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  • Connect with fellow Russians in Finland

  • Get information in our Finland guide

  • Join exciting events and activities

  • Exchange tips about expat life in Finland

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InterNations – Uniting Russians living in Finland

Would you like to get in touch with other Russians in Finland? Are you in need of help and advice from your Russian compatriots? Or would you like to join other Russian expats on an excursion to discover sights and landmarks – e.g. the thousands of lakes and little islands?

Whether you have settled as an expat in Finland or are still living in Russia and planning your upcoming foreign assignment, InterNations Finland offers everything you need: Established in 2007, our trusted community soon became the leading platform for international networking among expatriates and global minds around the world. Our network also counts a considerable number of Russian expats in Finland, coming from all corners of Russia - from Saint Petersburg, over Moscow to Yekaterinburg.

Russians Moving to Finland: Your Questions, Answered

If you’re a new or soon-to-be expat in Finland, you probably aren’t quite sure yet what it will be like. That’s why we gathered the answers to some key questions you may have about life in Finland. If you want to ask more specific questions — or even share your own tips — join InterNations! You’ll be part of a community of new and experienced expats who love to help each other out.

What are the most common nationalities in Finland? As an expat in Finland, you'll meet people from many different cultures (especially if you're an InterNations member!) The top nationalities in the InterNations Communities in Finland currently are:

  • Russians
  • Indians
  • Americans
  • British

Which cities are most popular among expats in Finland? Some cities attract more expats than others. These are the cities with the largest expat communities in Finland:

  • Helsinki
  • Oulu
  • Pori

How much rent do expats pay in Finland? Your personal situation plays a role here. Single expats spend on average 915 USD on their accommodation per month, while expat families spend around 1.560 USD. And of course, rents can also vary greatly depending on the location and city within Finland.

To give you an idea of what to expect, here are some rent averages for the most popular cities in Finland.

Average rent in Helsinki

  • Single expats: 1.169 USD
  • Expat families: 2.078 USD

Average rent in Oulu

  • Single expats: 759 USD
  • Expat families: 1.316 USD

Average rent in Pori

  • Single expats: 572 USD
  • Expat families: 928 USD

How safe is Finland? You may be wondering about safety. In general people perceive their personal safety situation in Finland as very safe. People rate the risk of falling victim to petty crime (such as pickpocketing or minor theft) as very low. They consider the chance of being the victim of violent crime (including mugging) very low. And, they rate confidence in the police force and related local authorities as very high.

How safe is Finland for women? Female expats rated the safety situation in Finland as very safe. This is based on the feedback of expat women living in Finland (rather than actual crime statistics). So obviously this can be highly subjective and depends on factors such as where people live.

Meet other Russians at our events in Finland

Attend our monthly events and activities for Russians expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.

Apr 14, 2024, 11:00 AM
5 attendees
Welcome to the traditional Sunday badminton in April! ☀️ 🌱 We play doubles, starting with warming up and then checking the scores (or not checking:) ) in small friendly tournaments. We shuffle up fr
Apr 17, 2024, 4:30 PM
1 attendee
Let's meet in the Oulu area for something to drink and eat together. This time the location will be outside Oulu, Kempele, at the (...) Protected content (...) in the center of the town.
Spring is upon us and the time when nature blossoms and begins. Let's celebrate the season of warmer, longer and brighter days! And what better way than at our Spring Soirée! 🌺 Join us for the essen
Apr 27, 2024, 6:00 PM
10 attendees
For those new to Helsinki and to InterNations! This event is a must-attend! Smaller and cosier than the bigger main events so it is much easier for you to ask questions about InterNations and also m

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Find Tips and Advice on Finland from Russian Expats

Of course, expat living in Finland is not just about shipping your belongings and filing in some bureaucratic papers. Regular socializing with fellow Russians is an essential part of expat life and helps getting accustomed to the Finnish way of life and mentality. InterNations helps you connect and meet up with other Russians in Finland, residing in Helsinki, Oulu, Pori and many other places throughout the country. Just take a look at our group of Russians in Helsinki.

If you ever wish to have a chat in your native language, discover where to shop for Russian food or discuss your favorite sports team's latest match, become a member of the Finnish InterNations Community:

  • Look up our top quality network to get to know open-minded expats from Russia in Finland.
  • Obtain and share insider tips in our Finland Expat Forums – e.g. how to hire a babysitter fluent in your native tongue for your children or where to get borscht in Oulu.
  • Search the InterNations Places database for Finland to get information on institutions from your home country, including the Russian embassy.

From the thousands of lakes and little islands to its beautiful birch forests and coniferous taiga woods, we’ll help you connect with supportive and friendly Russian expats in Finland.

Join Our Expat Activities and Mingle with Fellow Russians in Finland

Moreover, please feel free to attend our regular expat events and activities in Finland. Our get-togethers are very diverse and range from a cozy gathering to enjoy the traditional Finnish poronkäristys, to big expat celebrations with hundreds of participants in Helsinki’s best locations. You can also participate in one of our expat trips to go and see Finnish Lapland beyond the polar circle as well as other beautiful landmarks in Finland.

Our meet-ups and activities are a great opportunity to mingle with expats from Russia and various other countries in a casual setting. Interested? Just sign up and you’ll soon be receiving a cordial Privet from our Russians living in Finland!