How to apply for an orphan’s pension from Kela

For a child under 18 years of age, the application can be made on the child's behalf by his/her guardian. A separate application is needed for each child.

  1. Apply for orphan's pension for a child aged under 18 years on form Orphan’s Pension (ETK/Kela 7005e, PDF).
  2. A young person aged over 18 years who is studying can apply for an orphan's pension for students on form Lapseneläke 18–20-vuotiaalle opiskelijalle (E 292, PDF, in Finnish).
  3. Mail your application along with the supporting documents to Kela, PL 10, 00056 KELA or the authorised pension provider of the deceased. 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. You can apply for a orphan’s pension provided by an authorised pension provider also from your authorised pension provider. Go to the e-service of the pension provider here. Use your online banking user ID and password to log into the service. In the pension provider’s e-service, you can at the same time also apply for a spouse’s pension from Kela.

When to apply

Orphan's pension can be applied for from the beginning of the month following the death of a parent. Applications can be backdated up to 6 months.

Further information