HELSINKI – Compensation for those forced to stay at home

Finland’s social affairs and health ministry is now preparing a bill to ensure those who have been forced not to work and stay home due to the coronavirus receive compensation for loss of income.

The publicly funded compensation can be claimed by those returning to Finland and who have been ordered to stay in quarantine for 14 days without pay. The right to seek compensation would also be given to parents who must stay home to look after small children under ten as kindergartens and primary schools remain closed.

If the government’s plan is approved by parliament, the benefit for those unable to work because of the quarantine and for parents staying at home would be €723.50 a month.

The law would be retroactively applied from 16 March and be in force until the end of August. (Pekka Vänttinen |

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