You will be paid a pension supplement in the extent of two yearly rates when your child was born between December 31st, 1980 and December 31st, 2012, and you have raised him or her for at least eight years, and no pension qualifying period has been calculated on the child already.
Pension supplement for raising children will be added to the following types of pension:
- Old-age pension (incl. early retirement and postponed old-age pension);
- Superannuated old-age pension;
- Pension for incapacity for work that has been calculated based on the actual pension qualifying period of the person;
- Survivor’s pension (only if the pension amount has been calculated based on the pension qualifying period of the deceased, and if the pension recipient corresponds to the conditions for receiving the pension supplement).
The pension supplement for raising children is only paid to one parent, whose pension qualifying period does not already include 2 years per each child.
- Example 1. Peeter and Inga are married and have three children. The first child Katrin was born in 1979, the second one, Kristiina, in 1984, and Tiit, the third child, was born in 1992. When Inga retired, then her pension qualifying period included 2 years for raising Katrin and 2 years for raising Kristiina. Inga will receive a pension supplement for raising Tiit because he was raised after 1991.
- Example 2. Toomas and Helvi were married. Toomas received the old-age pension and Helvi the national pension. They did not have any children together, but Helvi has two adult children from her previous marriage. Helvi did not get any pension qualifying period for them. The children were born after 1991. Toomas died. As Helvi had been a homemaker for her entire life and got the national pension, she applied for the survivor’s pension after Toomas died. Helvi was assigned the survivor’s pension according to the pension qualifying period of Toomas. In addition to the survivor’s pension, Helvi got a pension supplement for raising two children as she corresponds to the required criteria.
If several people are entitled to a pension supplement for the same children, they must reach an agreement who shall use this right. The agreement must be fixed in writing, see more under “Blanketid” (“Forms”).
Starting from January 1st, 2018, an additional pension supplement in the amount of one yearly rate will be calculated for one parent for each child born before January 1st, 2013, and who was raised for at least eight years. An application and the written consent of the other entitled person must be presented to the Social Insurance Board to receive the pension supplement.
The person who is a pension recipient as at January 1st, 2018, and whose pension qualifying period already contains the time of raising children (2 years per each child), shall receive the additional pension supplement in the amount of one yearly rate for raising the same children also without filing the application.
Pension Supplement for the Unlawfully Repressed Persons and Persons Who Have Cleaned Up Nuclear Disasters
You are entitled to a pension supplement if:
- You have been in a custodial institution or forced exile (including children born there), also, when you have been held as a prisoner of war, or in concentration camps or ghettos during the Second World War (you will receive a pension supplement of 20 per cent of the national pension rate;
- You are incapacitated for work as a result of a nuclear disaster, nuclear test, or an accident at a nuclear power station (you will receive a pension supplement of 10 per cent of the national pension rate).
If you participated in the clean-up of a nuclear disaster, nuclear test, or an accident at a nuclear power station, the causal relationship between the accident and the illness causing the loss of the working ability shall be determined by expert analysis conducted by the Estonian National Social Insurance Board.
When you have worked as an official, you will get a supplement to your old-age pension as follows:
- 10% for 10-15-years of service;
- 20% for 16-20-years of service;
- 25% for 21-25-years of service;
- 40% for 26-30-years of service;
- 50% for service exceeding 30 years.
When you have worked at the rescue services, you will get a supplement to your old-age pension as follows:
- • 10% for 10-15-years of rescue service;
- • 20% for 16-20-years of rescue service;
- • 25% for 21-25-years of rescue service;
- • 40% for 26-30-years of rescue service;
- • 50% for rescue service exceeding 30 years.
head of the compensations department
Kati Kümnik organizes and directs the work of the compensation department: sets goals, gives instructions to officials, and performs and mediates tasks related to the organization of pensions. She also advises the Social Insurance Board on issues related to pensions and organizes the development of a pension system.