Description of statistics: Statistics on child maintenance allowances

Produced by: Kela – The Social Insurance Institution of Finland

Statistics web page: Statistics on child maintenance allowance

The statistics on child maintenance allowances offer an overall picture of the child maintenance allowance scheme operated by Kela. They provide statistical data on allowance recipients and children covered by the scheme as well as on the allowances paid out and the child support payments collected.

Data content

Recipients of child maintenance allowance, children covered by the scheme, persons liable for maintenance with outstanding child support debt, child maintenance allowances paid, and child support payments collected.

Classifications used

Full/reduced child maintenance allowance, reimbursable/non-reimbursable child maintenance allowance, general regional classifications and demographic classifications

Data collection methods and data sources

This statistic is compiled from an individual-level dataset on child maintenance allowances. It is produced from the benefit system for child maintenance allowances, which includes all of the data created and processed during the implementation of the child maintenance allowance scheme.

Updating frequency

Statistics are published monthly and yearly.

Time of completion or release

Data are made available in the Kelasto statistical database within four weeks of the end of the reference period.

Time series

Statistical information produced by Kela about the child maintenance allowance is available since April 2009, when responsibility for the administration of the scheme was transferred from local government authorities to Kela.

Annual statistics on the child maintenance allowance were collected between 1993 and 2008 by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (previously STAKES) based on surveys of individual municipalities.


Statistics (data), child maintenance allowance, collection of child support, children, families with children.