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Leave and benefits for the parents of small children

Changes to family leave and benefits in 2022

  • If your baby’s due date was before 4 September 2022, the old legislation will apply to you. Read more on the Kela website.

As the parent of a small child, you have the right to certain types of family leave, such as pregnancy leave 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 or, in certain cases if you are employed, a salary. Remember also to apply for a maternity allowance and child benefit.

Apply to Kela for family benefits.

Text edited by: 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: 12/7/2023