spokesperson for Nelly’s café, told the neighbourhood newspaper Vårt Kungsholmen.

“A colleague of mine even burned his hand with hot coffee when he tried to duck away from a running child.”

Fed up with out-of-control toddlers running wild in his café, management at Nelly’s put up a sign last week warning parents their youngsters weren’t welcome.

“For everyone’s enjoyment, children are prohibited in this establishment,” the sign read.

His would-be customers have not taken the ban lightly, although his café is not the first to ban pram-wielding parents who buy one beverage, sip away for hours and let their children run amok.

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A bakery in the southern suburb of Årsta did the same last year, also annoying parents who felt their rights had been infringed upon.

Shamon, meanwhile, has asked to come in for a meeting with Sweden’s Discrimination Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen, DO).

Per Holfve, lawyer at the state-run agency, said the ban on children under the age of seven could constitute discrimination, especially since the government made the laws against age discrimination tougher on January 1st, 2013.

“It’s not sufficient justification to say that the children disturb the customers,” Holfve told Vårt Kungsholmen.

“If they’re behaving abominably, the staff should tell the parents.”

Nelly’s will not, however, let the issue lie.

“We need a debate about this issue, and we are not going to change our minds,” said Shamon.

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