Settling in Espoo
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Services that facilitate integration
Hello Espoo info
Hello Espoo is an information service where you can ask about the City of Espoo’s services and receive help for dealing with the authorities.
You can get service in plain Finnish, English or in your own language or, if necessary, with the help of a telephone interpreter.
Tel. 040 636 8097
Espoo Info and Service Point
Information on Espoo’s services is available from the service points of the City of Espoo. There are service points throughout the city. More detailed contact information can be found on the website of the City of Espoo.
Tel. 09 816 57070
You can also ask about City services in the chat, that is, by typing into the chat window.
Community Centre Kivenkolo is a “living room” open to all, where groups of people speaking different languages can meet and organise events. Kivenkolo is located in Espoonlahti.
Merisaapas 1 A
02070 Espoon kaupunki
Tel. 040 634 3864
Western Uusimaa Wellbeing Services CountyKivenkolo Community CenterLink redirects to another website
Starttipiste for young adults
Starttipiste in Ohjaamotalo offers guidance and counselling for young people under the age of 30 without an appointment.
Lintuvaarantie 2 A
Iso Omena Starttipiste
Ohjaamotalo’s service number: 040 126 7513
The international meeting place Trapesa hosts various courses, events and discussion sessions.
Espoo station bridge
Tel. 050 381 1330
Refugee and Immigrant Services
Immigrants can also contact Espoo Immigrant Services (Maahanmuuttajapalvelut). The information service provides advice and guidance without having to make an appointment. Guidance is given in several different languages.
Refugee and Immigrant Services
Tel. 043 827 3417
Koto-Espoo is intended for parents who care for their children at home and who have been living in Finland for less than five years.
City of EspooKoto-EspooLink redirects to another website
Hello Espoo is an English-language website providing information on services in Espoo for those planning to move to Espoo and for new Espoo residents.
International House Helsinki
If you have recently moved into the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, you can receive guidance and public services in one place at International House Helsinki (IHH).
At International House Helsinki, you can:
- seek free guidance and information related to moving in several languages
- register your right of residence if you are a citizen of an EU country
- apply for a Finnish personal identity code, register as a resident and report your address information
- apply for a tax card and receive guidance on taxation
- search for information about Finnish social security and benefits
- receive guidance on TE services and searching for work
- receive guidance on earnings-related pension and information on the A1 certificate
- receive help with finding employment
- receive guidance on day-care and school places for families
- receive support from the Spouse Program network for the spouses of foreigners who have moved to Helsinki, Espoo or Vantaa for work
- attend free-of-charge Newcomer information sessions in English that provide support and advice on what to do before and after arriving in Finland. The events are held online.
Lintulahdenkuja 2 D, 2nd floor
International House HelsinkiIHH – a service point for people moving to FinlandLink redirects to another website
International House HelsinkiNewcomer Information SessionsLink redirects to another website
Initial assessment and integration plan
The initial assessment is conducted by Espoo Immigrant Services or the adult social work office.
Espoo Immigrant Services also assist immigrants in other matters related to living in Finland.
When you register as a job seeker, an employee of the Employment and Economic Development Office will complete an initial assessment with you and prepare an integration plan. The Espoo office is located in Leppävaara.
Espoo Employment and Economic Development Office
Upseerinkatu 3 B
Ministry of Employment and the EconomyThe employment and economic development offices of UusimaaLink redirects to another website
Read more: Integration into Finland
Do you need an interpreter?
If you do not speak Finnish or Swedish, you can use an interpreter when dealing with the authorities. In some cases, the authorities may provide the interpreter. If so, the interpreting services will not cost you anything.
“Authorities” here refers to the police, Kela, the Employment and Economic Development Office or an official of the City of Espoo, among others.
However, authorities do not always pay for the interpreter. This is why you must always ask beforehand whether or not the interpreting services are paid for.
You can employ the services of an interpreter at any time if you pay the costs and book one yourself.
You can request more information on interpreting services from Espoo Immigrant Services, for example.
Read more: Do you need an interpreter?
The Finnish Association of Translators and InterpretersSearch for an interpreter or a translatorLink redirects to another website
In Finland, you can get help and advice with financial matters if you have money problems.
Read more: Financial problems
In Espoo, you can contact the Financial Advice Clinic or the Legal Aid Office. Both services are free of charge.
Financial Advice Clinic
Ison Omenan Palvelutori
tel. 040 639 3944
Länsi-Uusimaa Legal Aid Office
Piispansilta 9 B
tel. 029 56 61827