Parental leave

The parental leave begins after the maternity leave. During the parental leave, Kela pays Parental Allowance for 158 working days. Your child will be about 9 months old when your entitlement to the Parental Allowance ends.
The parental leave can be taken either by the mother or the father, or it can be shared so as to enable them to take turns looking after their child. Both cannot be on parental leave at the same time (with the exception of the parents of multiple-birth children). Both parents can take the parental leave in up to 2 separate periods of at least 12 working days each.