Basic income pilot study

The basic income experiment was part of the key project ‘Services to be based on customer needs’ of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s Government. Its aim was to explore whether basic income could be used to reform the social security system so as to reduce incentive traps relating to working. The Government aims to foster an experimental culture, and the basic income experiment was one of the Government’s six ongoing experiments. 


The experiment was being implemented in phases

The basic income experiment was being implemented in phases. It started with a survey project on the implementation of basic income, carried out by a group of researchers from the Research Department of the Social Insurance (Kela) and from other research institutes. The group was chaired by Professor Olli Kangas from Kela. The research group published its preliminary report on 30 March 2016 and its final report on 16 December 2016.

An act enabling the basic income experiment entered into force on 1 January 2017. The experiment started at the beginning of 2017. The primary goal of the basic income experiment was related to employment promotion. The experiment, including a follow-up research, aims to found out whether basic income promotes employment. It was implemented by Kela. The experiment ended on 31 December 2018.




Ministry of Social Affairs and Health:
Essi Rentola, Director tel. +358 2951 63155, [email protected]

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, (legislation concerning the basic income experiment):
Liisa Siika-aho, Director tel. +358 2951 63085, [email protected]

The Government's survey and research activities
Sari Löytökorpi, Project Manager tel. +358 2951 60187, [email protected]