Parental leave

You have the right to leave as a parent while your child is growing up. There are different leaves, please read more below.

Pregnancy allowance

Before your child is born, you can take time off with pregnancy benefit, if the Social Insurance Agency's requirements for pregnancy allowance are met.

Visits´s for accompanying partner at the maternity care centre

If necessary, an employee who is about to become a parent, but is not pregnant, may take time off without salary deduction on two occasions per pregnancy to accompany a visit to the maternity care center.

Please notice:
This provision does not apply from the sixtieth day before the estimated time of the child's birth until the day of delivery, as parental allowance can then be paid according to the Social Insurance Code (SFB).

Temporary parental allowance

  • in connection with the birth of your child, you as the other parent may be at home for 10 days with temporary parental allowance.
  •  If you adopt a child younger than 10 years old, you as parents are entitled to temporary parental allowance for 5 days each. If you are a single adoptive parent,
  • you are entitled to all 10 days.
  • If your child becomes ill, you can take time off to care for a sick child, VAB, until the child turns 12.

Parental allowance

  • From the time your child is born until your child is 18 months old, you can take full-time leave with or without parental allowance.
  • Until your child is 8 years old, you have the option of reduced working hours.
  • As a state employee, the opportunity to work part-time is extended until your child turns 12.

Since the rules are numerous and change relatively often, we recommend that you contact your salary administrator or the Social Insurance Agency to get more information.

Your right to parental leave is regulated by the Parental Leave Act, the Employment Leave Ordinance and the Terms and Conditions/Terms Agreement-T.


Birgitta Berglund