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Warning: the payment dates for Kela unemployment benefits may change in the coming holidays

Read how the celebration of May Day, the Ascension Day and Midsummer will affect the dates of collection of benefits

 

Warning: the payment dates for Kela unemployment benefits may change in the coming holidays

The Easter holidays have already passed, but if you live in Finland you still have other festivities ahead: the next Wednesday First of May (known in Finland as Vappu); The Ascension Day (this year on Thursday, May 30th) and the Midsummer Eve (this year on Friday, June 21st).

The institution of the Finnish Social Security (Kela) has foreseen that the celebration of such holidays may affect the perception of unemployment benefits and the dates can differ.

The fact is that the coincidence of holidays with the days scheduled for reporting activity or for payment could delay the collection of the money in some cases. Kela has published on its website a calendar for those specific dates.

To avoid inconveniences, Kela recommends its customers to submit their activity reports by using its electronic service as soon as possible, preferably on the day of the return date, so that the money will be on the bank accounts on schedule. The calendar for those days is the following:

For May Day

When unemployment notice period ends on:

  • 26-28 April. The activity reports can be submitted to Kela on April 26th. The money will be available in the bank account at the earliest on April 30th.
  • April 29th. The activity reports can be submitted to Kela on April 29th. The funds will be available in the bank account at the earliest on May 2nd.
  • April 30th. The activity reports can be submitted to Kela on April 30th. The money will be available in the bank account at the earliest on May 3rd.

For the Ascension Day

When the unemployment notice period ends on:

  • May 27th. The activity reports can be submitted to Kela on May 27th. The money will be available in the account at the earliest on May 29th.
  • May 28th. The activity reports can be sent to Kela on May 28th. The money will be available in the bank account at the earliest on May 31st.
  • May 29th. The activity reports can be submitted to Kela on 29.5. And the money will be available in the bank account at the earliest on June 3rd.

For Midsummer

When the unemployment notice period ends on:

  • June 18th. The activity reports can be submitted to Kela on 18.6. The money will be available in the bank accounts at the earliest on June 20th. 
  • June 19th. In this case the activity reports can be sent to Kela on 19.6. The money will be in the bank accounts no earlier than June 24th.
  • June 20th. The activity reports can be submitted on 20.6. The money will be paid at the earliest on June 25th.

If you want to check the calendar published by Kela at Kela's webpage, you can find it HERE

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