The social security agreement between Sweden and Japan

On 27 October 2021, the Swedish Parliament voted yes to the Government’s proposal to approve the agreement on social security between Sweden and Japan signed on 11 April 2019, as well as the Government’s proposal that the agreement should be incorporated into Swedish law through a special law that will take effect on a date to be set by the Government.

The agreement contains provisions that coordinate the legislation of the two countries on old-age, survivor’s and invalidity pensions, as well as provisions governing whether a person should be insured for these benefits in Sweden or in Japan.

If you want to know more about what this means for you as an individual or as an employer, you are welcome to contact either one of us who are responsible for questions regarding social security benefits in international contexts at EY.

Sevim Güven and Karolina Engström

Update 2021-11-11: The law to transpose the agreement is now published. However, it will not enter into force until the first day of the third month after Japan and Sweden have exchanged information that the constitutional requirements for entry into force in both countries are met. The Swedish Government will announce when the law enters into force.

A Swedish version of this article is available here

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Sevim Güven
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Karolina Engström
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