Frequently asked questions

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How do I find a job in Finland?
What should I do if I want to become an entrepreneur in Finland?
What permits do I need to live and work in Finland?
How do I know if my qualification is eligible in Finland?
What should I remember when I move to Finland?
What is my municipality of residence?
What is the wage level in Finland like?
What should I take into account in my taxation?
Where can I study Finnish or Swedish?

How do I find a job in Finland?

You will find currently Avoimet työpaikat (Vacancies) online at TE-palvelut.fi. You can also directly contact companies as many jobs are so-called hidden jobs that are not advertised publicly.

Avoimet työpaikat (all places in Finnish)
Avoimet työpaikat (places in English)
Other employment service websites

What should I do if I want to become an entrepreneur in Finland?

Starting a business involves, among other things, permit and registration matters and measures related to taxation and insurances. You can find information on entrepreneurship and starting a business on 

Enterprise Finland (enterprisefinland.fi)

More information on 

Becoming an Entrepreneur in Finland -guide (uusyrityskeskus.fi, pdf 2,98 Mt)
Consider entrepreneurship

What permits do I need to live and work in Finland?

If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen, you will need a residence permit for an employed person. If you are an EU/EEA citizen, you must register your residence in Finland at the police department of your municipality of residence. 

The citizens of all countries must submit a registration notification and a notification of move at their local register office if their stay in Finland will last at least one year. Please take into consideration that some professions require a recognition of qualifications decision.

See the following pages for further information

Make sure your permit matters are in order
Take care of any necessary regitrations
Find out is your qualification eligible in Finland

How do I know if my qualification is eligible in Finland?

Some professions are regulated in Finland, which means that a certain educational qualification or certain studies as qualifications requirements have been specified by law. In these professions, you will need a decision on the recognition of your foreign qualification. The Finnish National Board of Education makes decisions on the recognition of foreign qualifications in Finland, and it has published a list of regulated professions

Recognition and international comparability of qualifications (oph.fi)
Find out is your qualification eligible in Finland

What should I remember when I move to Finland?

Moving involves permit and registration matters, moving your belongings, finding accommodation and making other practical arrangements. It is worth finding out which authority you should contact in different situations

Division of tasks in immigration affairs (migri.fi)

Remember to take matters related to the legalisation of documents into consideration. Information on the official legalisation of documents is available in 

Life in Finland guide in various languages

You will be able to find the contact details of licensed or authorised translators in Finland through the following link

Authorised translators (oph.fi - in Finnish)

For ideas for checklists, see 

Checklist for person who is moving to Finland (infopankki.fi)
Living in Finland

What is my municipality of residence?

Your municipality of residence is the municipality you permanently reside in. Remember to register at your local register office in order to be given a municipality of residence. See municipality and the nearest register office

Associations of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities (kunnat.net)
Local Register Offices (maistraatti.fi)

What is the wage level in Finland like?

In 2012, the average salary for men was 3,352 euros and for women 2,735 euros. On average, 21–27% of the salaries goes towards taxes and other payments. Further information

Statistics Finland (tilastokeskus.fi)
Trade unions belonging to the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland Akava (akava.fi)
Trade unions belonging to the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK (sak.fi)
Trade unions belonging to the Finnish Confederation of Professionals STTK (sttk.fi)

What should I take into account in my taxation?

Check has your employer been registered in Finland or some other country and take into account the duration of your employment relationship. Take into account that exceptions may occur due to tax treaties between Finland and other countries. 

Contact your local tax office if you have questions concerning your taxation. 

Find out about tax matters

Where can I study Finnish or Swedish?

You can study Finnish or Swedish independently, on the internet and on courses. For tips on studying, see

Finnish and Swedish courses
Tervetuloa töihin! -learning material for foreign employees (elearning.fi)