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Changes to residence-based benefits adopted

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Publication date 7.7.2004 11.50
Press release -

Parliament and the President have approved changes to the social security legislation to clarify the rights of people moving to and from Finland to residence based social welfare. The change in legislation aims to better meet international demands and increase labour mobility.

The new regulations concern legislation on the national pension, family pension, child allowance, maternity allowance, disability support and child care support. Entitlement to these benefits has usually only covered people living in Finland. Legislation on sickness benefit will also be changed

Under the changed regulations benefit entitlement will extend to people working in Finland or conducting business in the country from other EU and ETA countries, if their working presence in Finland lasts a minimum of four months at a stretch. The reform of legislation includes sickness benefit. The altered benefit entitlements do not include unemployment benefits, which still require residence in Finland.

Further information: Deputy Director-General Anne Neimala tel. +358 9 160 73870

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