How to recruit in Finland4 min read

Cara Moore / October 5, 2017
Category : International recruitment, Recruitment
The capital city of Finland is Helsinki
Caption: How to recruit in Finland4 min read

Home of the Northern Lights, midnight sun and Father Christmas, Finland is one of a kind. From the capital of Helsinki to the wintery lands of the north in Lapland, Finland is an economically developed country with a high standard of living. In this Jobboard Finder article, we’ll look at recruiting and living in Finland.

The capital city of Finland is Helsinki
The capital city of Finland is Helsinki

Fact file:

  • Location: Northern Europe bordered by Denmark, Sweden and Russia. It forms part of the group of countries known as the Nordics
  • History: Primarily industrial country until industrialisation in the 1950s, joined the Eurozone at its origin in 1999
  • Population: 5.5 million, most of which is concentrated in the southern part of the country
  • GDP per capita: $42,611
  • Official languages: Finnish (90%), Swedish (5%)


Sociopolitical situation

The largest cities in Finland are those located in the Greater Helsinki metropolitan area—Helsinki, Espoo, and Vanta.

Finland is the most sparsely populated country in the EU, and as in many European nations, work and large industries are concentrated in big cities, especially the capital Helsinki.

Relatively speaking, Finland begun the process of industrialisation late, remaining an agrarian nation up until the 1950s. Since that point however its economy has advanced enormously whilst also building and sustaining a generous welfare state typical of the Nordic countries.

This has resulted in widespread prosperity and one of the highest per capita incomes in the world, and as such, an incredibly high standard of living. Finland is a top performer by most standards of national performance, notably education, civil liberties, quality of life, and human development.


The current job market

Finland has an unemployment rate of 8.7% which is surprisingly high in comparison to Sweden and Denmark, and is considerably higher than in Norway.

However, the labour administration branch of the government funds labour market training for unemployed job seekers. This training can last up to 6 months and is often vocational.

The largest industries in the country are metals and metal products, electronics, machinery and scientific instruments, as well as foodstuffs, textiles and clothing. Economically, the Greater Helsinki area is responsible for generating approximately a third of Finland’s yearly GDP.

The average worker’s salary is around 3300 Euros per month, on average. Finland has no official universal minimum wage, however there are several minimum pay rates, varying by sector.

Tourism is becoming increasingly in the Lapland region
Tourism is becoming increasingly important for the economy in the Lapland region

What documents do I need to work in Finland?

Good news, if you are an EU citizen you don’t need a special visa to live here. Finland is the only country in the Nordics that is part of the EU and thus allows free movement access for EU citizens. Nationals of non-EU countries must apply for a work permit, however.

The attractions of working in Finland include good working conditions and high employment security. Finns actively welcome expats. In fact, the birthrate in Finland is low, so the future of the labour force is precarious.

When the baby boomer generation retires, the labour force will be signicantly depleted, especially in the healthcare sector, and the country will be reliant on immigrant workers.


Potential difficulties

There is one significant challenge that those looking to go and work in Finland face: the language.

The Finnish language does not share roots with any other of the major world languages. This makes it considerably harder than average for most people to learn.

In addition, there are very few jobs where it is possible to work without a basic grasp of Finnish, and for reasons of occupational safety alone it is vital to be able to communicate.

However, in line with Finnish governmental regulations, local authorities – and in fact many employers too – will provide immigrants and their families with language training, either for free or at very low cost.

Industry and work in Finland is mostly concentrated in the southern regions
Industry and work in Finland is mostly concentrated in the southern regions


Jobboard Finder’s top picks for recruiting in Finland:

Monster (the national leader in Finland)




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Author: Cara Moore

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