Living in Finland

How to find more information about living in Finland?

The links below will help you find the most important information that you may need while staying in Finland. 

 

Kela, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland, provides social security coverage for Finnish residents and many Finns living abroad through the different stages of their lives. Among the social security benefits offered by Kela are family benefits, health insurance, rehabilitation, basic unemployment security, basic social assistance, housing benefits, financial aid for students, disability benefits and basic pensions. Read more

Vero is the Finnish Tax Administration. MyTax is the Tax Administration’s e-service for most of your tax matters.

Digital and population data services agency (previously Maistraatti or Magistrate's Office). The service locations are listed here.

Finnish Immigration Service Migri, for information about residence permits and staying in Finland. o Take care of the required permits and legal documents before applying for jobs in Finland. 

Welcome Guide is a step-by-step guide to help you when moving to Finland. It gives you a checklist for migrating and helps you to understand the immigration process. It also lists the documents you need, such as residence permit, visa and other documents, and tells you which public authorities you need to contact upon your arrival.

TE Services is the State Agency which provides services for example for those who become unemployed or temporarily laid off. They also provide information for jobseekers and entrepreneurs. 

KOKO-kassa, The Unemploymend Fund for Highly Educated KOKO. You can join the KOKO fund if you have a salaried job. The KOKO fund membership fee is included in the full TEK membership fee. KOKO pays out earnings-related allowance for unemployment, temporary lay-off or labour market measures and alternation compensation for the duration of alternation leave to its members. In addition, KOKO pays mobility allowance, which is meant to support receiving a job from a longer distance. Read more

infoFinland.fi is a website that gathers information on living in Finland, its society and culture as well as practical tips in 12 different languages.

International House Helsinki provides a wide range of information and public authority services to meet the needs of international newcomers in the Helsinki metropolitan area. They also offer free advisory and counselling services to employers on issues related to international workforce. 

Poliisi, the Finnish police. The national police helpline provides general advice on non-urgent matters regarding passports, identity cards, licensing matters, appointment bookings and electronic services. Advice is also provided on matters related to automatic traffic surveillance as well as traffic, crime reports and lost property. When you need urgent police assistance, call the emergency number 112.

The Finnish legislation is available at finlex.fi. Some of the content is also available in English. 

Health care in Finland. You are entitled to use public health services in Finland if you have a municipality of residence (kotikunta) in Finland. Read more

Finnish labour market

Töissä.fi provides statistical information about jobs, professions, incomes and more. The site also has hundreds of stories written by professionals in many different fields, that give students idea about the working life: what kind of skills are needed, what kind of tasks typical workday is made of, how to apply jobs etc.  

Ammattibarometri (Occupational Barometer) tracks the labour market and shortage/surplus occupations. The barometer is the view of the TE offices about the development prospects in key occupations in the near future. 

Work and business related media in Finland (in English)

Work and business related media (in Finnish)