Move to Finland

Removals to Finland | European Removals to Finland

Move to Finland

Planning a Move to Finland?

If you’re planning a move to Finland, you’ll be cracking open one of Europe’s best kept secrets. It’s a sparsely populated country with vast tracts of forest and around 180,000 lakes. It has also been ranked as the world’s happiest country for 6 years in a row. This may be because many of the things that make daily life stressful are dealt with by state-run systems in Finland; health care is affordable, education is free and the work/life balance is – well – balanced.

Most important for anyone thinking about a move to Finland to work, is its sustained growth as an international centre, its clean clean and beautifully breathable air, and its growing numbers of jobs to fill.

Schepens is a specialist Scandinavian removals company with over 100 years’ experience of stress-free removals to Finland. We asked movers now living in Finland why the country keeps topping the happiness charts; here’s what they told us:

Finns Don’t Boast

“One of the first things I noticed after moving to Finland is the way that boasting is looked down upon. And they really don’t want to hear about your new car, or the amount you have in the bank. Instead of showing off about what you’re worth and comparing yourself to others, Finns would rather you look inward, and consider what really brings you happiness.”

Trust in Others Matters

“There’s a famous experiment that was carried out in 2022. It involved dropping ‘lost’ wallets in cities around the world. Of 12 dropped in Helsinki, 11 were returned. That sums up Finland for me, people really value honesty and trust here, because if that starts to break down the social structure starts to wobble. It’s worth saying that Finland is distinguished by a lack of corruption in Government too.”

Summer Cottages are Important

Summer cottages may be the reason why Finns are such sane and happy people. Everyone has a summer retreat, whether it’s bought, rented, or borrowed. And retreat is the word. Many of them are miles from anywhere and exist simply as a space in which you can switch off from the city and enjoy being lost in nature.”

Applying for a Work Permit in Finland

UK citizens who wish to move to Finland to work, need to apply for a work permit in order to do so. You’ll need a job offer before you can make the application, and your contract should be included in your application submission. Applications can be made online, or in hard copy.

Once your application has been submitted it passes through the Employment and Economic Development Office, and the Finnish Immigration Service. This usually takes 2-3 months to complete. If you are awarded a B Permit (temporary) it normally lasts a year and will need to be renewed. An A Permit (continuous) is valid for as long as you continue to be employed in Finland.

European Removals to Finland

Schepens makes weekly runs to Finland, and has done over generations of their family-run removals company. Our long association with the country means that we’re able to offer affordable removals to Finland, and from Finland to the UK or many other European countries. We’re also pleased to offer flexible scheduling for movers, and full or part load shipping containers dependent on the size of your move.

Tailor Your Move to Finland

Whatever your requirements we can tailor your move to Finland to meet them. As a removals company we have always pursued the goal of stress-free moving for our clients. Which means placing customers at the heart of everything we do. Your move co-ordinator will draw up a bespoke removals plan for you. Once complete it will form the basis for your free no obligation removals quote.

Schepens offers a range of services to movers. These include:

  • Free Removals Assessment. We’ll organise an online, or face-to-face assessment, whichever is more convenient for you. This allows us to offer guidance on the services you may need. Once we know the size of your move, we prepare a detailed and accurate removals quotation to help with your budgeting.
  • Professional Packing Service. If you’re happy to pack yourself, we’ll provide sturdy, professional packing materials. Or our professional packers can pack up your home in hours for you, using durable, sustainable boxes and materials.
  • Customs Paperwork. We know and understand Finland’s customs regulations. We will be happy to complete your customs paperwork for you.
  • Transit Insurance. Your goods are insured whilst they’re in transit. Should you require additional insurance such as Extended Liability or Accidental Damage, we can arrange cover for you.
  • Specialist Removals Team. If you’re shipping a fragile goods, a piano, antiques, or artworks, Schepens has an experienced team which will provide bespoke packaging, handling and shipping.
  • Self Storage. If you need to store items in the UK whilst you’re away, Schepens has secure, local storage facilities. We provide a door-to-door service and a secure environment.
  • Removals Vehicles. 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, which ensures little or no movement of vehicle content.

Second-to-None Service 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.”


If you are planning a move to Finland, give us a call to talk about the range of support we can offer – 01794 323558