Working in Finland
WORKING IN FINLAND
Working in Finland at a Glance
EUR / €
is the local currency
15 public holidays
can be found in the calendar during year 2022
08:30 to 16:30
are the normal office hours
Full-time / Part-time
& permanent / fixed are the normal contract types
belong to unions, which negotiate preferable working terms and conditions, i.e. collaborative agreements. Such unions are, f.e. Super; The Finnish Association of Public Health Nurses and TeHy.
are the social contributions (social security & pension payments).
2nd of May to 30th of September
is the summer vacation period. Normally there is from two to four weeks in the summer and the rest is held the winter (between October and March).
Employees who have been in service for at least a month are entitled to paid sick leave for nine working days.
After these nine days, you must provide a medical certificate from a doctor. You are then entitled to sickness allowance from the state. The amount of sickness allowance is based on your earned income. The sickness allowance is paid for a maximum period of 300 days.
If you have been working for less than a month, you are entitled to 50% of your pay during sick leave.
Termination of a contract
Fixed term contracts cannot be terminated, unless severe misconduct can be proved. Permanent contracts can be terminated; however, the employer must give you a warning (verbal or written) followed by an opportunity to improve your performance before termination can be made. Vacation days that remain unused at the end of an employment relationship are compensated for the employee.
There is no statutory severance pay.
Finnish, Swedish, Saami
are the official languages
is the normal payroll frequency. Additional payments (shift work, work during bank holidays) are normally paid together with the following months pay.
37,5 to 40 hrs
are normal weekly working hours
is the normal probationary period
is the average tax percentage for gross income (before taxes) of 2480€ / month (depending on the municipality). Calculate your estimated individual tax percentage here.
Work related health and accident insurance are mandatory in Finland, and they are provided to you by your employer free of charge.
2 to 2,5 days / month
is the amount of vacation days you accrue between the 1st of April of the on-going year and the 31st of March of the following year. The maximum total number of paid vacation per year is between 24 and 30 days.
Maternity, paternity & parental leave
You are entitled to maternity leave of 105 days (excluding Sundays).
Paternity allowance is payable during the paternity leave for 54 working days.
The parental leave begins after the maternity leave. During the parental leave, Kela pays a parental allowance for 158 working days.
The state grants an earnings-related maternity and parental allowance, although most collective agreements require salary to be paid during the maternity leave period.
The notice period in Finland depends on the duration of employment and collaborative agreement, but usually between 14 days up to 1 month for employees (resignations) and between 14 days up to 6 months for employers (dismissals).
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