What is old-age pension? Who is eligible for rehabilitation allowance? What is the difference between survivors’ pension and financial support?
Learn more about the various pension options and determine which is right for you.
You can retire on old-age pension when you reach retirement age and your employment ends. You do not have to retire at your retirement age, however. The longer you keep working, the higher your pension will be.
Partial early old-age pension
You can start receiving partial early old-age pension at the age of 61 if you receive no other employment-related pension. When you are on partial early old-age pension, you can either keep working or stop working, whichever best suits you and your employer.
Disability pension and cash rehabilitation benefit
If your work ability or ability to function has diminished to such an extent that it cannot be restored by means of any reorganisation of job duties or vocational rehabilitation measures, you can apply for disability pension. A fixed-term disability pension is called cash rehabilitation benefit. The cash rehabilitation benefit is granted if it is estimated that your ability to work can be restored through treatment or rehabilitation.
Partial disability pension and partial rehabilitation allowance
You may be granted a partial disability pension if you have not reached the retirement age and your ability to work has been diminishing for at least one year because of an illness, an injury or a disability. Partial rehabilitation allowance allows you to extend your work career despite having a diminishing capacity to work, and any work carried out while on the pension also accrues new pension funds. If a partial disability pension is granted for a fixed term, it is referred to as partial rehabilitation allowance. Partial rehabilitation allowance is granted if it is estimated that your ability to work can be restored through treatment or rehabilitation.
The years-of-service pension is intended for people who have worked for a long time in strenuous and wearing work.
Survivors’ pension secures the income of the surviving spouse and under-aged children after the death of an employee. Survivors’ pension may also be granted to an ex-spouse.
Financial support is not actually a pension but a benefit paid to family members upon the death of an employee of local government, the State, the Evangelical Lutheran Church or Kela. The benefit is also referred to as group life insurance.