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    • Some refer to Finland as the ‘Land of a Thousand Lakes’, as the nation is home to over 180,000 lakes. It is a haven for individuals who enjoy swimming, fishing, hiking, or boating.
    • Finland consistently ranks among the best for its education system. Regularly dominating global education assessments due to its innovative teaching methods and focus on student well-being.
    • Midsummer is one of the most celebrated holidays in Finland, where many Finns come together to celebrate the arrival of summer.

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Working in Finland

Minimum wage

Finnish employment law does not stipulate a minimum wage, however most employees are covered by collective agreements which specify minimum pay rates for different sectors. Both foreign workers and Finnish citizens must be paid equally with respect to these rates.

Working hours

Generally, working hours in Finland should exceed 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week. Finnish work culture values efficiency and productivity, which is reflected in its reasonable working hours. Lunch breaks are also a key part of the working day, with many employees enjoying a break between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, typically lasting 30 minutes to an hour.

In the nation’s more rural areas, it’s common for lunch breaks to be extended even further. It’s also not uncommon for on-site employees to head home for lunch and relaxation breaks.

Leave entitlement

In Finland, employees are entitled to generous paid leave which typically includes four weeks of summer holiday and one week of winter holiday. Typically, employees accrue leave by working through the year.

Expecting mothers in Finland can benefit from the nation’s robust maternity leave policies. Female employees are entitled to 105 days of paid maternity leave, which is typically taken as 50 days before giving birth and 55 days after. Despite this, most employers are flexible to the wishes of the employee.

The nation also offers paternity leave, with a standard entitlement consisting of 54 working days taken around the time of the child’s birth. Finnish paternal leave policies are designed to promote a supportive work environment and a healthy work-life balance for working parents.

Public Holidays (2023)

Finland observes a variety of public holidays, the below is an example of the Finnish holidays in 2023:

    • 1st Jan – New Years’ Day
    • 6th Jan – Epiphany
    • 7th Apr – Good Friday
    • 10th Apr – Second Easter Day
    • 1st May – Vappu
    • 14th May – Mother’s Day
    • 18th May – Ascension Day
    • 23rd Jun – Midsummer Eve
    • 24th Jun – Midsummer Day
    • 4th Nov – All Saints’ Day
    • 12th Nov – Father’s Day
    • 6th Dec – Independence Day
    • 24th Dec – Christmas Eve
    • 25th Dec – Christmas Day
    • 26th Dec – Second Day of Christmas


Visas are required for foreign workers from countries outside of the European Union or the European Economic Area. As such, the Finnish Government has established a variety of visas and permits to accommodate different categories of workers. Examples of visas in Finland include:

Schengen Visa (Short-Term Visit) – This visa is a permit for a short, temporary visit of fewer than 90 days.

Residence Permit (Employment) – This visa is for citizens with a confirmed job offer in Finland, who are from outside of the EU or EEA. The duration of the visa will match that of the employment contract. There are also residence permits for students and researchers.

Working Holiday Visa – Finland holds some agreements with other countries which allows young adults to apply for a working holiday visa to travel and work there for a set period.

Permanent Residence Permit – Individuals are typically eligible for this after residing in Finland for over four years. This visa offers extended rights and security for foreign workers.

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