This page provides an overview of benefits paid to families with children, which are coordinated by the Social Insurance Board.
Estonia’s family benefits are designed to partly cover the costs families incur in caring for, raising and educating their children.
The Parental Benefit Act is designed to contribute to the successful intertwining of work and family life.
Maintenance allowance is a short-term benefit paid by the state to children whose parents are not meeting their obligation to provide for them.
Frequency of payment and amounts of family benefits in 2017
Type of benefit
Frequency of payment
Amount in euros
For each child
In case of twins (for each child)
In case of triplets and more children (for each child)
For the first and second child
For the third and following child
Child care allowance:
For the child of up to 3 years of age
For each child between 3 and 8 years of age if the parent raises also one child of up to 3 years of age in addition
For each child between 3 and 8 years of age if the parent raises 3 or more children who are between 3 and 8 years of age
Single parent’s child allowance
Conscript’s child allowance
Allowance for a child under guardianship or foster care
Start in independent life allowance to the person who has resided in a social welfare institution and to the child who was under guardianship or foster care
Family benefits for the families with seven or more children
Income tax rate
annual basic exemption
Minimum monthly wage