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Factsheet for measure SE-2021-27/2013 Updated – measures in Sweden

Temporarily increased housing allowance for families with children

Tillfälligt tilläggsbidrag till barnfamiljer inom bostadsbidraget

Country Sweden , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 July 2021 – 30 June 2023
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Keeping or obtaining a safe home
Author Anna-Karin Gustafsson (Oxford Research) and Eurofound
Measure added 22 September 2021 (updated 12 June 2023)

Background information

The economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic drastically impacted families. In order to support them, the government decided to temporarily strengthen the housing allowance for families.

The legal basis of this strengthened support is an amendment of the Social Insurance Code (2010:11) (in Swedish 'Socialförsäkringsbalken').

In Sweden, housing allowances for families are available for low-income families with children under the age of 18 living at the same household. The amount of support depends on income and fixed costs.

Content of measure

Families that receive housing allowance received an additional amount between 1 July 2020 and 31 December 2020. This measure was renewed in 2021 and families received additional housing allowance between 1 September 2021 and 31 December 2021. The additional amount is 25% of the regular housing allowance.

The amount of housing allowance depends on income, number of children, size of the apartment or house, rent, and other similar costs.

The eligible families receive the additional amount automatically, there is no separate application process.

Housing allowance for families is administrated by the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan).

The estimated cost of this measure in 2021 is SEK 560 million (around €56 million).


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

01 July 2022

The measure was reintroduced in 2022 due to the war in Ukraine and its effects on costs of living. The content of the measure remains the same. However, the Government has put forward a proposal for further prolonging the measure as well as rising the additional amount. The proposal is part of the Government’s Spring Fiscal Policy Bill of 2023, which will be decided upon by the Swedish parliament (Sveriges Riksdag) in June 2023.

Use of measure

Between 1 July 2020 and 31 December 2020 (the first time this measure was applied), 138 families received an increased housing allowance. The average amount of the additional support was SEK 699 (€70). The average monthly allowance including the additional support was SEK 3,500 (around €350).

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Children (minors)
Single parents

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 Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No information available.

Views and reactions

No information available.


  • 23 March 2021: Tillfälligt tilläggsbidrag till barnfamiljer inom bostadsbidraget med anledning av covid-19 [Temporarily strenghtened housing allowance for families] (
  • 23 March 2023: Regeringskansliet (2023), "Förlängning och höjning av det tillfälliga tilläggsbidraget till barnfamiljer inom bostadsbidraget med anledning av ökade levnadsomkostnader" (


Eurofound (2021), Temporarily increased housing allowance for families with children, measure SE-2021-27/2013 (measures in Sweden), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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