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Finland

Ten Basic Phrases In Finnish For Expats Moving To Finland

Friday March 27, 2015 (02:14:57)

Finland, the fifth largest country in Europe, is a place of spectacular beauty. Almost 68 percent of its area is covered in forests and there are nearly 187,000 lakes located across the country. Apart from the incredible natural beauty, there are other reasons why many expats choose to move to Finland. The Finnish government places a great deal of emphasis on family well-being. There are maternity packages and grants available for expectant mothers and adoptive parents that are covered by the social security scheme. Women can take advantage of the ample maternity leave and maternity allowance that is even available for self-employed and unemployed individuals. There’s also paternity leave and a paternity allowance for men and following the birth of a child, mothers and fathers can take parental leave and receive parental allowance. Finland also performs well on other measures of well-being such as high living standards, good education, employment and overall life satisfaction.   more ...

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Finland

Dealing With Culture Shock In Finland - Some Advice For New Expats

Sunday March 02, 2014 (05:05:30)

Finland is a treasure trove of unspoilt natural beauty, with its many forests and lakes. To the far north, you have the white nights, about ten weeks of summer throughout which the sun doesn’t set. In winter, this turns into about eight weeks of sunless days. There’s much to enjoy in Finland, from its medieval castles to its spas that offer several rejuvenation treatments; and from the tranquil beauty of the Lakeland to the adventurous winter sports. The country has also built a robust, competitive economy and has emerged as a global forerunner in telecommunications equipment. It’s no wonder that Finland has become home to many expats. But what happens once you get there and realize that apart from the rich history and scenic landscapes, Finland is also a living, breathing land with its own people, its own customs and its own way of life.   more ...