If you are looking for information about moving to, living, working, studying and enjoying life in the Helsinki Capital region. The Newcomer’s guide is for you.

The Newcomer’s Guide is the ultimate English language guide to life in the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, and Vantaa. Our guidebook is divided into four main parts movinglivingwork & study, and leisure time. Originally published in October 2021, the latest December 2022 edition is now available online. Stay tuned as the guide will be updated regularly.

So whether you need help with the steps to take after you arrive, need information about housing options in the capital, would like information about where to study Finnish or Swedish, or even want to learn more about Finnish culture, the Newcomer’s Guide is here to help you.


Are you moving to the Helsinki region? The Newcomer’s Guide introduces you to the Finnish public authority services you will need to visit when you arrive and the steps to take after your arrival.


Are you looking for a place to live in Helsinki, Espoo, or Vantaa? Are you looking to learn more about the Finnish education system and local education options for your children? Find this and more in the living section of the Newcomer’s Guide.

Work & Study

One benefit of life in Finland is the opportunity to find an excellent work-life balance. The Newcomer’s Guide introduces Finnish working culture and provides information about job seeking in the capital region. You can also find information about higher education and adult education opportunities.

Leisure Time

The beauty of being in the Helsinki region is the balance of being close to nature with many cultural activities available at your doorstep. The Newcomer’s guide provides a wide range of information about how to enjoy your free time in the capital region.

Find the Newcomer’s Guide here (updated 12 December 2022).

The Newcomer’s Guide was produced with funding from the Finnish Government’s Talent Boost Programme and was funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.