General Information about Finland


Welcome to Finland is an information pack for people moving to Finland, produced by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. The pack comes in 15 languages and is in two parts; one 80-page guide and one 8-page brochure. They have also put together a Coming to Finland from Abroad guide.

International House Helsinki has published a Newcomers’ Guide for Helsingfors, Vanda and Esbo about moving to, working and living in the Capital Region. It is well worth a read!

You’ll find a Moving to Finland checklist with more detailed information at InfoFinland. Here below are the headlines:

What to Think about before Moving:

  • Livelihood
  • Notification of your move to the authorities of the country of departure
  • Cost of living in Finland
  • Removal goods from the EU area
  • Removal goods from outside the EU
  • Bringing a car to Finland as removal goods
  • Importing pets
  • Removal companies

Things to Take Care of Immediately after the Move:

  • Registration of an EU citizen’s right of residence
  • Housing and home insurance
  • Finnish personal identity code
  • Municipality of residence in Finland
  • Social security
  • Bank account
  • Tax card
  • Public transport
  • Driving license
  • Internet
  • Telephone
  • Health
  • Language studies
  • Job hunting
  • Leisure and hobbies

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