Perhe Espoossa

Family in Espoo

Marriage

Before getting married, you must request in writing an examination of the possible impediments to your marriage (avioliiton esteiden tutkiminen). The examination of impediments is done at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. You can submit the examination request to any service location.

Digital and Population Data Services Agency
Miestentie 3
02150 Espoo
Tel. 0295 536 244
vihkiminen(at)dvv.fi

Read more: Marriage

linkkiDigital and Population Data Services Agency:
Marriage ceremonyFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiDigital and Population Data Services Agency:
Request for an examination of impediments to marriageFinnish | Swedish | English

Divorce

Women and men can file for divorce at the office of the District Court of Länsi-Uusimaa. You can also file for divorce alone, without the consent of your spouse. Applications can be sent to the District Court office by post, fax or e-mail.

District Court of Länsi-Uusimaa (Länsi-Uudenmaan käräjäoikeus)
Vitikka 1 B 2
02630 Espoo
Tel. 029 564 4000
E-mail: lansi-uusimaa.ko(at)oikeus.fi

Read more: Divorce

linkkiDistrict Court of Länsi-Uusimaa:
Contact informationFinnish | Swedish

Children in a divorce

If you and your spouse have children and are planning to divorce, make an appointment to see a child supervisor (lastenvalvoja). The child supervisor will confirm an agreement on living arrangements, custody, visitation rights and child maintenance support.

Child supervisor appointments
Monday to Friday at 9:00–10:00
tel. (09) 816 27711

Read more: Children in a divorce

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Contact information for child welfare supervisorsFinnish | Swedish

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Divorce in a family with childrenFinnish | Swedish

Child’s birth

Information regarding a child’s birth is sent from the hospital to the Finnish Population Information System. You have to inform the Digital and Population Data Services Agency about the child’s names, native language and other necessary information on a separate form that will be sent to your home.

You can read more about the registration of a child’s birth, recognition of paternity and custody on the InfoFinland page: When a child is born in Finland.

linkkiHUS Helsinki University Hospital:
Baby journey - Guide to a new motherFinnish | Swedish | English

Taking care of a child

Information on the day care of children in Espoo is available on the InfoFinland page Education in Espoo.

Temporary childcare

You can take your child to park aunties for temporary childcare. This is short-term care of children (2-3 hours at a time), which takes place outside at a playground. You can get more information on park aunties by phone. Telephone numbers can be found on the website of the City of Espoo.

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Park auntiesFinnish | Swedish

If you need a temporary nanny in your home you can contact the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (Mannerheimin lastensuojeluliitto) or Väestöliitto.

linkkiFamily Federation of Finland:
Childcare and domestic helpFinnish

linkkiMannerheim League for Child Welfare:
Help for childcareFinnish | Swedish | English

Read more: Day care

Child home care allowance

If the youngest child of the family is under three years of age, a parent may receive child home care allowance (kotihoidon tuki) if he or she takes care of the child at home. If you are entitled to child home care allowance, you can apply for it from Kela. You can fill in the application online or post it to Kela. You can also visit a Kela office. Espoo has four Kela offices.

The City of Espoo pays an additional Espoo supplement to families who care for a child under 3 years of age at home. Parents who care for all under-school-age children of the family are entitled to apply for the Espoo supplement.

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Child care at homeFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiKela:
Information about child home care supportFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiKela:
Electronic servicesFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiKela:
Contact information for KelaFinnish | Swedish | English

Resident playgrounds and clubs

The City of Espoo organises plenty of activities for parents who care for their children at home, including resident playgrounds, open day-care centres and playgroups.

Read more: Benefits for looking after a child at home

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Resident playgrounds and playgroupsFinnish | English

Elderly

Elderly people can use the services of regular health stations. In addition, Espoo provides specialised elderly services, such as home care services. If you would like more information on elderly services, contact Guidance for Elderly Citizens (Seniorineuvonta).

Tel. (09) 816 33333
nestori(at)espoo.fi

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Guidance for elderly citizensFinnish | Swedish | English

If you care for a family member at home

If you are taking care of an elderly, ill or disabled family member at home, you may be entitled to informal care allowance.

linkkiCity of Espoo:
Informal care allowanceFinnish | Swedish

Read more: Elderly

Problems in a family

Information on where to get help in Espoo for problems related to children, young people and families is available on the InfoFinland page Problem situations in Espoo.

There is also information on children's and young people's problems on the InfoFinland page Children's and young people's problems.

Information on where to get help for problems in a relationship is available on the InfoFinland page Problems in marriage and relationships.