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Basic security

If you become unemployed and you are not a member of an unemployment fund, your income will be secured with a basic daily allowance or labour market subsidy.

Basic daily allowance

If you become unemployed after you have fulfilled the working condition, but you are not a member of an unemployment fund, you can apply for a basic daily allowance from Kela. The amount of the basic daily allowance does not depend on your earnings. The payable amount is always 33,66 € per day for a maximum of five days per week.

Basic daily allowance can be paid at most for:

  • 300 days, if your work history is shorter than three years.

  • 400 days, if your work history is longer than three years.

  • 500 days, if you meet the working condition when you are  58 years old and you have 5 years of work history in the past 20 years.

Labour market subsidy

If you become unemployed and you have not fulfilled the working condition, you can apply for a labour market subsidy from Kela. You can also apply for a labour market subsidy, if your maximum payment period for basic or earnings-related daily allowance has ended.

The full amount of labour market subsidy is EUR 33.66 per day. It is paid for a maximum of five days per calendar week. The duration of labour market subsidy is not limited.

The labour market subsidy is means-tested. This  means that your income affects the amount of the subsidy. Your parents’ income also affects the amount of the subsidy if you live in the same household with them.

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