Old-age Pension Determined Based on Year of Birth

As of 2005, people have been able to choose to retire on an old-age pension between the ages of 63 and 68 years. As a result of the pension reform,  the retirement age of will rise by 3 months per age cohort, starting from those born in 1955, until it is 65 years. At that point, the age at which the insurance obligation ends and no new pension accrues will have risen to 70 years.

Within the national pension scheme, the old-age retirement age is 65 years.

The retirement age of those born in 1965 and later will be linked to life expectancy as of 2030, providing life expectancy change. At the same time, the retirement age of the national pension scheme will rise correspondingly.

For each birth year, a target retirement age will be calculated. By working until the target retirement age, the reducing effect of the life expectancy coefficient on the pension can be offset.

The old-age pension paid from the earnings-related pension scheme can start from the month after the insured has reached their retirement age and stopped working in the position from which they are retiring. In other words, retiring on an old-age pension requires that the employee no longer continues the employment from which they retire. However, the self-employed may continue their self-employment when they retire on an old-age pension.

Exceptions to the retirement age in the State Employees’ Pensions Act and the Seafarer’s Pensions Act

In general, the retirement age under public-sector pension acts is the same as the retirement age under the Employees Pensions Act and the retirement age rises in the same way as in the private sector. However, some public-sector employees and persons insured under the Seafarer’s Pensions Act may be entitled to an old-age pension at an earlier age.

Some state and local government employees may be entitled to an old-age pension at an occupational retirement age during a transition period. Policemen and Customs employees may have reduced retirement ages if their employment has begun before 1 July 1989 and continues uninterruptedly until their retirement age. The occupational retirement ages will also rise gradually for those persons who, before the 2017 rules came into force, would have reached their retirement age in 2018 or later.

For persons employed by the State, regulations stipulate that the retirement cut-off point of employees of the Finnish Defence Forces and the Finnish Boarder Guard will continue to be lower, allowing for an early retirement on an old-age pension.

The pension scheme of sailors was reformed as of the beginning of 2016. After a transition period, the right to retire early will be abolished. Sailors have the right to retire on an old-age pension at the early retirement age earned by the end of 2024. Another precondition for early retirement is that the sailor meets all the othe requirements for early retirement. One such requirement is that the sailor must continue to be in an employment covered by the Seafarer’s Pensions Act until retirement.

The retirement age of the majority of sailors has already been the same as that under the Employees Pensions Act. Only approximately 10 per cent of the currently working sailors have the right to early retirement. The reform has also taken into account the rising retirement age of the 2017 pension reform.  At its lowest, the so-called earned retirement age under the Seafarers’ Pensions Act has been 55 years for crewmen and 60 years for officers.

Further information

Deferring the old-age pension or taking out part of pension early

As of the beginning of 2017, the increment for late retirement is calculated from the age cohort’s retirement age to the time at which the pension starts. The pension is then increased permanently by 0.4 per cent per month that the pension is deferred. At the same time, new pension accrues for working, up until the age at which the insurance obligation ends.

Previously the increment for late retirement was paid if retirement was postponed beyond the age of 68. Very few people have postponed their retirement past the age of 68.

It is possible to take out 25 or 50 per cent of the old-age pension, either early or late. It can be taken early at the age of 61. In that case, the part of the pension that is taken out is permanently reduced by 0.4 per cent for each month from when the pension is draws to the month after which the person reaches their retirement age. The age limit for the partial early old-age pension will rise for those born in 1964 or later.

Persons born in 1951 were the last age cohort who could take out an early old-age pension at age 62. In that case, the pension was decreased with a permanent reduction for early retirement, which amounted to 0.6 per cent per month taken early.

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