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Record number of parents stay home to nurse children

Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports that there was a record number of parents who sought compensation for being at home with a sick child in February. The Swedish Social Insurance Agency received 417,000 applications – 90,000 more than in January.

Niklas Löfgren, spokesperson at the Social Insurance Agency, says to Dagens Nyheter that  this could be due to a high rate of colds and flu cases.

He also thinks the increase may be that the Agency no longer requires parents to obtain a certificate of evidence from the school or daycare facility stating the child was absent. This was abolished at the end of 2012. It is also easier to apply for insurance benefits via a new smartphone application.

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