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Arriving in Helsinki

People from Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland) can freely live and work in Finland. For EU citizens, the rules are similar, you do not need a work permit and are allowed to start working as soon as you arrive in the country.

Staying for more than 3 months: If you are planning on staying in Finland for more than three months, Non-Nordics must apply for a registration certificate within 90 days of arriving in Finland must apply to the Finnish Immigration Service for a registration of an EU citizen’s right of residence.

Getting registered in Finland 🇫🇮

Your point of reference here will be the International House Helsinki (Albertinkatu 25, Helsinki). They can help with EU registration for EU citizens, Personal ID code, tax card, healthcare services, foreign driving licenses and residence permits for non-EU citizens.

👉 Pro tip: Try the International House Helsinki - Service Advisor app to get a personalised checklist of services and which documents to bring along.

Step 1: Get a Personal identity code

You need a Finnish personal identity number (Henkilötunnus) to work in Finland.

Contact the Local Register Office (Maistraatti) at International House Helsinki (1st floor) in order to register an address and/or apply for a Finnish personal identity code if you do not yet have one. You need to bring along the following documents:

For non-nordics:

If you have accompanying family members, please note that they also need to visit the Local Register Office in person in order to register an address and familial relationships and/or apply for a Finnish personal identity code if they do not yet have one.

Fill out the forms and wait approx 30 min for the Finnish ID documents to be generated. Opening hours: 9:00-16:15

Step 2: Get a tax card

Everyone who works in Finland must have a tax card. Contact the Tax Administration at International House Helsinki (2nd floor). You need to bring along the following documents:

Opening hours: 9:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00

Step 3: Get social insurance

Contact Kela at International House Helsinki (2nd floor) and find out if you’re eligible for coverage. Complete the form Y_77 together with your work permit and other required documents.

You need to bring along the following documents:

Your KELA card will arrive after 3 months, but you can start to use public healthcare, etc. after a week.

Bank Account

After getting your Finnish personal number, you get a bank account.

You need to bring along the following documents:

Your payment card and pin will then arrive separately in the post after that.

Mobile Pay

Once you have your payment card, you can sign up for Mobile Pay. This is the app used widely by finnes to transfer money between friends.

References

https://www.ihhelsinki.fi