Statistics on child benefits

Producer: Kela - The Social Insurance Institution of Finland

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The child benefit is one of the statutory public benefits aimed at defraying the cost of raising a child. Child benefit is paid for each child under 17 years who lives in Finland. The statistics on the child benefit describe the child benefits paid out by Kela. They provide statistical information about recipient families, qualifying children and expenditure.

Data content

The following statistical units are used in the compilation of the child benefit statistics: recipient families, children, amounts of the child benefits paid.

Classifications used

Number of children in family, birth order of the eligible child, type of family, recipient, general regional classifications, general demographic classifications.

Data collection methods and data sources

This statistic is compiled from an individual-level registry on child benefits. It is produced from the benefit system for child benefits, which includes all of the data created and processed during the implementation of the child benefit scheme.

Updating frequency

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.

Time series

Kela has published child benefit statistics since assuming responsibility for the scheme from the municipal social welfare boards on 1 January 1993. The effect of legislative amendments should be noted when making year-to-year comparisons.


Social security, child benefits, children, families with children.

Contact information

tilastot (at)