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What to Expect When Moving to Finland

 In Living Abroad, Tips and Tricks
  1. moving to finalnd flagIn case you’re looking for a country with strong economy which provides its residents with the opportunity to lead a high-quality life, we assume you must be thinking about moving to Finland. Needless to say, you’re making the best possible choice. However, you are somewhat scared about the tiresome relocation process and you think it’s impossible to find an affordable long distance moving company? Well, we have to tell you, you’re wrong about that. With My International Movers, not only do you get reliable moving helpers, but you get to sail through your relocation process at more than affordable price.
  2. In addition to this, we have also prepared a short guide for you so that you are completely aware of what you should expect when you move to Finland. Even if you have already done some research on your own, it won’t do you any harm to take a look at the things about Finland that we believe are useful to be familiar with when toying with the idea of choosing this country for your new home.
  3. To begin with, let us list some general information about this Nordic country. Finland is located in Northern Europe, with borders with Norway to the north, Sweden to the northwest and Russia to the east. The capital and, at the same time the largest city in Finland is Helsinki, the most livable city in the world according to the Monokle magazine (2011).
  4. The one thing that’s perhaps most commonly associated with Finland is that this is “the land of the thousands lakes”. Or, perhaps, you have heard of or read about Finnish Lakeland.  The country is described like this for a reason, as you probably expect it to be, and the area is called Lakeland for a reason, too – believe it or not, there are around 190,000 lakes in this country. And it is not just the number of lakes that is this high. Finland also boasts as many as 180,000 islands. The largest of the 190,000 lakes is called Saimaa and it is the fourth largest lake in Europe.
  5. When it comes to the climate of Finland, you should by all means remember to pack your warmest winter clothes when you start packing boxes for moving. It is a well-known fact that winters in Finland are inevitably harsh regardless of the part of the country. There is some difference in the temperature values between certain areas, but it is still bitter either way. But, if you want to avoid seeing temperatures fall to -30 °C, you should probably stick to Helsinki, as such phenomena are quite rare there.
  6. Now, don’t let the freezing winter scare you (if you really can’t stand the cold weather). Even though the country is mainly covered with snow from November to April/ December to March (depending on the area), summers in Finland are warm and pleasant. Moreover, the temperatures can even reach over 35 °C. All in all, if you prefer warm weather, you should move to the southern part of Finland, while for those of you who enjoy winter magic the north of the country can be just as pleasant for life.
  7. If we put weather aside, once you move to Finland, there is one important thing that you won’t have to worry about, and that’s healthcare. According to a survey conducted in 2000, Finland is among top five countries whose residents are most satisfied with the healthcare system. In 2012, it was estimated that life expectancy had increased significantly from 1990 both in men and women (from 71 to 78 years and from 79 to 84, respectively).
  8. In addition to top-notch healthcare, the education system in Finland is also of high quality. More precisely, it is often said to be the best education system in the world. Being a bilingual country, Finland offers various study programmes mostly in either Finnish or Swedish, but there are also some higher education institutions which offer a great number of programmes in English, as well.
  9. Besides ensuring you with high-quality lifestyle, extraordinary healthcare and education system, Finland provides you with the opportunity to witness some of most fascinating natural phenomena. It is exactly this country that is considered to be one of the best places on Earth to spot the Northern Lights. It has been calculated that the Aurora Borealis can be spotted more than 200 nights a year in Finnish Lapland. All you have to do is check out the Aurora Forecasts and that way make sure you do not miss the chance to be among the lucky ones who have seen this amazing natural work of art.
  10. Finally, if you are addicted to coffee and can’t imagine your life without it, you’ll have no troubles fitting in in Finland, as this is the country with the highest coffee consumption in the world – an average person there consumes around 26 pounds of coffee a year.

Even if you were not so sure about moving to Finland before reading this, we believe you are now one step closer to finally getting down to packing and realizing the plan you have dreamed about for so long. Do not waste any more time, contact My International Movers and let the most reliable long distance moving company make your relocation safe and easy.