Eligibility for spouse's pension

In order to get a spouse’s pension, you must have been married to or have lived in a registered partnership with the deceased. Spouse’s pension is not available following the death of a common-law spouse, but the children of the deceased may be eligible for an orphan's pension.

Kela pays spouse's pension only to surviving spouses under the age of 65. The spouse's pension from Kela consists of two parts:

  • an initial pension
  • a possible continuing pension.

Both pensions will end when you reach the age of 65 years.

If you and your spouse/partner do not or did not have a child, you can only get a spouse’s pension if all the following criteria are met:

  • You were at least 50 years old when your spouse/partner died.
  • You were aged less than 50 years and your spouse/partner less than 65 years when you were married or entered into a registered partnership.
  • Your marriage/partnership lasted at least 5 years.

If your marriage/partnership was dissolved before your spouse/partner died and he or she paid you maintenance payments, you can receive part of his or her earnings-related pension as a spouse's pension.

Kela will not pay a continuing pension to the spouse’s pension at the same time if you receive
•    a disability pension (national pension)
•    an early old-age pension (national pension) or
•    a comparable pension from abroad.

However, Kela will pay the amount of the initial pension which exceeds the amount of the national pension.

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