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.

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Apply for coverage under the Finnish social security system

You must be covered under the Finnish social security system in order to be entitled to Kela benefits.

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Temporary stay in Finland

If your stay in Finland is temporary, you will normally not be covered under the Finnish social security system.

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Medical treatment during temporary stay

You may be entitled to medical treatment and reimbursements for medical care expenses.

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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.

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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.

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Apply for coverage under the Finnish social security system

If you work in Finland, you should apply for coverage under the Finnish social security system. If you are a citizen of some other country than an EU or EEA country or Switzerland, you also need a residence permit.

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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.

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If you find work, you should apply for coverage under the Finnish social security system

You should also remember to notify the employment authorities in your country of origin when you find work in Finland.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Apply for coverage under the Finnish social security system

Every family member over the age of 18 years must separately apply for coverage under the Finnish social security system. Minor children are stated in the application of their parent.

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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.

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Move back to Finland

 

Notify Kela

Also notify Kela of your return to Finland. A notification of move to the local register office is not always sufficient.

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