Practical tips for students new to Finland

Here you find practical tips to organize your everyday life if you are new to Finland.

Bank 

In order for your everyday life to go smoothly, it is recommended to open a Finnish Bank Account with online banking services. You can freely choose which bank to become a customer of, but some do offer more services in English. The largest banks in Finland äre the following:

Note! Even if you are a customer at the bank already in your come country, you will need to open a new account in the Finnish branch of the bank. A Finnish Personal Identity Code is often required, so complete your registration with authorities as soon as possible.

 

Home Insurance

When you rent an apartment in Finland, you normally need an own home insurance. Check with the housing company/landlord what applies to your apartment. 

The largest insurance companies in Finland are the following:

Note! A Finnish Personal Identity Code is often required, so complete your registration with authorities as soon as possible.

Read more about Housing in Finland at InfoFinlands pages.

 

Electricity Agreement

When you rent an apartment in Finland, you will often need a personal electricity agreement in order to have access to electricty in the apartment. Please obtain an electricity agreement already before moving to ensure that you have electricity in the apartment from day one. Vheck with the housing company/landlord what applies to your apartment. 

Around 80 electricity companies exist in Finland and you can make an electricity agreement with any of the existing companies. The actual transfer of the electricity is always handleded by the local company, so in Helsinki  Helen and in Vaasa, Vaasa Sähköverkko, regardless of which electricity company you choose to make an agreement with.

Here are som example of the largest electricty companies in Finland which you can address to make a electricity agreement: 

You can use this comparsion engine (page in Finnish, use Google translate) to compare electricity prices.

Read more about Finnish Housing conditions at Expat Finland's page.

Note! A Finnish Personal Identity Code is often required, so complete your registration with authorities as soon as possible.

 

Phone subscription

It can be useful to open a Finnish phone subscription when you move to Finland. There are many different operators in Finland. The most common ones are:

There may be a small set-up fee for a mobile phone account, but if you don't have a Finnish credit history you may also need to pay a deposit to open a mobile phone line. Normally all phone normal phone subscriptions include Internet access.The deposit can be substantial but is fully refundable when either you cancel the service or the 'trial period' of up to 2 years is over. Read more on Expat Finland's page. Here you can read about national statutory rights when making a phone or internet contract in Finland. 

Note there is also so called prepaid subscriptions without a deposit fee, but those do not include internet access. Read more about that on the operations webpages. 

 

A good resource to practical tips for settling in in Finland is InfoFinland pages.