Social security coverage for pensioners

Pensioners qualify for benefits if they move to Finland on a permanent basis. If you are not an EU citizen, you need a residence permit.

If you move to Finland from another EU or EEA country or Switzerland, Kela determines in connection with your application for benefit whether the stay in Finland is temporary or permanent. If you are moving to Finland permanently, you are entitled to social security coverage.

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