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Family in Tampere

This page contains information on services for families in Tampere. Other important information on the subject is available on the page Family.

Marriage

Under Finnish law, a marriage is a legal union between two people. A marriage begins with a wedding service. Before getting married, you must request in writing an examination of the possible impediments to your marriage. This examination is performed at a local register office. The request can be submitted to any local register office.

Civil marriages are also performed at the local register office.

Local Register Office of Inland Finland
Tampere unit
Hatanpään valtatie 24
PL 682
33101 Tampere
Telephone 029 553 9001 (marriage)

Read more: Marriage

linkkiLocal Register Offices:
MarriageFinnish | English

Divorce

You can file for divorce independently or together with your spouse. Divorce applications must be submitted to the office of the District Court of Tampere. You can take the application to the District Court office or send it there by post, fax or email.

District Court of Pirkanmaa
Kelloportinkatu 5 A
PL 134
33100 Tampere
Telephone 029 564 7400 (exchange)
Fax 029 5647 657

If you are contemplating divorce and need help with negotiating various arrangements, you can apply for family mediation. Family mediation services help families residing in Tampere with children under 18 years of age.

Family councelling centre/Family mediation
Tipotie social services and health centre
Tipotie 4
33230 Tampere
Advice and appointments tel. 040 800 7910 (Mon and Wed 12 noon-2 pm, Thu 9 am-11 am)

Assistance for relationship and family problems can also be obtained from the family counselling services of the parishes. In the mediation process, family members can obtain help and support when contemplating divorce and the threat thereof, as well as negotiate about practical solutions after a divorce decision. Customers are accepted from the entire Pirkanmaa region, in addition to Tampere.

Federation of Evangelical Lutheran Parishes
Family Mediation Centre
Hämeenkatu 28 (4th floor)
33100 Tampere
Telephone 040 804 8100, Mon-Fri 9 am-11 am and Mon 1 am-3 pm and Wed 1 am-3 pm

Read more: Divorce

linkkiJudicial system:
Family matters and filing for divorceFinnish | English

linkkiCity of Tampere:
Family mediationFinnish | English

linkkiParishes in Tampere:
Family counsellingFinnish | English

Children in a divorce

Family mediation services help families residing in Tampere with children under 18 years of age. Arrangements regarding parental contact with children can also be agreed upon through family mediation. Contact a family counselling centre if you are contemplating divorce or your family needs help coping with one.

Family counselling/Family mediation
Tipotie social services and health centre
Tipotie 4
33230 Tampere
Advice and appointments tel. 040 800 7910 (Mon and Wed 12 noon-2 pm, Thu 9 am-11 am)

If you have children and you decide to file for divorce, please make an appointment with a child welfare supervisor. The child welfare supervisor will verify the agreement regarding the housing and care of the children as well as access rights and child support.

Appointments only by telephone. Making an appointment is mandatory.
Child welfare supervisor appointments and telephone advice:
Appointment booking: telephone 03 5657 7370, Mon, Tue, Fri 9 am-11 am.
Telephone advice, 040 806 3535 Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri 12 noon-1 pm.

Contact by email: sote.lastenvalvojat(at)tampere.fi

Read more: Children in a divorce

linkkiTampereen kaupunki:
Family counsellingFinnish | English

linkkiCity of Tampere:
Child welfare supervisorsFinnish | English

When you are pregnant

Please contact the maternity and child health clinic in your area as soon as you find out about your pregnancy. The maternity clinic monitors the well-being of the mother, baby and entire family during pregnancy. The services of the maternity clinic are free of charge. Tampere has several maternity clinics. The contact information can be found on the city’s website.

In urgent problems and emergencies related to pregnancy, please contact the emergency services of your maternity hospital.

Tampere University Hospital
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Teiskontie 35
33520 Tampere
Obstetrics and gynaecology emergency services, tel. 03 3116 5942.

Read more: When you are expecting a baby

linkkiCity of Tampere:
Maternity clinicsFinnish | English

linkkiCity of Tampere:
Guide for expecting parentsFinnish

linkkiTAYS (Tampere University Hospital):
Obstetrics and gynaecology emergency servicesFinnish | English | Russian

Support during pregnancy

If you are entitled to a maternity grant, maternity allowance or other benefits, please apply to Kela for these. You can fill in the application online, post it to Kela or visit a Kela office.

Read more: Support during pregnancy

Kela, downtown office
Aleksis Kiven katu 18
33210 Tampere
PL 577
33101 Tampere

Kela, Hervanta office
Insinöörinkatu 40
33720 Tampere

linkkiKela:
Support for families with childrenFinnish | English

Taking care of a child

A variety of day-care services and club activities are available for the parents of under-school-age children.

Tampere has numerous city-owned day-care centres and family day-care providers. In addition, private day-care centres are available. If you are applying for a place for your child in a private day-care centre, contact the day-care centre of your choice directly.

Places in city-owned day-care centres or family day care can be applied throughout the year. Please submit your application four months before you would like the day care to begin. The easiest way to apply for a day-care placement is by using an electronic form online. If you choose to submit a paper application form, take it to the day-care centre that is your primary choice or to the Day care customer guidance.

Day care customer guidance
Frenckellinaukio 2B
PL 487
33101 Tampere

The child's cultural background and Finnish language proficiency will be taken into account in the group's activities. Native-language education is arranged for preschool-age children where possible.

The City of Tampere provides day-care services in Swedish, English, German and French. You can find more information online.

The Day Care Consultation Phone provides assistance in matters related to applying for a day-care placement:
tel. 040 800 7260 (Mon-Fri 9 am-12 noon), email: paivahoito.palveluohjaus(at)tampere.fi.

Read more: Taking care of a child and Day care

linkkiCity of Tampere:
Child day care, day-care places and applicationFinnish | English

linkkiCity of Tampere:
Family day careFinnish | English

linkkiCity of Tampere:
Clubs and playgroupsFinnish | English

linkkiCity of Tampere:
Foreign-language day careFinnish

Looking after a child at home

Families can hire someone to care for their children at home and receive private care allowance. Private care allowance can be applied for from Kela.

If you care for your child at home, he or she can participate in part-time clubs and playgroups. You can apply for a place in a club with a day-care application. The open family clubs for parents and children do not require registration – families can take part when it best suits them.

Read more: Lapsen hoitaminen kotona

linkkiCity of Tampere:
Looking after a child at homeFinnish | English

linkkiKela:
Home care allowanceFinnish | English

Taking care of a family member at home

If you are taking care of an elderly, ill or disabled family member at home, you may be entitled to informal care allowance. Informal care allowance is granted to applicants who engage in extremely demanding and/or binding care. First, you will need a doctor's statement that indicates the demanding and binding nature of the care. You can apply for the allowance using the form provided on the City of Tampere website.

Read more: Elderly

linkkiCity of Tampere:
Informal care supportFinnish | English

linkkiCity of Tampere:
Applying for support for informal careFinnish | English