Children’s pension

Children’s pension is granted to children who have lost one or both parents. The pension is intended to ensure the child has an income on which to live.

Who can receive Children’s pension?

A child may be entitled to Children’s pension if he/she:

  • is aged below 18 years and has lost one or both parents
  • is aged below 20 years, has been orphaned and is studying
  • is aged below 21 years, has lost one or both parents, is studying and the parent’s death is due to an industrial injury

The deceased parent must have been a member of the National Insurance Scheme during the last three years preceding death. The child must be a member of the National Insurance Scheme.

Children’s pension will be granted irrespective of whether the parents were married, divorced or living together as cohabiters.

What can you get?

When one parent has died:

The eldest child will receive 40 per cent of the basic amount of national insurance and the other children will receive 25 per cent each. The combined pension will be divided equally between the children.

When both parents have died:

The eldest child will receive a pension equal to the largest pension one of the parents would have received. The next child will receive 40 per cent of the basic amount of national insurance, and the other children 25 per cent each. The combined pension will be divided equally among the children.

The pension will be reduced if the deceased’s’ period of national insurance cover was less than 40 years.

If the deceased has qualified in a country with which Norway has a national insurance agreement, the children may be entitled to pension from that country as well.

How do you apply?

If the child is below the age of 18, it will be the guardian who must submit the claim for Children’s pension. 

You'll will fini the Application under "Form and Application".

Most applications will be decided within a month.

Payment of children's pension

The pension will be paid until the month in which the child turns 18, 20 or 21 if the terms for the benefit have been met.

Other schemes that may be relevant

Many employees are members of a service pension scheme. A number of these schemes provide pensions for surviving children. For further information, you should refer to the deceased’s most recent employer if the deceased was employed up to the time of his/her death.

You will find links below to some public schemes that may be relevant:
Statens Pensjonskasse (The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund)
KLP Forsikring

When moving abroad

First you must check whether you will retain membership of the National Insurance Scheme.

For persons coming to Norway

Children’s pension may only be granted if the deceased was a member of the National Insurance Scheme during the last three years before his/her death, and the child also meets the requirements for receiving benefit.

Most of the main information about your entitlements and duties is available here in English. There are also links to other more detailed information; however, some of this information is only available in Norwegian.

Report changes

Changes in your income, family situation and/or work situation may affect the payment you receive from the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration. Stays abroad may also affect your payment.  You must therefore immediately report any such changes to your local NAV office.

Tax withholding from children’s pensions: Children’s pension for children aged 13 to 16 is considered investment income, and the tax payable on this income is included in the parents’ tax assessment. Children’s pension is taxable, but no advance tax is withheld at source unless you, as the parent, request that tax be withheld from the children’s pension. There are two ways to request for tax to be withheld. You can either

  • ask the Tax Administration to issue a new tax card for you with a higher withholding rate, or
  • request that NAV apply a voluntary tax withholding from the children’s pension.  

If you are 17 years old and a recipient of children’s pension, and you wish to pay tax on this income, you must submit a written request for NAV to apply voluntary tax withholding.

Payments

See payment dates, holiday pay and tax withholding.


Most of the main information about your entitlements and duties is available here in English. There are also links to other more detailed information; however, some of this information is only available in Norwegian.