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Whether it be the European Union’s Eurostat or the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s annual Better Life Index, Finland has repeatedly been considered one of the best places to live both in Europe and the world. Among other indicators, it typically ranks at the top in subjective well-being, social connections, environmental quality and personal security. In addition to enjoying the mesmerizing natural rugged beauty of this arctic country’s landscape, the western expat will find the country easy to navigate in English. They’ll also be able to enjoy a fine cosmopolitan experience in Helsinki with its fine restaurants, trendy shopping malls, cinemas and cultural and art institutions. 

Satisfying sites on lifestyle in Finland

Goodnews-finland      oecd-finland      numbeo-finland

Expat-finland      finland-forum      finnbay-finland

Cost of Living

Cost of living

Sadly, the fantastically high quality of life in Finland does not come at a cheap price. Indeed, according to’s July 2016 analysis, the cost of living in Finland is significantly higher than the international average. This becomes more and more evident as one purchases such goods and services as healthcare, furniture, appliances, clothes, groceries, alcohol, restaurant meals, transport and petrol. Still, oddly enough, housing accommodations are quite reasonable as are phone and Internet plans. Nonetheless, these are merely exceptions. The VAT in Finland is 22% and is included in the prices of most products and services.

Satisfying sites on cost of livingin Finland

justlanded-finland      numbeo-finland      numbeo-helsinki      expatistan-helsinki



Finland can be described as a land of four seasons, the climate varies due to its geographical location. Summertime begins in May and ends at the end of September with around 19 hours of sunshine per day, with the temperature averaging 20 degrees Celsius per day and sometimes rising to 30 degrees. In winter the north of Finland is covered in snow from November to April and the south has snow from December. Temperatures in winter can fall below -20 degrees Celsius but are more likely to be around -6 degrees. Autumn typically runs from September through to November, bringing with it shorter days and a drop in temperature. There is moderate rainfall in all seasons. It is important to remember that the south of the country has only 6 hours of sunlight a day in winter and in the north the sun does not rise for about two months.

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Visa Restrictions

Visa Restrictions

If you are a European Union National you have the entitlement to work in any European Union member country without needing to obtain a work permit. The only exception to this is if you are planning to work in Croatia where some restrictions can apply. However you should still investigate the consequences of working and the effect this will have on your benefits (health insurance, maternity/paternity, pensions, occupational accidents and diseases, death grants, unemployment, early retirement, family benefits), and the implications of where and how much tax you pay. The European Union offers this Tax advise at its Your Europe website. Once you have been in an EU country for more than 3 months you will be required to register your residence and obtain a residency permit.

If you are not a European Union National then you will require a work permit. The requirements for this often differ depending on your Nationality. For the latest up to date information for entry please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland website.

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

The political and security status of countries around the world are constantly changing, to keep up with the current situation in any country please monitor the relevant Government websites and international news. The links below also provide useful indicators for prospective travelers:

The UK Foreign Office      US State Department      BBC World News         Al Jazeera        Finland Today