Getting a job in Finland can be challenging. Most of the places require the employee to speak Finnish. However, in Lapland, international and multilingual staff is often sought for tourism related jobs. Below is some information about working in Finland for citizens of the Nordic Countries, EU citizens, and non-EU citizens.
Citizens of the Nordic Countries
A citizen of a Nordic country can live, work and study in Finland (or in another Nordic country) as long / much as he/she wants without a residence permit, but he/she must fill in a notification of change of address (Muuttoilmoitus).
An EU citizen can live, work and study in Finland as long / much as he/she wants if the stay lasts less than three (3) months. If the stay is longer than three months, an EU citizen must register his/her right to reside in Finland. After registering, an EU citizen can live, work and study in Finland as long / much as he/she wants. There are some exceptions to this rule with the new EU citizens. Please contact the immigration office for further information.
If a student from a non-EU country is studying in Finland for more than three months he/she needs to get a residence permit before arriving in Finland. With the residence permit students can work if the work is directly related to the studies (practical training) or if the work is part-time (max. 25 hours per week). During periods when there is no teaching in the institution, students can work full-time. For further information, please contact the immigration office or a Finnish Embassy.
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