Several temporary changes were made during the spring and summer 2020 to the laws governing unemployment benefit in Finland due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many of these exceptional arrangements expired at the end of 2020. The following exceptions expired at the end of November 2021:
Yes they do. The five waiting days at the start of a claim did not apply between 1 January, 2022 and 28 February, 2022. Starting 1 March, 2022, there is a waiting period at the beginning of the unemployment period. Unemployment benefits are payable after a waiting period of five days from the first day of your unemployment or layoff.
Not any more. Self-employed and freelancers working as entrepreneurs had enhanced access to unemployment benefit from 1 January, 2022 until 28 February, 2022. Starting 1 March, 2022, self-employed persons are not entitled to labour market subsidy if the entrepreneurial activity still continues.
These legal changes will remain in force until the end of 2022.
1. Register as a jobseeker on your very first day of unemployment or layoff.
2. Follow all the instructions of TE Office carefully.
3. The unemployment benefit must be applied separately. Apply and ask about your right for the benefit from your unemployment fund or Kela.