Helsinki

Your Expat
Community in Helsinki

Connect with fellow expats in Helsinki
Join exciting events and groups
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Francois Bertrand

"I found a former Helsinki expat who had recently moved back to Brazil, so we swapped all the important need-to-knows."

Maria Loura

"Some information on InterNations helped me a great deal, and I'm sure other expats in Helsinki feel the same way."

Our Friendly Community of Expats in Helsinki Welcomes You!

Hei and welcome to our expat community in Helsinki! At InterNations, we're dedicated to helping expatriates around the world make connections and enjoy a smooth, enjoyable transition to their new surroundings. Many expats in Helsinki have used the resources available on our platform while in the process of relocating to Finland's capital. It couldn't be easier to find the answer to all the important questions you might have — such as the best districts to buy or rent an apartment, where to find Helsinki's best restaurants and how cold it really gets during a Finnish winter. All of our advice and guidance is sourced from expats living and working in Helsinki, so please feel free to add to our collective knowledge by sharing your own experiences. By connecting global travelers and building a bridge to Helsinki's international community, we hope to provide you with a richer experience of the Finnish way of life. A vibrant, fast-growing city surrounded by uniquely Nordic natural beauty, Helsinki offers a wealth of experiences, from enjoying the street performers at Esplanadi Park to getting acquainted with Finland's world famous sauna culture.

With InterNations, you never stand alone. Whether you move to another city or go on a business trip somewhere — our communities are there to make you feel at home wherever you are in the world. Feel free to also check out our other vibrant InterNations Communities like the ones in Shanghai or Hong Kong.

Join Our Exciting Events in Helsinki

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

Find More Information in Our Helsinki Expat Guides

  • Moving to Helsinki

    The cost of living is high in Helsinki, but many expatriates are drawn to the city nonetheless, with the majority of expats being partners and families where one spouse is Finnish. It is estimated that there are over 120,000 expat families in Finland, with the majority choosing to settle in Helsinki.
  • Living in Helsinki

    The capital of Finland has much to offer expats. In several surveys, Helsinki has been voted one of the world’s most desirable cities to live in. While Finnish and Swedish are the official languages, the majority of people also speak another language, usually English.
  • Working in Finland

    Working in Finland comes with many opportunities, for example in the IT and healthcare sectors. If you have an entrepreneurial mind, it is also fruitful territory to launch new projects and to be self-employed. InterNations covers the basics of working in Finland, from finding a job to learning Finnish.

Exchange Tips about living in Helsinki

Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow members in our Helsinki expat forums.

Get to Grips With Life as an Expat in Helsinki

Frequently ranked among the world's most livable cities, Helsinki is a truly modern European capital at the forefront of technology, design, and innovation. However, it also retains a distinctly Finnish charm, surrounded by stunning natural landscapes and a rich local and national culture. Many expats are drawn to Helsinki's key industries, which include technology, communications, and manufacturing. The city also has a large student population due to its thriving arts and design scenes and high quality educational facilities. Whatever your reason for moving to Helsinki, the beautiful surroundings, excellent standard of living, and unique mix of Baltic and Nordic sensibilities make this a rewarding and enriching city to call your home.

InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 390 cities across the globe. Get to know fellow internationals in your city, before you're moving, or when traveling somewhere and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Dubai or Brussels, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.

Become Part of Our Network of Expatriates in Helsinki

At InterNations, we provide a platform where you can interact with fellow expatriates in a safe, welcoming, and respectful environment. That's because all of our members agree to abide by our essential principles of trust, good manners, and ethical behavior. You can feel free to ask any questions you might have about life in Helsinki, from practical considerations such as Finnish tax laws, property regulations, and how to apply for social security coverage, to social activities such as taking a Finnish language class, joining a hiking group, or discovering Helsinki's best music venues. Our interest-based InterNations Groups make it particularly easy to find and connect with like-minded people with whom you can pursuit your hobbies. You can also attend one of our larger, regular events, where you can enjoy delicious food and drinks while mingling with fellow Helsinki expats in a stylish local venue.

Francois Bertrand

"I found a former Helsinki expat who had recently moved back to Brazil, so we swapped all the important need-to-knows."

Maria Loura

"Some information on InterNations helped me a great deal, and I'm sure other expats in Helsinki feel the same way."

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