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LAPLAND CAN OFFER MANY OPPORTUNITIES! We hope that you would like to stay in Lapland after your studies. Use these pages to get started on your path towards working life in Lapland, entrepreneurship or perhaps postgraduate studies!

Explore existing services and find your place in Lapland! Check out the 10 + 1 points about working in Lapland!

Looking for a job after studies


Lapland offers a wide range of job opportunities. Vacancies are advertised on the public job search website or on employers’ own websites. There are several websites for searching jobs, and employers choose the platforms they want to advertise their vacancies. However, not all job opportunities are publicly available. These so-called ‘hidden’ jobs are common in Finland and up to 75% of Finnish jobs are hidden! Therefore, you can also approach companies directly and offer them your expertise.

The easiest and quickest way to start looking for a job is to go online. The Employment and Economic Development Services (TE services), offers customers a comprehensive range of services supporting job search and employment, as well as business operations. In Job Market Finland, a meeting place for jobs, you can use the TE services, such as register as a job seeker or apply for a start-up grant to start a business.


Recruitment events in Lapland


Many events related to job search, education and entrepreneurship are organised annually in Lapland. Events are organised face-to-face and virtually. Actively monitor at least the social media channels of the organisations that arrange these events.

You can follow events on the pages of TE services and Osaamo Rovaniemi.



Entrepreneurship in Lapland


Lapland is a good place to start a business. Lapland has opportunities for sustainable and international business in various sectors, such as services, industry, forestry and tourism. Lapland is also a source of inspiration for pure natural products and creative industries. Entrepreneurship is also a great alternative to competing in the labour market.

Many support and guidance services for entrepreneurs are available in Lapland. They will help you in the different stages of your business and in its development. The services are available by region. Even if the websites are in Finnish, the service is often also available in English.


  • Paula Kassinen, paula.kassinen(at)ulapland.fi
  • 040 484 4233


Remember at least these!


1. Start networking and build up your work experience already during your studies, especially LinkedIn is a good channel for networking.
2. Polish your CV and job application, and ask for help if needed. Many operators organise different CV workshops.
3. Learn Finnish! Especially the basics can go for a long way.
4. Don’t be discouraged and don’t forget to ask for help! You don’t have to look for a job alone. Instead, find yourself a career coach or trainer who can help you network and identify your opportunities.


The main aim of the workbook is to help the user identify the competencies and strengths and how to use them when moving toward working life in Lapland and Finland.

Mentoring workbook

MOOC: ORIENTATION COURSE! Want to know what real life in Lapland is all about? With this Lapland-orientation Mooc-course (massive open online course), you can learn, what life in Lapland is like and what culture shock means!

Support for job search and career guidance
Support for job search and career guidance
Does looking for a job feel hard in Finland? Are you thinking about educational options? You don’t know where to start? Free career guidance, sparring and support for job and education search are offered in English by many different operators in the Lapland region.

How to make an attractive and distinctive CV and job application? Nowadays, job search documents can look just like you. The most important thing is that you bring your knowledge, experience and motivation to the forefront. Check out our tips for creating a CV and an application from Mentoring workbook.

Mentoring workbook
Mentoring workbook
The mentoring workbook can be used in many ways. It can be useful for individual career planning, help career counsellors who guide international students, or serve as a handbook for mentoring programs. It’s up to you!
Postgraduate studies and opportunities after graduation
Postgraduate studies and opportunities and opportunities after graduation
The universities of Lapland offer many opportunities for developing competencies even after graduation. You can study for a Master’s degree at Lapland University of Applied Sciences or alternatively at the University of Lapland in Master’s programmes in English. Find out if you can apply for different Master’s programmes from the universities’ application services. Graduates of a Master’s degree also have the opportunity to continue their doctoral studies offered by the University of Lapland.

In addition, open university studies offer opportunities for anyone, regardless of background studies and age. There are study opportunities available that are also suitable to be completed while working.

Finnish language studies
Finnish language studies
It is worth studying Finnish, as it will expand your work opportunities in Lapland. You can develop your skills by studying and participating in discussion groups. In addition to universities, adult education centres and multicultural centres offer studies in the region. In particular, studies at open universities are popular, and studies are available for all – from beginners to those who are already proficient in their language skills.

Plannig my Finnish language studies

Finnish language studies:
Open University
Open University of Applied Sciences
Rovaniemen kansalaisopisto

Finnish language studies free of change:
Moninet language material androvani groups
Language applications e.g Lengo. WordDive, Duolingo, Yle kielikoulu

Jobseeker’s dictionary

Kela, or the Social Insurance Institution of Finland, takes care of the social security of many Finns living in Finland and abroad in different life situations. Social security provided by Kela includes, for example, allowances for families with children, health insurance, rehabilitation, basic unemployment benefit, basic income support, housing allowance, student financial aid, disability benefits and minimum pensions. www.kela.fi

The Finnish Tax Administration
The Finnish Tax Administration is the Finnish authority responsible for collecting taxes for the society. The Tax Administration remits the taxes collected to the tax recipients maintaining the services of the society, i.e. the state, municipalities, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (Kela), both Evangelical Lutheran and Orthodox churches, and the Åland Forestry Management Association. www.vero.fi 
Tax card

A tax card is a document that shows your tax rate. You will need a tax card if you have income. If your income changes during the year, order a new tax card. You get a tax card from The Finnish Tax Administration. www.vero.fi


Migri, or the Finnish Immigration Service, provides general information on issues related to entry, residence, asylum application and refugee status, as well as Finnish citizenship. www.migri.fi.

DVV, the Digital and Population Data Services Agency, promotes the digitalisation of society, secures access to information and provides services for customers’ varying situations in life. The Digital and Population Data Services Agency’s task is to help lead the way, reform society and support citizens’ dealings with public administration. www.dvv.fi

Suomi.fi is an online service that helps citizens and entrepreneurs in different situations. Suomi.fi gathers the necessary information, instructions and services for handling matters at a single address. www.suomi.fi

TE services

TE services helps to get a job, provides advice on training and takes care of the social benefits of unemployed jobseekers. The clients of the Employment and Economic Development Office are job seekers and employers offering work. www.tyomarkkinatori.fi

Electronic identification

Electronic identification means proving your identity when handling personal matters on the Internet. This will prevent anyone else from accessing your information (for example, banking or health data). The most common way to verify your identity is by using bank codes, a mobile phone certificate or a chipped identity card.

Career guidance

Career guidance is guidance that supports an individual’s plans towards work, education or entrepreneurship. During guidance, the instructor helps the individual to see their possibilities and to direct their decisions towards their own goals.

A work try-out
A work try-out is like an internship, when an individual is employed by the employer. The employer does not pay salary for the trial period, but the individual is entitled to an increased unemployment benefit. In the work trial, individuals can explore their career choices and career opportunities or their chances of returning to the labour market.
A work permit

A work permit, i.e. an employee’s residence permit, is a permit issued by an authority and it allows a foreign person to have a paid job in Finland.  

A hidden job
A hidden job usually means job opportunities that are not advertised publicly, but suitable experts are found, for example, through direct search consultants or networks. Sometimes, however, a hidden job can be created when the right person offers their skills at the right time.
Student Stories
Gigi is studying tourism in Lapland

“I really love it here. That is why I chose to come back. The classes are organized and the way that the university system works here is different from the way back home. In Belgium, when we go to university, we would have lectures where professors give the materials and then you have to memorize everything and take the exam. Here, the program for tourism specifically, is more practice based in the sense that you have to digest the material yourself by reading and writing. I think it helps you to learn a lot better. That is why I decided that I want to come back, because the way that the school system and education work here, fit with my personal desires, much better than back home.”

Read more about Gigi´s experiences of studying in Lapland

Anna from Lapland UAS has enjoyed the studying process
“Talking about the studying process itself, from the beginning I was amazed how enjoyable it can be. The school building is very modern and equipped with the latest technology necessary for successful studies. Classrooms and halls are very bright and create a positive environment for a sometimes intense studying. Courses themselves are taught by qualified teachers that know how to balance practice with theory to keep lectures interesting and students progressing. Some of the classes might be challenging because this University uses Problem solving teaching. But this is exactly what makes it so exciting and actually fruitful in the end.”'

Read more about Anna´s experiences of studying in Lapland

Media Education student Cookie went ice swimming during his studies at the University of Lapland

“I had a crazy experience with ice swimming. I went ice swimming once. We do not have it in my country. All of my friends who went with me expected that the water would be only -1 or -3 °C. I thought I could just do it, so I jumped into the water, and at that moment, I thought I am dead! It was brutally cold. It was so cold I thought it was -10 or -15°C. We were all in swimming shorts, jumping in the water and running back to sauna. Someone asked if we should go back to the water, and I responded “NO!” Then my friends encouraged me to go back to the water again. Than we jumped the second time, and ran back to sauna.”

Read more about Cookies´s experiences of studying in Lapland

For Vietnamese Thao, Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland has become her new home
“I was so delighted and proud of myself when I received the results and information about the study place. Then I just followed the instructions to confirm the study place, found an apartment through the student housing organisation and applied for the resident permit. On August 25, 2015, a Vietnamese girl finally went her own path and started a new life in Rovaniemi. A year in Finland has been wonderful for me. I have learned and experienced new things and have gained lots of friends from many different countries. Rovaniemi is my second home now.”

Read more about Thao´s experiences of studying in Lapland

Xu has enjoyed studying nursing at Lapland UAS
"Teachers are very friendly and whenever I need help there will always be some warm hands to assist me. Because of the studying method in small groups, the teachers are able to support student individually. The best in Lapland UAS, however, are the rich and colorful free time activities arranged by our school. Every year there are two or three big celebrations which bring all the Lapland UAS students together and share happiness. The reason why I chose nursing are the wonderful job prospects. Nowadays there is a great need for nurses all around the world and I’m sure after my education here I can find a job easily."

Read more about Xu´s experiences of studying in Lapland
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