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Relocating to Finland: Relocation Services

Relocating abroad is a challenge with benefits. You may become bilingual, you will almost certainly grow more adaptable, and you will build contacts on an international level. This article will be of interest to people relocating to Finland on a global assignment:

YLE News article, 24.01.2015 Relocated Foreign Executives Happy with Services in Finland:
Finland Relocation Services surveyed 53 foreign executives and experts relocated to Finland. Respondents were generally positive. They praised the support of public authorities and appreciated Finland's public services. They found Finns friendly, honest and efficient, they felt accepted in Finland and were able to get by easily in English. On the downside were low income, high taxes and - for those who tried - the Finnish language.

See also: Finnish culture and cross-culture

What do Relocation Services do?

A relocation service directs and manages the process of relocating a company or family to Finland with a range of services which ease the transition, reducing stress and interruption. Companies benefit from increased productivity, commitment and employee retention.

Services can include:

Relocation services generally contact new employees before they are due to move, chart their needs, and create a plan for settling them in Finland quickly and smoothly.

Finnish Relocation Services

These relocation companies are all well established with good reputations, effectively providing the above-mentioned services:

Expatriate Coaching

Expatriate coaching, sometimes referred to as cross-cultural training, helps employees and their spouses on assignments abroad enhance their productivity and well-being in a new culture and environment. Coaching focuses on issues such as cultural awareness, cross-cultural differences, mobile relationships, change management, and social and professional integration and networking.

Dialogue with the coach establishes values and goals, and a realistic plan for achieving them is created. Support is also provided for the accompanying spouse in matters such as international career guidance. Employers benefit also, as the cultural competency gained by staff promotes the success of the venture, and can help develop global leadership capabilities valuable for both present and future assignments.

In To Finland

By no means a relocation service as described above, In To Finland nevertheless provides certain relocation-related services useful for some clients. In To Finland is a shared service point of the Social Insurance Institution of Finland Kela and the Finnish Tax Administration, and provides advice and assistance for:

At the In To Finland service point in Helsinki you can for example apply for a tax card and the worker-specific tax number required in the construction industry. Or, people coming to work in Finland temporarily can obtain a Finnish personal identification number without having to visit the local register office.
In To Finland: www.intofinland.fi En, Est, Fi, Ru, Sw

Kela can also be contacted by individual and institutional clients with questions about moving to or from Finland:
Tel: 020 634 0200 for service in Finnish or English
Tel: 020 634 0300 for service in Swedish

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