Finnish culture and society

There is so much to learn about the society and culture when you are new in a country. It is easier to make yourself feel at home if you know where you can get help in different kinds of situations and if you know how the society works. And it is of course very good to know the local culture and its features.

Get to know Finnish literature, studies and working life with these courses and podcasts.
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Photo: Jarmo Mela. Finland Promotion Board.

Explore Finnish literature

The creators of the literature podcast series: Saija Pyhärinne and Sari Päivärinne.

Literature podcast for advanced Finnish learners

In this podcast, you can listen to various themes related to Finnish literature and cultural history.


Bilingual life in Finland: Hanko-Hangö

There are many bilingual cities and municipalities along the Southern and Western coasts of Finland. Watch what people in the city Hanko/Hangö have to tell you about living in a Finnish and Swedish city.

Hands. Lingonberries in the right hand and blueberries in the left hand.

Living in two languages in Finland - BBC World Service (external link)

Video about the bilingual city Hanko/Hangö in southern Finland made by journalist Erika Benke.

Online course about studying in Finland

Finland Studies online course (MOOC) brings together information about studying at a Finnish higher education institution and offers perspectives on student life in Finland. 

Finland Studies open online course (external link)

The Finland Studies open online course (MOOC) brings together perspectives on studying in Finnish higher education.

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Online-courses about working life in Finland and the Work help Finland-app

Massive open online courses (MOOC) for anyone who wants to know more about working life and culture in Finland and how to plan your carrier and future work. The courses are all in English.

The Work Help app helps you with Finnish working life from a legal perspective and also introduces you to essential practial information. The app has many different language options.

Finland Works online course (external link)

How to navigate Finnish working life and how to build a career? The course explores working life in Finland from societal, organisational and individual perspectives.

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Future of Work online course (external link)

The roles of the individual, organisations and society have changed - how does it affect how we work today and in the future? The course is an open online course. You can access the course in English or in Finnish.

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Design a Meaningful Career online course (external link)

How to creatively shape your career as you go in the radically changing world of work. The course is an open online course.

Hands holding a phone with the following text on the screen "kysymyksiä ja kommentteja työpajoista".

Work Help Finland app (external link)

The Work Help Finland app is intended for foreign workers coming to Finland and residing in Finland.

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