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10 Things to love about living in Finland / Things to Love about Finland

This blog covers things that I love about living in Finland and things that most new foreigners can immediately relate and like about Finland within the first few months of moving to Finland.

  1. The safety & Security: Finland is considered a generally safe country and secure in many instances. Safety in terms of life and property as well as personal safety. Finnish homes do not necessarily have fences and there is no fear of invasion or robbery of any sorts. Even though these days, things might have changed a bit, it is common to hear stories of people living their doors open, intentionally or mistakenly especially back in the 90s or 2000s for their neighbours to come in and borrow stuff and there was hardly ever a case of theft. It is also normal to forget own property like phones or wallets in the trains or bus stations and find them later in the lost and found office of the city. Even though the retrieval of lost phones might not be so popular anymore, there have been many cases of retrieved wallets and other lost items from the lost and found office. It is also safe to walk in the night time or in the middle of the forest without the fear of being attacked by wild animals or being kidnapped.
  2. The nature and clean air: Finland has thousands of lakes and forest which contributes to the amazing landscapes of Finnish nature. Number of lakes in Finland is approximated to be about 188,000 lakes making it the third country in the world with the highest amount of lakes after Canada and Russia. There are also countless forests and amazing landscapes. The country is planned in such a way that it allows for nature in every town or city regardless of it being residential or not. I have lived in Tampere and now Helsinki and still surrounded by so much nature and available nearby lakes for swimming and relaxation. The nature also makes the air in Finland so clean as it was one of the things I immediately felt upon landing in the Helsinki Airport, having lived in a country filled with populated air and fumes from generators all along.
  3. The quietness: One thing to definitely appreciate Finland for is the quietness. The quietness is one thing that will hit once you land at the Helsinki Airport or any airport in Finland. The Finns also appreciate quietness. Vehicles hardly honk the horn in their cars except there is an emergency or it is an emergent situation. Everybody also has the right to a quiet time once it is past 10pm at night and it is very normal that your neigbour calls the police on you if there is very loud and unpredictable noise. The Finns also like to be quite when using public services like the train or in the bus and you will hardly hear chitchats except from children playing and making noises.
  4. Good Social system: Finland also has a very stable and reliable social security system which caters to all permanent residents of Finland. The social security system is called “Kela” and is responsible for granting benefits and financial assistance to those who are in need. If you lose your job after working for a particular period of time or in need of some medical or health Insurance, Kela is usually a go to. Kela is also responsible for the maternity box that is given to every expectant mother in Finland and this is a practise that has been going on for over 50 years. Apart from the maternity / baby boxes, there is also provision for child allowance, maternity / parental allowance, housing allowance, and so on for those in need.
  5. Work life balance and free time: Finland has a very good work life balance especially if you are looking for ways to spend more time with family, alone time or time for hobbies. The system allows also for a good amount of holidays during the year especially summer holidays which is usually taken very seriously in most work places. In Finland, maximum working hours a day is eight hours which amounts to 37,5 hours in a week. This is not to say that you cannot work for longer or have two jobs. In most cases, there is ample amount of time in the day to meet with friends, do or engage in hobbies and also spend time with Family. It was in Finland that I started engaging in new hobbies and activities of interests as I realised I had a lot of free time compare to where I am originally from. My life before was, working round the clock and spending the remaining time either in Traffic or in bed.
  6. Public service: Public service in Finland is very efficient and effective. Most of the public services are available for free or for a minimum cost. Education is for example free for permanent residents in Finland and the EU region. I for one, studied for free and not until 2017 when tuition fees were introduced for students coming outside of the EU region. Public basic health care services are also free and affordable in many cases and you only have to pay when in an advanced medical care situation which the social care system has made subsidised. The public libraries are very equipped and highly functional with up to date services and supplies needed for research or leisure. There are also public parks and play parks for children in every community, leisure or hobby halls / rinks. Public transport services are also very reliable and efficient but are however available at a certain cost depending on the city or region.
  7. None patriarchal: Feminine authority in my opinion is highly exhibited in Finland. Especially when coming from a country that is highly patriarchal and majorly controlled by men. Apart from the fact that the present prime minister of Finland is a woman, female power is eminent.    No shaming or cat calling or being afraid to walk alone in the streets at night. There have also been very few incidences of rape or sexual abuse. When I first came to Finland, I Immediately noticed that women did jobs that in some countries, maybe classified as a “man`s” job. Women drive the locomotives, trains, busses and even snow ploughs. It is also normal to find women in engineering, mechanical or constructive jobs. Finland is also known as the best country in the world to be a mum or nowadays, a parent.
  8. Equality in system: The gap between the rich and the poor in Finland is almost invisible or non-existent. This is in a sense that, wealth is distributed almost evenly among the rich and the poor such that, there is not clear distinction or hierarchy. The Finnish society is a classless society and the high and low income earners use the same services, hospitals and public transport system. There are also no school busses or special services specifically for “rich” people or high income earners.
  9. Less corruption: Finland is one of the least corrupt countries in the world. By this, processes and procedures do not require lobbying, bribery or corruption. Procedures are rather straight forward and usually documented online. To get things done, or to apply for certain documents, applications or benefits, procedures are usually open and outlined. Decisions are also given at the promised scheduled time based on certain qualifications. In simpler terms, you do not need to bribe anybody or know anybody or lobby when trying to get things done in Finland.
  10. Four Seasons: This is also a nature related reason. If you are a lover of nature and the different vibes nature offers, then Finland is definitely a place for you. If you come to Finland in January and stay till December, be sure to experience all the four different seasons in full blast. The seasons are extremely different with very cold and dark winters and very warm and bright summers. It makes you to keep looking forward to the following seasons. I find this very inspiring and motivating as I use the seasons as a milestone in my achievements. Also very inspiring when in one season, everything might look dead and gone, but as the next one comes, the colours, atmosphere, energy, look and feeling changes and things come back to life. It could feel like living in four different countries at the same time.

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