Finland (Suomi)

FinlandThis section provides relevant information and links about Finland for those wishing to move there. In addition there are a number of blogs linked to which can provide first-hand experience in life in Finland as an expat.

Finland at a glance

Population: 5,262,930 (July 2012 est.)
Major cities – population: HELSINKI (capital) 1.107 million (2009)
Languages: Finnish (official) 91.2%, Swedish (official) 5.5%, other (small Sami- and Russian-speaking minorities) 3.3% (2007)
Time difference: UTC+2
Labour force – by occupation: agriculture and forestry: 4.4%
industry: 15.5%
construction: 7.1%
commerce: 21.3%
finance, insurance, and business services: 13.3%
transport and communications: 9.9%
public services: 28.5% (2011)
Unemployment rate: 7.8% (2011 est.)
Currency: Euro
Internet users: 4.393 million (2009)

Governmental Information

Finnish government – in English. Also available in Finnish and Swedish.

Recommended Blogs

Moving to Helsinki
Australia, Germany, USA, Finland – we are on the move. At present we enjoy the endless days of the scandinavian summer and hope to stay a little longer this time. Let’s see how we will cope with the harsh winters
Arrival gate
We are two Americans on an adventure, learning the ins and outs of living in Finland. We moved to Rauma, Finland in April 2012 and have high hopes of exploring this country and many others on our travels. Among other things, we love food and yoga, so expect lots of posts and pictures about each! As we learn to live and adapt to a new home far from what we know, my hope is to share what we learn, great places to visit, and details about this beautiful country of Finland.
The Expat Life
U.S. couple moved to Finland for husband’s job. Living abroad is challenging but an adventure!

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