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3.5.2022

The Finnish Centre for Pensions has been awarded a Certificate of Merit by the International Social Security Association (ISSA) within the ISSA Good Practice Awards programme. The certificate was granted to the Finnish Centre for Pensions for its web service that instructs employers on how to insure their workers in international employment situations.

The Finnish Centre for Pensions participated in the regional competition for Europe with its web service that instructs employers on how to pay social insurance contributions to the correct country for workers in international employment situations. The service meets employers’ need for information in situations where a worker from Finland goes abroad to work or when a worker from abroad comes to Finland to work. 

”Our web service was awarded for the way in which we have developed it to promote that social insurance contributions are paid correctly and for how we have communicated about the service,” says Special Adviser Tiina Ahonen (Finnish Centre for Pensions, International Services).

The award was presented at ISSA’s Regional Social Security Forum for Europe in Tallinn, Estonia, on 2 May 2022.   

Service meets growing demand 

In Finland, social insurance is decentralised, involving several actors. This generates a need for centralised information for workers in international employment situations. The web service of the Finnish Centre for Pensions gathers central instructions regarding social security contributions in Finland into one location.   

”Our service offers concrete benefits as it reduces employers’ need for expert help and social insurance institutions’ need for customer service.”

The service comprises a website with basic information on social insurance in Finland and a survey tool that can be used to find out what social insurance contributions are to be paid to Finland. The service is available in Finnish, Swedish and English. In addition, the website includes summaries (pdf) in several different languages of Finnish statutory social insurance contributions and instructions on how to pay them. 

”The service was introduced in 2019. There was a demand for the service as insuring international employment situations is on the increase,” Ahonen explains.

International Social Security Association (ISSA) is an international organisation that offers information and services that promote the development and implementation of social security throughout the world. The Finnish Centre for Pensions is a member of ISSA.  

The ISSA Good Practice Award is granted to the organisation’s members for their good practices. A jury assesses the scale, innovativeness and robustness of the practices, as well as how well they can be replicated by other members. The aim of the ISSA Good Practice Award is to encourage social institutions in various countries to improve their practices and governance. 

Photo: International Social Security Association

Special Adviser Tiina Ahonen and Head of Unit Noora Allenius (Finnish Centre for Pensions) accepted the Certificate of Merit granted by the ISSA at the award ceremony in Tallinn, Estonia, on 2 May 2022.

More information 

International Social Security Association (ISSA) 

ISSA Good Practice Awards 

Etk.fi: Social insurance contributions in Finland