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The new guide ‘Death of a close family member’ guides you through the difficult process step by step. The Finnish Centre for Pensions has contributed to the content of the guide. The web service is provided by the Digital and Population Data Services Agency.

At a time when you are overwhelmed by grief, you must deal with several agencies and authorities and make difficult decisions. This guide offers you clear instructions on what to do after the death of a close family member. It provides advice on, for example, funeral arrangements, estate inventory, financial matters and grief. 

The Finnish Centre for Pensions has produced the information on survivors’ pensions presented in the guide. 

“The new guide is a good addition to existing information on survivors’ pensions offered by pension providers, Kela and the Finnish Centre for Pensions. The guides are tailored so that, by answering the preliminary questions, the user of the guide gets information and instructions that suits their situation”, explains Information Specialist Kari Lindstedt (Finnish Centre for Pensions). 

Survivors’ pensions form a considerable source of information for many. At the end of 2022, a total of 214,090 persons received an earnings-related surviving spouse’s pension and 13,142 persons an orphan’s pension. The average monthly surviving spouse’s pension was 673 euros and orphan’s pension 763 euros. 

Guide produced by a network of partners

The guide was produced by the Digital and Population Data Services Agency in cooperation with a wide range of experts and authorities. The knowledge of the best experts on matters that are particularly important for people in grief were used in the preparation of the publication.  

“The Digital and Population Data Services Agency does important work by collecting a intergovernmental network to compile guides, by promoting projects and ensuring that the language of the guides is clear and understandable”, says Lindstedt. 

The following organisations cooperated to produce this guide: The Finnish Bar Association, the Digital and Population Data Services Agency, the Finnish Centre for Pensions, Kela, the National Church Council, the National Land Survey of Finland, Nuoret Lesket ry [association of young widows and widowers], the Ministry of Justice, the Police, the Finnish Association of Funeral Services, the project Surevan kohtaaminen [meeting a bereaved person], the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Finnish Financial Ombudsman Bureau FINE, and the Finnish Tax Administration.

Finnish Centre for Pensions – Central body of and expert on statutory earnings-related pensions