When first arriving to Central Finland, you might think you have come inland. However, you will soon discover that there is water everywhere. The hundreds of lakes offer a diverse and unspoilt environment, tempting for fishing or sailing outings at the end of a working day, which enable you to enjoy a peaceful lifestyle!
Central Finland is a pleasant region where the emphasis is on the quality of life, guaranteed by the attractive residential environment, excellent welfare services as well as a broad palette of cultural services and recreational opportunities.
How to find an apartment
Big employers often have their own apartments to rent to their foreign employees or they can otherwise help in the process of finding temporary or long-term accommodation. Cities, municipalities, and some large real estate companies also have their own rental apartments.
You can also look for rental apartments online. Here are some sites to start with:
More information on housing can be found in the Live with us –section.
The aim of the multicultural centre Gloria is to provide an open, interactive forum where people from different countries, including Finland, can get to know each other. Central Finland’s multicultural organisations can be reached through Gloria. The centre offers information about Finnish society to immigrants, and there are various organised activities daily.
Arja Seppälä, Project manager
email: arja.seppala(a)kyt.fi, tel. 040 743 3097.
Photo: Merja Lahti
Learning the language
Finnish language instruction is available on several courses and on different levels. You can register directly at a number of educational institutions, such as the Jyväskylä Adult Education Centre, Jyväskylä Educational Consortium or the language centre of the University of Jyväskylä. Adult education centres and other third-sector service providers offer language teaching all over Central Finland. Some companies also arrange language courses for their staff.
Get acquainted with the basics of Finnish online:
Finnish for foreigners
The course includes glossaries, grammar explained and short practise sentences. The languages used are Finnish and English.
Central Finland offers a variety of things to experience! Living here you won't have trouble in finding things to do in your free time, summer or winter.
The region can cater for all tastes - whether you like to go to the theater, go and listen to live music and dance, or have a go at more thrilling activities and sports. Read more
The cornerstone of Finnish education is the basic education provided to everyone free of charge. Education in Finland starts with voluntary pre-school at the age of six.
The basic, compulsory education usually takes nine years to complete, after which education continues to be mainly free of charge. Finnish society supports studying by giving financial aid to students.
Finnish society supports families and children financially and through a variety of services. Local authorities are responsible for providing municipal day care for everyone who wants the service. Every child under school age is entitled to day care provided by the local authority, either in a day care centre or in family day care. Read more
Immigrant pages of City of Jyväskylä
Portal for Culture in central Finland
Everyday Life from A to Z
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