Effects of residence abroad on the spouse's pension

If you have lived abroad you can receive a spouse's pension from Kela if you are covered by the Finnish social security system.

  • All the following criteria must be met, however:
  • The deceased lived in Finland for at least 3 years after having reached the age of 16 years.
  • The deceased lived in Finland when he or she died.
  • You yourself have lived in Finland for at least 3 years after having reached the age of 16 years.
  • Before the death of the spouse/partner, you lived in Finland for at least 3 years.
  • You have moved back to Finland within one year of the death of your spouse/partner.

You can receive a pension from abroad also on the basis of an international agreement. If you or your spouse/partner have lived abroad, you should check with Kela how the residence abroad affects the spouse's pension.

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