Child benefit when working in Denmark
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.
Udbetalning Danmark pays child benefit in Denmark
The Danish authority "Udbetaling Danmark" manages and pays child benefit. You can go to your local "borgerservice-kontor" in the municipality where you are working to get help with filling in the application and to ask questions. Udbetaling Danmark decide on and pay benefits. Child benefit is paid once a quarter, usually to the child's mother unless the child's father is the guardian.
Amounts - if child benefit is paid by Udbetaling Danmark
How much is paid depends on the age of the child. For 2020, the amounts are:
Child benefit (børneydelse):
0 - 2 years old: DKK 4.596 per child per quarter
3 - 6 years old: DKK 3.639 per child per quarter
7 - 14 years old: DKK 2.862 per child per quarter
Young life benefit (ungeydelse):
15 - 17 years old: DKK 954 per month per teenager
The right to receive ungeydelse can sometimes stop if the teenager in question stops attending secondary education.
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.