Expatriate Community in Finland

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Communities of Expatriates

The Number of Expatriates
The number of foreigners living in Finland in 2006 was approximately 122 000.
Blogs For Expats
Blogs of some expatriates in Finland
International English Speakers' Association of Finland
For Further Information
Virtual Finland, A guide to Finnish way of life
Expat Finland
Immigration Authority
Finnish Immigration Service
Ministry of the Interior
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
Airport Travel Cargo

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
Helsinki ranks 25th of 50 cities in the world when comparing the cost of living. The cost of living is a little lower in other cities than Helsinki but still quite high, mainly because of high food prices and transportation costs.
Quality of Life
Helsinki is 30th of 50 cities in the world when comparing the quality of life. The quality of housing is good or very good throughout the country and the environment is clean and unpolluted. There are lot of parks, green spaces and lakes everywhere which makes the environment very fresh relaxed.
Sanitary Conditions
Helsinki is 3rd of 50 cities in the world when comparing the sanitary conditions. All the cities and villages in Finland are very clean; the air and the surroundings are fresh and unpolluted. The tap water is drinkable. Access to health care is good for foreigners too.
For Further Information
The Mercer Human Resource Consulting ranking concerning the cost of living
The Mercer Human Resource Consulting ranking concerning the quality of life and sanitary conditions

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Renting an Apartment

Description of Apartments
Apartment (asunto) is usually rented in good or very good condition and unfurnished. Water (vesi) is paid monthly and may or may not be included in the rent. The electricity (sähkö) is normally not included in the rent and tenant should contact the local electricity provider to make the agreement. This can be done after signing the agreement and by telephone.
Normal Lease Term
Usually for the time being (with the notice period of one month for the tenant and three months for the landlord) or for a duration of one year.
Rental Costs
The deposit equivalent to 1-3 months rent is payable before the hand-over of the keys. No other guarantees are usually needed. The deposit is returned after the lease has ended if the apartment has not been damaged.
Agencies or Private Rentals
Private rentals may have more flexible general conditions and sometimes cheaper prices than agencies. Finnish landlords can be trusted and they often speak English. Therefore private rentals are an option to consider. The advantage of rental agencies is that service in English is guaranteed and there are always apartments available. The agency fees are paid by the owner of the apartment and not by the tenant but the deposit is often quite high (three months rent).
Rental Agency Websites
Céline Relocation Service (for expatriates especially)
Etuovi.com (both agencies and private rentals, in Finnish only)
Private Rentals Announcements Online
Expatriates.com - Finland
Finland Forum
Etuovi.com (both agencies and private rentals, in Finnish only)
Other Possibilities For Accommodation
International Student Housing provides economic housing alternatives in all major cities in Finland. Click here for more information.
For Further Information
Expat Finland, useful information about finding an apartment

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School System

School Level
The Finnish education system is an egalitarian Nordic system with no tuition fees for full-time students and free meals served to pupils at primary and secondary levels. Attendance is compulsory for 9 years (primary and secondary school) starting at age 7. Pupils go to their nearest local school.

Education after secondary school is divided into the vocational trade school and academic-oriented upper secondary school which both last 3 to 4 years. Trade school graduates may enter the workforce directly after graduation. Upper secondary school graduates are expected to continue to university or polytechnic.

International Schools
There are several international schools situated in major cities in Finland. Click here for a detailed list of the schools and the languages.
For Further Information
Ministry of Education

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Health System

Quality of Healthcare
Healthcare in Finland is of a very high standard. Local authorities provide health services at health centers, maternity and child welfare clinics, at schools, rehabilitation clinics and dental clinics. It is the duty of local authorities to make sure that residents have access to care if they become ill, regardless of their financial situation.
International Hospitals
There are no international hospitals but Finnish hospitals, health care centres and private clinics are at service for foreigners in case of emergency and it is easy to get service in English there.
Health Insurance
Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
Health System Insurance Body
The Social Insurance Institution of Finland (KELA)
Health Ministry
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

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