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. Send your application online:
    • Save the application and attachments on your device.
    • If the application or attachments are on paper you can photograph or scan them.
    • Log in to the e-service. It is only available in Finnish and Swedish. Go to Messages (Viestit).
    • Choose the files from your device and press Send (Lähetä).
    • When you send your application online you don’t need to sign it.

      Another option is to send the application by mail:

    • Sign the application and send it with the supporting documents to Kela, PL 10, 00056 KELA.
  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.

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