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Amount and payment of the child benefit

The amount of the child benefit increases with the number of children. This includes children who are under 17 years old and eligible for the child benefit. The increased amount is available only if all child benefits are granted to the same person.

Increases to the child benefit paid for children under three from 1 April 2024 

The child benefit paid for children under three will be increased by EUR 26 per month from 1 April 2024. The increased child benefit is paid until the end of the month in which the child turns 3 years old.

Learn more about the changes to child benefits.

Amount and payment of the child benefit
Amount of child benefit according to the number of children€ per month
For one child94.88
For the second child104.84
For the third child133.79
For the fourth child173.24
For the fifth and each additional child192.69

Read more on the single parent supplement child benefit.

Example

A family has three children for which it receives a total of €333.51 per month in child benefit (€94.88, €104.84 and €133.79). When the eldest child turns 17, child benefit is paid for two children at a total amount of €199.72 per month (€94.88 and €104.84).

The child benefit is tax-free income. Property and income do not affect the amount of the child benefit.

In the Åland Islands the child benefit is financed by the Åland Government. Residents of the Åland Islands claim child benefit from Kela.

Single-parent supplement to the child benefit

You can have single-parent supplement for every child who is eligible for the child benefit. You can claim the single-parent supplement if you are not married or living together or if you are legally separated from your spouse. The supplement is available also if the parents have joint custody of their child. It is granted from the beginning of the month following the change in family circumstances.

The amount of the supplement is €73.30 per month starting 1 January 2024.

Payment

The child benefit is paid on the 26th day of each month. If the payment date falls on a weekend, a holiday or the first day following a weekend or holiday (e.g. Monday), the child benefit is paid on the immediately preceding business day. Kela sends the data on child benefits paid out to the national incomes register within five days of the date of payment.

Child benefit payment dates in 2024

  • January 26
  • February 23
  • March 26
  • April 26
  • May 24
  • June 26
  • July 26
  • August 23
  • September 26
  • October 25
  • November 26
  • December 20

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Last modified 1/1/2024

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