Work in Finland

Education and requirements

To work in Finland, you have to be a caregiver, assistant nurse, practical nurse or a nurse. Outside EU degrees are not accepted for working in Finland. So in general that means, you have to learn the language and get your degree accepted.

No worries, we do our best to help with these tasks. At HSS, student well-being is at the very center of school life.

Positive Psychology informs all learning and teaching, and we have developed an environment and a curriculum which supports the link between emotional well-being and academic achievement. 

Our students get a world-class education with our committed teachers. Our educating philosophy is not just teaching the language and culture, but also give the possibility to understand the Country of Destination. We prepare the students for future change, we help them to understand what will happen, and what they will confront in the new Country, where they will live.

We provide exchange teachers and a learning environment where the students learn faster and most efficiently. We really believe that learning can be easy and fun!

Our students are tested throughout the training course so that we can be sure that their knowledge and language skills are at the required level. 

Through pooling and drawing on our strengths and expertise, we create the conditions for a professional learning community and meet the challenges of modeling learning and leading for our students. This requires commitment, collaboration, and a shared vision and purpose shared throughout the school.

We genuinely believe that our students have the best toolset for future challenges when they move abroad. 

We are not just teaching the language, we are teaching to live and work in the destination country.

Work in Finland

How much does it cost to work and live in Finland?

Why live and work in Finland?
Living and working in Finland is great! It is a popular choice with many expats from all over the world. As one of the world’s top economies, it has plenty to offer to those seeking excellent employment opportunities and a high standard of living.
Aside from the salary and other benefits mentioned, you are also entitled of the following:

  1. Sickness Allowance
  2. Reimbursement of Medical Expenses
  3. One of the world’s Best Public Healthcare
  4. Free Libraries
  5. Great amount of Government Run sports facilities.

Work in Finland

Working as a nurse in Finland

Finnish public employment and business services offers you important basic information on the issues you need to consider before moving to Finland. Take into account that if you are a non-EU/EEA citizen, you must have a job before you move to Finland. If you are an EU/EEA citizen, you can move to Finland and search for a job during a period of three months.

In Finland you have to have a licence to practice as a nurse. Therefore, when aiming to work as a nurse in Finland, you need to contact first the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) in order to apply for the right to practice.

See more infomation on moving to Finland and also a helpful checklist for your guidance. Learn also about the social security benefits in Finland.

See the web pages of Finnish Immigration Services about working in Finland. Also the web pages of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy provide good information on Finnish working rules.

Your Europe webpage offers good help and advice for EU nationals and their family. See also an illustrative video on how to apply for the European Professional Card (EPC).

The pages of Info Bank contain important basic information for immigrants on the functioning of society and opportunities in Finland.

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences offers SIMHE services
(Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education) for immigrants for
recognizing their competences and for their guidance for suitable
educational and career paths. In addition, there are unfortunately at
the moment hardly any clear, nation wide, and permanent services for
nurses from outside EU-countries to offer paths to acquire the licence to work in Finland as a nurse.

To practice as a nurse in Finland

The National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health
(Valvira) grants, upon application, the right to practice as a licenced
or authorised professional and authorises the use of the occupational
title of healthcare professional.

Valvira registers all persons granted professional practice rights in the Terhikki-register and also maintains information on all registered nurses. A person practicing as a healthcare professional in Finland without a licence may be sentenced to a fine or imprisonment.

In addition, all medical or health care professionals working in Finland must be able to speak well enough either Finnish or Swedish. See information on Finnish and Swedish language courses for adults.

National legislation closely regulates the education and professional practice of health care personnel. Nursing training in Finland is also based on the European Union’s Directive 2005/36/EC,amended
by Directive 2013/55/EU. Therefore, the requirements in Finland are
similar to those of elsewhere in the European Union and other
collaborating European countries. See the national list of competencies for a nurse responsible for general care, page 60 in English.

Information on Finnish health care system you will find e.g. on the web page of Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). Also the brochure of Finnish Nurses Association includes many facts and figures on Finnish nursing and health care.

The Study in Finland –website offers a lot of information on Finnish higher education possibilities for international students.

See also a very useful brochure Foreign nurse’s guide to Finnish working life, drawn up at the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences by Taina Kilpeläinen.

As soon as you have registered as a nurse in Finland by Valvira, you can apply for the membership of the Finnish Nurses Association and of Tehy, the Finnish Union of Health and Social Care Professionals. Membership is voluntary, but highly recommended.

Welcome to Finland! This text has copied from Finnish Nurses Association! You can always join them!

Work in Finland

Social security in Finland?