Anw survivor benefit

Your partner lived or worked outside the Netherlands

If your partner was living or working outside the Netherlands when he or she passed away, he or she may not have been insured under the Anw scheme. However, you can still get an Anw survivor benefit if:

  • your partner lived or worked in the Netherlands in the past, and
  • on the date of death, your partner was insured under the survivor benefit scheme of a country of the EU (European Union), or the EEA (European Economic Area) or a country with which the Netherlands has a treaty (social security agreement), and
  • you meet the conditions for entitlement to an Anw survivor benefit.

The benefit amount depends on the number of years of work or residence

The amount of your Anw benefit depends on how long your partner worked or lived in the Netherlands.

Example:

Your partner worked for a total of 30 years: 15 years in the Netherlands and 15 years in another EU or EEA country. Your Anw benefit will be a 15/30th part of the Anw benefit you would have received if your partner had always worked in the Netherlands.

If your partner worked in a Non-EU or EEA country with which the Netherlands has a treaty (social security agreement), a different calculation applies. For more information about this, you can contact your SVB office.