Statistics on child maintenance allowances

Producer: Kela – The Social Insurance Institution of Finland

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The child maintenance allowance is a Kela benefit aimed at providing economic security to children who do not receive child support from a liable parent. Kela is also responsible for the collection of overdue child support payments. The statistics on child maintenance allowances offer an overall picture of the child maintenance allowance scheme operated by Kela. They provide statistical data on allowance recipients and children covered by the scheme as well as on the allowances paid out and the child support payments collected.

Data content

Recipient of subsidy (custodial parent), child for whom child maintenance allowance is paid and the amount of allowance paid in EUR.

Classifications used

Full/reduced child maintenance allowance, reimbursable/non-reimbursable child maintenance allowance, general regional classifications and general demographic classifications

Data collection methods and data sources

The statistics on child maintenance allowances are based on administrative data on the determination and payment of claims. The processing systems employed at Kela's local offices are used to produce an individual-level benefit database, which forms the basis for the statistical registers.

Updating frequency

Published monthly and once per calendar year.

Time of completion or release

Data are made available in the Kelasto statistical database within four weeks of the end of the reference period.

Time series

Statistical information produced by Kela about the child maintenance allowance is available since April 2009, when responsibility for the administration of the scheme was transferred from local government authorities to Kela.

Annual statistics on the child maintenance allowance were collected between 1993 and 2008 by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (previously STAKES) based on surveys of individual municipalities.


Social security, child maintenance allowance, collection of child support, children, families with children.

Contact information

tilastot (at)