Finland

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Finland is a Northern European nation bordering Sweden and Russia.

History / Basics

Its capital, Helsinki, sits on a peninsula and coastal islands in the Baltic Sea, and is home to the 18th-century fortress Suomenlinna, the Seurasaari open-air museum and a neoclassical cathedral. The Northern Lights can be seen from its Arctic Lapland province, also home to the country’s main ski resorts.

In 2014, 31,510 people migrated to Finland and 16,020 emigrated. Around 75% of all immigrants are of working age, and many bring small children with them. The number of foreigners living permanently in Finland in 2014 was around 220,000 (approx. 4% of the total population); the four biggest groups being Estonians (48,354), Russians (30,619), Swedes (8,228) and Chinese (7,559). Net immigration in 2014 was 16,020 persons.

Regions of Finland

 Southern Finland 
The southern stretch of coastline up to the Russian border, including the capitalHelsinki and the historical province of Uusimaa (Nyland)
 Western Finland 
The Southwest coastal areas, the old capital Turku, the historical province ofCentral Finland with its capital Jyväskylä, inland hub city Tampere, the southern parts of the historical province of Ostrobothnia (PohjanmaaÖsterbotten) andSeinäjoki, the fastest growing city of Finland
 Eastern Finland 
Forests and lakes by the Russian border, including Savonia (Savo) and the Finnish side of Karelia (Karjala)
 Oulu (Northern Finland)
Kajanaland (Kainuu) and northern Ostrobothnia, named after the technology city ofOulu.
 Finnish Lapland 
Tundra, reindeer and the biggest skiing resorts above the Arctic Circle.
 Åland 
an autonomous and monolingually Swedish group of islands off the southwestern coast of Finland

Finding Work


Find out about jobs on offer and the requirements for them. Visit the websites of the Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment and the European Employment Services network, for example. Firms specialising in job recruitment can be found on the internet, and Finnish newspapers and their websites have job advertisements, though these are mostly in Finnish (see Oikotie or Uratie).

www.workinfinland.com : This website is right place if you are
looking for the latest jobs in Finland.Quick facts

www.ejobs.fi : Finland local jobs, careers, part time employment and summer job opportunities. Jobseeker, post your resume to find your new job.

www.learn4good.com : Jobs in Finland, work opportunities, Tech jobs Finland for foreigners.

www.erekryhelsinki.fi : Next summer, Helsinki will recruit some 4,000 summer employees and substitutes.Summer jobs at the City of Helsinki are applied for electronically on the recruitment website. The application period for summer 2016 starts on mid-January.

Work Permit : Find out what permits you will need to live and work in Finland, at the Finnish Immigration Service website.

Accommodation / Mobile / Tax / General

To find a place to live and to open a bank account, go first to your employer, who will be able to guide you to the local services. Regarding integration and language matters, children’s schooling, healthcare and social security, turn to the local authorities in your new home municipality. Every Finnish municipality has its own website, so start at the general municipal website. Social security is managed by the Social Insurance Institution (KELA).

Anyone staying in Finland for at least a year must register in the Finnish population data system. See the Local Register Offices‘ website.

http://erasmusu.com : Find people to share a flat in Helsinki, roommates, Erasmus.

www.roomorama.com : Helsinki – Book accommodation & vacation rentals from US$21/night. Instant confirmation.

www.vuokraovi.com : Vacation Apartment rentals in Helsinki. Search conditions: rentals, Helsinki, Metropolitan area of private owners rent apartments.

Tax :

Does an immigrant have to pay tax, and how is that done? Find out at the tax administration website.

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