Before you start exploring opportunities in Finland you need to define what you are really looking for
Working abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. However, job search in Finland requires more than just the obvious Finnish CV writing and translation - it requires thorough preparation. You will experience problems that probably did not even come to your mind when you decided to get an overseas employment.
Do not take too lightly the influence a job in Finland can have on the effect of your adventure! For instance, you will experience the different immigration rules and practices, strange job application procedures, unfamiliar job candidate selection criteria and out of the ordinary management culture.
Most visits to Finland are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
Time: GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October).
Telephone country code: 358
Internet country code: .fi
Annual vacation: Majority of Fins take annual vacations during school holidays. June to August is the best summer months and things virtually shut down from late June to the end of July.
- Summer holidays – between 1 July and mid-August
- Autumn holidays - between 13 and 30 October
- Christmas holidays - between 18 December and 7 January of next year
- Winter holidays – between 19 February and 11 March
- Easter holidays – between 6 April and 9 April
- 1 Jan - New Year's Day
- 6 Jan - Epiphany
- 10-13 Apr - Easter
- 1 May - May Day
- 21 May - Ascension
- 31 May - Whit Sunday
- 19-20 Jun - Midsummer
- 31 Oct - All Saints' Day
- 6 Dec - Independence Day
- 25 Dec - Christmas Day
- 26 Dec - St Stephen's Day
- Offices - Mon to Fri 08:00 - 16:15. Lunch at different times between 11:00-13:00
- Banks - Mon to Fri Usually 10:00 – 16:30 (regional variations may occur)
- Stores - Mon to Sat 09:00 - 18:00
Background: Finland was a province and then a grand duchy under Sweden from the 12th to the 19th centuries and an autonomous grand duchy of Russia after 1809. It finally won its complete independence in 1917. During World War II, it was able to successfully defend its freedom and resist invasions by the Soviet Union - albeit with some loss of territory. In the subsequent half century, the Finns made a remarkable transformation from a farm/forest economy to a diversified modern industrial economy; per capita income is now on par with Western Europe. As a member of the European Union, Finland was the only Nordic state to join the euro system at its initiation in January 1999.
Climate: cold temperate; potentially subarctic, but comparatively mild because of moderating influence of the North Atlantic Current, Baltic Sea, and more than 60,000 lakes
Ethnic groups: Finn 93.4%, Swede 5.6%, Russian 0.5%, Estonian 0.3%, Roma (Gypsy) 0.1%, Sami 0.1% (2006)
Languages: Finnish 93.4% (official), Swedish 5.9% (official), small Sami- and Russian-speaking minorities
We hope that your Finland job search has been successful and you will obtain your Finland visa soon. So, if your Finland cover letter and Finland CV are ready, you may email them to your future employers and start preparing for Finland job interview.
Good luck with your Finland information!