Right to unemployment benefits

Unemployment benefits can be paid to unemployed jobseekers between 17 and 64 years of age who are resident in Finland and who

  • are fit for work
  • are available to the labour market
  • look for a full-time job
  • are in need of financial assistance.

Persons between 65 and 67 years of age can normally be paid unemployment benefits only when temporarily laid off from their job.

  • In order to qualify for the basic unemployment allowance you must also meet the work requirement.
  • The labour market subsidy is means-tested, which means that the amount of the benefit is affected by your income as well as by your parents' income if you live with them in the same household.
  • On certain conditions, basic unemployment allowance can also be paid when you look for work abroad. Labour market subsidy is not payable if you leave Finland to look for work abroad.
  • Certain social security benefits can hinder the payment of unemployment benefits.

You must actively seek employment and accept offered work or training. Register regularly according to the instructions of the TE Services. Otherwise you cannot receive an unemployment benefit.

Unemployment benefits cannot be awarded to applicants who

  • perform conscript or alternative civilian service
  • are serving a prison sentence
  • are in hospital or other institutional care
  • cannot take on a job for some other comparable reason.