The Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela) pays various benefits to families with children if the family is covered by Finnish social security. Here you will find, in chronological order, information first on the maternity grant and then the various parental allowances.
You can find information on child care support, i.e. child home care allowance and private day care allowance, on the page Day care in Finland. You can find information on child benefit on the page Child benefit in Finland.
When you have been pregnant for at least 5 months (154 days), you can apply for the maternity grant. The maternity grant can either be paid as a cash benefit or a maternity package containing baby clothes and child care products. If you choose the cash benefit, you get 170 euros, free of tax.
Parental leave and allowances
When your child is born, you can apply to Kela for parental allowances. These include maternity allowance, paternity allowance, parental allowance and also special maternity allowance, which is paid if you have to stop working because of risks at work. To receive allowances, you must be covered by health insurance in Finland for 180 days immediately before the child’s birth. If you have been insured in another Nordic country or an EU or EEA country, that can also be counted.
You can take maternity leave 30−50 working days, or around 5−8 weeks, before the calculated time of birth. You can choose yourself when to start your maternity leave. Maternity allowance is paid to mothers for 105 days. If your work involves certain risk factors, you can apply for special maternity allowance earlier.
After the maternity allowance period, the parental allowance is paid for 158 days, and can be paid to either parent. The father and the mother can also take partial parental leave at the same time, then both get partial parental allowance from Kela.
Paternity allowance is paid to the father for a maximum total of 54 days. Paternity allowance days can partly overlap with the mother’s allowance days. Allowances paid to the father must be used before the child reaches the age of two years.
Moving and benefits for families with children
The situations in which you can transfer parental allowance rights accrued in one Nordic country to another Nordic country are subject to strict conditions. It is advisable to check the conditions before moving.
If you move permanently from Finland to another Nordic country during a period of parental allowances and you no longer work in Finland, Finland nonetheless pays the allowances until the end of the period. An exception to this is the child home care allowance. Payment of this ends on the day you move unless it concerns the family member of a person still working in Finland.
In certain cases Finnish parental allowances can be granted to persons residing temporarily in another country. The condition is that the applicant is covered by Finnish social security despite residing in another country.
Always let Kela know if you move.
If you move to Finland and you have started to receive parental allowances from another Nordic country, your previous home country will nonetheless pay the allowances to the end. Ask the authority granting the benefit for more information or read more about parental benefits in the country concerned.
If you are expecting a child and you move to Finland before the other Nordic country has started paying parental allowances, you can apply for parental allowances from Kela in Finland if you are considered to have moved to Finland permanently or if you are covered by Finnish social security based on your work.
Even if one parent receives parental allowances from another Nordic country, the father is entitled to paternity leave and paternity allowance in Finland if the father does not work in the other country.
If you move, inform Kela and the corresponding authority in your country of departure.
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NB! If you have questions regarding the processing of a specific case or application, or other personal matters, please contact the relevant authority directly.