Finnish and Swedish courses
There are many places in Espoo where you can learn Finnish or Swedish, both during the day and in the evening. Language courses are arranged by Espoo adult education centre, the Espoon Aikuislukio and various NGOs (non-governmental associations). Finnish instruction is arranged at community centers, public libraries and schools as courses, discussion groups and parent-child play groups. It is often possible for you to take your small children with you to clr childcare may be available in a room nearby.
If you are looking for work, the Espoo Employment and Economic Development Office (the TE-Office, website in Finnish only) may find a Finnish course for you.
For more information about language courses, please also see Info Bank.
To find a course
You can look for Finnish language courses open to all adults in Espoo, Helsinki, Kauniainen and Vantaa using Finnishcourses.fi course search service. Course information is available in Finnish, English and Russian.
Adult Education center
The Adult Education Center (Espoon työväenopisto) offers Finnish and Swedish courses. These courses are open to everyone over the age of 16. We also arrange family courses where an adult can bring a child along to the class. You can practice your Finnish during these courses and get to know other Espoo residents. We also arrange courses in other subjects with English as the working language.
Esbo Arbis adult education center also offers Swedish courses in Espoo. More information on the page Swedish courses.
Let’s Read Together (Luetaan yhdessä) - Finnish classes for women
Come join us in reading, speaking and writing Finnish. You can come even if you do not know any Finnish yet or if you already know some Finnish. Women of all ages are welcome. The teachers are Finnish women. These classes are free-of-charge and are arranged by the Let’s Read Together (Luetaan yhdessä) network/ Espoo-Kauniainen Association of University Women.
In Espoon keskus:
Entresse Library (Siltakatu 11)
For more information, please contact Sirpa Aaltonen, tel. 050 327 6846.
Leppävaara Church (Veräjäkallionkatu 2)
For more information, please contact Marja Paukku, firstname.lastname@example.org
Espoonlahti Church (Kipparinkatu 8)
For more information: please contact Kaija Heikkilä, email@example.com
In Espoonlahti: Soukka Chapple (Soukankuja 3)
For more information: Arja Yli-Hemmo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Miessakit ry – Vieraasta Veljeksi - learning groups for men
Learning groups in Miessakit ry's Vieraasta Veljeksi project are for immigrant men who want to study Finnish with Finnish men. Discussions in Finnish are on jointly agreed topics. You can also ask everything about Finland. Groups also visit destinations jointly agreed on. Participation is free of charge.
Hannu Sivonen, tel. 0400 876 546, email@example.com
Osman Abdihakim Muhammed, tel. 046 890 0482, firstname.lastname@example.org
More information and registration with head project worker:
Heikki Kerkkänen, email@example.com, tel. 044 751 1340.
Trapesa's Finnish courses
Trapesa (information in Finnish) (Kirkkojärventie 1) in Espoon keskus offers Finnish courses. Please register for the courses at Trapesa tel. 010 583 7970, firstname.lastname@example.org
In Espoonlahti: Kivenkolo Community Center (Merisaapas 1 A)
Adult High School
Espoo Adult High School Omnia in Tapiola offers courses in Finnish as a Second Language. These courses are free-of-charge. Espoo Adult High School also offers Swedish courses at the senior secondary school level. You can study Swedish at the Adult High School even if you are not taking other senior secondary courses there.