What is Försäkringskassan?
Swedish social insurance

The Swedish social insurance agency – cradle to grave welfare.

Försäkringskassan is the agency which manages social insurance in Sweden. For example, it pays out money when you are sick, if you are on parental leave or if you are looking for a job and need assistance. It is probably the most important agency to get to know, as parents, but also the most complicated (isn’t it always!?).

The agency is divided up into five departments, parental social insurance, sickness social insurance, disability social insurance, job seeker social insurance and the agency’s CEO and management department.

Parental social insurance is called “föräldrarpenning” and “barnbidrag”.

Sickness social insurance is called “sjukpenning”.

Disability social security is called “funktionsnedsättning”.

Job seeker social security is called “aktivitetsstöd” or “utvecklingsersättning”.

Försäkringskassan’s mission statement is “to create a safety net for you should life take a new turn”.

To make using the Försäkringskassan website a bit easier they rely on every user having a login which is linked to your BankID. This is why it is so important to get your BankID set up when you open a bank account in Sweden.



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