Factsheet for case FI-2020-15/254 – Updated – measures in Finland
|Country||Finland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 08 April 2020 – 31 December 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Income protection beyond short-time work
– Extensions of income support to workers not covered by any kind of protection scheme
|Author||Amanda Kinnunen (Oxford Research) and Eurofound|
|Case created||03 April 2020 (updated 06 October 2020)|
In Finland, entrepreneurs are not entitled to labour market support. This is regulated in section 11 of the Unemployment Security Act (Työttömyysturvalaki) (2002/1290).
The oubreak of COVID-19 has had a major impact on entrepreneurial activities in Finland. In order to ease the pressure caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 on entrepreneurs, the Parliament approved an amendment that will give entrepreneurs a temporary right to labour market support under the Uncemployment Security Act (2002/1290).
To be eligible for labour market support, the following conditions must be met:
The entrepreneur may continue their business activities while receiving labour market support.
The support can be paid to entrepreneurs between 16 March 2020 and 30 June 2020. The support can be received retroactively.
The labour market support is €33.6 per day and it is paid 5 days a week. Income from entrepreneurial activities decreases the labour market support.
In total 32,600 entrepreneurs received unemployment allowance in April and May 2020. Over half of the recipients were over 45 years old. A majority of them were women but there are no significant differences between women and men. By the end of May 2020, in total €35.5 million was paid out to entrepreneurs.
As of 26 August 2020, in total 48,000 applications had been made and 41,000 entrepreneurs have received labour market subsidy. The numbers of entrepreneurs applying has decreased significantly since the spring and summer months. KELA, the social insurance institution that pays out the subsidy, has been receiving approximately 300 applications per week.
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Public employment service
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Direct consultation outside a formal body||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
No information available.
Due to urgency of the epidemic, no round of comments was organised. Temporary recognition of entrepreneurs are recipients of labour market security was not part of the measures the peak level social partners presented to the government in March 2020.
Eurofound (2020), Temporary recognition of entrepreneurs as recipients of unemployment benefits , case FI-2020-15/254 (measures in Finland), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.