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.


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

Contact us today on 01794 323558

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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.


    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.”


    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



    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:


    “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.”


    “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.”


    “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’.”


    “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.”


    “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.”


    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.




    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.


    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.


    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


    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, 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.


    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.


    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.


    “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


    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.”


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

    Finland Removals | Life in Finland

    5 Reasons for Moving to Finland

    Why Finland Is the Happiest Country, And Why You Might be Happy There

    Dreaming of crisp air, stunning landscapes, and a society that values well-being? Perhaps you’ve heard the whispers… Finland has been named the world’s happiest country – not just once, but seven times in a row! As a nation that champions trust, belonging, and a healthy lifestyle, it’s no wonder many are considering a move.

    But is Finland really all it’s cracked up to be?

    In this guide, we’ll look at the top 5 reasons for moving to Finland. Schepens Removals has been helping people relocate to Finland for over a century. We’ll draw on our first-hand experience and insights from those who’ve already taken the leap, giving you the honest, practical information you need to decide if Finland is the right fit for you.

    5 Reasons For Moving to Finland

    Finland is like discovering a hidden gem – pristine, enchanting, and overflowing with character. It’s a land of snow-laden forests, shimmering archipelagos, and vibrant cities that blend modern design with a deep respect for nature.

    Here are five compelling reasons why Finland, the land of a thousand lakes, might be the perfect place to embark on your next adventure:

    1. A Seismic Shift to Sustainability

    Imagine exploring lush forests, breathing in the crisp, clean air, and knowing that every step you take is on land that’s cherished and protected. Finland’s dedication to the environment is more than just policy—it’s a way of life.

    • Kalasatama Eco-District (Helsinki) – This innovative district showcases the future of urban living with smart energy grids, energy-efficient buildings, and extensive green spaces.
    • Nuuksio National Park Escape the city and immerse yourself in this vast wilderness area, perfect for hiking, camping, and reconnecting with nature.
    • Recycling Culture – Finland’s recycling system is comprehensive and easy to use, with designated collection points for various materials in every neighbourhood.
    • Circular Economy Initiatives – The country is leading the way in transitioning to a circular economy, where resources are reused and waste is minimised.

    “Moving to Finland was like stepping into a nature documentary. The air is clean, the water is pure, and the respect for the environment is inspiring. It’s a place where you can truly reconnect with nature.”

    – Emily relocated from Manchester to Helsinki in 2022 for a year.

    2. Work-Life Balance, Perfected

    In Finland, the pursuit of happiness extends beyond the office walls. Forget the endless grind—this is a place where work-life balance isn’t just a buzzword, it’s a reality.

    • Generous Holiday Allowances – Enjoy an average of 30 day paid leave per year, plus 13 public holidays.
    • Flexible Work Arrangements – Remote work, flexitime, and part-time options are common and widely accepted, giving you the freedom to shape your work around your life.
    • Parental Leave Policies Both parents receive generous paid leave – 164 days each – allowing for a healthy work-life balance for families.
    • “Sisu” Mentality – This Finnish concept embodies resilience, determination, and a focus on long-term well-being over short-term gains, helping you create a sustainable and fulfilling lifestyle.

    “The work-life balance here is unparalleled. I have time for my hobbies, family, and exploring the Finnish countryside. It’s a refreshing change from the grind of London.”

    – James, relocated from London to Tampere in 2021/23

    3. Leading the Way in Gender Equality

    Finland isn’t just talk when it comes to gender equality. This is a country where women are empowered to reach their full potential in all aspects of life.

    • Political Representation – Women make up 46% of the Finnish parliament and hold many high-ranking government positions.
    • Business Leadership – Female CEOs and executives are common in Finnish companies.
    • Closing the Gender Pay Gap – Finland has one of the smallest gender pay gaps in the world.
    • Strong Support for Families – Affordable childcare and generous parental leave policies empower women to pursue both career and family aspirations.

    “As a woman in tech, I feel valued and respected in Finland. There’s a true sense of partnership and collaboration here that I haven’t experienced elsewhere.”

    – Ayesha, relocated from Birmingham to Espoo in 2023

    4. Transportation Innovation at its Finest

    In Finland, getting around is a delight, rather than a burden. Whether you’re commuting to work, exploring the countryside, or simply doing the weekly shop, Finland’s cutting-edge transportation system is designed to make your journey smooth and enjoyable.

    • Helsinki Metro – Glide through the city effortlessly on the sleek and modern metro system, known for its punctuality and efficiency.
    • Trams and Buses – Hop on a punctual tram or bus and enjoy comfortable seating and reliable service.
    • High-Speed Trains – Experience the thrill of high-speed travel as you zip across the country, connecting major cities in a matter of hours.
    • Self-Driving Bus Trials – Witness the future of transportation firsthand as Helsinki tests autonomous buses, pioneering a new era of mobility.
    • Cycling Infrastructure – Pedal your way to work or leisure on extensive bike paths and lanes that crisscross cities and towns, promoting a healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle.

    “The public transportation here is a dream! I don’t even need a car. It’s so convenient and reliable, and it’s made exploring Finland incredibly easy.”

    – David, relocated from Bristol to Turku in 2020 for 9 months

    5. A World of Opportunities & Financial Security

    Finland isn’t just about picturesque landscapes and happy citizens; it’s a place where financial security is within reach. With successful industries, high salaries, and a supportive social system, Finland offers a promising future for those who call it home.

    • High Average Salaries – In sought-after fields like tech, engineering, and healthcare, Finnish salaries are among the highest in the world.
    • Strong Social Safety Net – Finland’s robust social safety net provides support for unemployment, healthcare, education, and housing, ensuring a stable foundation for your life.
    • Affordable Education – High-quality education, including university, is often free or low-cost for residents, opening doors to lifelong learning and career advancement.
    • Stable Economy – Finland has a strong and resilient economy, offering a sense of stability and numerous career opportunities in various sectors.
    • Low Crime Rates – Feel safe and secure in a country consistently ranked as one of the safest in the world.

    “The salary and benefits package I received in Finland were far beyond what I could have imagined back in the UK. The cost of living is higher, but the quality of life more than makes up for it.”

    – Sarah, relocated from Edinburgh to Oulu in 2019

    Your Move to Finland Starts with Schepens – A Century of Scandinavian Expertise

    Moving to a new country can feel overwhelming. Schepens Removals understands the unique challenges of moving to Finland, and we see it as our job to provide stress-free removals to this amazing country. With over a century of experience specialising in Scandinavian moves, we’re not just a removals company – we’re your trusted partner in navigating a new culture and lifestyle.

    Why Choose Schepens for Your Finnish Adventure?

    • Weekly Runs to Your New Home – Whether you’re heading to bustling Helsinki, innovative Espoo, or a remote town elsewhere, our frequent trips ensure your belongings arrive when you need them.
    • Finnish Experts by Your Side – We’ve been traversing Finnish roads and navigating customs regulations for over 100 years. Our deep understanding of the local landscape, culture, and logistics means you can relax, knowing your move is in capable hands.
    • Flexible & Affordable Solutions – We offer personalised moving plans tailored to your budget and timeline, including full or part load shipping options.
    • Your Personal Move Coordinator – Imagine having a local expert dedicated to guiding you through every step of your relocation. That’s exactly what you’ll get with a Schepens move coordinator. They’ll create a personalised plan, answer your questions, and provide invaluable advice for settling into your new Finnish life.

    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

    Ready to make your move to Finland? Call Schepens today at 01794 323558 and let us help you with your relocation.

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