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Factsheet for measure SE-2020-17/1727 Updated – measures in Sweden

Temporary parental allowance due to COVID-19

Tillfällig föräldrarpenning med anledning av COVID-19

Country Sweden , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 25 April 2020 – 31 March 2022
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Protection of vulnerable groups (beyond employment support)
Author Amanda Kinnunen, Oxford Research
Measure added 18 January 2021 (updated 07 February 2022)

Background information

In order to support parents who:

  1. cannot work since they need to stay at home with their child due to closure of schools or;
  2. parents who stay home with a child that has recently been severely ill, the Government has made temporary changes to the parental allowance.

The legal basis for this measure is Decree (2020:244) on parental leave due to COVID-19 (Förordning (2020:244) om viss tillfällig föräldrapenning med anledning av sjukdomen COVID-19).

Content of measure

This form of parental leave is available for parents that need to stay home due to:

  1. Closure of school due to COVID-19;
  2. Their child has been seriously ill or in case they need to be protected from the COVID-19 virus due to the illness or a treatment they get for the illness.

Parents receive approximately 90% of the regular temporary parental leave. The regular temporary parental leave is approximately 80% of the income qualifying for sickness benefit.

In addition, a statement from a doctor is not temporarily required for children between 12 and 16.

There is no information available regarding the total budget of this measure.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

07 December 2021

The Government proposes extension of this measure until the end of March 2022.

17 September 2021

The Government proposes extension of this measure until the end of January 2022.

Use of measure

No information available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Parents in employment
The COVID-19 risk group at the workplace
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Social insurance
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Unknown Unknown

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


The social partners have been consulted during the design phase of this measure. They do not have a role in the design or monitoring of this measure.

Views and reactions

The Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO) welcomes this measure. However, they have also criticised this measure for instance due to the lower compensation level than in the case of the regular parental allowance scheme.


  • 16 April 2020: LOs yttrande över pm Tillfälliga bestämmelser om tillfällig föräldrapenning med anledning av covid-19, S2020/03216/SF (
  • 23 May 2020: Förordning (2020:244) om viss tillfällig föräldrapenning med anledning av sjukdomen covid-19 (
  • 13 January 2021: Åtgärder på socialförsäkringsområdet med anledning av coronaviruset (
  • 17 September 2021: Fortsatt beredskap för att hantera COVID-19 pandemin [Continued preparedness to handle the COVID-19 pandemic] (
  • 07 January 2022: Regeringen presenterar åtgärdsplan för införande av fler smittskyddsåtgärder från och med 8 december 2021 [The Government proposes new support measures] (


Eurofound (2021), Temporary parental allowance due to COVID-19, measure SE-2020-17/1727 (measures in Sweden), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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