Lunch benefit also known as Edenred Lounari

Lunch benefit is Finland's most popular employee benefit. It restores, nourishes, and keeps you full every working day of the year.

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Lunch benefit is Finland's most popular employee benefit. It restores, nourishes, and keeps you full every working day of the year.

Several reasons to offer a lunch benefit

The lunch benefit, or Lounari, is the most popular employee benefit in Finland, and it's not for nothing! The tax-supported lunch benefit encourages maintaining healthy eating habits and brings a well-deserved break to the working day. The importance of the benefit is shown in coping at work, shared lunch times and direct cost savings for both the employer and the employee.

The lunch allowance brings flexibility to restaurant choices, which helps to meet different eating habits and preferences. Our network of more than 15,000 lunch places also brings much-needed variety to daily meals.

Why offer Edenred's lunch benefit?

Tax-supported benefit

Edenred Lounari is tax-supported benefit, so it is a cost-efficient way to engage employees. 

Comprehensive network

Edenred's lunch network is the largest in Finland and covers locations from Hanko to Utsjoki.

Long validity period

The general validity period of the Edenred's lunch benefit is 2 years, which is the longest on the market!

Modern payment methods

Edenred Lounari works with all our payment methods, including Apple Pay and Google Pay.

At Vincit, everyday life tastes better with a lunch benefit

Vincit uses Edenred's lunch benefit and the entire benefit palette. Versatile payment methods, such as mobile payment, make their everyday life easier and are a more ecological choice for delicious moments.

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Genuine, original Lounari turns 50 years old

The year 2024 is a year of celebration, because everyone's beloved Lounari turns a respectable 50 years old! Read about Lounari's history and journey to the hearts of Finns.

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Widest lunch network in Finland

Restaurants, cafes, kiosks, Wolt, home delivery fees, restaurant trolleys, grocery stores...

Edenred Lounari offers you the widest lunch network in Finland, i.e. almost 15,000 opportunities to take advantage of your valuable benefit and modern payment methods. When you offer your staff a lunch benefit at the maximum value, the tax benefit is the greatest and every fourth lunch is practically free for the employee!

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Modern payment methods

Edenred Lounari offers employees the most versatile payment methods on the market. The alternatives are the Edenred card (virtual or physical), Apple Pay, Google Pay, Edenred Pay mobile payment, or the familiar and traditional Lunch vouchers.

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Taxation of the lunch benefit

Edenred Lounari is up to 25% tax-free benefit that is loaded to employees' accounts on a monthly basis. The amount to be loaded varies according to the number of monthly working days of each employee (on average 21 working days/month). The lunch benefit is work day-specific and intended to be used once a day. The Tax Administration determines the daily minimum and maximum payment limits for the benefit

The lunch benefit can be offered to employees as a fringe benefit (as a favorable salary increase) or as a lunch deduction (charged from the employee's salary).

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Lunch benefit on top of salary

A lunch benefit on top of salary is like a salary increase. By offering a lunch benefit on top of the salary, the employer can save up to 25 %.

 

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Lunch deduction

The lunch deduction is charged to the employee's salary. 25 % of the lunch benefit is tax deductible, i.e. the employee pays the remaining at least 75 %.

 

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Which benefit package suits your company best?

Business

For companies of all sizes that want to offer employee benefits comprehensively.

  • Lunch benefit
  • Sports and culture benefit
  • Massage benefit
  • Commuting benefit
  • Dental benefit
  • MyChoice
    The beneficiary can use MyChoice to transfer available benefit balance between sports and culture, massage, commuting and dental benefits
  • Benefits valid for 24 months
  • Mobile payments; Apple Pay, Google Pay and Edenred Pay
  • Physical payment card
    If you wish, you can order a physical payment card for the lunch and sports and culture benefits
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Enterprise

For companies with more than 50 employees who need individual solutions.

  • Lunch benefit
  • Sports and culture benefit
  • Massage benefit
  • Commuting benefit
  • Dental benefit
  • MyChoice
    The beneficiary can use MyChoice to transfer their available benefit balance between sports and culture, massage, commuting and dental benefits
  • Mobile payments; Apple Pay, Google Pay ja Edenred Pay
  • Physical payment card
    If you wish, you can order a physical payment card for the lunch and sport and culture benefits
  • Billing according to usage
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  • HR / payroll integration
  • Dedicated contact person
  • Guided onboarding
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