Visiting and working
Finland as a tourist destination
Finland is an attractive travel destination around the year. One of the top attractions is nature: Finland is called “the land of a thousand lakes” with its largest Lake District in Europe, and it is also one of the most densely forested countries in the world. Public access rights, or so-called everyman’s rights, mean that everyone can enjoy outdoor pursuits regardless of who owns or occupies an area. You do not need the landowner’s permission, and there is no charge.
Finnish Lapland is a destination where it is possible to enjoy unique natural phenomena: Midnight Sun, Polar Nights, Northern Lights, and autumn colours. Also, the famous Santa Claus village is located near the Arctic Circle.
In addition to nature, there are many places to see in the cities, ranging from museums and amusement parks to restaurants offering Finnish specialties.
Before coming to Finland
Chinese citizens need a visa to enter Finland, which can be applied for at the Finnish mission or the visa centre. The application must be submitted in person, and can be submitted from up to 3 months before travel to 15 days before travel the latest. In addition to valid travel documents, travel insurance and proof of sufficient financial means to cover the stay are required.
Immigration and employment
Finland enjoys the reputation of a safe country, whose labour market operates in a fair way. Majority of people in Finland are working in the service sector. The greatest need for employees is in the healthcare sector, construction industry, commercial sector, and IT business. Jobs can be searched through many channels, such as recruitment websites and company websites.
Non-EU citizens should apply for a residence permit through a Finnish mission before coming to Finland to work. The first residence permit is fixed in duration and is usually valid for one year. In order to make integration into the society easier, learning the local language is recommended.
More information about visiting Finland
Visa requirements and application:
Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland – Visa to visit Finland
Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland – Matkustusasiakirjat