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Social security agreement signed between Sweden and the Philippines


Minister for Social Security Annika Strandhäll and Philippine representative Emilio S. de Quiros signed a social security agreement between the two countries on Thursday 15 October. The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs plans to present a bill on approval of the agreement to the Riksdag in early 2016.


Signing of the social security agreement between Sweden and the Philippines
Signing of the social security agreement between Sweden and the Philippines Photo: Government Offices Photo: Government Offices

The agreement coordinates the general Swedish and Philippine systems for old-age, survivors’ and disability pensions (for Sweden, sickness and activity compensation), and work injury compensation.

It determines whether a person is to be insured for pension and work injury benefits in Sweden or the Philippines, thus protecting people from losing their pension entitlement or work injury compensation, and avoiding social security contributions being paid in both countries.

The rules on export of benefits and totalisation of creditable periods are particularly important to Sweden. Without these rules, Philippine pensions will not be paid out to individuals living in Sweden. In other words, the agreement makes it possible for individuals covered by the Philippine pension system to have their pension paid out in Sweden.

“It is important to coordinate social insurance benefits for people moving to and working in different countries, and also to ensure the security of the labour force from countries outside the EU. This agreement will benefit both individuals and companies”, says minister of social security, Annika Strandhäll.


Tora Heckscher
Press Secretary to Minister for Social Security Annika Strandhäll
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00