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LUT University has around 6 500 students and 1 000 staff members, representing over 90 different nationalities. LUT has two campuses, one in Lappeenranta and another in Lahti. Besides, LUT has two regional units in Mikkeli and Kouvola. 

Living and working in Finland

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he quality of living in Finland is one of the highest in the world. Security, nearness to nature and education are priorities of Finnish society – and are also highly recognized internationally. All this makes Finland a great country to live in.

Lappeenranta is only about 230 kilometers from Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Good public transportation connections make Lappeenranta and Lahti easy to reach.

Lappeenranta is a city of 72 400 inhabitants located in Southeast Finland, on the shore of the largest lake in Finland, Lake Saimaa. Lappeenranta is a very international city, owing to both the University with its 70 different nationalities and its geographical location near the Russian border.

LUT campus in Lappeenranta is located right next to beautiful Lake Saimaa, at about 7 kilometers from the city center. LUT's state-of-the-art university education draws future professionals to Lappeenranta. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, and LUT's Green Campus is consolidated in one location: everything, from the library to the laboratories, lecture rooms and offices, is found under one roof.

Lake Saimaa provides excellent opportunities for outdoor activities; for example, paddling in the summertime, and skiing or skating in the wintertime. The harbor in the city center is a very popular place to spend your free time, especially during the summer. You can find local specialties at the little food kiosks there, as well as on the market square. Try a vety or an atomi! The city is also known for its old town, a fortress by the port, where you can find restaurants, café shops and various activities. In Lappeenranta, you cannot miss the sports scene, especially ice-hockey. Lappeenranta has its own hockey team, SaiPa. The team and their games are very popular among the locals.

In Finland, you will find a combination of plenty of unpolluted nature and high technology in a safe and calm society. Social security benefits are at an excellent level, crime is considerably low and the environment is not polluted. You can drink the tap water, food is clean and healthy, and people are honest and punctual. Finland can be described as a country where hierarchy is relatively low and everybody is equal. Finnish people are individualistic, and their values include equality, solidarity and quality of life. The nation is law-and-rule abiding and punctual.

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Cost of living

Finland is known for its high standard of living. This also means that it is not the cheapest country in the world, yet it is approximately at the same cost level as other western European countries. Still, you can get by on fewer euros in Lappeenranta or Lahti than in Finland's major cities.

Here are some examples of average costs:

Rent (one-bedroom apartment):  ~400-900€ / month
Electricity (one-bedroom apartment): ~40-60€ / 3 months
Home insurance (one-bedroom apartment): ~100€ / 6 months
Local public transport: 30-day travel pass, adult  53€
Lunch at a cafeteria at the Campus: 4-8€
Cup of coffee in a café: 2- 4.50€
Pint of beer: 4-8€
Mobile phone (prepaid rates): 0.066€ / minute, 0.066€/ sms
Internet connection: ~25€ / month
Movie ticket: 10-12€
Gym pass: 60€/month (or 10-15€ entrance fee for a single workout)

Practicalities prior to your arrival

Please review this section carefully well in advance of your planned move / visit to Finland.

On your arrival

Learning the language

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You can survive in Finland without knowing any Finnish, as most Finns speak English to some degree. However, knowing the local language is very useful and will make your life easier in many ways. Particularly in the job market, basic Finnish language skills are often required.

International staff and visitors are encouraged to study Finnish. There are different opportunities for and ways of learning Finnish.  The LUT Language Center organizes courses in Finnish and many other languages, and all the courses are available to staff members as long as there is room in the classes; students are the priority, however. There are also Finnish language courses targeted only for staff members. Also, spouses may take these classes if there are available seats.

The Adult Education Center of South Karelia (Etelä-Karjalan Kansalaisopisto, www.ekko.fi) or equivalent institutions in other cities arrange Finnish language courses for immigrants, but also arranges courses in other languages and subjects, mainly in Finnish. For course information, see here.

Family matters

Other essentials