Moving to Finland: Things you should know before you immigrate to Finland
Immigrate to Finland – Things to know about this Scandinavian paradise
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Visa Regulations for Finland
For citizens of EU countries, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein:
- There are no visa requirements for Finland. However, you will need to register yourself with the local authorities and declare your intentions and source of income if you intend on living, studying or working in Finland for longer than 3 months. You will also need to obtain a Personal I.D code.
For non-EU citizens:
- Tourist Visa: Many countries are exempt from the tourist visa, allowing them to stay without working for up to 3 months. For a full list of exemptions and visa regulations for Finland, please check the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
- Residence permits: For those who are moving to Finland to work or study, you will need to apply for a residence permit with the Finnish authorities. Many business owners and foreign workers immigrate to Finland in all types of industries so there are many types of residency, depending on the type of work you are undertaking, or the type of business you own.
- For family members of Finnish citizens wishing to join them in Finland, they can also apply for this type of residency permit.
In all cases, if you wish to move to Finland permanently for more than 90 days, you need to prove your income is sufficient to support you during your length of stay. For more information on visa regulations for Finland, permits and applying, you can visit the Finnish immigration website.
Rental and property prices in Finland
Finding an apartment when moving to Finland is more expensive than in most parts of Europe. You can choose to rent privately, or through the city administration – but either way, it is important to remember that utilities are not included and you will need to factor this into your cost of living in Finland.
For a single person moving to Finland and settling in Helsinki’s city centre, rent for a one-bedroom apartment will cost between €800 – €1300 per month. If you are immigrating to Finland with your family, a 3-bedroom apartment will cost from €1500 – €2700 in Helsinki.
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LIVING IN FINLAND
Cost of living in Finland
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Job market in Finland
Higher wages and great workplace conditions make moving to Finland attractive for many foreign jobseekers, and with the ageing population, demand is growing making it easy for expats to find opportunities in all sectors.
When preparing to enter the job market in Finland, it is a good idea to learn Finnish beforehand, to increase your chances of finding work. Integration and language courses are available, to help expats immigrate to Finland easier.
Also, make sure your diplomas, degrees and certificates are translated from your local language to make it easier to enter the job market in Finland. Eurosender can help you send your documents faster, with our express envelope delivery!
Education in Finland
Finland is known for having one of the highest standards of education in the world, and their education system is government-funded and free for all citizens and international students who move to Finland to study.
The Finnish school system includes:
- Kindergarten: 8 months – 5 years old (Not compulsory)
- Preschool: 6 -7 years old (Compulsory)
- Comprehensive School: 8 -16 years old (Compulsory)
- Upper Secondary School: 16 – 19 years old (Not compulsory)
- Vocational School: 16 – 19 years old (Not compulsory)
- Bachelor’s degree: 3 – 4 years of study
- Master’s degree: 2 – 3 years of study
Healthcare in Finland
A major reason for a higher standard of living in Finland can be attributed to their universal health system. Quality state-funded healthcare in Finland is available to all permanent residents. When you first immigrate to Finland from a non-EU country, you will need to ensure you have adequate travel and health insurance to cover you for emergencies during the length of your stay.
Driving in Finland
If you are moving from a non-EU country and are planning on driving in Finland, it is strongly advised to have an international driving permit. If you are moving to Finland from an EU country, you can use our local license for as long as it is valid, before exchanging to a Finnish one.
It is important to remember when driving in Finland, winter tires are compulsory from the 1st of December until 31st of February, and is subject to extension, depending on the weather conditions. Using your headlights when driving in Finland is mandatory for all conditions, not just at night.
Parking fines are extremely expensive in Finland, so you don’t want to lose track of time or forget to pay.
Living in Finland – other things to consider
Whether you have visited before, or you are relocating to Finland from the USA or anywhere else at a minute notice, you will no doubt notice a few customs which are different from home. Here are some last things to keep in mind when moving to Finland:
- For parts of the year, northern parts of the country experience long nights and days which can last months at a time.
- Moving to Finland is a dream for fans of metal music – with many famous metal bands originating in Finland.
- The Finnish do not have an equivalent word for ‘please’ – but don’t let this put you off moving to Finland, as you will find most people are extremely polite and welcoming of foreigners.
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Moving to Finland from the UK
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