How to become a digital nomad in Finland

Become a digital nomad in Finland
Updated on 09 November, 2017

Vast regions of unspoilt nature, over 188,000 lakes, hip vibrant cities, and charming little towns — Finland has it all. Bordering Russia, Norway and Sweden, this small country manages to pack weeks of sightseeing into an incredibly compact form.

Why Finland

It's mostly about nature. Finland is a skilful balance of the extremes ' you get towering untouched forests and lakes so pure you can drink from, next to the modern capital of Helsinki planning to introduce 5G public Wi-Fi throughout the city. The country offers more of a 'getaway from it all' scenario than other European locations and yet, it's right there in Europe, with access to the rest of the world. Here, you can enjoy a working session at one of the many coworking spots with rooftop views of the city, and then head out into the wilderness to catch the aurora borealis. Less expensive compared to its Nordic neighbours, Finland is sparking a rising interest in the digital nomad community with cold winters being the only deterring factor.

Best cities to work from

Helsinki is Finland's quirky capital and home to an electrifying design scene and architectural innovation. Working from the capital is convenience itself ' you can get work done in many spots across the city, from public libraries to coffee shops and rooftop coworking hubs.The internet is fast and mostly free, and you can find a sauna almost everywhere ' a great way to de-stress after a deadline race or fight off the cool weather.

Tampere is the third largest city in Finland and packs, even more, contrasts than Helsinki. Once a big industrial centre, the city is now a hub for technology and research, and home to over 200 lakes and ponds scattered across its grounds. Here, you will find a comfortable work setting and lots of opportunities to network.

The internet and coworking spaces

The average broadband download speed in Finland is 17.7Mbps putting it ahead of many other countries. But the best part is Finland's free public Wi-Fi coverage, which is extensive and offers a free, no-registration, high-speed connection. What's even better is that you can find public Wi-Fi hotspots almost everywhere throughout major cities (search for the Helsinki City Open WLAN and connect).

Thanks to the free high-speed public Wi-Fi, you can work almost anywhere on the street in Finland. But don't miss out on visiting one of the city's many coffee shops and hip coworking hubs, which are aplenty.

Coworking spaces in Helsinki

Helsinki Think Company, Vuorikatu 5

HUB 13, Keskuskatu 3

Microsoft Flux, Korkeavuorenkatu 35

Coworking spaces in Tampere

Technopolis, Kalevantie 2

HealthHub, Biokatu 6

Leisure in Finland

Finland is home to some of the most beautiful natural sights in Europe. From the lush green forests and deep blue lakes in the national parks of Nuuksio and Koli to the large ski resorts of Rukatunturi and Levi. Other major attractions include Suomenlinna, a UNESCO-listed sea fortress, Linnanmäki amusement park and, of course, the Santa Claus Village.

What to know before arriving

Finland is a Schengen Zone member state and if you are a resident of a country that is also a member state of the Schengen Zone, you can travel with your National Identity Card. Alternatively, you can apply for a Schengen Visa prior to your travels and enjoy access to other countries in the region.

Useful links

The Official Travel Guide to Finland

Free Wi-Fi in Helsinki

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