Kela (Finnish institution)

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Agency overview
Formed December 16, 1937
Jurisdiction Finland
Headquarters Helsinki
Employees 6,092 (December 31, 2010)
Annual budget 12.6 billion € (2010)
Agency executive
Parent agency Parliament of Finland
Website (in English)

Kela, abbr. from Finnish: Kansaneläkelaitos, Swedish: Folkpensionsanstalten (Fpa), English: The Social Insurance Institution (ISS), is a Finnish government agency in charge of settling benefits under national social security programs. Kela was founded in 1937 to handle retirement pay. In the 1980s and 1990s, its role was expanded to handle other fields like child benefits, unemployment benefits, sickness benefits, health insurance and student benefits.

Kela is funded directly from taxation. Coverage under the scheme is given to all permanent residents of Finland. Kansaneläkelaitos/Folkpensionsanstalten literally means "People's Pension Institute", reflecting its original function as the national provider of retirement benefits.

In May 2008, a Kela e-service apparently disclosed confidential medical insurance information to the wrong client, and subsequently took that service offline.[1]

A Kela office in Espoo


  1. ^ "Woeful explanation offered in Kela disclosure case". 2008-05-20. ISSN 1797-1993. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 

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