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Leave and benefits for the parents of small children

A legislative amendment to family leave and benefits will be introduced in 2022

  • If your baby’s due date is 4 September 2022 or later, the newer legislation will apply to you. In this case, read the guidelines on the Kela website.
  • If your baby's due date is before 4 September 2022, the older legislation will apply to you. In this case, you can read the instructions on this page.

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 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: 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: 19/10/2022