Food, living and services are expensive in Finland compared to many other countries. Finland ranks at the more expensive end of all European countries in a comparison of food prices. In Finland, food costs about 20% more than the average for EU countries. Living in Finland is also expensive, particularly in the large cities.
As an asylum seeker, you will receive financial support from the reception centre, if you cannot provide for yourself. The reception allowance is meant for the basic essentials such as food, clothing and minor healthcare expenses. Please note that this money may also be reclaimed if it is found that you had your own money at your disposal. The sum can also be reduced, if you refuse to do work at the reception centre, such as cleaning or studying subjects like the Finnish language.
As an asylum seeker, you may not begin working in Finland until three or six months have passed since you submitted your application. In any case, employment in Finland may be difficult, as unemployment has increased, and even many educated Finns are unemployed.
The language of the Finnish workplace is almost always Finnish. Before you learn the language, you may find it difficult at least to find work that corresponds to your level of education. In some fields, your level of education must correspond to the level of education approved in Finland, so you may have to supplement your education before being able to do a job that corresponds to your profession. Finding work in Finland requires constant activity on your part.
Read more in English: Reception allowance depends on asylum seeker’s assets