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
Digital and population data services agency (previously Maistraatti or Magistrate's Office) will help you with registration to the Finnish Population System, life certificates and so forth. The service locations are listed here.
TEM (The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment) provides information on the Finnish work life and requirements from the authorities. You will find latest news and information on how to proceed in different situations.
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 is an unemployment fund. 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
INFORMATION ON MOVING TO AND LIVING 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.
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.
Migration Info Centre Mainio's services are available for all immigrants in Tampere region who wish to seek information and advice in their own language in different topics of everyday life. At the Info Centre, the customer can ask anything about living, working and studying in Tampere.
Poliisi is 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.
Finnish employment 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)