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Description of statistics: Statistics on maternity, paternity and parental allowances
Produced by: Kela – The Social Insurance Institution of Finland
Statistics web page: Statistics on maternity, paternity and parental allowances
Under the Health Insurance Act, persons living in Finland are under certain conditions entitled to a maternity, special maternity, paternity or parental allowance as compensation for loss of income resulting from pregnancy or child care. The statistics on maternity, paternity and parental allowances shed light on the economic security of families with a newborn or adopted child.
Recipient of maternity, paternity or parental allowance, reimbursed days of maternity, paternity or parental allowance, amount of allowance in EUR, new periods of allowance, periods of allowance concluded.
Type of benefit (special maternity allowance, maternity allowance, paternity allowance and parental allowance), recipient (insured person, employer), basis of eligibility for allowance, occupation and position (Classification of Occupations 2010), general regional classifications and general demographic classifications.
Data collection methods and data sources
Decisions on applications for maternity, paternity or parental allowance are issued both by Kela and by workplace funds. This statistic is compiled from an individual-level registry on maternity, paternity and parental allowances. It is based on the benefit system for maternity, paternity and parental allowances, containing all data created and processed in the course of administering the scheme.
Published monthly and annually.
Time of completion or release
Data are made available in the Kelasto statistical database within four weeks of the end of the reference period. Cross-sectional statistics are published with a time lag of 4 months. Statistics on allowance payment periods that have ended are published annually about two years after the reference year.
Statistics on maternity, paternity and parental allowances have been compiled since the start of the National Health Insurance scheme in 1964.
Social security, parental allowance, maternity allowance, paternity allowance, parenthood.