In legal terms, your next-of-kin is defined as (in descending order of priority)
- Spouse or registered partner
- Cohabitant* – this applies only if, for at least two years, you and the deceased had a shared address, as recorded by the national registry office (folkeregisteret), or you and the deceased have, or had, or expected to have a child
- Heirs of the body (children)
- Beneficiaries under a will
- Beneficiaries under intestacy (Parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, grandparents, along with siblings of your parents)
If you wish others than next-of-kin to be a beneficiary, please contact the pension fund.
* You are a cohabitant from legal point of view, if 1) you lived together with the deceased at the time of death and are expecting/have/have had children by the deceased or 2) you lived together with the deceased at the time of death and lived in a marriage like relationship with the deceased at a shared address during the two years prior to the death.
The next-of-kin is automatically a beneficiary on your lump-sum coverage and a possible expiring-annuity pension.