Quick guide when you move to Finland
When you move to Finland, your entitlement to benefits from Kela is determined on the basis of how long you intend to stay in Finland, which country you come from and your reason for the stay in Finland.
To Finland permanently or temporarily?
Permanent move to Finland
Persons who move to Finland on a permanent basis are usually entitled to social security coverage in Finland and benefits from Kela. Your situation is considered as a whole. For instance, returning migrants are considered to be living permanently in Finland.Read more
Temporary stay in Finland
If your stay in Finland is temporary, you will normally not be covered under the Finnish social security system.Read more
Medical treatment during temporary stay
You may be entitled to medical treatment and reimbursements for medical care expenses.Read more
Apply for coverage under the Finnish social security system even if you work in Finland temporarily
Apply for coverage under the Finnish social security system always when you work in Finland. If you are a citizen of some other country than an EU or EEA country or Switzerland, you also need a residence permit.Apply now Read more
Kela will provide you with a notice of decision concerning coverage under the social security system
If the decision is positive, you will be sent a Kela card.
Working or looking for work
Coming to work in Finland
As an employee you may be entitled to coverage under the Finnish social security system and benefits from Kela even if you do not move to Finland on a permanent basis.Read more
Looking for work in Finland
You can come to Finland to look for work here. Just on the basis of job search you cannot be covered under the Finnish social security system, however.Read more
Students and family members
To Finland as a student
If you come to Finland to study, you can usually not be covered under the Finnish social security system.
Family ties or work alongside the studies may change the situation, however.Read more
You can receive medical treatment if you have a European Health Insurance Card
If you come to Finland from an EU or EEA country or Switzerland to study here, you are entitled to necessary treatment if you have a European Health Insurance Card. Order the card in your home country before coming to Finland.Read more
To Finland as a family member
If you move to Finland to a family member and the family member is covered under the Finnish social security system, you can also be covered under the system.Read more
Benefits in Finland
Coverage under the social security system entitles to benefits
If you are covered under the Finnish social security system, you are entitled to Kela benefits. Benefits payable in Finland include e.g. general housing allowance, sickness allowance and child benefit.Read more