For families and spouses
Day care and school
Here you will find some essential information on Finnish school system as well as day care provided by local authority.
Children under school age (7 years) have the right to day care provided by the local authority either in a day care centre or in family daycare. Participation in pre-school teaching, which is arranged in day care centers or comprehensive schools, has been compulsory since of 2015 for children aged six.
NOTE! The parents are responsible for applying the placement in the day care and it may take several months to receive the place in the day care. The nearest day care cannot necessarily provide a day care placement.
All children living in Finland are entitled to attend comprehensive school. Children begin their first grade at the beginning of the autumn term in the year he/she turns seven. Each child has the right to pre-school education free of charge one year prior to commencement of their basic education. Pre-school education is provided by day care centres and some schools.
Basic education is offered in Finnish and Swedish, however, there are bilingual schools (Finnish-English), English schools as well as German, French and Russian schools in Helsinki area. Please click here for more information on Finnish school system and the web pages of respective schools.
NOTE! The parents are responsible for applying the placement in the private school early enough, as it may take several months to receive the placement. The enrollment for Finnish (Swedish) basic education is done once a year after you get contacted from the school authorities. In case you arrive in the middle of the semester please contact the schools directly.
Links to day care and schools
- Touhula Tikasmäki
- Touhula Otaniemi (Otaniemi, Espoo)
- Day care in Helsinki (hel.fi)
- Day care in Espoo (espoo.fi)
- Day care in Vantaa (vantaa.fi)
Below are some useful information and links related to employment in Finland.
EU/EEA citizens have a right to work in Finland. If you have been granted a residence permit on the basis of family ties you will have an unlimited right to work in Finland. However, if you have been granted a residence permit on the basis of a personal relationship, you do not have an unlimited right to work. More information from Finnish Immigration Services' website.
Generally employers value solid education, and at least basic Finnish language skills are often required.
Most of the vacancies are announced in web portals, but also in the web pages of the companies and other organisations. Networks are valuable in searching for work, as well.
Information about the Finnish labor markets, working in Finland and employment services from Employment and Economic Development Office (mol.fi). Working in Finland-brochure (pdf) contains plenty of information for those settling in Finland.
Education and personal development
Finland offers a wide range of educational opportunities for the whole family. Your stay in Finland can provide an excellent opportunity for your professional development. You may decide either to study towards a degree or take non-degree studies of your choice.
The university organizes each semester basic Finnish language courses for the staff. Also spouses may participate in the classes if there are available seats.
You can also search other available Finnish language courses in the Helsinki region through one address, http://www.finnishcourses.fi/.
If you have not yet moved to Finland, or want to get an idea of the Finnish language online, you can check more information at Infofinland.fi.
Finland has a dual model of university education. Universities focus on education and research while polytechnics (universities of applied sciences) offer work-related education.
Generally admission to degree programs at universities is a competitive process and we advise you to first get acquainted with course offerings and the admission system in general. You can find information about how to apply on the webpages of each university. More information on Aalto Doctoral Programmes and the University of Helsinki doctoral programs.
SIMHE network aims to support immigrants in their studies in higher education, they provide practical help in e.g. applying to higher education institutions. In addition they provide assistance in the process of recognition of prior learning.
Helsinki region has a vivid cultural scene and an active event calendar. Numerous festivals feature Finnish and international talent throughout the year.
Nature is always nearby in Helsinki region. Bicycling, walking and skiing paths are extensive and allow easy access throughout the city.
At Aalto, Aalto Club and Experiencing Finland events are a great way to meet new people and have fun, while getting familiar with Finnish culture. Family members are warmly welcome to most events.
For further information on upcoming events, museums, galleries, theatres as well as outdoor activities and sports facilities etc. please visit the web sites of Helsinki, (visithelsinki.fi) Espoo (visitespoo.fi) or Vantaa (visitvantaa.fi)
Helsinki region library (helmet.fi)
National parks (nationalparks.fi)
Cycling journey planner (pk.reittiopas.fi/en)
Arkadia International Bookstore (arkadiabookshop.fi)
Uniarts Helsinki events (uniarts.fi)
Korjaamo, culture hub (korjaamo.fi)
Teurastamo, culture hub (teurastamo.com)
Kaapelitehdas, culture hub (kaapelitehdas.fi)
Cirko, centre for new circus (circo.fi)