Statutes, administrative guidelines and terminology

Updated texts of the key legislation relevant to Kela’s operations are available on the Finlex website of the Ministry of Justice, which can be accessed free of charge.

Kela’s administrative guidelines (in Finnish) offer guidance on how to interpret specific laws. They are used at Kela mainly for deciding benefit claims and counselling individual customers. The administrative guidelines are intended primarily for Kela and its partners.

Social rights encompass not only the rights guaranteed by the Finnish constitution and social welfare legislation, together with the available avenues of redress, but also international social human rights and their control mechanisms.

Kela’s terminological glossary contains definitions for 506 terms covering the full range of benefit schemes administered by Kela. For each term, the glossary also presents the corresponding term in Swedish.