Finland, Your New Home? How to Get a Permanent Residency in Finland

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Aside from being the happiest country in the world, Finland is very promising for students, travelers, expats, and families. One of the most enjoyable things about living and studying abroad is getting to know a new, exciting culture. If you want to change your life and reshape your academic path and career, studying in Finland is the way to go!

Through our partner universities, Edunation offers a wide range of international degree programs that let you stay in Finland for 2–4 years and get to know our country and culture. Finnish universities provide a diverse and practical approach to learning, as well as projects that are directly related to working life. Universities in Finland encourage students’ self-learning and technological advancement.

Finland – a captivating study destination, a country that embraces freedom, equality and diversity – your new home

Exciting opportunities await international students who come to study in Finland. University students can work part-time alongside their studies, and thus gain some much-needed work experience that is needed when applying for full-time jobs. After graduating from university, international students can automatically obtain a job-seeking visa. This visa allows students to stay in Finland for a year after finishing their studies in order to find a secure job placement. Once you have found a full-time job and decided to settle in Finland for good, you can get a permanent residency even after four years of working here!

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Settling in Finland is an investment for your future

Due to its small population, Finland is already facing a labor shortage as its younger generations won’t be able to fill the gaps that the older generations leave on the job market. There is a clear need to recruit people from abroad in the upcoming years.

If the employment rate remains at the current level, there will be over 90,000 jobs available by 2023 in the IT and technology fields alone. In other words, Finland doesn’t have enough workers to fill these new jobs or replace the positions from which people are retiring.

permanent residency in finland, Staying in Finland after studies

When you study at a Finnish university or university of applied sciences, you have the right to stay in Finland with a residence permit based on your studies. After graduation, there are two options for students to stay back in Finland:

  • If you have already found a job in Finland, you can apply for a residence permit on the basis of work. The job doesn’t need to be from your own study field.
  • If you have not yet secured a job when you’re graduating, you can apply for an extended residence permit to look for work in Finland. This permit is granted for one year and applies to everyone who has acquired a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Finland. If you find employment within one year, you can start working immediately and apply for a residence permit based on your work.
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Permanent residency to Finland

Once you have secured a job in Finland, nothing stops you from settling down in the country and making it your new home. Finland has flexible and equal work conditions, and the working culture allows parental leave in case you start a family. The average monthly salary in Finland is around 3 400 EUR (2016–2019).

After you have resided continuously in Finland for a minimum of four years after graduation, you may already be eligible for permanent residency. Usually, this can happen when you have been working in the country continuously and haven’t resided in another country for long periods.

Obtaining a permanent residency in Finland is a beautiful chance, and it gives you many rights in Finland and within the European Union. Finland’s advanced social security and public health care system extends to all permanent residents. For example, you will be able to get the same financial help from the government as Finns. The best example is the maternity allowance and the “Baby Box” that all mothers get from the government when their baby is born.

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How to get a Finnish Citizenship

If you feel you have become an honest Finn after staying in the country for an extended period, you may at some point wish to apply for Finnish citizenship. The Finnish passport is one of the best passports in the world. According to the Passport Index, you can travel to 164 countries without a visa. Finnish nationals also enjoy permanent access to the nations of the European Union, either for work, study, or leisure.

As a Finnish citizen, you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Excellent world-class healthcare
  • National pension scheme
  • Child allowance
  • Basic unemployment benefits
  • Sickness and parental allowances
  • Income support and rehabilitation
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Finland accepts multiple citizenships. In other words, a Finnish citizen may also be a citizen of another country. Even if a Finnish citizen has more than one citizenship, the Finnish authorities will consider them to be a Finnish citizen both in Finland and abroad.

Obtaining Finnish citizenship through an application requires the following:

  • You have lived in Finland for a sufficiently long period. The required period depends on your situation; normally, it is at least 4-7 years after acquiring a permanent residency.
  • You have not committed offences.
  • You have a means of livelihood in Finland (e.g. a job)
  • You have obtained at least satisfactory skills in Finnish or Swedish

Finland is becoming more international with each passing day. The country welcomes thousands of immigrants and international students every year. We at Edunation hope that Finland can also become your home in the future, so don’t hesitate to start the journey and apply to study in the happiest country in the world!


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