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 34,50 € 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.