Description of statistics: Statistics on general housing allowance

Produced by: Kela – The Social Insurance Institution of Finland

Web page: Statistics on general housing allowance

The statistics on the general housing allowance contain data on the allowance payments made by Kela. They provide statistical information about recipient households, their dwellings and housing costs and the expenditure on general housing allowances. Together with the statistics on the housing allowance for pensioners, the housing supplement for students and the housing assistance for conscripts, they present an overall view of means-tested housing benefits.

Data content

Households in receipt of general housing allowance at the statistical reference time point, data about dwellings and the amount of housing allowance, and benefit expenditure in euro during the statistical reference period.

Classifications used

General demographic classifications (according to the main breadwinner), general dwelling classifications and general regional classifications.

Data collection methods and data sources

These statistics are compiled from an individual-level dataset. It is produced from the benefit system for general housing allowances, which includes all of the data created and processed during the implementation of the housing allowance scheme.

Updating frequency

Statistics are published monthly and annually.

Time of completion or release

Data for recipient households in the reference month are published by the end of the reference month. Data on allowance payments are made available in the Kelasto statistical database within four weeks of the end of the reference period. Annual statistics on housing allowances paid by Kela are published by the end of June following the reference year (in Finnish and Swedish). The publication dates can be found in the publication calendar.

Time series

Information about the general housing allowance is available since 1975. The main statistical units are comparable at the aggregate level since 1981. Implementation of the general housing allowances scheme was transferred from municipalities to Kela in 1994. The majority of students were transferred into the general housing allowance scheme in August 2017.


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