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If you fall ill

If you fall ill or have an accident, you have the right to stay home from work. Your employer is responsible for paying you wages during your sick leave. If you fall ill, report your absence to your supervisor immediately.

Wages during sick leave

If your employment has continued for more than a month before you fall ill, you will receive full salary for at least the day you fell ill and for nine days after the day you fell ill. If you are unable to return to work after these ten days, you can apply for sickness allowance (sairauspäiväraha) from Kela, if you are covered by the Finnish social security.

Read more on the InfoFinland page Finnish social security.

Your employment contract may also list other conditions and you will be paid salary for a longer period of time.

Your employer is entitled to ask you to provide a doctor’s certificate about your illness. If you fall ill and cannot come to work, notify your supervisor of this immediately. Your supervisor will tell you whether you need to get a doctor’s certificate immediately or only on the fourth day of your sick leave.

Sick leave is not a vacation. It is granted so that your body can heal, so during sick leave you cannot endanger the healing process through your own activities.

Link redirects to another websiteThe Social Insurance Institution of Finland, Kela

Sickness allowance

Link redirects to another websiteThe Social Insurance Institution of Finland, Kela

Applying for sickness allowance

When a child falls ill

When a child under 10 years of age suddenly falls ill, the child’s mother or father can stay at home to look after him/her. This type of temporary child care leave can last for up to four days. The collective bargaining agreement states whether or not salary will be paid for this period.

Read more: Children’s health.