In 2020, the Finnish Centre for Pensions sent a total of 6,054 pension claims abroad. The majority (62%) was sent to Sweden. The number of pension claims sent to Sweden has declined steadily over several years. Compared to in 2019, the number of pension claims sent to Sweden in 2020 had declined by 900 claims.

Estonia received the second highest number (827) of pension claims from Finland. This equalled 14 per cent of all pension claims sent abroad. The third highest number of claims was sent to Norway (402 claims or 6%) and the fourth to Germany (300 claims or 5%).

The remaining claims were sent mainly to the UK, Denmark, Switzerland, the US and France and the Netherlands (1-2%/country). Other EU/EEA countries and countries with which Finland has a social security agreement received a total of 345 pension claims.

Pension claims sent abroad in 2020 top 10 countries.

Total 6,054
Coutry Application
1. Sweden 3,744
2. Estonia 827
3. Norway 402
4. Germany 300
5. Switzerland 102
6. UK 99
7. Denmark 73
8. USA 66
9. France 56
10. Netherlands 49
11. Spain 46
12. Italy 38
13. Poland 34
14. Hungary 21
15. Austria 20
16. Belgium 19
17. Canada 19
18. Bulgaria 16
19. Latvia 16
20 Romania 14
21. Israel 11
22. Greece 11
23. Luxembourg 11
24. Australia 9
25. Ireland 9
26. Iceland 8
27. Lithuania 6
28. Czech Republic 5
29. Croatia 4
30. Portugal 4
31. Liechtenstein 2
32. Slovakia 2
33. Slovenia 2
Others* 9

*) Others include countries to which only one claim has been forwarded in 2020.

Roughly 1,000 pension claims less were sent abroad by the Finnish Centre for Pensions in 2020 compared to in 2019. We expect a decline in the number of pension claims sent abroad also in the future. The main projected decline relates to claims sent to Sweden. Many of the baby boomers worked in Sweden in the 1960s and 1970s. Most of them have already retired.

The number of pension claims sent abroad by the Finnish Centre for Pensions is expected to continue to decline over the next five years. After that, the number is expected to stabilize and remain at the same level for several years.