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
Services can include:
- assistance with residence permits, visas and long-term stay permissions
- arranging necessary documents and registrations with local authorities
- finding a new house or accommodation
- finding a school for children
- finding a job for the partner or "trailing spouse"
- informing about social security, for example healthcare & childcare
- arranging Finnish &/or other language training for the family
- introducing fresh expats to the Finnish culture and customs
- helping set up banking / financial services
- providing guidance on import regulations and excise
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.
These relocation companies are all well established with good reputations, effectively providing the above-mentioned services:
Return Ticket: Established in 1997, Return Ticket's expertise in personnel internationalisation helps companies, employees and families make assignments in Finland a success. Tailored relocation packages are available in individual modules: Pre-arrival (ex. visas/residence permits/applications), Home Search & Setup, Daycare / preschool / schooling, Settling in, Spouse support (Education, CV, opportunities, employment), Practical advice, Culture training, and Language training. Each module is independent and can be ordered separately.
Expat Guide: All Return Ticket clients receive a hard copy of the Expat Guide to Finland, by Marja Saviaro, delivered in advance to their home country. The Guide focuses on planning your assignment in Finland. Step by step, it helps you avoid mistakes and surprises, saves you time, and helps you settle in more quickly upon arrival. Practical instructions and information on matters such as permits, schools, daily life and healthcare are included. The Guide can also be ordered from , and will soon be available as an e-book. Guide information
Contact: Marja Saviaro
Tel: +358 40 703 2535
Helsinki Office: Liljasaarentie 3, 00340 Helsinki Map
Web: www.returnticket.fi Site in English, Finnish
Finland Relocation Services: In 1994 FRS became Finland's first specialist relocation service. FRS facilitates effective international mobility with relocation and residence permit services, and additional services such as cultural training, for moves to or from Finland. With its international partners FRS can provide relocation services between third countries. FRS aims to increase productivity, reduce stress, improve staff retention and enhance company image. FRS has an informative blog covering expat issues, and offices in Helsinki / Espoo, Tampere, Salo, Oulu and Jyväskylä.
Tel: +358 9 502 1220
Head Office: Olarinluoma 12 B, 02200 Espoo Map
Web: finlandrelocation.com Site in English, Finnish
Alfa Quality Moving & Relocation: Founded in 1995, AQM assists with all practicalities associated with a foreign assignment. They provide immigration / visa, work / residence permit, pre-arrival, post-arrival and departure relocation services including third country assignments. Additional services include international moving and secure storage. AQM has offices throughout Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark, and partners with quality global mobility providers worldwide. AQM is a leader in the Nordic countries for Relocation Services.
Tel: +358 20 7931 100
Helsinki Office: Ruosilankuja 6, 00390 Helsinki Map
Web: www.alfamoving.com Site in English
International House Helsinki
International House Helsinki (IHH) is not a relocation service as described above, but it offers certain relocation-related services. Coordinated by the City of Helsinki, IHH provides advice and assistance for newcomers to the Helsinki metropolitan area.
IHH provides a wide range of information and public authority services for immigrants, and also offers free advisory and counselling services to employers on issues related to an international workforce.
Address: Lintulahdenkuja 2, 00530 Helsinki
For immigrants, Tel: 09 310 111 11
For employers, Tel: 040 922 5126
Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00-16:00
Kela can also be contacted with questions about moving to or from Finland:
Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00-15:00
Tel: 020 634 0200
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