If your partner dies

We understand there is a lot to arrange when a partner dies. There may also be financial consequences. If you are still under the AOW pension age and you meet the other conditions, you can get an Anw survivor benefit. It makes no difference whether you and your partner were married or living together. Read more about whether you can get an Anw survivor benefit.

When can you get an Anw survivor benefit?

You get an Anw survivor benefit if, on the day your partner died, you were:

  • caring for your own child or a stepchild or foster child. The child must be under 18 and living with you, or
  • at least 45% incapacitated for work

Some types of income are deducted from your Anw benefit. That is why we check to see what types of income you have. We also check whether you are living alone or with someone else.

Extra conditions concerning living or working outside the Netherlands

Choose the option that best describes your situation:

If you live in the Netherlands or a member state of the EU (European Union), EEA (European Economic Area) or in a treaty country, you can get an Anw benefit if:

  • on the date of death, your partner was insured under a state survivor benefit scheme in the country where you live, or
  • you qualified for a state survivor benefit from an EU or EEA country or Switzerland after your partner’s death

The amount of your Anw benefit depends on the number of years your partner worked in the Netherlands. The more years your partner worked, the higher the amount of the Anw benefit.

You can get an Anw benefit if your partner:

  • lived or worked in the Netherlands in the past, and
  • was insured on the date of death under a survivor benefit scheme in a member state of the EU (European Union), EEA (European Economic Area) or a treaty country

The amount of your Anw benefit depends on the number of years your partner worked in the Netherlands. The more years your partner worked, the higher the amount of the Anw benefit.