First steps in Espoo

Moi - Hello! Welcome to your new home! We have collected useful information and links to help you settle smoothly into Espoo.

If you’re new in town, you probably have a lot of questions. We have a chat service where you can discuss issues in real time. We also provide advice on all everyday issues at our Information Point for Immigrants in Finnish, Swedish and English and in your own language through a telephone interpreter.

Social security in Finland

In Finland, the social security system aims to safeguard economic security in all life situations. The services are provided by the Social Insurance Institution of Finland, Kela.

Registering at the tax office

Opening a bank account

You need a bank account in order to handle your finances.

Getting mobile phone and internet subscriptions

When you buy a mobile phone subscription in Finland, you get a Finnish phone number.

How to get around in Espoo

There are many ways to get around in Espoo. The metro, trains and buses connect different areas in Espoo and provide easy access to Helsinki, Vantaa and Kauniainen.

Health services in Espoo

You are entitled to use public health services in Finland if you have a municipality of residence (kotikunta) in Finland.

Education in Espoo

The Finnish education system consists of early childhood education and care, preschool, comprehensive school, upper secondary education, vocational education and training and higher education. InfoFinland provides more information about the Finnish education system(extrernal link).

Finnish language courses

Finland is a bilingual country(extrernal link) (Finnish-Swedish). Finns have very good English skills, nevertheless, you will be faster to join network or feel more comfortable by learning Finnish.

Making friends in Espoo

Making friends is an important part of feeling at home. Networking is an essential skill when you are seeking employment.

Getting a library card

At libraries you can borrow books, read magazines and newspapers, use a computer, study or participate in various events.

Joining culture and outdoor activities

We offer lots of culture and outdoor activities.

Emergency situations

We have gathered useful information in case of an emergency.

Participating in decision-making in Espoo

Our citizens have many ways to influence decision-making matters.

Useful links

Registering as a resident:

Social benefits and taxation:

Commuting and transportation:

Immigration services and service points:

International growth and employment:

Visiting Espoo: