Guide to being Finnish

Moving to Finland

Please have a look at what our friends at Finnfacts.fi have created

If you are planning a trip to Finland, it’s always good to know a few words and phrases in the local language. Your pronunciation will probably be wrong and you’re sure to have trouble when someone answers you, but you can rest assured that your efforts will be appreciated and you’ll find the locals become […]

Based on the results of a 2010 study, America’s Newsweek magazine rated Finland as the ‘World’s Best Country’. Newsweek looked at 100 countries and compared their health, economy, education, quality of life and politics. Finland emerged in the top spot mainly by virtue of its strength in education and quality of life. The accolade probably […]

Oulu stands out in Finland and Scandinavia by being a highly competitive start-up area where it is believed that the start up scene will bring even more jobs than were lost by the recession. Known as the capital of Northern Scandinavia, Oulu has set to become a highly entrepreneurial and globally competitive city which will […]

Finland has a great deal to offer to potential workers from overseas. It is a beautiful country with plenty of opportunity for recreation and sport and has a rich cultural life. And, of course, the education system is highly regarded, so expatriates need have no worries concerning their children. Throw in first class working conditions […]

According to the latest forecast published in May by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Finland’s unemployment rate in 2013 will rise to 8.4% and should continue near this level in 2014 as short-term employment prospects in Finland are expected to weaken. These employment projections for jobs in Finland are attributed to a downturn […]

Immigrating to a foreign country is always difficult and often people get overwhelmed by the wealth of information they have to take in and the strict immigration laws. Finland is no exception and we have decided to put together this short guide as a result of the many enquiries we have received from our visitors […]

Climate and weather Due to its geographical position in the far north of Europe, Finland has very cold winters. However, the other seasons are warmer than might be expected due to the warming influence of the Baltic Sea and Atlantic Gulf Stream, and summer temperatures can sometimes rise to over 30°C, even in the far […]

I. Visas, Residency, Immigration & Documentation Visas For short visits to Finland, many nationals do not require visas. All EU/EEA nationals, and the nationals of Switzerland, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and most South American countries do not require visas to enter Finland for stays of up to three months. Nationals of […]

Using the Employment and Economic Development Office services for immigrants If you are a jobseeker, you should register with an Employment and Economic Development Office (te Office) as soon as you have moved to Finland. You will find one near you almost everywhere in Finland. The largest te Offices have Eures advisers and other advisers […]

banner