Sport and culture benefit

aka Virike is paid by your employer – you choose how to use it

Sport and culture benefit

aka Virike is paid by your employer – you choose how to use it

What is recreational benefit (Virike)?

By offering a sport and cultural (recreational) benefit your employer wants to encourage you to exercise and enjoy culture in your free time. Sport benefit is the most popular personnel benefit in Finland and no wonder: by exercising frequently you have more energy in everyday life and your readiness to handle stress increases.

You don’t have to be a sport enthusiast to enjoy recreational benefit, we’ll help you to find the joy of exercising and relax in culture events. What’s more, recreational benefit is offered by your employer and you don’t pay any taxes, it’s like a salary increase.

Where can I use it?

Get started by activating your card in MyEdenred. Edenred’s sport and culture network consists of over 9 000 places around Finland. You can pay for example golf, bowling, a shooting club, downhill skiing and equipment rental, carting, and buy event tickets for a concert, opera, or a museum card, to name a few. How do you recover during your leisure?

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How to pay with recreational benefit

In addition to recreational vouchers you can pay three different ways:

  1. Edenred card is like a credit card, but you don’t need PIN code
  2. Pay with MyEdenred application: search a place from a map or by it’s name
  3. Pay with your phone’s NFC by adding your card to Apple Pay or Google Pay

Kindly note, that no change is given back from recreational vouchers.

errorIf your card gets lost, you can block it in MyEdenred and your balance will remain intact.
Please contact the person responsible from employee benefits in your company, who will order a new card for you.
Alternatively you can reach our customer service from Mon-Fri 9 am until 4pm, phone 09-7594 2848 (Inf/nfc) in order to block your card.

Find sport and cultural places

Our cards, vouchers and mobile payments are accepted over 9 000 recreational places in Finland.

Buy tickets to your favourite gigs with recreational benefit

Read the instructions, how to reserve and buy tickets.

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Can I use recreational benefit for massage?

Sport and culture benefit can not be used to pay for massage. According to Tax Authority’s policy regarding voluntary sport activity, the benefit is meant for supporting the employees’ own sport activities. Massage, physiotherapy, meditation exercises or mindfulness are not counted as sport activities, so they are not covered. However, our network has some physiotherapy and massage places, because they have other services – for example Personal Training – which can be bought with recreational benefit.

Why can’t I see my balance in MyEdenred?

Your employer decides, on which day the balance will be loaded to your MyEdenred account. For more information, please contact the person in your company responsible for employee benefits.

How long is my balance valid and where can I see the expiring balance?

Your recreational balance is valid for two yearsfrom the point of top-up even if your card is renewed in between, unless otherwise agreed. You can see the balance expiring within next 30 days from MyEdenred, by choosing from the front page “Payment details” > “Expiries”.


Did you find a place that does not accept your payment instrument from Edenred but where you would like to use your lunch or recreational benefit? Please contact us and tell us about it!