Living & studying in Finland

Finland is a booming country that is consistently ranked among the top ten in the world in terms of the standard of living, economic stability, and education. All this, combined with the fact that it is one of the safest countries in the world, makes Finland an excellent place to live.

Finland is a country of innovation and technology and has continuously topped related global indices. Finnish companies highly value innovation designed to solve problems in a pragmatic and surprising way. In fact, Finland is the home of many world-leading companies in areas such as forest products and the biomass industry (UPM, Stora Enso, and Metso), transportation services (KONE) and design (Iittala and Marimekko).

Finland is a land of countless lakes, forests, fells and archipelagos – it is one the most extensive and unspoiled natural environments in Europe. According to recent statistics by the World Health Organisation, the air in Finland is the cleanest in the world.

Where do you think the happiest people live? In the latest World Happiness Report, Finland took the top spot as the world's happiest country.

Our campuses are in Lappeenranta and Lahti. Lappeenranta is located in South-East Finland (200 kilometres of the cities of Helsinki and St. Petersburg) and Lahti in Southern Finland (100km north of Helsinki).

Finland facts

Capital: Helsinki
Official languages: Finnish and Swedish
Population: 5.5 million
Government: Parliamentary democracy
Currency: Euro (€)

  • Finland's education system is among the highest ranking ones in the world.
  • Finland is the third best country for business in Europe.
  • Finland is the fourth most gender equal country in the world.
  • There are 2.2 million saunas in Finland.
  • Finns drink more coffee per person than anyone else in the world (12 kg a year).
  • Finland has four very distinct seasons – temperatures may vary between -35°C and +35°C

Cost of living in Finland

Finland is known for its high standard of living, which means that the country is not the cheapest one in the world. However, the cost of living in Finland is about the same as in other EU countries.

The expenses vary depending on the accommodation you decide to choose and personal spending habits like food, health care, social life, travel plans within Finland and abroad etc. What comes to the learning resources, however, it is useful to note that the expense for the course books is low in Finland as most of the course books can be borrowed in the libraries.

In Lappeenranta and Lahti, an estimated amount of total living expenses including accommodation in the student apartments is EUR 700/ month.

As a degree student in Finland, you will be issued a student card that enables you to get meals and other services at student prices (e.g. the cost of transport, museums and various cultural events and recreational activities).

More information about living costs in Finland

Connected to the world

The city of Lappeenranta is located in South Karelia, some 220 km from the Finland's capital, and city of Lahti is located about 100 km from Helsinki. Excellent public transportation connections make both cities easy to reach.

By train: Direct express trains from Helsinki to Lahti take one hour, and to Lappeenranta two hours. www.vr.fi/en.
By bus: Express coaches from Helsinki to Lappeenranta and Lahti, www.expressbus.fi/en, and low-cost bus connections, www.onnibus.com/home.
By plane: Direct international flights make Lappeenranta easy to reach from Italy, Hungary, Germany and Greece and in spring 2020 also Austria. www.ryanair.com, www.laudamotion.com.

More information

Study in Finland: studyinfinland.fi
Visit Finland: visitfinland.com

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