Widow(er)'s pension may decrease spouse's pension

Note! When calculating spouse's pension use only amounts of employment pensions. National pension is not included.
If the spouses are not yet pensioners, the disability pension’s amount is used to calculate the survivor’s pension. 

The spouse’s pension may be decreased, if

  • there are no under-aged children
  • spouse’s pension has been granted based on a death that has occurred on 1 July 1990 or later. 

When is spouse’s pension decreased?

  • The widow(er is over the age of 65 or retired: The deduction becomes applicable as soon as the widowed person begins to receive survivors’ pension.
  • The widow(er) is under 65, has not retired: The widowed person will receive half of the deceased’s pension for an initial period of 6 months. The deduction becomes applicable no sooner than six months after the widowed person begins to receive the surviving spouse’s pension.
  • The youngest child turns 18: The deduction becomes applicable at the beginning of the month following the child’s birthday.
  • The widow(er) is granted employment pension: The deduction is recalculated based on the widowed person’s actual employment pension.
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