First results of the basic income experiment to be published on 8 February 2019

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Publication date 4.2.2019 10.51
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Perustulokokeilun ensimmäiset tulokset julkaistaan 8.2.2019

Evaluation study about the Finnish basic income experiment is ongoing. Preliminary results to be published on Friday, 8 February 2019.

An evaluation study about the basic income experiment will provide information regarding the impacts of basic income on employment, income level and wellbeing of the persons who participated in the experiment. The evaluation study includes a register-based study and a phone survey among members of the experimental group and the control group. The evaluation study will also examine attitudes and public debate regarding basic income.

The results will be published in stages in 2019 and 2020. A more extensive study report on the first year of the experiment will be completed in spring 2019. The results of the whole experiment will be completed in spring 2020.

Exceptional social experiment 

Prime Minister Juha Sipilä's Government implemented a basic income experiment in Finland in 2017–2018. During the experiment, 2000 randomly selected unemployed persons received a basic income of EUR 560 per month regardless of their other income and, for example, whether they actively tried to find a job or not. The participants were selected among persons between 25 and 58 years of age who had in 2016 received basic unemployment allowance or labour market support from Kela, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland.

The basic income experiment is an exceptional social experiment both in Finland and worldwide. The evaluation study on the experiment will provide scientific data to support a reform of the Finnish social security, and more broadly to provide information for the ongoing social policy debate. Experiences of the experiment and its evaluation will lay down a good foundation for the preparation of other social experiments.

The seminar will be held on 8 February between 8.30 and 10.30. The event will be broadcast live. The event will be interpreted into English.


Minna Ylikännö, Senior Researcher at Kela, tel. +358 50 313 8712, [email protected] 

Basic Income Experiment 2017-2018 

Kari Synberg, Special Adviser to the Minister of Social Affairs and Health Pirkko Mattila, tel. +358 295 163 106, [email protected]

Essi Rentola, Director, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, tel. +358 295 163 155, firstname[email protected]