Living in Finland

Cities

Maahanmuuttajana Espoossa

As an immigrant in Espoo

Immigrant guidance and integration

Citizens’ Office

Information on Espoo’s services is available from the Citizens’ Offices (Yhteispalvelupiste) of the City of Espoo. The offices are located throughout the city. More detailed contact information can be found on the website of the City of Espoo. The shared phone number for the Citizens’ Offices is: (09) 816 57070.

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Joint service pointFinnish | Swedish | English

Kivenkolo

The Kivenkolo Community Centre is an active "living room" open to everyone, where you can receive advice and guidance in various languages. Kivenkolo is located in Espoonlahti.

Kivenkolo
Merisaapas 1 A
02070 Espoon kaupunki

Tel. 050 300 6093

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Kivenkolo Community centreFinnish | Swedish | English

Starttipiste for young adults

Starttipiste in Ohjaamotalo offers guidance and counselling for young people under the age of 20 without an appointment.

Leppävaara Starttipiste
Ohjaamotalo
Lintuvaarantie 2 A
02650 Espoo

Iso Omena Starttipiste
Palvelutori
Suomenlahdentie 1
02230 Espoo

Ohjaamotalo’s service number: 043 824 3453

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Counselling for young peopleFinnish | Swedish | English

Trapesa

The international meeting point Trapesa offers counselling services. Book an appointment in advance. The association also has an open living room and organises Finnish language discussion groups and diverse events.

Trapesa
Kirkkojärjventie 1
Espoo station bridge
02770 Espoo

Tel. 010 583 7971
E-mail: info(at)trapesa.com

linkkiTrapesa:
International meeting pointFinnish

Immigrant Services

Immigrants can also contact Espoo Immigrant Services (Maahanmuuttajapalvelut). The information service provides advice and guidance without having to make an appointment. Guidance is given in several different languages.

Immigrant Services
Pyyntitie 3
02230 Espoo
Tel. (09) 81621

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Immigrant ServicesFinnish | Swedish | English

International House Helsinki

If you have recently moved into the Helsinki metropolitan area, you can receive guidance and public services in one place at International House Helsinki (IHH). You can:

  • seek free guidance and information related to moving in several languages
  • apply for a Finnish personal identity code, register as a resident and report your address information
  • receive a tax card, a tax number and guidance related to taxation
  • search for information about Finnish social security and benefits
  • receive guidance on TE services and searching for work
  • receive guidance on earnings-related pension and information on the A1 certificate
  • seek employment guidance
  • seek guidance for companies and employers

The IHH Service Advisor App web application helps you to find the correct authorities and gives you advice on what documents you should take with you.

The service includes the City of Helsinki’s Immigration Information Centre, the Local Register Office of Uusimaa, the In To Finland service by the Tax Administration and Kela, the Uusimaa TE Office, the Finnish Centre for Pensions and the Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce.

Address

Local Register Office of Uusimaa
Albertinkatu 25
00180 Helsinki

linkkiInternational House Helsinki:
IHH – a service point for people moving to Finland English

Initial assessment and integration plan

The initial assessment is conducted by Espoo Immigrant Services or the adult social work office.

Espoo Immigrant Services also assist immigrants in other matters related to living in Finland.

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Immigrant ServicesFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Contact information for adult social work servicesFinnish | Swedish | English

When you register as a job seeker, an employee of the Employment and Economic Development Office will complete an initial assessment with you and prepare an integration plan. The Espoo office is located in Leppävaara.

Espoo Employment and Economic Development Office
Upseerinkatu 3 B
02600 Espoo

Service numbers for immigrants: 010 194 105 and 010 6040 105.

linkkiMinistry of Employment and the Economy:
The employment and economic development offices of UusimaaFinnish | Swedish

Read more: Integration into Finland

Do you need an interpreter?

If you do not speak Finnish or Swedish, you can use an interpreter when dealing with the authorities. In some cases, the authorities may provide the interpreter. If so, the interpreting services will not cost you anything.

“Authorities” here refers to the police, Kela, the Employment and Economic Development Office or an official of the City of Espoo, among others.

However, authorities do not always pay for the interpreter. This is why you must always ask beforehand whether or not the interpreting services are paid for.

You can employ the services of an interpreter at any time if you pay the costs and book one yourself.

You can request more information on interpreting services from Espoo Immigrant Services, for example.

Read more: Do you need an interpreter?

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Immigrant ServicesFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiThe Finnish Association of Translators and Interpreters:
Search for an interpreter or a translatorFinnish | Swedish | English