Child benefit when working in Denmark

Last updated 1/24/2024
Whether child benefit is paid primarily in Sweden or Denmark depends on where both parents work and in which country the child lives. Here is a brief introduction about which authority to contact.

Commuters where the family live in Sweden. Which country pays?

If the family lives in Sweden, and one parent works in Sweden and the other works in Denmark, Sweden pays child benefit in the first instance. Please contact Försäkringskassan (the Swedish Social Insurance Agency) at Øresunddirekt's for more information. If the Danish allowance exceeds the sum of the Swedish allowance when the parents work in both Denmark and Sweden respectively, Denmark pays a supplement equal to the difference between the two amounts.

If one parent works in Denmark and the other does not work or if both parents work in Denmark, child benefit is paid by Denmark.


Contact Øresunddirekt for more information


Udbetalning Danmark pays child benefit in Denmark

The Danish authority "Udbetaling Danmark" manages and pays child benefit. Child benefit is paid once a quarter. The amount depends on the age of the child.


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Extra benefits for single parents and students

For single parents who meet special requirements it is possible to receive an extra benefit, called "børnetilskud". Contact Udbetaling Danmark for more information.

If the parents are students they may possibly be eligible for extra benefits. The amount depends on the parents income and how many children there are.


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