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Kela (Finnish institution)

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Kela, abbr. from Finnish: Kansaneläkelaitos, Swedish: Folkpensionsanstalten (Fpa), English: The Social Insurance Institution (SII), 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 financial aid.

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Agency overview
FormedDecember 16, 1937
Employees6,092 (December 31, 2010)
Annual budget12.6 billion € (2010)
Agency executive
Parent agencyParliament of Finland

Kela is funded from compulsory payments to some of the administered schemes (24 % 2015)[1] and by taxation. Coverage under the schemes 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.


Directors generalEdit

In Office Director General
2017– Elli Aaltonen
2010–2016 Liisa Hyssälä
2000–2010 Jorma Huuhtanen
1993–2000 Pekka Tuomisto
1971–1993 Jaakko Pajula
1954–1971 V. J. Sukselainen
1946–1954 Eino E. Louhio
1944–1945 Väinö Arola
1937–1944 Eero Rydman
A Kela office in Espoo


In May 2008, a Kela e-service apparently disclosed confidential medical insurance information to the wrong client, and subsequently Kela took that service offline.[2]


  1. ^ Toimintakertomus 2015 (Finnish)
  2. ^ "Woeful explanation offered in Kela disclosure case". 2008-05-20. ISSN 1797-1993. Archived from the original on 2008-11-18. Retrieved 2008-05-20.

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