Working abroad

The obligation to insure also concerns grant/scholarship recipients who are living and working abroad, if they remain covered by the Finnish social security system. Your inclusion in the Finnish social security system depends on the duration of your work abroad, the country in which you are working and the agreements between the different countries. The decision about your inclusion in the Finnish social security system is made by either the Finnish Centre for Pensions or Kela.

The decision to remain within or to leave the Finnish social security system is always comprehensive. You cannot take pension insurance in Finland unless you are covered by the general social security, and if you give up the right to employment pension insurance, you also give up your right to any other Finnish social security benefits. The entitlement to Finnish social security is also a prerequisite for taking many types of travel insurance in Finland.

If necessary, it would be wise to submit a petition concerning your inclusion in the Finnish social security system already prior to the initiation of your work abroad. An application must also be submitted for any work abroad that lasts less than one year. No separate decision about the inclusion in Finnish social security is, however, necessary for short periods abroad that are similar to business travel in nature.

Updated 27.06.2013