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How to Get Started When Moving to Finland    [TOP]

(Source: Info Bank and Life in Finland guide)

Residence Permit
If you intend to work in Finland, you will usually need a residence permit for an employed person. Oulu Police DepartmentThe Finnish Immigration Service

Residence
Find somewhere to live. You cannot be registered as a resident in Finland unless you have an address. Housing

Social Security Number
Visit Oulu Registry Office (Oulun maistraatti) (Isokatu 4). There you will be registered as a resident in Finland and you will be provided a social security number. Have your passport and residence permit with you. If you are married, you will also need a marriage certificate. If you have children, you have to have their birth certificates with you. Registry Office.

Telephone
Get a personal mobile phone, as there are very few public telephones.

Kela card
Apply for a personal health insurance card, i.e. Kela card from Kela (Kansaneläkelaitos) office (Sepänkatu 18). If you are a permanent resident in Finland, you are covered by Kela's National Health Insurance scheme. Working in the country may also entitle you to health insurance cover. The Kela card is a proof of your entitlements under the National Health Insurance scheme when you visit a doctor or a pharmacy.

Bank Account
Open a bank account. In Finland, your salary as well as any social security benefits and income support will be paid into a bank account. Familiarize yourself with the services of different banks. In order to open a bank account, you need a passport or other personal identification document.

Tax Card
For a tax card, visit the Local tax office (Torikatu 34 B). In order to be issued a tax card, you must have a personal identity number or a temporary identity number from the Administrative Council. The Tax page of the Info Bank contains more information on the taxation system in Finland.

Work
If you are unemployed, you have to register in the Employment and Economic Development Office (TE-toimisto) (Torikatu 34).


Short guides for employees and their families concerning registrations and right of residence (2012)

  • Employees moving to Finland from the EU-area in English and in Finnish (pdf)
  • Employee's family member moving to Finland from EU in English and in Finnish (pdf)
  • Employees moving to Finland from third countries outside the EU in English and in Finnish (pdf)
  • Employee's family member moving to Finland from third countries outside the EU in English and in Finnish (pdf)


Further information

Welcome to Oulu – guide in different languages  [TOP]

Welcome to Oulu - Guide for Foreigners, in English 2013 (pdf) updated 04.2014
Welcome to Oulu - Guide for Foreigners, in Russian, 2013 (pdf)

Welcome to Oulu - Guide for Foreigners, in Arabic 2012 (pdf)
Welcome to Oulu - Guide for Foreigners, in Chinese 2012 (pdf)
 

Life in Finland guide  [TOP]

The guide is aimed at people moving to Finland. It contains information on housing and working in Finland, contact details of authorities, and basic information about Finnish culture and society. 11 different languages:

Finnish      Swedish      English    Russian     Spanish     French     Chinese       Arabic      Persian       Somali      Thai