Living in Finland: Expat Clubs and Associations in Finland
By Marja Saviaro
Summary: Living in Finland? Marja Saviaro shares a great list of clubs and associations for expats.
You can find several international clubs and associations in Finland at least in the largest cities. Below some of them.
Jolly Dragon - Helsinki
Jolly Dragon arranges sports and social events for anyone who's keen to come along: wine & cheese nights, karting, yoga, squash, swimming, ten-pin bowling, salsa nights... the list goes on.
International English Speakers Association of Finland (IESAF)
The International English Speakers Association of Finland (IESAF) is a group of international people living in and around Finland who communicate in a common language: English. The purpose of the organization is to share different cultures, provide networking opportunities and social contacts, and offer information and discussion about everyday life in Finland.
Helsinki Toastmasters Club
The Helsinki Toastmasters club meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 5.30 pm. Members are a mix of Finnish and international professionals (mostly), who wish to practice their public speaking skills with a friendly and supportive audience.
The International Wine & Food Society (Helsinki, Tampere)
The International Wine & Food Society Helsinki Branch was founded at Restaurant Srknlinna in 1987. Today there are about 120 members in the Helsinki branch, with more in Tampere.
The American Women's Club, Finland
The American Womens Club in Finland was founded in 1970. Its mission is to provide a means for social interaction for women of American nationality or heritage residing in Finland. Half of the members are American and the others are Finnish or international.
Caisa: International Cultural Centre
Caisa is the International Cultural Centre in Helsinki. Its aim is to support multicultural development of the city by promoting interaction of people from different countries, and by providing information about various cultures and about Finnish society.
Mikonkatu 17 C, Helsinki
Tel: 09 310 37500 or 09 31037503
Finnish Lions Club
www.FinlandLive.Info social network in Finland
Finnish language Chat online
(every Tue & Thu 9-10 pm)
Discuss everything about Finland
Share Pictures & videos
Meet other Expats, Students, Finns
Bridge is a gateway to the Finland-Swedish society, with its services and activities
The International Family Cafe
In the International Family Cafe it is possible to join and arrange play hours for children, playschool activities and presentations on different subjects. The cafe is run by volunteers, parents and children.
Every Monday 10 am to 1 pm at Leikkipuisto Traktori, Malmi
Happi is a youth centre, located in Srninen, Helsinki. It is a meeting point for everyone. Though full of activity, Happi is also a place for just hanging out or meeting friends, no participation required.
Address: Srnisten rantatie 31, Helsinki
Wed-Thu 3 pm - 9 pm
Fri - Sat 5 pm - 10.45 pm
Oulu: EFA Expatriate Family Adjustment
This website has been designed to guide newcomers through the expatriate life stages. Its aim is to give expatriates a good start in the city of Oulu.
About the Author
Marja Saviaro has an M.A. in Adult Education. She is a Director and Consultant in Return Ticket Company, a company established in 1997; which offers training and advice on the personnel aspects of internationalisation. General objectives are to increase corporate readiness to meet the challenges faced by personnel management in relocating and adjusting employees and their families to new cultural surroundings and later back home.
Saviaro lived and worked in Zambia for seven years, first as an accompanying spouse and later working in the Finnish Embassy. After returning back home she worked in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Training Section, for seven years.
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First Published: Feb 07, 2010