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The country is a thoroughly modern welfare state with well-planned and comfortable small towns and cities, but still offers vast areas of unspoiled nature. Finland has approximately 188,000 lakes (about 10% of the country) and a similar number of islands. In the northernmost part of the country the Northern Lights can be seen in the winter and midnight sun in the summer. Finns also claim the mythical mountain of Korvatunturi as the home of Santa Claus, and a burgeoning tourist industry in Lapland caters to Santa fans.

www.visitfinland.com/

Welcome to the Official Travel Site of Finland. … Finland is full of interesting contrasts, such as the four seasons, the midnight sun and the period of darkness, …

travel.nationalgeographic.co.in/travel/countries/finland-guide/

A guide to Finland with articles, photos, facts, videos, and news from National Geographic.

finland.fi/Public/default.aspx?contentid=160036

Get to know the Finns with our abbreviated but thorough guide – a starter kit for keeping up with the Finnish culture.

www.frommers.com › Destinations › Europe

Plan your Finland vacation with the Frommer’s comprehensive Finland travel guide. The travel guide includes information about hotels, restaurants, attractions, …

www.cntraveller.com › World › Europe

Read Condé Nast Traveller’s free travel guide with information about where to visit, where to eat, where to stay and what to do in Finland, Europe.

Generalities

Not much is known about Finland’s early history, with archaeologists still debating when and where a tribe of Finno-Ugric speakers cropped up. Roman historian Tacitus mentions a tribe primitive and savage Fenni in 100 AD and even the Vikings chose not to settle, trading and plundering along the coasts.

www.expat-blog.com/en/guide/europe/finland/1_generalities.html

General information about Finland: capital, currency, official language, climate…All you need to know about Finland.

www.suomenpankki.fi

… new technologies and economic growth: in search of generalities from data … In a forthcoming Bank of Finland discussion paper, ‘Why do growth rates differ?

www.nationallibrary.fi/services/kokoelmat/avokokoelmansijainti.html

Generalities 001-09 · Philosophy, psychology 1-17 · Religion, theology 2-299 …

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32 FINLAND’S WAR OF CHOICE Molotov’s Visit to Berlin The Soviet foreign … who brushed aside Hitler’s broad generalities and demanded detailed answers to …

www.taxonomytraining.eu/content/generalities

Jump to Finland?: Finland. Title: Essential cladistics. Organising institution(s)/organisation(s): University of Helsinki Host organisation(s)/institution(s), …

Formalities

Finland is not located on the Scandinavian peninsula, so despite many cultural and historical links, it is technically not a part of Scandinavia. Even Finns rarely bother to make the distinction, but a more correct term that includes Finland is the “Nordic countries” (Pohjoismaat). Still, the capital, Helsinki, has a lot of Scandinavian features, especially when it comes to the architecture of the downtown, and another Scandinavian language, Swedish, is one of the two official languages of the country.

www.aka.fi/en-GB/Mobility/Incoming…/Immigration-formalities/

Are you moving to Finland? The following provides information about immigration formalities and the documents you will need. If you are a foreign national and …

www.helsinki.fi/intstaff/uudet/ISS/official/immigration.html

Immigration Formalities. International Staff Services gives guidance both to persons coming to Finland and also to employees going to work abroad. Coming to …

projektit.karelia.fi/welcguid/index…to…/arrival-formalities-in-finland

In general, a foreign citizen must carry a valid passport in order to enter Finland. Since the Schengen Agreement (March 2001) has been applied in Finland, the …

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International Student’s guide to Working in Finland. Country: Finland | Subject: Language courses, Taxation, Visa formalities, Work permits …

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International Student’s guide to Working in Finland. Country: Finland | Subject: Language courses, Taxation, Visa formalities, Work permits …

Visas

A visa (‘viisumi’ in Finnish) is a temporary short-term residence permit that usually allows you to stay in the country for a maximum of three (3) months.

If you have been accepted as a full degree student in Finland, the kind of long-term ‘student visa’ you need is in fact called a ‘student residence permit’. Please refer to the appropriate section of this site for more information on such student residence permits.

formin.finland.fi/doc/eng/services/entry/main.html

As a rule, foreign nationals who require an entry visa are requested to apply for one from the diplomatic mission that represents Finland in their home country.

www.finemb.org.uk

The Schengen Agreement permits a visa that is valid in 26 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, …

finland.visahq.in/

Finland Visa, India: Application, Requirements, Finnish Visa Services by VisaHQ, India. Apply Online.

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Finland Visa Services: Secure Online Application; Tourist, Business, Private Visas to Finland. Comprehensive Information on Finland Visa Requirements – Apply …

www.finland.org.au

Australian and New Zealand citizens do not need a visa to Finland provided that their stay does not exceed 90 days within the period of 6 months. If you are not …

Work

There is little informal work to be found and most jobs require at least a remedial level of Finnish. Citizens of European Union countries can work freely in Finland, but acquiring a work permit from outside the EU means doing battle with the infamous Directorate of Immigration (Ulkomaalaisvirasto) [90]. However, students permitted to study full-time in Finland are allowed work part-time (up to 25 h/week) or even full-time during holiday periods.

www.mol.fi/mol/en/02_working/05_foreigners/

Oct 5, 2011 – www.mol.fi/finnwork – Information on working life rules in Finland. These pages provide information for employers hiring foreigners and …

www.migri.fi/working_in_finland

If you intend to work in Finland, you usually need a residence permit based on employment, granted by the state of Finland. If you intend to employ yourself in …

finland.fi/Public/default.aspx?contentid=160050

The country will face a labour shortage in the future – have you ever considered working in Finland? Our article includes a link list covering everything from job …

www.ejobs.fi/en/

Finland local jobs, careers, part time employment and summer job opportunities. Jobseeker, post your resume to find your new job. Employer, post your jobs to …

www.studyinfinland.fi/living_in_finland/working

Working. In this section, you can find some general advice and links related to working in Finland, either during or after your studies. We recommend that you …

Accommodation

Finnish cuisine is heavily influenced by its neighbors, the main staples being potatoes and bread with various fish and meat dishes on the side. Milk or cream is traditionally considered an important part of the diet and is often an ingredient in foods and a drink, even for adults. Various milk products such as cheeses are also produced. While traditional Finnish food is famously bland, the culinary revolution that followed joining the EU has seen a boom in classy restaurants experimenting with local ingredients, often with excellent results.

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432 hotels & 10000 Reviews. Read reviews and compare prices!

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Head out to a countryside manor for a romantic break and a whiff of times past

www.studyinfinland.fi/living_in_finland/before…/accommodation

Aug 10, 2012 – Accommodation. Please note that CIMO (“Study in Finland”) does not act as an accommodation services office. However, we have gathered …

Study

Finland’s universities are generally well-regarded and offer many exchange programs, but the high cost of living and the prospect of facing the long, cold Finnish winter mean that the country is not a particularly popular choice. However, there are no tuition fees for regular degree students, including international exchange students. While lectures are usually conducted in Finnish, most universities offer the option to complete all courses through assignments and exams in English. Many universities also offer the option to study Finnish at various levels.

www.studyinfinland.fi/

Study in Finland website contains a database of English-language degree and non-degree programs, information about Finland as a study destination, our …

www.studyinfinland.fi/database

Nov 10, 2012 – The International Study Programmes Database, maintained …

www.studyinfinland.fi/tuition_and_scholarships

Feb 27, 2013 – Tuition and Scholarships. In this section, you can find …

www.topuniversities.com/where-to-study/europe/finland/guide

With its stunning natural beauty and laid-back cities, Finland is an attractive destination for many of those keen to study in the north of Europe. Throw in a strong …

www.migri.fi/studying_in_finland

You must apply for a residence permit if you plan to study in Finland for longer than three months. Apply for a visa if your studies will take less than three months.

Health care

You’re unlikely to have tummy troubles in Finland, since tap water is always drinkable (and generally quite tasty as well), and hygiene standards in restaurants are strict. If you have any sort of allergies, many restaurants often display in the menu the most common ingredients that people typically are allergic to. Examples: (L) = Lactose free, (VL) = Low Lactose, (G) = Gluten free, if you are unsure just ask the waitress or restaurant staff.

www.healthcarefinland.ru/en/

Professional and safe health care – Finnish quality. Health Care Finland is a joint project of Finnish hospitals and health care service providers offering …

www.laakariliitto.fi/e/healthcare/

HEALTH CARE IN FINLAND. The FMA collaborates with various authorities and decision-making bodies in relation to the development of health care in Finland.

www.stm.fi/en/social_and_health_services/health_services

Jan 4, 2013 – The aim of health care in Finland is to maintain and improve people’s health, wellbeing, work and functional capacity and social security, …

www.kela.fi/in/internet/english.nsf/NET/210806144050AK

Mar 13, 2013 – Use of European Health Insurance Card in Finland.

www.kela.fi

Dec 21, 2012 – On this page you will find information on your entitlement to health care in Finland. This information applies to you who are moving from abroad …

Bank

The Bank of Finland Museum’s displays include the history of money in Finland and abroad as well as the role of the Bank of Finland in the European System of Central Banks.

The Bank of Finland Museum has especially been designed for Finnish school pupils and students. A guided visit for groups of school pupils takes about an hour and provides a historical overview of money and monetary systems in Finland and elsewhere, the Bank of Finland’s role and current tasks in the context of the Eurosystem, some basic economics and a view of Finnish banknote art. The presentation can be tailor-made for a specific group by prior arrangement. Please book your guided tour in advance!

www.kela.fi

Dec 21, 2012 – On this page you will find information on your entitlement to health care in Finland. This information applies to you who are moving from abroad …

www.rahamuseo.fi/en/

Bank of Finland Museum Snellmaninkatu 2, 00170 Helsinki » Map. Information and tours. Tel. +358 10 831 2981 rahamuseo(at)bof.fi. Opening times. The Bank …

https://www.db.com/finland/

Mar 7, 2013 – Deutsche Bank is present in Finland since 2000 and has a branch in Helsinki. Deutsche Bank AG, Helsinki branch is part of Deutsche Bank’s …

danskebank.fi/en-fi/

Explore our solutions for managing all your banking – daily banking, housing loans, savings and investments – and book a meeting with us. Read more …

www.tripadvisor.com/Travel…s601/Finland:Banks.And.Money.html

Inside Finland: Banks & Money – Before you visit Finland, visit TripAdvisor for the latest info and advice, written for travelers by travelers.

Tax

Taxation in Finland is carried out by the State of Finland, mainly through Finnish Tax Administration, an agency of Ministry of Finance. Finnish Customs (Ministry of Finance), Finnish Transport Agency and Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Ministry of Transport and Communications) also collect taxes. All taxes are collected by the state agencies mentioned, who then distribute them to the local authorities, municipalities and the church parishes, and social security institution Kela

www.vero.fi/en-US

In early January, almost 60 per cent of all tax card customers revised their tax card in our Tax Card Online service. You too can avoid rush hours by visiting the …

www.nordisketax.net/files/suo/eng/i07.asp

Tax rates applicable to resident individuals (of Finland): Income tax on capital income (i.e. investment income) 30% paid to State. The tax rate on capital income …

www.worldwide-tax.com/finland/indexfinland.asp

Basic data on Finland’s income tax rates tax laws v.a.t. Finland’s overview of economy main economic indicators GDP inflation rates unemployment. Tax treaties …

www.vm.fi

Finland’s tax treaties. Tax treaties are used to remove international double taxation of income and capital and to divide taxation rights between the contracting …

www.icaew.com/en/library/subject-gateways/tax/tax-by…/finland

Look up tax rates, the latest tax news and information on double taxation treaties.

Transports

Buses are the cheapest but also the slowest and least comfortable way of traveling between Russia and Finland.

Regular scheduled buses run between St. Petersburg, Vyborg and major southern Finnish towns like Helsinki, Lappeenranta, Jyväskylä and all the way west to Turku, check Matkahuolto [9] for schedules. Helsinki-St. Petersburg is served three times daily, costs €38 and takes 9 hours during the day, 8 hours at night.

Various direct minibuses run between St. Petersburg’s Oktyabrskaya Hotel (opp Moskovsky train station) and Helsinki’s Tennispalatsi (Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 8, one block away from Kamppi). At €15 one-way, this is the cheapest option, but the minibuses leave only when full. Departures from Helsinki are most frequent in the morning (around 10:00), while departures from St. Petersburg usually overnight (around 22:00).

www.lvm.fi/web/en/

The IMO Secretary-General, Mr. Koji Sekimizu, is visiting Finland. During his visit he met Minister of Transport, Merja Kyllönen. Read more about Mr Sekimizu´s …

www.aholatransport.com

Transport and Logistic solutions in Scandinavia, Baltic states and CEE – Efficient, … Finland Norway Denmark. Baltic states: Estonia Latvia Lithuania. Europe: …

www.stat.fi

Canal Traffic: The statistics on traffic through the Saimaa Canal and other canals in Finland include data on goods and passenger transports in international and …

www.virtualtourist.com

Finland Transportation: 192 tips on getting to and getting around Finland from real travelers and locals.

www.lonelyplanet.com/finland/transport/getting-around

Transport in Finland. Arriving and departing using public transportation in Finland such as busses, trains, car hire, flights and ferries – Lonely Planet.

Driver’s licence

In Finland, the car driver’s training can be obtained either in a private driving school or given by a near relative who has a [driver’s license]. If the person is trained by a relative, the relative must obtain a special instructor’s permit and have a car fitted and inspected with an extra set of brake pedals for the front passenger. The training for B class license requires 18 hours of instructed driving, including a spell on a slippery driving course, and 19 theory lessons. After this, the person must pass a computerized theory test and a driving test in city traffic with a minimum length of 30 minutes. C class training is similar, but longer.

The initial license is issued for two years. During this time, the new driver may receive a maximum of two traffic fines in total. If the number of fines is exceeded, the license is revoked and the driver is required to re-take the exam. Even with one fine, the interim period may be extended for a maximum of two years. During the interim period, there is two different phases. Phase called practicing period which consist self learning and some teaching in a driving school. Practicing period takes at least three months. After that you have to complete advanced phase, which includes a slippery driving course, some education in a driving school and participate in dark time driving training, unless this was part of the initial training. (Finnish lighting conditions prevent the dark time training during summer.)

www.expat-finland.com

Driving in Finland, obtaining a Finnish licence, using a foreign licence, exchanging a foreign licence, international driving licence, driver training, driving schools, …

www.loc.gov

Sep 25, 2012 – This Global Legal Monitor article by Wendy Zeldin covering Drivers was published on Sep 25, 2012 for Finland.

www.poliisi.fi

Before a driving licence can be obtained, it is necessary to apply for a driving licence permit from the police. Driving licence permit applications are submitted in …

www.finlandforum.org/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=33327

I have a US drivers license and I was wondering if its possible to drive in Finland with it. I don’t have an international license though.

www.motorweek.org

Here in the US, getting a driver’s license is considered a right… you turn 16, drive around a 10-minute course, and presto, you’re a licensed driver. But in most …

Removal

Most international moving companies do not have their own offices world-wide; they work through a network of agents to arrange moves to/from practically anywhere.

Intlmovers.com allows you to search for international moving companies which operate between your country of origin and Finland . If you wish, you can complete an online quotation request which will be submitted to the companies you choose from the resulting list. The site also provides information on planning, family guidance, law and more.

www.easyexpat.com

International Removal Companies Helsinki, Departure Finland, International relocation to Helsinki, Finland: Information for Expatriates, Expat Guides Finland, …

www.movecorp.co.uk/eu/finland.html

Removals to Finland, International, UK Overseas Removal Helsinki Finland, Shipping To Finland Moving Services.

www.aspininternationalremovals.co.uk/finland-removals.php

Weekly service to and from Finland. Whether you have a few cartons, a small household move, or a more substantial removal we can collect your goods from …

www.schepens.co.uk

Our specially trained Move Co-ordinators can help with all aspects of your removal to Finland and further afield including: Packing Services; Customs; Insurance …

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Live Finnish news broadcast on laser hair removal treatment.

Communications

Finland is officially bilingual in Finnish and Swedish, and both languages are compulsory in all schools, but in practice most of the population is monolingual in Finnish. Finnish is not related to the Scandinavian languages (Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic and Faroese), Russian, or English. In fact, it is not even an Indo-European language, instead belonging in the Uralic group of languages which includes Hungarian and Estonian, making it hard for speakers of most other European languages to learn. Reading signboards can also be difficult as Finnish has relatively few loan words from common European languages, and as a result it is very hard to guess what words in Finnish mean.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Communications_in_Finland

Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Communication in Finland … Finland communications-related lists? (2 C, 5 P) …

www.lvm.fi/web/en/

Minister Kiuru at Communications Forum: Decisions on TV operator licences to be made in 2014. 01.03.2013 09.55 4140744. Finland in a good position to …

www.mastersportal.eu/study-options/…/communications-finland.html

Find and compare 18 Masters in Communications in Finland. Below is a selection of the available study options. If you’re interested in studying Communications …

www.ficora.fi/en/

Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA) Postal address: P.O.Box 313, 00181 Helsinki. Visiting address: Itämerenkatu 3 A 00180 Helsinki …

www.crossculture.com/locations/finland/

Language, communication skills, and cross-cultural training in Finland.

Leisure

Finnish people are very keen on sports – it has been estimated that one in four Finns belongs to a sports club or association, and many more take part regularly in sporting activities.

The most popular sports and leisure activities in Finland include walking, cycling, jogging, hiking, swimming and skiing. Among children and youths, football is very popular. Winter sports such as skiing, ice skating and ice hockey also attract many participants. In summer, sailing, fishing and canoeing are popular pursuits on the many lakes and waterways.

www.expatfocus.com › Country Guides › Finland

Finnish people are very keen on sports – it has been estimated that one in four Finns belongs to a sports club or association, and many more take part regularly …

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wellComing is your local partner for exclusive leisure programs and VIP arrangements in Finland and Scandinavia. wellComing Ltd. Hummelskär 51, 22320 …

www.hellstenhotels.fi/Hellsten…/Leisure_and_Holiday_accomodation

Do you fancy a weekend with your partner or the whole family? Our three Hellsten Hotels offer holiday travelers special deals for both weekend and longstay.

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Finland – cultural and useful Finland information with the Michelin Green Guide. Finland – Sport and leisure activities.

www.fsd.uta.fi/en/data/catalogue/FSD2330/

Sep 7, 2012 – The survey charted Finnish leisure time activities and hobbies. The respondents were asked to tell what they did in their free time and how often …

Miscellaneous

In August 1999, the Finnish Government appointed a Language Act Committee in order to prepare a draft for a new Language Act for Finland. The need of this Act can be explained as follows:

The present Act from 1922 is old both in terms of the language used and in legislative technique.

The Language Act does not guarantee adequate ways of sufficient linguistic skills of civil servants.

The present Language Act does not cover fields for new means of transmitting information, for instance the use of the Internet.

The Constitutional Rights Reform in 1995 made it necessary to renew the Language Act according to the new stipulations.

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Language Research. 8. Miscellaneous: What else can be found about languages and minorities? In August 1999, the Finnish Government appointed a …

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items are from between 01 Jan 2004 & 06 Jan 2007. Finland · Helsinki – from the boat · Helsinki – Wanha Kauppahalli (Old Market Hall) · Helsinki – Tuomiokirkko …

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The good, the bad and the ugly about sailing and on water tourism in Finland.

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Pictures of Finland: Wonderland Suomi on IMDb: Movies, TV, Celebs, and more…

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You know you’ve been in Finland too long, when… You rummage through your plastic bag collection to see which ones you should keep to take to the store and …

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