Move to Helsinki

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Move to Helsinki

Helsinki – An Exciting and Diverse City

Thinking about a move to Helsinki? The capital of Finland is characterised by innovative design, delicious food, and lots of snow in the winter. Finland is one of the world’s most northern countries; it’s also considered the happiest! For the sixth year in a row, it has topped the World Happiness Report.

The World Happiness Report 2023 explains the secret to Finland’s success: “The findings are clear. The ethos of a country matters—are people trustworthy, generous, and mutually supportive? The institutions also matter—are people free to make important life decisions? And the material conditions of life matter—both income and health”.

Finns lay much value on trust. The people of Finland are open about the fact that they trust each other, their public officials, and their government. As a result, Helsinki is low on crime, and high on liveability. It’s also got an exciting cultural scene, a diverse population, and excellent travel links to Scandinavia and Europe.

Then there’s Helsinki’s booming tech scene which was recognised by the World Economic Forum in 2022 as one of the world’s top 25 most innovative cities. Helsinki actively attracts international talent in fields like IoT, cyber security, gaming, HealthTech, electronics, virtual reality, and 5G.


Making the Leap – Why Schepens Movers Chose Helsinki

Moving to a new country is a big step! That’s why the Schepens Removals team is dedicated to making the process smooth and stress-free for movers. We’re a UK-based moving company specialising in removals to the Nordic Countries. This means our removals team understands the unique challenges of overseas relocation, providing support every step of the way. You’ll experience our commitment to care from your first phone call to the final unpacking.

But don’t just take our word for it. We asked some of our movers who’ve made the move to Helsinki to share why they love their new home:

Just Busy Enough – “Compared to the world’s huge cities, Helsinki is smaller. But it still has everything a capital should – events, services, you name it! It’s lively, but not overwhelming.”

– Sarah, Logistics Coordinator

Architectural Delights – “I love walking around Helsinki and just taking it in. So many beautiful buildings – you really notice them when you’re not glued to your phone!”

– Ben, CISO

Freedom and Possibilities – “The best thing about Helsinki is how safe it feels. As a woman, I have a freedom here for solo activities that might be tricky somewhere else.”

– Anya, Customer Service Representative

Navigating the Practicalities of Your Move to Helsinki

While the excitement of starting a new life in Helsinki is undeniable, there are a few essential steps to address before your move. Here are  some of the key areas to focus on:

Applying for a Work Permit

As a UK citizen moving to Finland for work, securing a residence permit is crucial. You can stay visa-free for 90 days and may be able to work in specific cases (e.g., conferences, short courses). However, regular employment requires a permit.

Thankfully, the application process is streamlined through the Enter Finland online service. Your employer can also support the application using Enter Finland for Employers. Remember to include any family members relocating with you in your application.

Finding Somewhere to Live in Finland

Needless to say, finding somewhere to live should be high on your priority list when planning your move to Helsinki. Here are some helpful websites to begin your search:

Finding Somewhere to Live in Finland

Most professionals in Finland opt to rent, especially during the initial settling-in period. Here’s a quick overview of the rental market:

• Types of Tenancy Agreements:

  • Indefinite-term Agreement: Remains in effect until notice is given by either tenant or landlord.
  • Fixed-term Agreement: Automatically ends on a predetermined date.

• Deposits and Rent Payments. Expect to pay a security deposit (usually two months’ rent) plus one month’s advance rent. Rent is fixed for the lease duration and typically includes a portion for property maintenance.

• Furnishings. While rentals generally come unfurnished, basic amenities are provided as standard. Always double-check what’s included before signing your lease.

Understanding Finnish Work Culture

Adapting to a new working environment is always about understanding the work culture. Finns place a high value on equality in the workplace. This translates to flatter organisational structures with less emphasis on hierarchy, which creates a sense of shared responsibility and ownership among employees. You’ll find that everyone’s input is valued, regardless of their title or seniority.

Finns also prioritise honesty and directness in their communication. They appreciate straightforward conversations and expect you to behave in the same way – not always easy for reserved Brits. This focus on honesty and transparency creates a sense of trust within the workplace.

Additionally, expect punctuality to be important when working in Helsinki. Arriving on time for meetings and adhering to deadlines is seen as demonstrating respect and professionalism. If you think you’ll be late, you’re expected to let your colleagues know as soon as possible.

Work-life balance is a major cornerstone of Finnish work culture. For Finns, maintaining a healthy personal life contributes to overall success and well-being in the workplace. They have a clear understanding of the importance of disconnecting and enjoying time for hobbies, family, and relaxation. This shows itself in clearly defined workdays and a healthy respect for work-free weekends.


Your Helsinki Move Made Easy

Your Helsinki Move Made Easy – The Schepens Difference

We understand that a move to Helsinki comes with its fair share of worries, and cost is a major one. That’s why Schepens provides detailed, transparent quotes upfront, ensuring no unpleasant surprises. Our affordable prices are made possible by our frequent runs to Helsinki and across Finland, allowing us to offer flexible scheduling options and cost-effective part-load shipping.

Personalised Support from Experienced Move Coordinators

Our commitment to a low-stress experience starts with our experienced move coordinators. Each mover is assigned a specialist who understands the ins and outs of relocating to Finland. Your coordinator will tailor a plan for your unique needs, complete your customs paperwork, keep your move on track, and offer reliable support throughout the process.

Industry-Trained Movers and Specialised Services

With Schepens, you’re in the hands of BAR-trained professionals who know Finland well. Our team’s expertise and willingness to go the extra mile provide peace of mind. Need to move a valuable piano, delicate artwork, or something entirely out of the ordinary? Our specialist removals team has you covered with custom packaging, handling, and shipping solutions.

Packing Services Tailored to You

Whether you’re a meticulous packing enthusiast or prefer to leave it to the pros, Schepens has the solution. We can supply sturdy, eco-friendly materials for those who enjoy the DIY approach, or send our professional packers to pack up your belongings, ensuring their safe arrival in your new Helsinki home.

Safe and Reliable Transport

Your possessions travel in style! Our state-of-the-art removals vehicles feature air-ride suspension and adjustable bearing systems to minimise movement during transit. Schepens drivers are very familiar with Finnish roads, navigating routes confidently year-round to reach your destination.

“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 roadtrain 7 months later. Great teamwork by all involved. Timing was perfect. We would definitely recommend using their service.”

Marko Humphrey-Lahti


Planning a move to Helsinki? Call Schepens today to find out about the range of services we can support you with – 01794 323558