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The difference between the rate of foreign pension and national pension

A person living in Estonia who receives a pension from a foreign country or a foreign country and Estonia on the basis of an international agreement and whose pension or pensions are less than the national pension rate can request compensation for the difference between the foreign pension and the national pension rate. Thus, a pensioner living in Estonia has a guaranteed income at the national pension rate.

The difference is paid to people who have reached the old-age pension age and who receive a pension based on an international agreement concluded with Ukraine, Moldova, Canada, Australia, Belarus, Russia or from a country of the European Economic Community.

The retirement age in Estonia is 64 years and 9 months.

To start compensating the difference, submit an application to us for compensating the difference between the national pension rate and the pension received from a foreign country based on a foreign agreement for a person of retirement age. Attach to the application:

  • a copy of your identity document,
  • foreign pension certificate,
  • the basis of your stay in the country and
  • certificate regarding the amount of the Ukrainian pension paid by the Ukraine Pension Fund, or certificate issued by the bank regarding the amount in which the Ukraine Pension Fund last transferred the pension to you. If your pension is transferred to an account of a third party, and the name of the pension recipient (in this case – your name) is not visible in the payment description, please provide us with a certificate regarding the amount of the Ukrainian pension paid by the Ukraine Pension Fund.

The recipient of international or temporary protection is paid the difference monthly to the bank account. The amount of the difference to be paid is recalculated at the beginning of each quarter, taking into account the exchange rate.

Estonia does not take over the payment of Ukrainian pensions, even if a war refugee in Estonia does not receive his Ukrainian pension here. Unfortunately, Ukraine cannot transfer the pension directly to the Estonian account. If you intend to stay in Estonia for a longer period, you can apply to the Social Insurance Board with a request to receive your pension in Estonia based on a foreign agreement. In this case, your application will be sent to Ukraine, and from now on, Ukraine will pay your pension to Estonia once a quarter. It should be taken into account that the exchange of information with the Ukrainian institution may be disrupted and not work normally.

The payment is made monthly to a person applying for a foreign pension and difference payment from a country in Canada, Australia, or the European Economic Community.

If the pension is paid quarterly through the competent authority of Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, or Russia, the difference is paid once a quarter, i.e., when a foreign pension is received. The amount of difference paid may be different each time, as its amount is related to the exchange rate.

Last updated: 20.03.2024

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