Foreign Qualifications in Finland
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- Right to Practise a Profession in Finland
- Recognition and Comparability of Foreign Qualifications
- Foreign Degrees & Vocational Qualifications in Finland
- Regulated Professions & Relevant Authorities
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Who Can Practise?
- Field-specific authorities decide on granting certain professional practice rights; see below
- Private sector employers also assess foreign qualifications themselves, when considering competence during the recruitment process
- The Finnish National Board of Education decides on the eligibility conferred by foreign qualifications for civil service posts in Finland
To use your foreign academic or vocational qualifications in Finland, make sure they are recognised here. The responsible body is the Finnish National Board of Education (FNBE). Recognition of qualifications refers to a decision on the types of eligibility that a foreign qualification provides for a job or a place of study in Finland.
The FNBE can provide statements on foreign vocational qualifications, including information about the level and content of the qualification and the competence provided by the qualification in the country of origin. In providing these statements, the FNBE will essentially compare, where possible, the content of the qualification with the corresponding Finnish qualification.
www.oph.fi > In English > Services > Recognition & international comparability of qualifications
If you intend to study, higher education and other educational institutions themselves decide on:
- eligibility conferred by foreign qualifications for further studies
- recognition of studies completed abroad towards a qualification to be taken in Finland
Vocational & Professional Recognition
See the Finnish National Board of Education for FAQs and qualifications information including but not limited to:
- Applicable law
- Teaching qualifications
- Law degrees
- Qualifications as a social worker
- Qualifications for fire and rescue services
- www.oph.fi > In English > Services > Recognition & international comparability of qualifications
See the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) for information on your right to practice as a healthcare professional in Finland. Valvira decides applications for the right to practice where training has been undertaken outside Finland.
- Licenced & authorised professionals: Physician, dentist, pharmacist, psychologist, nurse, optician plus...
- Protected occupational titles: Orthopaedic technician, podiatrist, chiropractor, osteopath, psychotherapist plus...
- www.valvira.fi > In English > Licensing > Professional practice rights
A regulated profession refers to a position for which the law specifies certain qualifications requirements. Regulated professions include both public sector posts and positions and professions requiring professional practice rights. The Finnish National Board of Education web site lists numerous professions, their names in English, Finnish and Swedish, and the Competent Authorities for their regulation as well as links to those authorities.
Example: Advocate / Asianajaja / Advokat / Finnish Bar Association
- Finnish National Board of Education:
www.oph.fi > In English > Services > Recognition & international comparability of qualifications > Professional rights on the basis of a foreign qualification
- Enterprise Finland:
www.enterprisefinland.fi > Permits: Professions and activities that require a separate licence, notification or registration