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Terms of use and system requirements

The purpose of our website is to help residents understand their rights and responsibilities in relation to social security and to inform them about upcoming changes.

In addition to public information, another major focus of our website will be the provision of electronic services. By such services, people will have an opportunity to quickly and easily interact with Kela. For the moment, these services are available in Finnish and Swedish only.

Our decisions in individual benefit matters are always governed by the existing legislation. The text on this site serves merely an educational and illustrative purpose.

We will do our best to keep the information on this site accurate and up to date. We realize that social security legislation can be complicated; therefore, we will strive to describe the rules and provisions as clearly as possible. The legislation is mostly drafted by government ministries and approved by the Finnish Government or the Parliament, while Kela's role is to implement and enforce it.

Web content is typically subject to frequent modification. If you notice errors or inaccuracies, please let us know so that we can make the necessary corrections. Any suggestions for improvement you may have will be appreciated as well.To communicate with us, please click on the feedback link.

System requirements

Our website has been designed and tested with the combination of most common browsers and operating systems.

If there are pages or programmes in our website that do not work

  • empty your cache
  • close the browser (all windows) and start again or
  • close and restart your computer.

Attached files

The attachments in our website are mostly in PDF format. Their reading may require a reading programme such as Adobe Reader.

More information

More information about our website is available at Communications Unit: viestinta(at)