Relocating to Finland

Finland Removals | Working in Finland

Relocating to Finland

Thinking of Relocating to Finland?

If you’re looking for a professional adventure in a country that combines unblemished northern forests, and pristine landscapes with global ICT innovation, then Finland requires your attention. Finland is currently enjoying the title of ‘happiest country in the world’ for the sixth year running, and here are some of the reasons why:

  • High Quality of Life. Finland comes second on this score in the global rankings.
  • Happiness Score. Currently top in the global rankings.
  • Great for Entrepreneurs. Finland hosts the biggest start-up events in the world.
  • Air Quality. Finland has the cleanest air in the world.

In this guide to relocating to Finland, we’ll be giving you the information you need to turn ‘thinking about Finland’ into ‘living and working in Finland’. We’ll cover work visa applications housing, healthcare, education and what Brits living in Finland have to say about daily life there.


ABOUT SCHEPENS REMOVALS

For more than a century, Schepens has been making the process of moving to Finland stress-free for professionals, families, and students. We love this Nordic location and we’re always delighted to share our knowledge of it with people discovering it for the first time.

Let’s start by hearing from some of the movers that we’ve relocated to Finland. We asked them what it was about living in Finland that they found special:

There’s an Honesty That I Love

“If you say ‘How are you?’ to a Finn they will take time to tell you – and that sums up so much of what I enjoyed about living in Finland. People are OK about not talking if they don’t want to – and no-one has a problem with it. You can stand with someone in absolute silence and still feel you’re communicating. People trust and respect each other, rather than judging each other.”

Breakfast and Rye Bread

“Having been brought up on sweet and sticky breakfast treats, I learned to enjoy the savoury version of breakfast in Finland. No jams or sugar-coated cereals; instead, I now have tasty rye bread topped with cheese, porridge with fresh berries, or the Finnish version of scrambled egg – Karelian pie.” 

The Luxury of Insulated Houses

“I can’t believe that we don’t have more insulated houses in the UK! Believe me, if you lived in Finland for a while, you’d settle for nothing less. Here, all the houses are insulated, and triple glazed. Underfloor heating is the normal way to heat your home and it’s so much cosier than radiators. I keep the thermostat lower and still remain warm through the winter.”

Night School Rekindled My Love of Learning

“Sounds dull but it really isn’t. In Finland every town offers very inexpensive adult education courses. You can learn a language, cooking skills, art, or crafting, and meet local people who are doing the same thing. Most of my friends have come via this route, plus I’ve improved my Finnish and learnt loads of new cooking and crafting skills to get me through the dark winter nights.”


Where to Live

Most professionals who move to Finland end up in the capital city Helsinki. This is a capital unlike anything you’ll see in the UK; it’s right on the sea and is made up of 330 islands. It’s not huge, with a population of around 631,000, but its location makes it expansive. There’s a great transport system that makes a car unnecessary. Who wants to be stuck in a car when you could take a boat to work?

Where to Live in Finland

Tampere is Finland’s second city and – oddly – it’s known as the ‘Manchester of Finland’. This is because of its industrial past which means that it lacks the grandeur and beauty of Helsinki. It’s located inland, in central Finland, so it’s a great place to explore the country from, and it has a reputation for being one of the friendliest cities in the country.

By contrast Turku is a medieval city in the south of the country, but it’s also one of Finland’s IT hubs. If you’re lucky enough to land a job in Turku, you’ll most probably spend your evenings chilling on the banks of the river, taking a boat ride, or enjoying the local food. This popular student city is a dynamic and hugely attractive place to live.


Working in Finland

Despite Finland having a strong economy, they are currently experiencing a shortage of skilled workers. This is due in large part to an ageing population, leaving up to 81% of employers reporting difficulties in securing the essential skills needed to fill their job vacancies. If you’re considering overseas work, Finland is a great place to start looking.

Specific areas where international expertise is required include IT and data, marketing, engineering, sales, and customer service as well as sustainable development and the environment as the top five sectors.

Useful websites when searching for a job in Finland include:


Transport Options in Helsinki

Navigating Helsinki is a seamless experience with a variety of transport options:

Public Transportation:

  • Trams. Extensive network covering key city areas.
  • Buses. Well-connected routes reaching various neighbourhoods.
  • Metro. Fast service linking the city centre with suburbs.

Cycling:

  • City Bikes. Public bike-sharing system citywide.
  • Cycling Lanes. Dedicated lanes for a bike-friendly experience.

Walking:

  • Pedestrian-Friendly. City centre is easily traversed on foot.

Taxis:

  • Taxi Services. Available and convenient for short distance travel.

Ferries:

  • Island Hopping. Scenic rides to nearby islands.

Car Rentals:

  • Rental Services. Available for personal transport.

Helsinki Card:

  • Tourist Pass. Includes unlimited public transport and entry to major attractions.

Planning to Drive in Finland?

You will be able to drive in Finland so long as you have a UK driving licence.

If you’re planning to take your UK car with you to Finland, you will need to register it within 30 days of your arrival and pay the car tax. For more information about this process, visit the Tax Administration and the Finnish Transport Safety Agency websites.

The winters in Finland see significant snowfall which means that driving requires increased caution. The snowploughs do a tireless job of keeping the roads clear for traffic, and they’re generally easy to drive on, even in the depths of winter. There are winter speed limits in force on Finnish roads; on motorways the limit drops to 100km/h.


Education in Finland

Education in Finland

Finland consistently ranks as one of the best education systems in the world. The Finnish people place make education a priority, and this is reflected in the high quality of schooling. English is taught from an early age in all Finnish schools.

The children of UK professionals can choose between Finnish public schools and international schools. Finnish public schools offer an excellent education and are often the preferred choice due to their inclusive approach and strong emphasis on student well-being.

International schools provide teaching in English, and a curriculum that is familiar curriculum for UK children. These schools serve diverse international communities and provide a helpful transition for students moving to Finland.


Healthcare in Finland

Healthcare in Finland is available to all; however, it’s not provided free of charge. It’s financed through taxation and supplemented by nominal patient fees for healthcare services such as GP visits, A&E services etc. 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.

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 services, should you have specialist medical requirements.


Tailored Nordic Removals

With our experience, it’s no wonder that we’re considered specialist movers for the Nordic countries. Our aim is to use our knowledge of Finland to remove the stress of moving overseas. So, each mover is allocated a move co-ordinator who knows their destination well and will work with them to develop a bespoke removals plan, based on their specific requirements.

Tailored Nordic Removals

Schepens offers a range of removals services, including:

  • Free No Obligation Removals Quote. Once we know the extent of your move, we’ll provide a detailed, accurate quote to help with your budgeting.
  • Insurance Cover. Your goods will be covered whilst they’re in transit. If you need additional Accidental Damage or Extended Liability cover, we can arrange it.
  • Customs Regulations. Schepens is very familiar with Finnish customs regulations. We can advise movers on the most efficient way to relocate to Finland and deal with the necessary paperwork.
  • Professional Packing Service. Our BAR trained professional packers can pack up your home in hours, using sturdy and sustainable packing materials.
  • Specialist Removals. No matter what’s included in you move to Finland, we can help with it. Our specialist team are experienced movers of pianos, art, and antiques.
  • Self Storage. If you need storage in the UK whilst working in Finland, Schepens has a number of local storage facilities offering a well-managed, secure environment for your goods.
  • Transport. 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.

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

Marko Humphrey-Lahti


Are you relocating to Finland? If so, call Schepens to find out about the range of ways we can support your move – 01794 323558