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Expat Guide to Living in Helsinki

Whether you're already living in Helsinki or preparing to move to Helsinki, our Expat Guide to Living in Finland offers articles and reports submitted by expats about expat life in Helsinki. For answers to specific questions, visit our Finland Forum to talk with expats in Helsinki.

Culture Shock Report

Culture shock is part of the settling in process. Knowing the different phases of culture shock and how other expats in Helsinki handle it can be very comforting. Help others preparing to move to Helsinki by filling out our Culture Shock Report.

Submit a Culture Shock Report

More Living in Helsinki Reports

What are people's priorities in Helsinki - work? family? socializing? What are the best ways to meet other expats? Are people accepting of racial, cultural and religious differences? Below are some of the responses from expats in Helsinki:
Submit a Living Overseas Report

More Moving to Helsinki Reports

What should you take with you when you move to Helsinki? What should you leave behind? What type of housing and neighborhoods are typical for expats in Helsinki? Below are some of the responses from expats in Helsinki:
Submit a Moving Overseas Report

Reviews of Schools in Helsinki

Reviews and school profiles from expat parents and even a few school administrators in Helsinki. Great place to find insight into school facilities, teachers and curriculum. Below are some of the reviews from expats in Helsinki:
Submit an International School Review

Dream vs. Reality Report

Most expats have have "dreams" (and fears) about the expatriate experience before they moved to Helsinki. If you are already living in Helsinki, share how those "dreams" have been fulfilled, and how they have not by filling out our Dream vs. Reality Report.

Submit a Dream vs. Reality Report

Overseas Retirement Report

Retiring abroad can be a great option for retirees seeking their dream lifestyle at an affordable price. Help other retirees, who are thinking about retiring in Helsinki by filling out our Overseas Retirement report.

Submit a Retire Abroad Report

Having a Baby Abroad Report

How did expats choose their doctors, midwives, hospitals? What is childbirth like in Helsinki? Help other expats who are preparing to have a baby in Helsinki by filling out our Having a Baby Abroad Report.

Submit a Having a Baby Abroad Report

Working Abroad Report

What's it like to find a job in Helsinki? How difficult was it to obtain a work permit? What types are jobs are typical for expats in Helsinki? Help others following in your footsteps by filling out our Working Abroad Report.

Submit a Working Abroad Report
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5-Tips-For-Living-in-Finland5 Tips For Living in Finland

Expats in Finland live in a country that borders Sweden, Norway and Russia and offers a successful western economy. Here are some tips to get expats acquainted with life in Finland.

Expats in Finland live in a country that borders Sweden, Norway and Russia and offers a successful western economy. Here are some tips to get expats acquainted with life in Finland....

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