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Living in Finland guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Finland with the expat guide

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Generalities

General information
  • Finland, known as 'The Land of a Thousand Lakes', entices expats with its natural beauty and its impressive societal advancements.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Nationals of the EU do not need a visa to travel to Finland. South Africans, Indians and Chinese citizens are among those who need a Schengen visa.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Nordic citizens and nationals of the EU-ΕΕΑ do not need a visa to work or stay in Finland. For third-country citizens a residence permit is required.

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
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  • You need to be proactive to find a job in Finland, but the state offers many tools and websites to guide and educate potential entrepreneurs.

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Finding good accommodation at a good price can be particularly hard in Finland, especially in large cities like Helsinki.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • To study in Finland you need a residence permit if youre not a Nordic or EU citizen. You may also need to pay some tuition fees.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • You are entitled to healthcare if youre covered by health insurance in a Nordic or EU country. Third-country citizens can opt for private healthcare.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • Opening a bank account in Finland is very simple and does not require excessive documentation -- just make sure to ask for online banking as well.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • Preview: As in all Nordic countries, taxation in Finland can take up to 42% of your income -- and is deduced directly from your salary each month.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Although Finland is large and sparsely populated country, transport networks (by air, rail, road and water) are reliable and comprehensive.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • EU nationals are able to convert their licence to a Finnish one, but in some cases you may need to take the driving test.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Finland offers many great relocation services, that can help you out with anything from moving your belongings to the documents you need.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Finland has an extremely well-developed telecoms network that will help you stay in touch with loved ones back home.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Whether youre after adrenaline-rising outdoor activities or sophisticated cultural outings, Finland has something for you.

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  • Finland provides many alternatives for child care and a thorough support system for adoptions, but you need a residence permit to access both.

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