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Members' Q&A: The Local's guide to Swedish parental leave

Sweden's generous family leave policies allow for plenty of time with your child. So how do they work? Photo: Simon Paulin/imagebank.sweden.se

Published: 21.Sep.2018 11:51 hrs

Sweden's parental leave policy is generous enough to have earned media coverage around the world, and for many families it's a factor in choosing to live in the Nordic nation. But the specific terms, and the process for applying for benefits, can be tough to get to grips with.

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As a parent in Sweden, you're entitled both to time off work to care for your child (parental leave or föräldraledighet) and money to help cover the costs of child-raising. The benefits are paid out not by your employer but by the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan), which you need to register with and apply to in order to receive the payments.

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