Social security coverage for pensioners

Pensioners qualify for coverage under the Finnish social security system if they move to Finland on a permanent basis. If you are not an EU citizen, you also need a valid residence permit.

If you move to Finland from another EU or EEA country or Switzerland, Kela determines on the basis of your application whether the stay in Finland is temporary or permanent. If you are moving to Finland permanently, you will be covered under the Finnish social security system.

If you are a pensioner who moves to Finland from some other country than an EU or EEA country or Switzerland, you are covered under the Finnish social security system if your move is considered permanent and you have a valid residence permit.