- As of 1 January 2023, the Western Uusimaa Wellbeing Services County is responsible for organising health and social services. The services can be found in the same locations as before.
- The telephone numbers and email addresses for the services will be changed gradually. During the transition period, information on health and social services is also available at espoo.fi.
- You can find up-to-date information on the website of the Western Uusimaa Wellbeing Services County at www.luvn.fi/en.(external link)
For people arriving in Espoo from Ukraine
Have you arrived in Finland from Ukraine? If you are a Ukrainian citizen and have arrived in Finland because of Russia’s attack on Ukraine, you can currently stay in the country without a visa, apply for temporary protection or submit an asylum application.
Ви приїхали до Фінляндії з України?
Hello Espoo Info offers foreign-language residents advice and help in all kinds of matters.
- Finnish Immigration Service: migri.fi/ukraine(external link)
- The InfoFinland.fi(external link) website, which provides information for people moving to and living in Finland.
- Ukraine Help Center Espoo offered guidance and information for Ukrainian refugees until 12 May 2023.
- The authorities want to help everyone arriving in Finland and ensure that their stay in our country is safe.
Temporary protection is intended for persons fleeing the war in Ukraine. The purpose of temporary protection is to provide people with protection quickly. People fleeing the war in Ukraine should apply for temporary protection. Applications for temporary protection are processed at a considerably faster rate than asylum applications.
Finnish Immigration Service: Temporary protection for those fleeing Ukraine(external link)
What kind of health and social services are available to Ukrainians in Espoo?
The right to municipal services is determined by the person’s residence status. Every person residing in the municipality has the right to receive essential health and social services regardless of their residence status.
Asylum seekers and people who have been granted temporary protection receive health and social services at the reception centre.
Western Uusimaa Wellbeing Services County (LUVN), information for Ukrainians in Finnish(external link).
For Ukrainians in the city's social media
Ukrainian language videos about the city's services
YouTube: Послуги міста Еспоо для українців - Espoon kaupungin palvelut ukrainalaisille(external link)
The city's Ukrainian-language Facebook group
Привіт українцям у Еспоо - Hello Ukrainians in Espoo(external link)
Early childhood education, Basic education and Youth
If you have been granted a residence permit on the basis of temporary protection, you are allowed to work and study in Finland without restrictions. You can register as a jobseeker at the TE Office (Uusimaa TE Office, Sello Shopping Centre, 2nd floor). You are also entitled to the services provided by TE Offices.
During temporary protection, you are entitled to undergo an initial assessment and draw up an integration plan at the TE Office. You can also participate in integration training. Furthermore, you are entitled to services in accordance with the Act on Public Employment and Business Service, including:
- employment services
- information and advisory services
- competence and professional skills surveys
- assessment of working ability
- vocational guidance and career planning, work try-outs and a wage subsidy.
Those provided with temporary protection are not entitled to a labour market subsidy.
If you have applied for asylum, you are allowed to find paid employment after either three or six months have passed following your application for asylum. The waiting period is three months if you have presented a valid passport or other travel document to the authorities, and it has been verified as genuine. The waiting period is six months if you have not presented a travel document.
If you do not have a residence permit, you are only allowed to work in a strictly limited number of positions, which are defined in the Aliens Act.
You are allowed to work when you apply for temporary protection(external link)
More information about working is available on the TE Office’s website.(external link) (in Finnish)
Business Espoo provides advice on entrepreneurial matters to those arriving from Ukraine. You can contact Business Espoo either by calling the number +358 50 5130321 or sending an email to email@example.com.