What percentage of the pension does the widow receive?

For three months after the death, you as a survivor receive the widow’s or widower’s pension in the amount of the monthly old-age pension of your deceased partner. After this “quarter year of death”, your net income is deducted from the survivor’s pension. There are two possibilities:

Large widow’s/widower’s pension
The calculation is complicated because several factors play a role. One prerequisite is that the survivor must be a certain age to receive the large widow’s pension (2020: 45 years and nine months). Entitlement also exists if the survivor has to care for a minor or disabled child.

Small widow’s or widower’s pension
If you do not meet the requirements for 1. above, you still have the option of receiving a small widow’s or widower’s pension. This amounts to 25 per cent of the pension to which your partner would have been entitled at the time of death.
However, you will only receive a survivor’s pension if you do not remarry. Your entitlement to a survivor’s pension ends when you marry. The same applies if you opt for pension splitting.

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