Living in Finland

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Living in Finland

Finland is a land of countless lakes, forests, fells and archipelagos – it is one the most extensive and unspoiled natural environments in Europe. Finland’s air, forests, lakes and drinking water are exceptionally clean by global standards. More than 70% of Finland’s land area is forest, which makes Finland one of the most forested countries in the world. 

The air quality in Finland is excellent because Finland is situated far from large sources of emissions and the country has successfully cut back on its own emissions. Finland has four very distinct seasons – temperatures may vary between -35°C and +35°C.

Finland is a country of innovation and technology and has continuously topped related global indices. Finnish companies highly value innovation designed to solve problems in a pragmatic and surprising way. In fact, Finland is the home of many world-leading companies in areas such as forest products and the biomass industry (UPM, Stora Enso, and Metso), transportation services (KONE) and design (Iittala and Marimekko).

From InfoFinland website you can find information about studying and living in Finland.

  • Finland is the safest place in the world. 
  • Finland ranks as the top OECD country in education. 
  • Finland is the most advanced country inthe EU in the utilisation of digitalisation. 
  • Finland’s share of renewable energy in the country’s total energy consumption is the second largest in the EU. 
  • Finland is the fourth most gender equal country in the world. 
  • Finland is the third most innovative country in the world. 
  • Finland is the happiest country in the world. 
  • Finland has the cleanest air in the world. 
  • Finland is the water richest country in the world. 

Finland facts

  • Currency: Euro, €
  • International status: Independent since 1917, member of the European Union since 1995, militarily non-aligned
  • Area: 338 000 km² (130 500 square miles)
  • Location: Northern Europe; shares borders with Sweden, Norway and Russia
  • Capital: Helsinki (population 596 000)
  • Official languages: Finnish 90.4%, Swedish 5.4%
  • Religions: Evangelical Lutheran 78%, Orthodox Christian 1%, no religious affiliation 19%, other religious communities 2%
  • System of government: Parliamentary democracy, presidential elections every six years, parliament (200 members) elected every four years
  • Population: 5.4 million

Cost of living in Finland

Finland is known for its high standard of living, which means prices are not the lowest in the world. However, the cost of living in Finland is about the same as in other EU countries. The expenses vary depending on the accommodation you decide to choose and your personal spending habits, including food, health care, social life, and travel.

In Lappeenranta and Lahti, living expenses including accommodation in a student apartment may amount to roughly EUR 700/month. As a degree student in Finland, you will be issued a student card that entitles you to student discounts on meals and other services (e.g. transport, museums, cultural events and recreational activities).

A few approximate examples of prices: 

  • Student lunch at the university 1.80–4.60 €
  • Single bus ticket 1.60 €
  • Monthly bus pass 42 € 
  • Coffee at a café 3 € 
  • Beer at a bar 5–9 € 
  • Movie ticket 15 €

Child day care and education services

In Finland we have four seasons: