Living in Finland

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Suomen ja ruotsin kieli Joensuussa

Finnish and Swedish in Joensuu

Opportunities to study Finnish or Swedish

If you are a customer of the Employment and Economic Development Office (Työ- ja elinkeinotoimisto, TE-toimisto), you can gain a place on Finnish or Swedish language courses through the TE Office.

The Community College of the Joensuu Area (Joensuun seudun kansalaisopisto) provides evening classes in the Finnish language for immigrants (Finnish as a foreign language). New courses begin twice a year. For further information, visit the website of the Community College of the Joensuu Area.

Free-of-charge Finnish language courses are organised by the following organisations and associations, for example:

  • Finnish Red Cross (SPR), Savo-Karjala District
  • Joensuu District Multicultural Association (JoMoni)

Further information: Finnish and Swedish lessons for adults

linkkiTE Services:
North Karelia Employment and Economic Development OfficeFinnish

linkkiCommunity College of the Joensuu Area:
Finnish as a foreign languageFinnish | English | Russian

Obtaining a language proficiency certificate in Joensuu

An immigrant wishing to apply for Finnish citizenship needs a certificate of proficiency in the Finnish or Swedish language. You can prove your language skills by passing the intermediate level of the National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI).

In Joensuu, you can take a YKI test at the North Karelia Summer University. For information on YKI test dates and locations, please use the online search engine provided by the Finnish National Board of Education.

Registration forms for the YKI test are available on the website of the Finnish National Board of Education or at the North Karelia Summer University.

Further information: Official certificate of language proficiency

linkkiNorth Karelia Summer University:
National Certificates of Language Proficiency (YKI)Finnish

linkkiFinnish National Board of Education:
YKI tests, test center search engineFinnish | Swedish | English