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Kela backlog for callers to foreign language helplines

Finland's social security agency Kela says its foreign language helplines are getting so many calls that there's a long backlog for help, with many...

New baby box has a focus on nature and sustainability

The new baby box being sent to mothers around the country this year has an emphasis on nature and sustainability. The eye-catching lilac-coloured box has...

Kela re-opens helplines in Arabic, Somali and Russian

The Social Insurance Institution Kela is re-opening its minority language helplines in Arabic, Somali and Russian to help cope with an influx of calls during the...

Kela to stop most foreign language telephone services

The Finnish Social Insurance Institution Kela is to stop offering phone services in Arabic, Somali and Russian after Christmas. The agency says there have been...

Almost 15,000 older people are missing out on basic state pension

Almost 15,000 older people in Finland are missing out on the basic state pension which they're entitled to receive. New figures released by Kela show...

New baby box for 2019 celebrates animals & vegetables

The new baby box, offered to all expectant mothers in Finland, contains 63 different items this year with an animal and vegetable theme. The recycled...

Analysis: Finland’s Basic Income Experiment

By Simo Raittila Finnland's basic income experiment will end – as planned. In recent days there have been some news sites claiming that the Finnish basic...

What’s In The Box? Finnish Babies Get New Clothes For 2018

Babies in Finland will be looking more stylish than ever with practical new items in this year's baby box. The latest maternity package was unveiled...

Plans For New Social Security Experiment

Some local authorities in Finland will begin to experiment with a new type of ‘participatory’ social security at the beginning of 2018. That's according to...

Finland’s Painkiller Addiction Problem

Expediency, patient volume, computer system problems, education, tradition and lack of information. These are factors that help doctors in Finland prescribe exceptionally high addictive pain...