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Special circumstances during the 12-month reference period – due date before 4 September 2022

The information on this page applies to your family if:

  • the estimated due date of your baby was before 4 September 2022
  • you adopted a child and the child was placed in your care on or before 30 July 2022.

Maternity allowance, special maternity allowance and parental allowance can no longer be applied for. Paternity allowance can still be applied for.

Click here for further information on daily allowances for parents when the estimated due date of the baby was on or after 4 September 2022.

In certain situations the allowance can be determined on the basis of the income for the last 3 calendar months of the reference period. This presupposes that the situation during the 12-month reference period has been one of the following:

  • You have attained vocational qualifications and taken a degree.
    • For example a basic vocational qualification, a further vocational qualification, or a bachelor's or master's level university degree.
  • You have performed conscript or alternative civilian service.
  • You have been partly or completely absent from the labour market after the period of daily allowances for parents because you have been home caring for a child under age 3.
  • You have been partly or completely absent from the labour market after the period of daily allowances for parents because you have been home caring for an adopted child.
  • You have been absent from work while participating in the medical care of a child under 16 years of age who is ill or disabled (home care or hospital care).
  • You have moved to Finland from another country and you have not been covered for health insurance benefits in Finland while living abroad.

A further requirement is that the income for 3 months multiplied by 4 is at least 20% higher than the annual income determined on the basis of the 12-month reference period.

Example

Elina’s entitlement to daily allowances for parents starts 15 February 2022. The reference period is 1 January–31 December 2021. Elina has been on child care leave at the beginning of the year and started working on 1 August 2021 when the child turned 3 years.

Elina has received EUR 2,500 per month (before taxes) in wages in the period 1 August–31 December 2021. In this case, the annual income for the 12-month reference period is EUR 12,500.

The annual income calculated on the basis of the last 3 calendar months of the reference period is EUR 2,500 x 3 months x 4 = EUR 30,000. Elina applies for allowance on the basis of the income for 3 months.

The allowance can exceptionally be determined on the basis of the income for 3 months since the annual income calculated in this way is more than 20% higher than the annual income determined for the 12-month reference period and Elina has been absent from work while caring for her child aged under 3 years.

Last modified 3/11/2023

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