Immigration
to Finland

Immigration to Finland has begun to grow and currently the number of immigrants in Finland is about 365 thousand people, or 6.6% of the country's population, which is still significantly lower than the corresponding figure in most European countries.

About immigration in Finland

There are many reasons why Finland should be considered as a best country for immigration in 2021, such as, security, stability and strong social protection system.

Since 2004 "On Foreign Citizens Law" (Ulkomaalaislaki) has been in force. This law regulates procedures of residence permit applications in Finland. Residence permit (oleskelulupa) is a document required for all foreign citizens whose period of stay in Finland exceeds 3 months.

Residence permit types

There are three types of residence permits in Finland:

Temporary

Extended

Permanent

Residence permit is called oleskelulupa. Type of residence permit has a letter: A for extended, B for temporary and P for permanent.

Residence permit status A is higher than Residence permit status B. Temporary residence permit is issued no more than a year, then you need to apply for extension. Extended residence permit is valid for a period of not more than four years, after that you can apply for permanent residence permit.

Why Finland is the best country to immigrate

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Finland has comprehensive social security, a wide range of public services, healthcare, family benefits, pension and unemployment benefits, are available from birth to old age in different life situations.

Nordic welfare standards

02
Finland is the only one country European country where you can become a citizen after 4 years or get permanent residency after 5. Moreover, Finland is always welcoming those who want to start a business which helps to develop the country's economy.

Loyal immigrant policy

03
Finland is well-known for its education system. Kindergartens and schools in Finland are obligatory and free of charge. Besides Finnish higher education consider as one of the best in Europe. There are many free Finnish and English programs.

Finnish education

04
For example, if your wife does not work in Finland she needs to study Finnish language and get 600 EUR per month. Moreover, you get extra 10 EUR per day if you have 3 children.

Finnish so­cial se­cur­ity

05
As of 2019, there are 423 494 foreigners living in Finland. Because of the large international community you receive constant support from Finns and other nationalities as you navigate your way through life. Compared to other European countries in Finland people speak English fluently everywhere.

Foreigner are welcome in Finland

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Finland is the world's
  • safest (World Economic Forum, The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017)
  • freest (Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2019)
  • most stable (The Fund for Peace, Fragile States Index 2019), and
  • happiest (Sustainable Development Solutions Network, World Happiness Report 2019, second year in a row)

Finland in top-world rankings

Passport in 4 years
Permanent Residence Permit in 5 years
EU Permanent residence permit
You can apply for Finnish permanent residence permit after for 4 years of continuous residence on status A. After 5 years you can get European residence permit, which allows to live everywhere in Schengen zone. There is no need to pass Finnish language test to get permanent residence permit.
Citizenship of
Finland
You can apply for Finnish permanent residence permit after for 4 years of continuous residence on status A. After 5 years you can get European residence permit, which allows to live everywhere in Schengen zone. There is no need to pass Finnish language test to get permanent residence permit.

Finland in top world rankings

Finland is the happiest country in the world.
United Nations, World Happiness Report 2020
1st
Finland is the safest country in the world.
World Economic Forum, The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017
1st
Finland is the most stablecountry in the world.
The Fund for Peace, Fragile States Index 2019
1st
Finland is the best country for good working hours.
European Company Survey
1st
Capital of Finland is the best city for work-life balance.
Kisi, The 2019 Work-Life Balance Index
Fin­land is one the best countries to be a mother.
Unicef, 2016
Finnish passport is the third most influence in the world.
Transparency International 2020
3rd
Finland is one of the most prosperous countries.
Legatum Institute, The Legatum Prosperity Index 2018: Finland
2nd
1st
3rd

Immigration advantages in Finland

Finland is the happiest country in the world
Legal and civil liberties
Free education for foreigners
Located between East and West, fastest flight connections between Europe and Asia
Stable economic and political environment
Security, low crime
Dual citizenship
You can always apply for appeal in case of negative decision
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