Statistics on maternity, paternity and parental allowances

Producer: Kela - The Social Insurance Institution of Finland

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Description

Residents of Finland are insured under the Health Insurance Act. Under the Act, they are, under certain conditions, entitled to a 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 throw light on the economic security of families with a newborn or adopted child.

Data content

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.

Classifications used

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.

Updating frequency

Published monthly and annually.

Time of completion or release

Data are made available in the Kelasto statistical database within 4 weeks of the end of the reference period. Cross-sectional statistics are published with a time lag of 4 months. Statistics on periods of allowance concluded are published annually with a time lag of 6 months.

Time series

Statistics on maternity, paternity and parental allowances have been compiled since the start of the National Health Insurance scheme in 1964.

Keywords

Social security, parental allowance, maternity allowance, paternity allowance, parenthood.

Contact information

tilastot (at) kela.fi