December 2015

Koulun päättäjäiset

School’s Out

Free high quality university education is a rare thing to find. In the vast majority of countries, students pay high tuition fees for a chance at a bright future. This week the Finnish parliament voted for universities in Finland to begin charging tuition fees from...

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Avainhenkilön verotus

Key Employee’s Taxation

When talking about Finland and working, the conversation often turns to the taxation of income. In Finland and abroad this is considered rather high, but Finland has taken into consideration the importance of attracting exceptional talents for both companies and the society at large. That...

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Suomi on hyvä maa tehdä töitä

Finland is a fine place to work

It’s a grey December morning in Finland. The year’s coming to an end and the days are short and bleak. To someone looking at the weather it seems like the last place that could hold promise. This is not the case. Beyond the admittedly ghastly...

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Successful Expat

A successful expat assignment

Moving is one of the biggest causes of stress in one's life, following the death of a loved one and divorce. That is why it is of the utmost importance that there are as few surprises and as many familiar and safe things as possible...

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Expat Interview

Expat’s Insights – Jan Pacesa

Jan Pacesa moved to Finland in August 2015 from Slovakia. Even before the move he had already had an idea of working abroad, gaining new experiences, and stepping outside his comfort zone. “International experience would certainly be of use in the future and it would...

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Slush aftermath

In the aftermath of Slush

Slush 2015 is over, and the experience was breathtaking! The Expo and Convention Center in Helsinki was filled with people and companies of all sorts, ranging from the most innovative startups to some of the largest multinational companies in the world. A large portion of...

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Slushin apuna rekrytoinnin haasteisiin

Aiding Slush in international recruitment

”Slush 2015 will, for the first time ever, feature a Recruiting Area. The focus is to eventually make recruiting an as important part of the event for startups as funding and media coverage are today” says Lauri Mikkola, a member of the partnerships team and...

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Työnantajan velvollisuudet ulkomaalaisen työntekijän palkkauksessa

Employer obligations when hiring foreign workforce in Finland

There is some uncertainty amongst employers about the employer’s requirements and obligations regarding hiring foreign professionals. As a rule of thumb it can be said, that a foreign employee is to be treated exactly as a Finnish employee working in similar post, including but not...

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Expat’s Insights – Lawrence Teo

Today Lawrence Teo, 46, tells how he and his family, his wife and son, experience work and life in Finland. Lawrence works in one of the global leaders in the home furnishing retailers. The Teos decided to move to Finland from Singapore because of the...

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Expat Interview

Expat’s Insights – John Kelly

This month we will start to publish our series of interviews, where expats sharing their experiences of moving to Finland. The first interviewee is John Kelly, a professional game design manager from Ireland. John Kelly sits down across from me, the jovial Irishman smiling as usual....

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