starting pension

A pension paid to the surviving spouse. The starting pension based on the earnings-related pension acts is paid to the surviving spouse for the first six months if the surviving spouse

  • is under 65 years old,
  • has no children who are under 18 years of age, and
  • does not receive a pension in their own right.

After the period of getting a starting pension, the surviving spouse’s own earnings are taken into account when calculating the survivor’s pension. The survivor’s pension may then be reduced.

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