Melanie Dower, Finland

Who are you? I’m Melanie, a New Zealander living in Helsinki, Finland, with my husband and our young son Miko. Where, when and why did you move abroad? We moved to Helsinki a year ago for my husband’s job. He was given an opportunity too good to miss. We arrived in spring 2014, which is … Read more

Finland – Top Five Expat Blogs

At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at Finland and some of the bloggers who write about living there. Hey Helsinki After moving to Finland in 2014 with her husband and son, … Read more

Ten Basic Phrases In Finnish For Expats Moving To Finland

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 … Read more

Kandace Hawley, Oulu

Who are you? I am Kandace Hawley from Kentucky, U.S.A. I am a graduate student at the University of Oulu in Finland. I study international educational policy. I travel quite a bit and I do not plan on returning to the U.S.A to settle upon graduating or anytime soon. Although my identity rests in America, … Read more

Tom de Reed, Helsinki

Who are you? My name is Tom and I am a 25 year old Dutchman. I have studied international business and it is through these studies that I eventually ended up in Finland, where I still reside to date. I enjoy participating in and watching a variety of sports, from with football in particular. I … Read more