How to apply for a child increase to a pension

  1. Complete and print out the relevant application (form EV 264, PDF, in Finnish).
  2. Enclose proof of payment or other evidence showing that you pay child support or otherwise contribute financially to your child's well-being, if your child does not live with you.
  3. Mail your application along with the supporting documents to Kela, PL 10, 00056 KELA. You can also send the supporting documents in a message by using our e-service. Please note that the e-service is available in Finnish and Swedish only.

  4. A written decision on your application will be sent to you by post. You can also view the decision on our e-service.

Application period

Apply for the child increase at the same time as you apply for a pension. If you choose to apply for it later, remember that the application can backdated for up to 6 months only.

Notification of changes and end of payment

Child increase recipients must notify Kela of any changes in child care arrangements.

Payment will end automatically at the beginning of the month following the child's 16th birthday.