Survey on Family Leave 2022

Kela’s research unit and the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) will carry out a joint study on parents’ use of family leave (Perhevapaakysely 2022, “Survey on Family Leave 2022”). The study focuses on the choices parents of small children make regarding family leave and the ways in which the parents reconcile work and family life.

The study focuses on fathers and mothers who have taken family leave under the current system and whose children are now approximately between 6 months and 2.5 years old.  The survey will collect baseline data, and the results will be used in identifying groups that may be affected by the reform. Additionally, the survey results may be used later in monitoring the implementation of the reform in different population groups.

The project is a continuation of the data collections carried out in 2001, 2006 and 2013 that charted the use of family leave.

The study is part of a joint research project conducted by Kela and the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). The project is called Työn muuttuvat muodot, perhevapaat ja työn ja perheen yhteensovittaminen (“The evolution of work, family leave and reconciling work and family life”) and it will be carried out between 2022 and 2024.

Objectives and implementation

The Survey on Family Leave 2022 will focus on parents of young children. The survey is designed to collect data on how mothers and fathers use their right to family leave, their experiences of family leave, their motives in taking family leave and factors which hinder the use of family leave. In addition to this, the survey examines the labour market status of the parents, the characteristics of their work and questions concerning reconciliation of work and family life. The survey results will be compared with the results of previous family leave studies.

The project also examines the impact of employment relationships that do not provide full-time employment, on the one hand, and changes in working hours and locations, on the other, on parents’ ability to reconcile child care and paid employment. The study will provide information on the gendered consequences of the evolution of work on families, in the workplace and in society at large.

The data from the study can be used to evaluate the family leave reform and to develop workplace practices.

Funding and partners

The research is funded by Kela, the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the Finnish Work Environment Fund. The research will be carried out in cooperation with the Welfare State Research and Reform Unit at THL.

You can follow the project on social media using the hashtag #familyleavestudy.

Additional information

Miia Saarikallio-Torp
Tel. +358 20 634 1968

Anu Kinnunen

Anneli Miettinen
Tel. +358 20 634 4129

Read more on Kela’s website
Kela's family benefit statistics, parental allowances

External links

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (STM) family leave reform
Centre for Gender Equality Information
Leavenetwork (
Information on the family leave systems of 33 different countries