Live and work in Finland

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Life in Finland

Imagine waking up to the midnight sun during the summer months, or being dazzled by the dancing Northern Lights in the winter. Finland’s landscapes are a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. With pristine forests, sparkling lakes, and rugged national parks, you’ll have many opportunities for hiking, skiing, canoeing, and even the thrilling sport of ice swimming. Helsinki is a vibrant hub of design, culture, and culinary delights. Explore its markets, visit architecture like the Helsinki Cathedral, or indulge in a delectable Finnish cuisine, from hearty salmon dishes to mouth watering cinnamon buns.

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Quick facts about working in Finland

  • Average working hours per week: 36 to 40 hours, 7 to 8 hours daily
  • Typical working day: Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 or 6:00 pm
  • Number of Vacation days: 5 weeks divided into 4 weeks of summer vacation and 1 week of winter holiday.
  • Commute: Mostly by train, tram and bus
  • Work culture: Relatively flat hierarchy 

You will have colleagues from everywhere, but you will speak in your own native language, supporting customers from your country.

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Quick info about Finland

Typical food

Salmon soup, pea soup, pickled baltic herring, macaroni casserole, karelian pastries/pies, reindeer stew, salty liquorice


~5.5 million people


Finland is part of Scandinavia and borders Norway, Sweden, and Russia. From the coastal side there is direct access to the Baltic Sea. The capital city is Helsinki.



Famous people

Tove Jansson, Lordi, Alexi Laiho


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Avg. working week

36 to 40 hours 
7 to 8 hours daily


Finland offers its residents universal healthcare and in case of emergency anyone is entitled to urgent medical treatment regardless of nationality. Insurance is free but funded by the tax system.


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No, you do not need a work permit to work in Finland as an EU citizen. If you work there you will need a Finnish personal identity code as well as a tax card. You can read more here.

Finland has a predominantly temperate climate characterised by four distinct seasons. The climate varies across the country, with the northern regions experiencing colder temperatures and longer winters compared to the southern parts. Summers in Finland are generally mild to warm, with average temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F). Winters can be cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing, and snow is common. The spring and autumn seasons bring milder temperatures and colourful foliage, making them popular times to visit.

Finland’s public transport is well-working with good long-distance connections as well as commuting within the cities. The main form of transport in Finland is trains and buses, and within the cities there are also trams. The prices of tickets have become cheaper over the years. You can buy tickets using the HSL mobile app, in ticket machines, and R-kiosks in the city. “Helsinki card” holders are able to travel for free on buses.

Yes, Finland consistently ranks among the top countries in terms of quality of life, education, healthcare, and overall happiness. The country’s well-functioning welfare system, clean environment, and strong emphasis on work-life balance contribute to a high standard of living. Additionally, Finland offers a safe and stable society, with a low crime rate and a strong sense of social cohesion.

Yes, food and drinks in Finland tend to be relatively expensive compared to many other European countries. The cost of groceries, dining out, and alcoholic beverages can be higher than average. Prices can vary depending on the location and type of establishment. In general, dining at restaurants or cafes can be more expensive, while cooking at home and purchasing groceries from supermarkets can help manage food costs. It’s also worth noting that alcoholic beverages, particularly those sold in bars or restaurants, are subject to high taxes, contributing to their higher prices.

Still not convinced about Finland?

Living in Finland means immersing yourself in a society that values equality, sustainability, and well-being. With excellent healthcare, efficient public transport, and a high quality of life, Finland provides a nurturing environment for personal growth and happiness.

Finland is one of the prime locations in the world to witness the mesmerizing natural phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. The northernmost regions of Finland, such as Lapland, offer optimal conditions for viewing the Northern Lights due to their proximity to the Arctic Circle. The best time to see the Aurora Borealis in Finland is during the winter months, particularly from September to March, when the nights are dark and the skies are clear. It is an unforgettable experience to witness the dancing colors of the Northern Lights in the Finnish wilderness.

Finns are also known for their love of saunas, and in Finland, there are over 3 million saunas for a population of just 5.5 million people! Saunas are not just a place to relax and unwind; they’re a way of life. 

Finnish culture is also rich in traditions, from the enchanting Kalevala epic to the captivating music of Sibelius, and the iconic Midsummer festivities with bonfires.

Finland is also a pioneer in education, with its renowned education system consistently ranked among the best in the world. Embrace the opportunity to learn and grow in a nurturing environment that values creativity and critical thinking. Did you know that Finland is the birthplace of the mobile game phenomenon Angry Birds? It’s a testament to the country’s innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.

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