Working in Finland

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Working in Finland

Thriving in Finland’s Job Market: Tips for International Workers

If you’re a professional in the tech sector, working in Finland is, most likely, on your radar. Employers in Helsinki are currently looking for thousands of tech specialists to fill existing jobs, whilst the gaming industry is celebrating record growth in 2020. Of the 3,600 people hired by the country’s gaming development studios last year, 28% were from outside Finland, and 22% were women.

Schepens has been relocating families and solo professionals to Finland for many decades now. Ever since the 1990s we’ve seen more and more movers making the decision to settle in Finland for good. Whilst there are many factors involved in moving to another country to live, the Finnish approach to work is attractive to many of our clients. We asked 4 of our movers what working in Finland is like:

Everyone is Equal in the Workplace

“The culture in Finland is based on a strong belief in equality and you see this very clearly when you’re working in Finland. There may still be titles or nominal roles, but everyone has equal status and they’re expected to contribute their ideas or opinions. This is known as a flat hierarchy, and it makes the workplace quite a different place from anything I’ve experienced in the UK.”

Your Family is as Important as Your Work

“Work cultures operate on ‘norms’, many of which are unspoken. Working in Finland means you’re expected to take a proper lunch hour, and spend quality time either with your family, or enjoying the outdoors. Managers are really clear about why this is important; once you tip the balance in favour of work your mental health can suffer as a result. My Finnish colleagues tend to be pretty laid back; I sense they’ve got the balance right.” 

Amazing Support for Families

“Make sure you’re sitting down when you read this, as it could come as a shock to working families in the UK. In Finland, every child is legally entitled to daycare, and the fees are set according to your income level. The Finns see it this way, if you’ve got guaranteed, affordable childcare, parents will benefit from knowing their children are taken care of, and they’ll be able to give their best at work.”

Find out more about the support for working families by clicking here

Finns Love Rules and Lifelong Learning

“One of the many things I like about working in Finland is the universal adherence to rules in the workplace. For example, if it’s agreed that a meeting will stop at a certain time, then it does. Working hours are set at 40 hours per week in law, and everyone keeps to them. The other thing I have to mention is the investment in continual learning. Finnish businesses offer their employees continuous opportunities to learn.”

To find out more about Finnish Employment Law and Workers’ Rights, click here



If you’re a UK citizen considering working in Finland, you’ll need to obtain a residence permit. UK citizens are only allowed to stay in Finland for up to 90 days without a visa. In some cases, you may also have permission to work during this period, such as giving conference presentations or teaching short courses. However, it’s important to note that taking on casual employment during this time and then leaving is not permitted.

When applying for a residence permit to work in Finland, it’s essential that you have the means to sustain yourself in the country solely through your earned income for the duration of your permit’s validity. The minimum salary necessary to obtain a residence permit is subject to annual reviews by the Finnish Immigration Service and may change accordingly.

For more information on Finnish income requirements, click here.

You apply for your residence permit online using Enter Finland. Once the account is set up, your employer will be asked to provide necessary information about your employment 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 should 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.

Finland Offers Job Opportunities in Tech, Biotech and Sustainability

Finland is one of Europe’s wealthiest, and most economically prosperous countries. It is also founded on gender equality, innovation, and investment in technology. The 3 highest growth areas are:

1. Technology

Despite being a small Nordic country, Finland is a global heavyweight in the global tech arena. Renowned for its innovation in ICT and digitalisation, Finland is a pioneer, developing innovative technology in order to develop gaming, smart buildings, smart health, electronics and software.

Helsinki is acknowledged as Northern Europe’s startup hub, and it is host to the world’s largest startup event, Slush, every winter.

2. Biotechnology

Finland’s historical ties to the forestry industry has allowed it to invest substantially in biotech research and the creation of innovative, eco-friendly products. Global consumers already benefit from a wide range of products originating from Finnish laboratories and pilot facilities, including alternatives to wood-based plastics and fully biodegradable packaging.

3. Sustainable Energy

Currently, 40% of Finland’s energy is sourced from renewables like biomass, hydro, wind, and solar. The goal is to eliminate coal from their energy mix by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2035.

Finnish companies lead the global market in renewable technologies, including wind turbine components, solar inverters, and bio and waste-to-energy systems.

Relocating to Finland? Schepens Can Help

If you’re looking forward to working in Finland, Schepens can help with your overseas move. We’ve been providing removals to Finland for over a century, so we’re now considered UK specialists when it comes to Scandinavian relocation

We make weekly runs to locations across Finland, which means that we can offer affordable prices, flexible scheduling, and full or part load shipping.

Tailored Removals to Finland

Whether you’re moving to Helsinki, Turku or Tampere, Schepens will take great care of your removals from start to finish. We treat every move as unique, which is why we allocate a professional move co-ordinator to each client. Their job is to work with movers on the creation of a bespoke removals plan, and then manage the process at every stage.

Tailored Removals to Finland

Schepens removals services include:

  • Free Pre-Removals Quote. We offer an online or in-person meeting in order to assess the size of your move and understand your requirements. This helps us to develop a detailed removals quote – so you can budget accurately.
  • Customs Paperwork Completion. We’re experienced at dealing with Finnish customs regulations and can complete the paperwork for your removals to Finland.
  • Professional Packing Service. Don’t have time to pack up your home? Schepens professional packers can do it for you, using sturdy, sustainable materials.
  • Insurance. With Schepens your goods are insured whilst in transit. If you require additional Accidental Damage, or Extended Liability, we can arrange cover.
  • Specialist Removals. If you’re planning on moving a piano, artwork or antiques to Finland, our specialist team will arrange bespoke packing, handling, and shipping.
  • Self Storage. Should you require self storage in the UK, Schepens has a number of local facilities offering a secure, dry, and well-maintained environment for your goods.
  • 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.

Customer Service That Goes the Extra Mile

“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.”


Are you going to be working in Finland? Call Schepens today to find out about the ways we can support your relocation, on 01794 323558