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Finland - Apply for European Health Insurance Card (KELA)

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This procedure provides you information related applying for a European Health Insurance Card (KELA Card) in Finland.


  • Unemployed job seekers between ages 17 and 64.
  • Live in Finland
  • Are seeking for a full-time job.
  • Are fit to work and who.
  • Applicant should be registered with as unemployed job seeker with the employment office.

Note : Persons between 65 and 67 can normally be paid Basic Unemployment Allowance only when temporarily dismissed from their job.

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Basic Unemployment Allowance is EUR 32.68 per day and it is paid for 5 days per week. It is increased for children under 18 who live in the same household as the recipient. The increase is

  • EUR 5.27 per day for one child
  • EUR 7.74 per day for two children
  • EUR 9.98 per day for three children or more

More information can be found under the following link : More information about tax and amount

Required Information

A list which displays the kind of information which is required to complete the procedure.
1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.


  1. To apply for unemployed job seeker the applicant has to be registered with the employment office.
  2. Following application form can be used for this purpose : Application Forms
  3. Attach the required documents that are listed under the Required Documents section.
  4. Take the application to Kela office. You can also send it by post.
  5. Claims can be backdated by up to 3 months

To use e-service, please use the following link : e-service

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Required Documents

  • Work certificates
  • Pay slips for the period


Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.


Explain the time until which the certificate/document is valid.
e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use

Application forms that can be used : Application Forms

Sample Documents

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Processing Time

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Office Locations & Contacts

Kela Customer Service Locator : Kela Office Locations
Phone service information : Phone service
Booking on-line appointments : On-line appointment
Contacting through e-mail : E-mail Contact

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate

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