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Ongelmatilanteet Kokkolassa

Problem situations in Kokkola

In a crisis situation, you can call the emergency number 112. The issue will be forwarded to the social emergency services, if necessary. The emergency number should only be called in urgent situations when a life, property or the environment are at risk.

Further information: Problem situations.

Residence permit problems

If there are problems or issues related to your residence permit, you can contact the Finnish Immigration Service.

Finnish Immigration Service
Korsholmanpuistikko 45
65100 Vaasa

Further information: Residence permit problems.

Crimes

If you need the police in an emergency, call the emergency number 112. Please do not call the emergency number for non-urgent matters.

You can report an offence online. More information is available on the police website. You can also fill in a form online and submit a printed copy to a police station.

Kokkola police station
Kaarlelankatu 74
67100 Kokkola

Further information: Crimes.

linkkiPolice:
Book an appointmentFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiPolice:
Report of an offenceFinnish | Swedish | English

Violence

If you need the police in an emergency, call the emergency number 112.

Further information: Violence.

Discrimination and racism

If you suspect that you have experienced discrimination when applying for a job or at a workplace, begin by trying to resolve the issue in the workplace. If the issue cannot be resolved in the workplace, contact the occupational safety and health administration of the Regional State Administrative Agency for Western Finland.

Street address:

Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland (Länsi- ja Sisä-Suomen aluehallintovirasto)
Wolffintie 35
65101 Vaasa
Telephone: 0295 018 450

If you experience discrimination, you can also contact the Non-discrimination ombudsman.

If you have become a victim of a racist crime, you can report the offence online or at a police station.

Further information: Discrimination and racism.

linkkiRegional State Administrative Agency of Western and Inland Finland:
Regional State Administrative Agency of Western and Inland FinlandFinnish | Swedish | English

Do you need a lawyer?

Lawyer's services are subject to a charge, but if you have a low or a medium income, you can receive either free or partly compensated legal assistance from the State Legal Aid Office.

Central Ostrobothnia and Ostrobothnia Legal Aid Office
Kokkola unit
Street address: Virastotalo, Torikatu 40, 67100 Kokkola
Telephone: 029 566 1270, 050 310 4999
Email: pohjanmaa.oikapu(at)oikeus.fi

You can also find information on private lawyers on the Finnish Bar Association's website, for example.

Further information: Do you need a lawyer?

linkkiFinnish Bar Association:
Finnish Bar AssociationFinnish | Swedish | English

Death

Cemeteries owned by Evangelical Lutheran parishes are used as common cemeteries. Persons who were not members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church can also be buried there. In other words, they are meant for all residents. More information is available on the website of the Kokkola Evangelical Lutheran Parish Union.

If your family member suddenly dies, you can seek crisis support from your local health centre, or outside office hours, from the Central Ostrobothnia Central Hospital. Evangelical Lutheran parishes in the Kokkola region also organise grief support groups. Deaconal workers also offer discussion-based support during the grieving process.

Further information: Death.

linkkiKokkola Evangelical Lutheran Parish Union:
Kokkola Evangelical Lutheran Parish UnionFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCentral Ostrobothnia Joint Municipal Authority for Social and Health Soite:
Crisis servicesFinnish | Swedish

Problems in marriage and relationships

Help with problems related to marriage and relationships is provided by the Church Family Counselling Centre of Kokkola Parish Union and the Family Counselling Clinic of Central Ostrobothnia Joint Municipal Authority for Social and Health Soite.

Family Counselling Centre
Telephone: 050 3147 464.

Kokkola Family Counselling Clinic
Pitkänsillankatu 1-3
67100 Kokkola
Telephone: 044 730 7640

Further information: Problems in marriage and relationships.

linkkiCentral-Ostrobothnia Family Counselling Centre:
Family counsellingFinnish | Swedish

linkkiCentral Ostrobothnia Joint Municipal Authority for Social and Health Soite:
Family counselling clinicFinnish | Swedish

Divorce

The wife or husband alone, or both spouses together, can file for a divorce. A divorce application is filed at a District Court of either spouse’s municipality. A divorce must be applied for at a District Court by written application.

Central Ostrobothnia District Court
Street address: Kaarlelankatu 27, 67100 Kokkola
Postal address: P.O. Box 120, 67101 Kokkola
Telephone: 029 56 49294
Email: keski-pohjanmaa.ko(at)oikeus.fi

Further information: Divorce.

Children's problems

A public health nurse at a child health clinic can help you with questions related to the health, growth and development of your child. If necessary, you will be referred by the clinic to other services for help.

A school public health nurse or a school welfare officer, for example, can help with problems related to children of school age.

Further information: Children's and young people's problems.

linkkiCentral Ostrobothnia Joint Municipal Authority for Social and Health Soite:
Family counselling clinicFinnish | Swedish

linkkiCentral Ostrobothnia Joint Municipal Authority for Social and Health Soite:
School health careFinnish | Swedish

linkkiCentral Ostrobothnia Joint Municipal Authority for Social and Health Soite:
Child health clinicsFinnish | Swedish

Young people's problems

You can talk about your problems with a public health nurse at your school or place of study, or with an adult at a youth centre. More information is available on the website of the Central Ostrobothnia Joint Municipal Authority for Social and Health Soite.

Young people themselves or their parents can contact a family counselling centre. You can talk about your problems there and receive help and support. More information is available on the website of the Central Ostrobothnia Joint Municipal Authority for Social and Health Soite.

The telephone number for the family counselling centre is 044 730 7640.

Further information: Children's and young people's problems.

linkkiCentral Ostrobothnia Joint Municipal Authority for Social and Health Soite:
Family counselling clinicFinnish | Swedish

linkkiCentral Ostrobothnia Joint Municipal Authority for Social and Health Soite:
Student health careFinnish | Swedish

linkkiCity of Kokkola:
Youth centres and other facilitiesFinnish | Swedish

Mental health problems

If you need mental help and support, you can make an appointment to see a doctor at a health centre. A doctor will assess the situation. If necessary, the doctor will give you a referral to special psychiatric treatment.

Further information: Mental health.

linkkiCentral Ostrobothnia Joint Municipal Authority for Social and Health Soite:
Mental health servicesFinnish | Swedish

Financial problems

If you have financial problems, you can contact the social counselling or income support units of the Central Ostrobothnia Joint Municipal Authority for Social and Health Soite for advice, telephone (06) 826 4111 (switchboard). In some situations, you may be entitled to receive income support from Kela. If you have problems with debts, you can contact the financial and debt counselling of the city of Kokkola.

The financial and debt counselling telephone number is 040 8065 056

Further information: Financial problems.

linkkiCentral Ostrobothnia Joint Municipal Authority for Social and Health Soite:
Social Counselling Unit of Kokkola Finnish | Swedish

linkkiCity of Kokkola:
Financial and debt counsellingFinnish | Swedish

Intoxicant abuse

If you have a problem with alcohol, drugs, medication or gambling, you can receive treatment and rehabilitation at Päihdekeskus Portti. The problem should be discussed at health care services or occupational health care from where you will be directed further, or you can also contact Päihdekeskus Portti directly. A patient fee will be charged for detoxification treatment as well as for rehabilitation in a facility; outpatient rehabilitation is free of charge.

You can also discuss problems related to intoxicant abuse with a special deacon of the Kokkola Evangelical Lutheran Parish Union.

Contact information
Päihdekeskus Portti
Terveystie 4
67200 Kokkola
Telephone: 040 806 8101

Further information: Intoxicant abuse.

linkkiCentral Ostrobothnia Joint Municipal Authority for Social and Health Soite:
Substance abuse treatmentFinnish | Swedish

linkkiVentuskartano Registered Association:
Päihdekeskus PorttiFinnish

linkkiKokkola Evangelical Lutheran Parish Union:
Intoxicant abuse work carried out by the Kokkola Evangelical Lutheran Parish UnionFinnish | Swedish