Living in Finland

Cities

Maahanmuuttajana Kokkolassa

Living as an immigrant in Kokkola

Guidance and integration of immigrants

When you move to Finland, you can apply for services provided by the Employment and Economic Development Office (Työ- ja elinkeinotoimisto, TE Office) to help you integrate and find a job. The following services are available especially for immigrants:

  • guidance and advice on immigration
  • initial assessment
  • integration plan
  • integration training

Ostrobothnia TE Office
Pitkänsillankatu 15
67100 Kokkola
Switchboard: 0295 025 500

Immigration work carried out by the Kokkola Evangelical Lutheran Parish Union supports the integration of immigrants into Finnish society.

linkkiTE Services:
Public services provided by the Employment and Economic Development Office (TE Office)Finnish | Swedish

linkkiNon-Discrimination Ombudsman:
Help and information for those experiencing ethnic discriminationFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Estonian | French | Somali | Spanish | Turkish | Chinese | Arabic | Kurdish | Albanian | Thai | Vietnamese

linkkiMinistry of Employment and the Economy:
Welcome to Finland brochureFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Estonian | French | Somali | Spanish | Chinese | Persian | Arabic | Thai

linkkiKokkola Evangelical Lutheran Parish Union:
Immigration work carried out by the Kokkola Evangelical Lutheran Parish UnionFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian

Initial assessment and integration plan

If you have come to Finland as a refugee, an initial assessment and an integration plan will be prepared for you at the Immigration Office. You can get further information on the initial assessment and integration plan from the Immigration Office.

Immigration Office
Vaasantie 6 C
67100 Kokkola

Further information: Integration into Finland.

linkkiCentral Ostrobothnia Joint Municipal Authority for Social and Health Soite:
Immigration OfficeFinnish | Swedish

Do you need an interpreter?

If you need to deal with Finnish authorities and you do not speak Finnish or Swedish and have no other common language with the authority, you are sometimes entitled to interpreting services. The authorities will book you an interpreter if you have notified them of the need for one in advance. In such a case, interpreting services are free of charge.

If you book and pay for an interpreter yourself, you can use an interpreter whenever you want.

Many companies also provide interpretating services. You can search for these companies online. There is also a search function on the website of the Finnish Association of Translators and Interpreters, where you can search for an interpreter or a translator.

Further information: Do you need an interpreter?