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Leave and benefits for the parents of small children

As the parent of a small child, you have the right to certain types of family leave, such as maternity, paternity or parental leave.  Remember to tell your employer in good time if you are taking leave and how long you will be away from work. 

While on family leave you can receive family benefits from Kela or, in certain cases if you are employed, a salary. Remember also to apply to Kela for a maternity allowance and child benefit.


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Text edited by: Suomi.fi editorial team
In collaboration with: Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions – SAK, Confederation of Finnish Industries – EK , Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland – Akava, Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees – STTK, KT Local Government Employers, Labour Market Organisation of the Church – KiT, Office for the Government as Employer – VTML
Updated: 8/19/2019