Removals to Finland – Providing a dedicated service for Finland removals

We provide an efficient and cost effective international removals service, without compromising the quality of service on which we have built our reputation.

With years of experience helping clients moving to Finland from the UK, we understand the logistics of the journey and can provide a service far superior to our competitors.

Due to the heavy volumes in traffic we transport, we currently offer a regular service to most destinations and we are therefore able to provide more economical rates than other UK movers without compromising our service.

We use a fleet of dedicated articulated vehicles for removals to Finland

These vehicles run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, which ensures little or no movement of vehicle contents. These bars also enable us to create partitions between consignments which prevents cross contamination.

Our vehicles are also alarmed, offering additional security and peace of mind.

WE ARE A LEADING UK PROVIDER OF REMOVALS ACROSS SCANDINAVIA

Schepens makes weekly runs to Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Due to the amount of work we do in these countries, we currently offer flexible scheduling to a range of destinations in each country, so we’re able to offer affordable rates to movers without compromising our service. Our base in Jönköping is ideally situated for removals logistics throughout Scandinavia.

Why use Schepens when moving to Finland from the UK?

We are immensely proud of our family-run business and enjoy providing the best international removals service for people moving to Finland from the UK

Our company only employs experienced movers who love what they do.  We enjoy providing friendly customer service with a high degree of professionalism

Our experienced staff are trained to move your possessions safely, efficiently and with minimal risk.  All movers are trained to British Association of Removers standards and we are independently audited every year to ensure we are providing the highest standard of quality and service

Our highly-specialised fleet of vehicles are designed for moving contents safely for long distances.  All vehicles are well-maintained and drivers are well trained in their use

We provide very high-quality packing materials to keep your fragile possessions safe during the journey

We have helped many clients relocate to Finland from the UK.  We understand the logistics involved with the journey and are the perfect choice for clients interesting in relocating to Finland

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    Services we offer for removals to Finland

    Our specially trained Move Co-ordinators can help with all aspects of your removal to Finland and further afield including:

    • Packing Services for removals to Finland
      Our experienced staff can correctly pack your belongings to minimise the risk of damage during transit to Finland.  We only use high-quality packing materials
    • Customs for removals to Finland
      We are experienced at dealing with customs matters and know the rules and regulations associated with relocating to Finland
    • Insurance for removals to Finland
      Our movers and vehicles are all fully insured
    • Extended Liability Cover for removals to Finland
      We carry extended liability cover so any accident that involves a third party is fully covered

    removals to finland

    Schepens move to and from all the major towns and cities near Finland including:

    Helsinki, Espoo, Tampere, Vantaa, Turku, Oulu plus many others.

    If you need removals to Finland, then Schepens has the experience, expertise and local knowledge to offer you a smooth, trouble-free move.

    FINLAND GUIDE

    A useful guide for expats and newcomers to help with your move to Finland:

    Moving to Finland from UK | Removals to Finland | Relocate to Finland

    Moving to Finland From UK

    Thinking of Living and Working in Finland?

    Moving to Finland from UK is a unique and exciting experience. The country is very much part of Europe and yet it shares a 1,313km border with Russia and the Arctic winter defines both its landscape and its culture.  Most UK professionals moving to Finland to take up work opportunities find themselves heading for Helsinki, the capital city which stretches both inland and out to the islands just off its coastline.

    Schepens has been providing removals to Finland for over a century now, and, over the past decade, we’ve seen an increase in movers relocating to Finland. There’s plenty of reasons why it’s increasingly on UK professionals’ radar, including:


    Working in Finland

    If you are moving to Finland from the UK for work, you will need to apply for a residence permit for an employed person. UK citizens are not allowed to work in Finland without this. A permit will be granted if you can prove that you have a permanent, or temporary contract. Priority is given to support occupations that are in high demand. Finland’s Shortage Occupation List provides details of these.

    Schepens is a Leading UK Provider of Removals to Finland

    Moving to Finland from the UK can feel overwhelming, especially if this is your first experience of the Nordic Countries. Schepens’ long-term relationship with Finland allows us to provide a buffer between two very different cultures.

    We make regular, weekly runs to Helsinki, Espoo and locations across the country. Our familiarity with Finland’s geography, customs regulations, and roads (summer and winter) means that we are fairly unique in being able to guarantee stress-free removals to our movers. Additionally, we offer flexible scheduling, affordable prices, and full or part load shipping.

    Professional Move Co-Ordinators

    Schepens assigns each mover a professional move co-ordinator. This is someone who knows the country well and can offer valuable advice on the most cost-effective way to move to Finland, and how to manage the transition to your new home. They will create a bespoke removals plan, based on your specific requirements, and be available to help at every stage of the process.

    We offer a range of removals services, which include:

    • Free No Obligation Removals Quote. Our first task is to arrange a survey (online or in-person) in order to understand the scope of your move. We’ll then provide a detailed and accurate removals quote to help with your budgeting.
    • Insurance. Your goods will be insured whilst in transit from the UK to Finland. If you require additional Accidental Damage, or Extended Liability cover, your move co-ordinator will arrange it for you.
    • Professional Packing Service. Schepens has a BAR trained team who will pack up your home in hours, using sturdy and sustainable materials. This ensures that your goods arrive in perfect condition in your new home.
    • Specialist Removals. If your move includes fragile, or valuable items such as a piano, fine art or antiques, our specialist team will arrange bespoke packing, handling, and shipping in advance of your move.
    • UK Self Storage. Should you require storage in the UK whilst you’re working in Finland, Schepens has a number of local self-storage facilities. These provide a clean and secure environment for your goods.
    • Removals Fleet. Your goods are transported in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, ensuring little or no movement of vehicle content.

    Second-to-None Customer Service

    “I have moved 8 times in the last 16 years and used all sorts of companies – Schepens are the best bar none. All of the team that we dealt with were professional and caring for our belongings. Would definitely use them again.”

    Jonathon


    If you are moving to Finland from UK for work, or to join family, do give Schepens a call on 01794 323558 to find out about the full range of ways we can support you.

    Moving to Helsinki | Helsinki Guide | Moving to Finland

    Moving to Helsinki

    Helsinki is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, with stunning architecture and a rich cultural history. It is no wonder that professionals from the UK are moving to Helsinki to work.


    Finland is currently the ‘happiest country in the world’ for the fifth year running! This is thanks to its low crime rate, world-leading education system, fantastic medical system, and great working conditions. It’s a society that places the emphasis on social welfare, and the Finns demonstrate great trust in their government, institutions, and business leaders.

    Where is Helsinki?

    Helsinki is the capital of Finland. The city has an urban population of under a million people, and it covers 715.49 km² (276.25 sq mi), making it the largest city in Finland. Helsinki is located on the tip of a peninsula, surrounded by hundreds of islands. The major islands near Helsinki include: Seurasaari, Vallisaari, Lauttasaari, and Korkeasaari.

    What’s it Like Living in Helsinki?

    For over a century now, Schepens has been helping families, professionals and students who are moving to Helsinki to relocate. Many of them have chosen to make Finland their permanent home. We asked some of them about their experience of living in Helsinki. Here’s what they told us:

    Long Sunny Summers, and Cold Winters

    People make a big deal about the cold, dark winters – but we have long summer days to make up for them. Winter runs from November through to April – not unlike in the UK. It’s at its coldest in January when we usually get heavy snowfall. By the middle of June, though, we’re enjoying sun for 19 hours each day, and the temperatures are warm through to September.

    Everyone Speaks English in Helsinki

    Whilst the official languages in Finland are Finnish and Swedish, English is also widely spoken in the business community. This makes moving to Helsinki much easier – although I’d recommend learning some Finnish, once you’re settled. Schools teach in Finnish, or Swedish but there is the International School of Helsinki where the teaching is in English.

    Working in Helsinki

    I can thoroughly recommend working and living in Helsinki, but if you’re thinking of moving to Helsinki, you’ll need a resident permit that’s based on your employment contract. It’s a good idea to start by looking for work in Helsinki. Once you have a job offer you can apply for residence via the Finnish Immigration Service.

    Helsinki is a Healthy City to Live In

    Helsinki takes the environment seriously and is now one of the leading global cities when it comes to clean air and low pollution. It’s aiming to be carbon neutral by 2035 and is actively investing in hydro and wind power in order to achieve it. Finland also has a great healthcare system; it’s efficient, affordable, and accessible.


    Moving to Helsinki

    Moving to Helsinki is exciting, but the process can feel a bit overwhelming – especially if you don’t know the country well. Schepens can help with shipping your goods, completing customs paperwork and providing an accurate removals quote to help with your budgeting.

    Our extensive experience of Scandinavian removals means that we can offer our movers a range of benefits, including flexible scheduling (we make weekly runs to Helsinki), affordable pricing, and full or part load shipping.


    FAQs for Removals to Finland

    Here are some of the questions we’re asked regularly by movers who are planning removals to Finland:

    What is the Removals Process?

    1. You’ll be allocated a move co-ordinator who carries out an online survey of the goods you’ll be moving to Helsinki and provides you with a free detailed and accurate removals quote.
    2. Your tailored removals plan is prepared, and your move to Helsinki is scheduled. If dates shift, just let us know and we’ll reschedule.
    3. If you need help with packing, our BAR trained packing professionals will arrive on moving day to wrap and pack your goods, using sturdy and sustainable packing materials.
    4. Your goods are transported to your new home in Helsinki.
    5. Schepens removals team will unload your goods, taking every care.

    Do You Provide a Packing Service?

    We do. If you need help with packing, Schepens’ BAR trained packers will arrive on the day of your move and pack up your home for you. They use sturdy and sustainable packing materials, and you have our guarantee that everything will arrive in excellent condition to your new home.

    Can I Store Goods in the UK?

    Many of our overseas movers request storage for their goods in the UK. Schepens has a number of local self storage facilities:

    • We deliver your storage container.
    • Our removals team help with packing and loading if required.
    • We prepare a detailed inventory of your storage items.
    • Your container is sealed, and then taken to our storage facility.
    • All storage containers are subject to 24-hour security.
    • Your storage unit is accessible only to you.

    How are my Goods Transported?

    Your goods will be shipped in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, ensuring little or no movement of vehicle content. We have a specialist removals team to handle overseas piano removals, fine art, and antiques shipping. Bespoke packing, handling, and shipping is arranged in advance for all specialist items.

    Do You Provide Insurance?

    Your goods are covered whilst they’re in transit. If you require additional Accidental Damage or Extended Liability insurance, your move co-ordinator can arrange cover for you.


    “From first e-mail contact to final delivery of my belongings I was met with professionalism, friendliness and helpfulness. In such a stressful situation as moving, well, I couldn’t have asked for more from this excellent company.”

    Sue B.


    Schepens have the local knowledge and experience to guarantee stress-free removals to Finland. If you would like more information about moving to Helsinki, contact our friendly staff today on 01794 323558 for a free moving quote.

    Removals to Finland | Moving to Finland from UK

    LIVING IN FINLAND

    WHAT’S IT LIKE LIVING IN FINLAND?

    Finland has now been named the world’s happiest country for 5 years running. The global poll looks at how living in Finland is impacted by the natural environment, social institutions and urban infrastructure with regard ‘well-being’ or happiness amongst the population:

    “The lesson of the World Happiness Report over the years is that social support, generosity to one another, and honesty in government are crucial for well-being.”

    – Jeffrey Sachs


    Whilst the Schepens team doesn’t have to good fortune to live in Finland, we have been supporting movers in their removals to Finland for over a century. Many of them are now happily settled in HelsinkiEspoo or Tampere; we asked what living in Finland was like, day-to-day:

    LIVING IN FINLAND FEELS SAFE

    “I’ve lived in many different countries around the world, and I’ve always been accustomed, as a woman, to checking for dangers in my immediate environment, especially if I’m walking somewhere alone, after dark. I’ve finally been able to let go of those fears since I’ve been living in Finland. I work in Espoo, west of Helsinki. The crime rate is off the scale – in that there’s hardly any – and women are totally respected whether they’re indoors, on the street, on public transport.”

    THE HELSINKI LIBRARY IS AN INVESTMENT IN CULTURE

    “I’ve always loved reading, and I grew up loving my local library but the Oodi Helsinki Central Library is something else. It’s more like a giant living room than a work space, and it’s always packed with people. There are story rooms for children, places where you can get coffee and read. An urban workshop provides tools for citizens to make things, and there’s an extensive programme of events for every age group. All cities need one of these.”

    FREE UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE IS A GOAL

    “To know that if you’re ill you can go to the hospital and receive the very best treatment, free of charge, gives you amazing security. And the Finns believe that everyone living in Finland should have just that. It’s typical of this culture that they don’t argue ideas like ‘free healthcare’ away because it would cost too much. Instead, they try to find ways to achieve it because ‘it’s the right thing to do’.”

    EXCELLENT EDUCATION SYSTEM

    “The Finns honour their teachers. It’s one of the best jobs you can have with excellent pay and great training. And as a result – guess what – the Finnish education system is acknowledged to be one of the best in the world. Kids really do thrive in the school, and they work incredibly hard, but it’s not all about ‘being the best’. Instead, each child is encouraged to reach their own, individual potential.”

    BROADBAND CONNECTION IS FOR EVERYONE

    “Finland was the first country in the world to make broadband internet access a legal right for every one of its citizens. And it’s transformative! Whether you’re on a bus or a train, in a public building or waiting at the airport, you can rely on having ‘good enough’ wi-fi that doesn’t require you to sign in to commercial networks.”

    UK CITIZENS WORKING AND LIVING IN FINLAND

    Any stay longer than 90 days requires a residence permit for an employed person. The application needs to be made, in the first instance, via the Finnish Embassy in the UK, or in some cases, online. The first permit will normally be granted for one year, and this may then be extended continuously for a 3-year period.

    A QUICK OVERVIEW OF FINLAND

    A QUICK OVERVIEW OF FINLAND

    SCHEPENS PROVIDES REMOVALS TO FINLAND

    If you’re planning a move to Finland, Schepens is a leading UK provider. With over 100 years’ practical experience, we have built reputation for ‘stress-free’ removals to the Nordic countries. The Schepens team makes weekly runs to locations across Finland which means that we can offer our movers flexible scheduling, affordable prices, and full or part load shipping containers.

    TAILORED EUROPEAN REMOVALS

    For Schepens each move is unique. Which is why we don’t do ‘standard removal packages’. Instead, you’ll be allocated a professional move co-ordinator to help develop your tailored removals plan, based on your specific requirements. Once complete, this will become the basis for your FREE no obligation removals quote.

    Schepens removals services include:

    • Customs Guidance. We’re experienced at dealing with Finnish customs regulations and can complete the paperwork for your removals to Finland.
    • Professional Packing Service. If you need your home packed by professionals, our industry trained packers are on hand. They will also create a detailed shipping inventory for you.
    • Insurance. Your goods will be insured in transit. Your move co-ordinator can arrange additional Accidental Damage or Extended Liability cover if required.
    • We Move Valuable Items. If you want to move a piano to Finland, or a piece of fine art, Schepens’ specialist removals team will arrange bespoke packaging, handling and shipping.
    • Self Storage. Need somewhere in the UK to store furniture or goods whilst you’re away? Schepens has local storage facilities offering a secure, climate-controlled environment.
    • Transport. Your goods will be shipped in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which maintain a constant temperature and humidity, run on air ride suspension, and boast an adjustable bearing system, which ensures little or no movement of vehicle content.

    Second-to-None Customer Service

    “From first e-mail contact to final delivery of my belongings I was met with professionalism, friendliness and helpfulness. In such a stressful situation as moving, well, I couldn’t have asked for more from this excellent company.”

    Sue B.


    ARE YOU PLANNING ON LIVING IN FINLAND? IF SO, GIVE SCHEPENS A CALL. WE HAVE OVER A CENTURY OF EXPERIENCE WHEN IT COMES TO MOVING TO FINLAND – 01794 323558

    Removals to Finland | Relocating to Finland

    How to Move to Finland

    Your Step-by-Step Guide to Moving to Finland

    Are you wondering how to move to Finland? It’s no surprise if this extraordinary Nordic country is on your radar. For the sixth year running, Finland has taken the top spot as ‘the happiest country in the world’. The judges state that Finland is such a success story when it comes to the happiness of their citizens, that they will soon be offering a “Masterclass of Happiness” to help people “find their ‘inner Finn”.

    So, why are the Finns so much happier than other countries? There are a number of factors, the most important of which appear to be lower income inequality, generous social support, the sense that individuals can make their own decisions, and a low level of corruption in government, business and at the individual level.

    Schepens is a UK moving company that specialises in overseas removals to the Scandinavian countries. We have been providing removals to Finland for over a century now, which means we know the country well, and are able to offer far more to movers than a standard movers package. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps and requirements to make your move to move to Finland as smooth as possible.


    How to Move to Finland – a Step-by-Step Guide

    Table of Contents

    1. Finding a Job in Finland
    2. Applying for a Work Permit
    3. Finding Somewhere to Live in Finland
    4. Register With the Local Authorities
    5. Open a Bank Account
    6. Find a GP
    7. Work Culture in Finland
    8. Where to Live in Finland

    FINDING A JOB IN FINLAND

    In Finland, a transformative shift has taken place, pivoting from a historical reliance on manufacturing to the current dominance of the technology and IT industry. Helsinki, in particular, has emerged as a prominent European tech hub, with technology now constituting more than half of Finnish exports, and spearheaded by industry giant Nokia.

    This evolution means that Finnish employers have had to swiftly adapt to a global workforce, addressing skills shortages within the rapidly expanding high-tech sectors. The landscape has transformed, with young entrepreneurs in Finland now instinctively looking beyond national borders when establishing new businesses, reflecting a generational shift in mindset.

    For those seeking employment in Finland, consider the following tips to navigate your job search effectively:

    • Use Employment Advisory Services. Finland has an employment advisory service specifically tailored for international workers, offering an online job search platform. TE-palvelut features filters enabling searches for English-speaking opportunities.
    • Explore Recruitment Platforms. Websites like Monster and Eurojobs provide comprehensive searches for jobs in Finland, offering a range of employment opportunities.
    • Tap into Social Media. Job recruitment in Finland uses social media platforms a good deal. Stay connected and engaged with relevant professional networks to discover potential job openings.
    • Consult the Shortage Occupation List. Refer to the Shortage Occupation List, https://wagecentre.com/work/work-in-europe/shortage-occupations-in-finland updated biannually in January and July. This resource outlines sectors actively recruiting internationally, offering valuable insights into potential job prospects.
    • Consider Speculative Applications. Recognise that many job opportunities may not be publicly advertised. Proactively send speculative applications to companies you aspire to work for, showcasing your enthusiasm and commitment to securing meaningful employment.

    2. Applying For a Work Permit

    If you’re planning to move to Finland to work as a UK citizen, you will need to apply a residence permit. UK citizens are permitted to stay in the country, visa-free, for 90 days. In some cases, they are also allowed to work (eg. giving conference papers, teaching on short courses), but you are not allowed to pick up a casual job for that period and then leave.

    You can apply for your residence application online using Enter Finland. Once your account is set up, your employer can provide the information required for the process using Enter Finland for Employers. Any family members travelling to Finland with you should also apply for a residence permit at the same time. Applications for children can be included in your application.

    If you are travelling to Finland to take up seasonal work, where the contract is for 6-9 months, you can apply for a seasonal residence permit.


    3. Finding Somewhere to Live in Finland

    Finding suitable housing will be one of your top priorities when relocating. There are a number of websites that can help with your search:

    Most professionals working in Finland choose to rent property, at least for their first year. It’s a good idea to know the basics of the rental market, as you start searching:

    There are two types of tenancy agreements in Finland:

    1. Indefinite-term Agreement: This type of agreement (toistaiseksi voimassa oleva vuokrasopimus), also known as permanent agreement, remains in effect until either the tenant or landlord provides notice to terminate it. The agreement continues until such notice is given.
    2. Fixed-term Agreement: Referred to as määräaikainen vuokrasopimus, this agreement has a predetermined end date and automatically concludes without the need for notice. It cannot be terminated prior to the agreed-upon end date. If you wish to extend your stay, a new agreement must be negotiated.

    Additionally, as a standard practice, you will typically be required to provide a security deposit equivalent to two months’ rent, along with one month’s rent in advance. Access to the property is typically granted once this deposit has been submitted.

    Your lease will outline the specified rent amount and its due date. Once the lease is signed, the rental rate remains fixed throughout the entire lease period. Rent payments are to be made directly into the landlord’s bank account and should encompass a portion dedicated to property maintenance.

    While rentals in Finland generally come unfurnished, essential amenities such as showers, taps, toilets, cupboards, a fridge, and a stove are typically provided. It’s advisable to verify the complete list of inclusions and exclusions before finalising the agreement.


    4. Register With The Local Authorities

    When you move to Finland you will need to register with the Finnish Population Information System in order to receive an 11-digit personal identity code. This code, which is based on your birthdate and gender, is essential for all your interactions with banks, authorities, or employers.

    Usually, the Finnish Immigration Service issues a personal identity code when making a decision on a residence permit.

    You can ask for registration and a personal identity code from:


    5. Open a Bank Account

    You won’t need a personal identity code to open a bank account in Finland, but you will need to be able to provide evidence of your identity. The best forms of identification are a passport or identity card. If you don’t yet have a personal identity code, this could restrict your access to online banking, for example.

    In order to open your bank account, you’ll need to explain what you need it for. For example, working in Finland or moving to Finland permanently. You should have your employment contract with you to prove your employment status. Many banks run a credit check when opening a new bank account.


    6. Find a GP

    Healthcare in Finland is not provided free of charge; rather, it is financed through taxation and supplemented by patient fees. These fees are subject to maximum limits, primarily determined by municipalities, and are outlined in the Act and Decree on Social and Health Care Client Fees.

    Public healthcare is available to all permanent residents within the country. As a resident in Finland, you can apply for a Kela Card. This card serves as evidence of your entitlement to social security and health insurance benefits. Furthermore, it can be utilised at pharmacies to obtain medications at reduced prices.

    You can also opt for private healthcare facilities, should you have specialist medical requirements.


    7. Work Culture in Finland

    Finnish work culture is characterised by its emphasis on equality, honesty, and punctuality. Finns value direct communication and avoid excessive formality in their interactions. They also prioritise work-life balance, believing that a healthy personal life contributes to better performance in the workplace. Collaborative problem-solving and consensus-building are common approaches to workplace challenges.

    Key characteristics of Finnish work culture include:

    • Equality. Finns value a flat organisational structure with minimal hierarchy, fostering a sense of ownership and responsibility among employees.
    • Honesty. Finns are direct and straightforward in their communication, valuing honesty and integrity over diplomacy.
    • Punctuality. Finns are highly punctual and value adherence to deadlines, demonstrating respect for their colleagues and commitments.
    • Work-life Balance. Finns prioritise maintaining a healthy balance between work and personal life, believing that personal well-being contributes to professional success.
    • Collaborative Problem-Solving. Finns often approach problems as a team, seeking consensus and actively involving all stakeholders in the decision-making process.

    8. WHERE TO LIVE IN FINLAND?

    Helsinki is the capital of Finland, and the city most UK professionals find themselves working in. The options for experiencing life in Finland are growing all the time, though. Here are the top 4 locations for overseas professionals in Finland:

    1. Helsinki. Helsinki, the capital and largest city of Finland offers a vibrant urban lifestyle with a blend of modernity and natural beauty. It’s known for its design and architecture, as well as its cultural and culinary scenes. Residents enjoy a high quality of life, efficient public transport, and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities including parks, waterfront areas, and the nearby islands.
    2. Tampere. Tampere, located between two lakes, is the third-largest city in Finland and offers a charming and relaxed atmosphere. It’s known for its cultural events, festivals, and theatres. The city’s compact size makes it easy to explore on foot or by bike. Tampere is also a hub for education and technology.
    3. Turku. Turku, situated on the southwest coast, is Finland’s oldest city and holds a rich history. It offers a mix of historical sites, modern amenities, and a lively arts and cultural scene. The city hosts various events, including music festivals and exhibitions. Turku’s archipelago and proximity to the sea provide opportunities for outdoor activities and a unique coastal lifestyle.
    4. Oulu. Oulu, located in northern Finland, is a dynamic and innovative city known for its technological advancements and research institutions. Despite its northern location, Oulu has a lively cultural scene, including theatres, museums, and music festivals. The city’s emphasis on work-life balance, along with its natural surroundings and outdoor activities, makes it appealing to anyone looking for a change from city life.

    HOW TO MOVE TO FINLAND WITH SCHEPENS

    Removals to Finland with Schepens offers far more than a ‘standard’ service. Overseas moves are stressful, so Schepens uses its many decades of experience to ease the burden for movers. We put customers first, and support you from your first phone call, right through to moving day. Every employee is industry trained, but more than that – they ‘care’, and are always prepared to go the extra mile for movers.

    Schepens is a leading UK provider. With over 100 years’ practical experience, we have built reputation for ‘stress-free’ removals to the Nordic countries. The Schepens team makes weekly runs to locations across Finland which means that we can offer our movers flexible scheduling, affordable prices, and full or part load shipping.

    SECOND-TO-NONE CUSTOMER SERVICE

    “A truly professional and courteous service for our move from the UK to Finland. We organised to have our house contents stored with Schepens and then shipped over by road train 7 months later. Great teamwork by all involved. Timing was perfect. We would definitely recommend using their service.”

    Marko Humphrey-Lahti


    NOW YOU KNOW HOW TO MOVE TO FINLAND, CALL SCHEPENS TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE RANGE OF SERVICES WE CAN SUPPORT YOU WITH – 01794 323558

    Removals to Finland | Moving to Helsinki

    Best Places to Live in Finland

    Wondering Where the Best Places to Live in Finland Are?

    Most people have heard of Helsinki, but what about the rest of Finland? If you’re not keen on settling in the capital city, where are the best places to live in Finland? Let’s start with a few broad brushstrokes. North East Finland offers a snowy wilderness, and sub-zero temperatures. Central Finland (the Finnish Lakeland) is warmer and wetter. Southern Finland is home to Helsinki and is the warmest and most densely populated area.


    Schepens has been providing removals to Finland for over a century now. The majority of our movers settle in Helsinki to work, but we regularly travel to all regions of this beautiful country. We asked movers from a range of locations to advise on the best places to live in Finland.

    5 Best Places to Live in Finland

    1. Helsinki – Southern Finland

    Helsinki isn’t just a city, it’s also an archipelago with 330 islands to explore. So, though Helsinki isn’t huge, it feels vast. It’s easy to get around, by bike, by metro, walking, by boat – you really don’t need a car. Favourite things about the city are the bars – which are sensational, and summer nights – which are long and laid back. Drawbacks? The winters can be long, and cold – and it’s a really expensive place to live.

    2. Oulu – Western Finland

    If you work in tech, this is a real option as there’s plenty of work. The winters tend to be cold – but not unbearable, and the summers are pretty amazing with virtually 24 hours of daylight. Oulu ‘feels’ remote but we’re just an hour’s flight to Helsinki and there are flights to pretty much anywhere. Everyone bikes as there’s a good infrastructure for cyclists, and great local services overall.

    3. Tampere – Central Finland

    It’s Finland’s second city – in fact, it’s the biggest inland city in all the Nordic countries. Tampere isn’t the most beautiful city in Finland, but it’s a really friendly place to live. It’s actually got the nickname ‘Manchester of Finland’ because of the industry that boomed here a few decades ago. Now it’s developing its waterfront and gentrifying the working class areas. If you’re a lover of local music gigs, family cafes, proper pubs and grassroots culture, you’ll love this place.

    4. Turku – Southern Finland

    Turku is a bit of an amazing success story – it’s the oldest city in Finland, so it’s medieval centre is beautiful. But it’s also the most innovative, tech-savvy and aspirational city I’ve ever lived in. Everything revolves around the river which runs through the centre, especially in the summer when the days feel endless. You chill on a boat, enjoy local food, stay out late. This is what all cities should be like.

    5. Jyväskylä – Southern Central Finland

    Jyväskylä is one of the fastest growing cities in Finland; it’s also one of the best locations to settle in if you love the outdoors! Situated to the west of Finland’s Lakeland region, Jyväskylä has lakes, hills and forests, all within walking distance of the city centre. It’s a busy cultural centre, with festivals throughout the year, and architecture that you’d expect to find in the capital city, thanks to the renowned resident Alvar Alto.


    Applying for a Residence Permit

    If our list of the best places to live in Finland has inspired you, one of the best ways to experience Finland is spend time working there. For UK citizens, there is now a requirement to apply for a residence permit in order to live and work in Helsinki or elsewhere. In order to be awarded a residence permit, you’ll need to provide evidence of either a permanent or temporary employment contract.

    Priority is given to occupations in high demand, as outlined in Finland’s Shortage Occupation List. It lists professions or occupations that are experiencing a shortage of skilled workers within Finland. The list is created by the government to address labour market needs and encourage recruitment of individuals possessing specific skills that are in high demand. Professionals able to fulfil these roles will experience a streamlined immigration process.

    Quick Overview of Working in Finland

    Quick Overview of Working in Finland

    Schepens Provides Removals to Finland

    Whether you’re moving to Helsinki, or one of the other cities featured in our best places to live in Finland guide, Schepens can help. We’re a family-led removals company (now in our 4th generation) and we’re specialists when it comes to European removals to Scandinavia. The amount of work we do in this part of the world means we can offer movers affordable prices, weekly runs to locations across the country, flexible scheduling, and the option of full or part load shipping.

    Tailored Removals for Schepens Movers

    We’ve been in this business for long enough to know that there’s no such thing as a ‘standard’ move. Instead, we treat every mover as utterly unique. Each mover is allocated a move co-ordinator with specialist knowledge of moving to Finland. They will draft a tailored removals plan for you, based on your unique requirements. Once complete, this will be used as the basis for a free, no obligation removals quote.

    Schepens removals services include:

    • Professional Packing Service. No time to pack up your home? Our BAR trained packers will do the job in hours, using sturdy, eco-friendly materials.
    • Insurance. Goods are insured in transit. If you require additional Accidental Damage, or Extended Liability insurance, we can arrange cover.
    • Customs Paperwork. We know the customs procedures and can provide detailed guidance on the paperwork required.
    • Specialist Removals. Our specialist team are available should you wish to move a piano, an artwork, or a valuable antique.
    • Storage. If you need to store furniture or goods in the UK whilst you’re working in Finland, Schepens has a number of secure local self storage facilities.
    • Transport. Your goods will be transported in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, ensuring little or no movement of vehicle content.

    Stress-Free Removals From Schepens

    “Fantastic service for a tricky move from the UK to Oulu, northern Finland, in mid-December. Chris and his team stood out from the start, taking the time and effort to check out the unusual destination before calling back in response to my online enquiry. With their expertise and experience of operating in Scandinavia they were able to offer the option that I had been hoping for – a dedicated door-to-door van service, which is no trivial undertaking to a destination 2000 miles away that is almost in the Arctic Circle (and in winter time!). They were happy to tailor the service to meet my every need and their quote was very reasonably priced given the job at hand.”

    Nic


    Would you like to talk to one of our removals team about moving to Finland? Call Schepens today on 01794 323558

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    5 Reasons for Moving to Finland

    Wondering if a Move to Finland is Right For You?

    Finland doesn’t do things by halves; it has recently been named the world’s happiest country for the sixth time in a row. When surveyed, a majority of Helsinki residents feel that their quality of life is good, and that they live in a healthy and nurturing society. Their happiness seems to be contingent on a sense of belonging, where personal and social trust is encouraged and supported. If you’re thinking Finland sounds like a great place to live, read on for 5 reasons for moving to Finland.


    Schepens has been providing families, solo professionals, and students with removals to Finland for over a century now. We know Helsinki well and make weekly runs to locations right across this beautiful country. Finland, like everywhere else, has its defining characteristics, quirks, and oddities. In this blog, we look at 5 reasons for moving to Finland that our movers have suggested to us.


    5 Reasons for Moving to Finland

    1. There is a National Day of Failure
    2. If You Like Swimming, You’ll Love Finland
    3. Finland is a Coffee Culture.
    4. You’ll Experience a Snowy Winter
    5. Finland is a Family-Friendly Country

    1. There is a National Day of Failure

    Celebrating failure sounds odd, until you find out a bit more about it. The Finns place great value on getting things right. So much so that they recognised their ‘fear of failure’ was closing down innovation. How to overcome it? Devote a day to people publicly ‘screwing up’!

    On October 13th every year, Finns are encouraged to try out new recipes, without worrying if they turn out right, or to ask someone out on a date without fearing rejection. ‘Failphotos’ are shared on Instagram. Celebrities talk about their worst moments.

    Once you’ve broken the ‘fail barrier’, the reasoning goes, you lose your fear of getting things wrong, or being criticised. Failure becomes a normal part of life, alongside success.

    2. If You Like Swimming, You’ll Love Finland

    With over 300 public beaches, 190,000 lakes, and 2,850 miles (4,600 kilometres) of coastline, Finland boasts an abundance of natural swimming possibilities that draw both locals and tourists alike.

    Swimming is a popular pastime, especially during the long summer days and nights. In the winter, around 150,000 Finns take pleasure in ice swimming, braving the frigid temperatures for a refreshing dip.

    Given the extreme temperatures, it’s important to exercise caution when swimming, and it’s recommended to swim with companions at beaches and lakes with lifeguards while heeding safety signs.

    3. Finland is a Culture That Loves Coffee

    The Finns drink more coffee than any other country. Each Finn (on average) will consume 12 kilos of coffee per year. That’s quite a caffeine buzz! The reasons for this huge coffee consumption aren’t so much to do with the quality, though, it’s more about the culture.

    Coffee is drunk throughout the day in Finland, in coffee breaks, with meals and at each end of the day. To refuse coffee in someone’s home is considered rude, and coffee is the punctuation in the working day. Two coffee breaks are mandatory in the workplace. One explanation for the amount of coffee drunk has to do with the dark winters; people simply need the caffeine in order to stay awake!

    5. You’ll Experience a Snowy Winter

    Helsinki is one of the world’s coldest capitals – it’s yearly average temperature rarely exceeds 0oC! It’s rare that you’ll experience snow in the capital though, for that you’ll need to travel to Lapland in the north, or central Finland. There, the snow starts to fall in December and continues through to May. Around the Arctic Circle, you’ll experience 25 – 50 cm of snow on the ground.

    Winters are dark, cold and icy but, as compensation, summer days are very long. In Helsinki during June and July the sun rises at around 4am and sets at around 11pm.

    5. Finland is a Family-Friendly Country

    New parents are well-supported in Finland. Since 2021 equal family leave has been given to both parents of a new child, regardless of gender or whether they are biological parents to the child. Both parents are given 164 days of leave, which comes out at 7 months. If you are a single parent, you can take both parent’s allocation, giving you just over a year of paid leave.

    Additionally, all new parents (whether Finnish or not) are given a ‘baby box’ which contains 60 basic essentials and can also be used as a crib. Alternatively, they can choose a voucher for money instead, which is paid by the government.


    WORKING IN FINLAND

    If our 5 reasons for moving to Finland have inspired you to look for a job in Helsinki, you will need to apply for a residence permit for an employed personUK citizens are unable to work in Finland without this. A permit is granted if you can prove that you have a permanent, or temporary contract. Priority is given to support occupations that are in high demand. Finland’s Shortage Occupation List provides details of the employment sectors that are looking for overseas recruitment.

    SCHEPENS IS A LEADING UK PROVIDER OF REMOVALS TO FINLAND

    Moving to Finland can feel overwhelming, especially if this is your first experience of the country.  Schepens’ long-term relationship with Finland means that we can offer movers a buffer between two very different cultures.

    We make weekly runs to HelsinkiEspoo and locations across the Finland. Schepens is a specialist provider of removals to Finland because of our familiarity with the culture, geography, customs regulations, and roads (summer and winter). Additionally, we offer flexible scheduling, affordable prices, and full or part load shipping.

    PROFESSIONAL MOVE CO-ORDINATORS

    Each Schepens mover is assigned a professional move co-ordinator. This is someone who knows the country well and can offer valuable advice on the most cost-effective way to move to Finland. They will create a bespoke removals plan, based on your specific requirements, and be available to help at every stage of the process.

    We offer a range of removals services, which include:

    • Free No Obligation Removals Assessment. We’ll arrange a survey (online or in-person) in order to understand the size and scope of your move. We’ll then provide a detailed and accurate removals quote to help with your budgeting.
    • In Transit Insurance. Your goods will be insured whilst in transit from the UK to Finland. If you require additional Accidental Damage, or Extended Liability cover, your move co-ordinator will arrange it for you.
    • Customs Paperwork Completion. We have a detailed understanding of the custom regulations in Finland. Your move co-ordinator will be happy to complete your customs paperwork for you.
    • Professional Packing Service. Schepens has a BAR trained team who will pack up your home in hours, using sturdy and sustainable materials. This ensures that your goods arrive in perfect condition in your new home.
    • Specialist Removals. If your move includes fragile, or valuable items such as a pianofine art or antiques, our specialist team will arrange bespoke packing, handling, and shipping in advance of your move.
    • UK Self Storage. Should you require storage in the UK whilst you’re working in Finland, Schepens has a number of local self-storage facilities. These provide a clean and secure environment for your goods.
    • Removals Fleet. Your goods are transported in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, ensuring little or no movement of vehicle content.

    Stress-Free Removals to Finland

    “We found Schepens to be very professional, friendly, and helpful from the start of our moving process with Tracey to the end process with Steve, Simon, and Jack. Nothing was too much trouble and they kept us stress free on our moving day.”

    Keith and Teresa Bull


    If you’ve been inspired by Schepens 5 reasons to move to Finland, call us to find out how we can support your move – 01794 323558


    Please call us on 01794 323558 for your free no obligation quote for removals to Finland from the UK and elsewhere!

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