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Suomen ja ruotsin kieli Vantaalla

Finnish and Swedish in Vantaa

Opportunities for studying Finnish or Swedish

Through the finnishcourses.fi service, you can find the Finnish course that suits you best in Helsinki, Vantaa, Espoo or Kauniainen. The best way to find Swedish-language courses is to use the link on the front page of the service. The courses available through the Finnishcourses.fi service are open to all. The service does not contain information on courses provided by the Employment and Economic Development Office.

In Vantaa, Finnish and Swedish courses for immigrants are organised by the Vantaa Adult Education Centre (Vantaan aikuisopisto). The courses are open to all. The adult education centre is located in Tikkurila, but the courses are held all over Vantaa. Address:

Vantaan aikuisopisto
Lummetie 5
01300 Vantaa
Tel. (09) 8392 4342

More information on the courses and registration is available on the website and study guide of the Vantaa Adult Education Centre. The study guide is available at, for example, libraries and Vantaa Infos as well as electronically on the website of the City of Vantaa.

The Employment and Economic Development Office directs immigrants to Finnish courses related to integration. In connection to the preparation of your integration or employment plan, a position for studying Finnish can be reserved for you or you can be put in line for one. For more information, contact the Employment and Economic Development Office.

Read more: Studying Finnish and Swedish

linkkiFinnishcourses.fi:
Finnish and Swedish coursesFinnish | English | Russian

linkkiVantaa Adult Education Centre:
Finnish and Swedish courses for immigrantsFinnish

linkkiMinistry of Economic Affairs and Employment:
Finnish and Swedish language educationFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiVantaa Adult Education Centre:
Basic education for adultsFinnish

National Certificate of Language Proficiency

You can obtain the National Certificate of Language Proficiency in Finnish or Swedish. The website of the Finnish National Board of Education (Opetushallitus) features a search engine that you can use to check where and when you can obtain the certificate. In Vantaa, certification examinations are held by the Vantaa Adult Education Centre (Vantaan aikuisopisto), for example.

Read more: Official certificate of language proficiency

linkkiFinnish National Board of Education:
Enrolment for a National Certificate of Language Proficiency test and test feesFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiVantaa Adult Education Centre:
National Certificate of Language ProficiencyFinnish

linkkiFinnish National Board of Education:
Degree searchFinnish

Talk in Finnish

Vantaa libraries organise language cafés (kielikahvila), where people practise speaking Finnish. They are meant for everyone who wants to learn to speak Finnish. At language cafés, people talk in Finnish, so it is good to know some Finnish already. Language cafés are free of charge. You can ask libraries for more information about language cafés.

Finnish language discussion groups in Vantaa are also organised at the Silkinportti Activity Centre (Silkinportin toimintakeskus) and Kafnet and Myyrinki residents’ spaces (Kafnetin ja Myyringin asukastilat). There are Finnish language clubs for parents taking care of a child at home at residents’ parks (asukaspuisto) and open day-care centres (avoin päiväkoti). The discussion clubs are free of charge.

The Let’s Read Together Network (Luetaan yhdessä -verkosto) offers lessons in reading and Finnish to immigrant women. There are several different Let’s Read Together groups in different parts of Vantaa. The groups are free of charge.

linkkiHelMet libraries:
Language CafésFinnish | English | Russian

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Residents’ spaceFinnish | English

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Residents’ spaceFinnish | English

linkkiCity of Vantaa:
Residential parks and open day care centresFinnish | Swedish | English