Living in Finland

Cities

Perheenjäsen

Family member

Moving to Finland

If you are not a citizen of a Nordic country or an EU member state or the family member of an EU citizen living in Finland, you will need a residence permit. Read more on the Infopankki page Moving to Finland to be with a family member.

If you are an EU citizen, you do not need a residence permit for Finland. If your stay in Finland exceeds three months, you will need a certificate of registration of the right of residence of a Union citizen (Unionin kansalaisen rekisteröintitodistus). Read more on the Infopankki page EU citizens.

If you are not an EU citizen but your family member residing in Finland is an EU citizen, you will need a residence card for a family member of an EU citizen (perheenjäsenen oleskelukortti). Read more on the Infopankki page EU citizens.

If you are a citizen of a Nordic country, you do not need a residence permit for Finland. Read more on the Infopankki page Nordic citizens.

On the Infopankki page Moving to Finland checklist, you can find useful information on the things you need to do when moving to Finland.

When you move to Finland, visit the Local Register Office (maistraatti)of your place of residence. At the Local Register Office, you can obtain a Finnish personal identity code, if you did not apply for one when obtaining a residence permit. The Local Register Office will also decide on whether your municipality of residence will be entered as Finland. If you have a municipality of residence in Finland, you are entitled to use municipal services, such as health services. Read more on the Infopankki page Municipality of residence in Finland.

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Coming to Finland on the basis of family tiesFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Registration of an EU citizen's right to resideFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiLocal register office:
Registering a foreign citizenFinnish | Swedish | English

Residence permit extension

If you have a residence permit for Finland, remember to apply for a residence permit extension in good time before the expiry of your first residence permit. Apply for the extension online in the Enter Finland service or at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service.

A permit decision is subject to a charge. The fee must be paid upon applying for a residence permit extension. Further information on the application process can be found on the Infopankki page Residence permit extension.

If you are an EU citizen, you can apply for a right of permanent residence when you have lived in Finland for five years.

linkkiFinnish Immigration Service:
Extending your residence permitFinnish | Swedish | English

Studying the Finnish language

Information on studying the Finnish language is available on the Infopankki page Finnish and Swedish. If you live in the Helsinki, Tampere or Turku region, you can search for a Finnish language course that suits you through the Finnishcourses.fi service.

linkkiFinnishcourses.fi:
Finnish and Swedish coursesFinnish | English | Russian

Work and study

If you have a residence permit for Finland based on family ties, you have the right to work and study in Finland. In addition, citizens of Nordic countries and EU member states and their family members have the right to work and study in Finland.

Please note that if you have applied for your first residence permit in Finland, you do not have the right to work before the permit is granted.

On the Infopankki page Where to find work? you can find information on looking for a job in Finland. If you are interested in starting your own business, see the Infopankki page Starting a business.

Information on studying in Finland is available on the Infopankki page Education.

Marriage and common-law relationship

If you are getting married in Finland, you can find useful information on the Infopankki page Marriage.

Information on living in a common-law relationship is available on the Infopankki page Common-law relationship.

Information on divorce is available on the Infopankki page Divorce. Please note that if you have a residence permit for Finland based on family ties, any changes in your family relations, such as divorce, may affect your residence permit. Read more on the Infopankki page Can I lose my residence permit?

On the Infopankki page Problems in marriage and relationships, you can find information on where to find help with relationship problems.

Social security

If you move to live in Finland for family reasons, you are normally entitled to Finnish social security. However, this is not always the case. Please check with Kela if you are entitled to Finnish social security. Further information on Finnish social security is available on the Infopankki page Finnish social security.

linkkiKela:
Social security of a person moving to FinlandFinnish | Swedish | English

Services for families with children

Information on public benefits and services for families with children is available on the Infopankki page Financial support for families and Taking care of a child.

Health

Both public and private health services are available in Finland. Public health services are less expensive than private ones. If you have a municipality of residence in Finland, you can use public health services. If you move to Finland for family reasons, you are normally granted a municipality of residence in Finland. The decision on your official municipality of residence is made by your Local Register Office. Read more on the Infopankki page Health services in Finland and Municipality of residence in Finland.