Social security and health insurance

Please see the section Social security.

To apply for Finnish social security, please submit the Y77e form to your local Kela office.

A written decision on the eligibility for the Finnish social security will be sent to you. Unfortunately, the decisions of Kela are only issued in the official languages of Finland (i.e. Finnish or Swedish). If you have difficulties to understand the decision’s language, please contact Kela. If you cannot find a common language, Kela’s customers are entitled to interpreting services free of charge.

If you have been approved to the Finnish social security you will receive a personal KELA card which proves that you belong to the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme of Finland. By presenting your KELA card at pharmacies or many private medical clinics, you can get a direct, on-the-spot reimbursement for your costs.

When visiting Kela, bring with you: passport, employment contract and personal identity code (if you have one already)

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