Quick guide to unemployment benefits
If you become unemployed, register immediately as an unemployed jobseeker with the TE Services. After that you can receive unemployment benefits from the unemployment fund or from Kela. Unemployment benefits provided by Kela are the basic unemployment allowance and the labour market subsidy.
If you become unemployed
First register as an unemployed jobseeker with the TE Services
If you become unemployed or if your studies have ended but you don't have a job, you should immediately register as an unemployed jobseeker in accordance with the instructions of the TE Services.Read more (te-services.fi)
Unemployment benefit from an unemployment fund or Kela?
If you are a member of an unemployment fund either through membership in a trade union (e.g. PAM or JHL) or otherwise, apply for earnings-related unemployment allowance from the fund. If you are not a member of an unemployment fund, you should apply for an unemployment benefit from Kela.Read more
Labour policy statement
The TE Services give Kela a certificate about whether you are eligible for unemployment benefits. After that, Kela will process your application.
The waiting period is 5 working days
Apply for an unemployment benefit after the waiting period of 5 working days. Complete the application starting from the first day of unemployment, but do not file the application with Kela until the waiting period is completed. By doing so you can get a decision on your application quicker.
Are you aged under 25 years and without vocational qualifications?
There are specific entitlement criteria for unemployment benefits for persons under 25 years of age. If you have no completed vocational training, you must complete a 5-month qualifying period to be eligible for labour market subsidy.Apply now Read more
If unemployment continues
Basic unemployment allowance for 400 days
As a rule, Kela pays basic unemployment allowance for a maximum of 400 days. After that it is possible to apply for labour market subsidy.Read more
When you find work
Adjusted unemployment benefit
When you find part-time or incidental work and you have some earnings you can still receive an unemployment benefit.Read more
If you have found work, but the commute is long, you can receive a commuting and relocation allowance to cover the travel expenses.Read more