social care

  • estonia's parental leave system is one of the best in the world
  • parental leave covers both parents
  • social care system in estonia is largely contribution-based

Social services in estonia are provided by these institutions:

Social Insurance Fund Health Insurance Fund Unemployment Insurance Fund


Family and child allowances are provided by the Estonian Social Insurance Board and by local governments. These include support for education, extracurricular activities, and school transport.
Statewide services include child allowance and childbirth allowance. This also includes Estonia’s unique parental benefit system, which allows 435 days of paid leave to care for a newborn child. Parents can receive parental benefits and be on parental leave together for up to 60 days.

Estonian Social Insurance Board