Finnish city offers “baby money” to attract young families

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The municipality of Tervola in Finnish Lapland pays 6,000 euros per child born in 2023, against the current payment of 500 euros.

The baby benefit is paid out over five years, with the family receiving 2,000 euros in the first year. Image: Antti Kolppo / Yle

The municipality of Tervola in Finnish Lapland will increase child benefits twelvefold in an effort to entice more young families to move to the area.

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From the beginning of next year, the municipality will pay 6,000 euros per child born in Tervola, against the current payment of 500 euros.

The payment terms state that the family must be registered in Tervola at the time of the child’s birth.

The “baby money” is paid out over a period of five years, with the family receiving 2,000 euros per child in the first year and 1,000 euros per child for the four years thereafter.

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The municipality also pays out if the baby is due in 2023 but is born this year.

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