Maternity/paternal benefits

A parent obtains the right to payments from the Maternity/Paternity Leave Fund after it has been active on the domestic labour market for six consecutive months prior to the first day of the maternity/paternity leave. A parent’s working time in other EEA countries is taken into account if the parent has been employed in Iceland for at least one month during the last six months prior to the first day of the maternity/paternity leave.

These payments amount from a certain variable minimum to 80% of average gross wages or calculated remuneration being based on a continuous twelve-month period ending six months prior to the birth of child.