Price level in FinlandFees for early childhood education, that is, day care for children, are determined according to the family's income. Fees for municipal early childhood education are limited to a maximum of 300 euros per month for the first child. If you have more than one child in early childhood education, you pay a lower fee for younger siblings.
Salary, living costs and taxes in Finland are slightly above the EU average. However, many services are financed through taxes and are cheaper for residents than in many other countries.
Affordable and free public services
Consumer prices in Finland
Housing costs in Finland
Affordable and free public services
Preschool, basic and high school education are free in Finland. Education at higher education institutions in Finland is also generally free. However, if you move to Finland for study purposes from outside the EU and study in English, you are required to pay tuition fees.
public health servicesYou generally have to cover your own medication costs, but you can get reimbursed for many medications. The refund is paid from tax sources. Where you pay around 600 euros for medicines during a calendar year, you will pay a much lower price for them during the same year. This only covers medicines subject to reimbursement.You can read about your rights to benefit from public healthcare services on the Healthcare in Finland page.Sosiaali- ja terveysministeriö
If you reside in a municipality in Finland, you can benefit from public health services. Fees vary by region. For example, the cost of a doctor's appointment is usually 20 euros at the social services and health center and 40 euros at the outpatient clinic. The cost of hospital treatment is approximately 50 euros per day. In total, the costs are around 700 euros per year at most. The services of the maternal health clinic and the children's clinic are always free.
Fee for healthcare services
Sosiaali- ja terveysministeriö
Drug treatment expenses
Library services are completely free for patrons. The multilingual library contains materials in over eighty languages. You can borrow materials from the multilingual library in any region of Finland.
For detailed information, please visit the InfoFinland page Libraries.Financial aid for families with children
If you are a permanent resident of Finland, you can apply to Kela for many financial aid for families with children.For detailed information, you can visit the financial support for families page.
Consumer prices in FinlandThe price of alcoholic beverages is approximately 40% above the EU average.Some examples (as of July 2022):400 g ground beef: €4.30
How much does food cost in Finland?
The price of food and non-alcoholic beverages in Finland is approximately 20% above the EU average, and the prices of products and services are approximately 23% above the EU average. Price levels also vary within Finland.
400 g margarine: 0.50 €
1 kg full fat cheese: 5.20 €
1 l skim milk: 0.80 €
1 l orange juice: €2.70
1 kg spaghetti: 1 €
1 kg of rice: €3.40
500g coffee: €3.60
1 kg of tomatoes: €1.80
1 kg of potatoes: 1 €
1 kg of bananas: €1.40
1 kg of apples: 1 €
1 kg tangerines: €2.60
Some prices in Finland
Consumer prices in European countries
Statistical yearbook of Finland
Clothing, products and services
Clothing in Finland is slightly more expensive than the EU average. Many affordable clothing chains do not have stores in Finland. Also consider that you will need clothes and shoes suitable for summer, winter and intermediate seasons.You can also buy many products second-hand in Finland. It will be more affordable this way. For example, furniture and clothing can be purchased at many second-hand stores or flea markets. You can also find many pages on the internet where second-hand products are sold. Many second-hand items and products that are well and cleanly used can be found.Housing costs in Finland
Housing costs vary widely in Finland. On average, Finns spend about one-fifth of their net income on housing expenses. Prices of rental housing vary between 10-30 euros per m². The average price of houses for sale in Finland is 2100 euros per square meter, but in large cities housing is much more expensive. In detached houses, heating generally constitutes the highest share of expenses.Additionally, you should have home insurance. Many homeowners require home insurance. Request quotes from different insurance companies