Working as a nurse in Finland
In Finland you have to have a licence to practice as a nurse. Therefore, when planning to come to Finland to work as a nurse, the best place to start is the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira). Valvira grants, upon application, the right to practice as a licenced or authorised professional and authorises the use of the occupational title of healthcare professional. Valvira registers all persons granted professional practice rights in the Terhikki-register and also maintains information on all registered nurses.
In addition, all medical or health care professionals working in Finland must be able to speak well enough either Finnish or Swedish.
As soon as you have registered as a nurse in Finland by Valvira, you can apply for the membership of the Finnish Nurses Association and of Tehy, the Finnish Union of Health and Social Care Professionals.
The Employment and Economic Development Office offers information on working in Finland and also on vacant jobs. For vacancies you can also contact directly employers. The hospital district of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) is the largest employer in Finland’s health service and offers information on HUS careers.
The pages of Info Bank contain important basic information for immigrants on the functioning of society and opportunities in Finland.
Information on Finnish health care system you will find on the web page of Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and also on the webpage of Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa.
See brochure Foreign nurse's guide to Finnish working life, drawn up at the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences by Taina Kilpeläinen.
Welcome to Finland!