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Suomi Finland
Credits: Maria Vojtovicova
Capital: Helsinki
Population: 5,536,146
Language(s): FinnishSwedish
Currency: Euro (€/EUR)
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Learn how to participate in national and European Parliament elections while studying abroad as a citizen from Finland. Check out the table below for document requirements, registration procedures, and useful links.

  • Voting is not mandatory
  • Minimum age required to vote: 18

How can I vote from abroad?

by proxy

This voting mode is not available.


This voting mode is not available.

by post

This voting mode is available.

  • Upfront registration required
  • Required documents:
    • a notice of right to vote (polling card) which is sent to the address entered in the Finnish Population Information system
    • ballot paper received beforehand (after the registration)
    • two impartial and qualified witnesses of age to attest that the secrecy of the ballot and electoral freedom are maintaned.

    More info at this link.

  • Digital request allowed

from the embassy

This voting mode is available.

  • Upfront registration required
  • Required documents:
    • Official ID

    Voting right notification paper is recommended but not mandatory.

    More info at this link.

  • Digital request allowed

European Parliament elections

Finnish voters who reside or stay abroad throughout the voting period of the elections for the European Parliament members may vote from abroad. The Finnish Election Act provides for the possibility of voting in advance at Finnish diplomatic missions abroad or to vote by post (with two qualified and impartial witnesses of age) for citizens abroad.

  • No upfront registration required
  • Minimum age required to vote in the EU elections: 18

Cost of living

a room in a 3 bedrooms shared flat in the city centre 419€/month
a meal 12€
a cappuccino 3.58€

These are average costs of living for Finland. Costs can differ accross cities and locations. For more details, you can check numbeo website.


Rank Value
Rainbow Index 6 65.33

Rainbow Europe, 2021.

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Rainbow Europe

Rainbow Europe by ILGA-Europe illustrates the legal and policy situation of LGBTI people in Europe. It ranks all 49 European countries on a scale between 0% (gross violations of human rights, discrimination) and 100% (respect of human rights, full equality), on the basis of laws and policies that have a direct impact on the LGBTI people’s human rights in under 6 categories: equality and non-discrimination; family; hate crime and hate speech; legal gender recognition and bodily integrity; civil society space; and asylum.


The is the European platform about inclusion and support services offered by higher education institutions, national agencies, and ministries for education to international students. In its current version, the platform aims to provide to students with disabilities all the information they need to study abroad.

Quality of life

Rank Value
Human Development Index 11 0.938
World Press Freedom Index 2 6.99

HDI, 2019.
WPFI, 2021.

Human Development Index

The Human Development Index (HDI) is a statistic composite index of life expectancy, education, and per capita income indicators, which are used to rank countries into four tiers of human development. A country scores a higher HDI when the lifespan is higher, the education level is higher, and the gross national income GNI (PPP) per capita is higher.

World Press Freedom Index

The World Press Freedom Index is an important advocacy tool based on the principle of emulation between states, published every year by Reporters Without Borders. It is a snapshot of the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country.

ESN sections supporting international students

  • ESN Aalto
  • ESN Helga
  • ESN Joensuu
  • ESN Jyväskylä
  • ESN Kuopio
  • ESN Lapland
  • ESN Lappeenranta
  • ESN Metropolia
  • ESN Oulu
  • ESN Uni Helsinki
  • ESN Uni Turku
  • ESN Vaasa
  • ESN Åbo Akademi

Higher education institutions

  • Aalto Korkeakoulusaatio Sr (Espoo)
  • Hameen Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy (Hameenlinna)
  • Helsingin Yliopisto (Helsingin Yliopisto)
  • Svenska Handelshogskolan (Helsinki)
  • Diakonia-Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy (Helsinki)
  • Yrkeshogskolan Arcada Ab (Helsinki)
  • Haaga-Helia Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy (Helsinki)
  • Metropolia Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy (Helsinki)
  • Taideyliopisto (Helsinki)
  • Suomen Humanistinen Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy Humak (Helsinki)
  • Karelia Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy (Joensuu)
  • Jyvaskylan Yliopisto (Jyvaskyla)
  • Jyvaskylan Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy (Jyvaskyla)
  • Kajaanin Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy (Kajaani)
  • Centria Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy (Kokkola)
  • Savonia-Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy (Kuopio)
  • Ita-Suomen Yliopisto (Kuopio)
  • Lab-Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy (Lappeenranta)
  • Lappeenrannan-Lahden Teknillinen Yliopisto Lut (Lappeenranta)
  • Ålands Landskapsregering, Högskolan På Åland (Mariehamn)
  • Kaakkois-Suomen Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy (Mikkeli)
  • Oulun Yliopisto (Oulu)
  • Oulun Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy - Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Oulu)
  • Satakunnan Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy (Pori)
  • Lapin Yliopisto (Rovaniemi)
  • Lapin Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy (Rovaniemi)
  • Seinajoen Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy (Seinajoki)
  • Tampereen Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy (Tampere)
  • Poliisiammattikorkeakoulu (Tampere)
  • Tampereen Korkeakoulusaatio Sr (Tampere)
  • Turun Yliopisto (Turku)
  • Turun Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy (Turku)
  • Abo Akademi (Abo)
  • Vaasan Yliopisto (Vaasa)
  • Oy Vaasan Ammattikorkeakoulu - Vasayrkeshogskola Ab (Vaasa)
  • Ab Yrkeshogskolan Vid Abo Akademi (Vasa)
  • Laurea-Ammattikorkeakoulu Oy (Vantaa)

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