Perhe Helsingissä

Family in Helsinki


Before getting married you must request, in writing, an examination of possible impediments to your marriage. This examination is performed at a Local Register Office (maistraatti). You must request the examination well in advance of the wedding.

Civil marriages are performed at a Local Register Office. Book a time for the ceremony at a Local Register Office.

Uudenmaan maistraatti
Helsinki office
Address: Lintulahdenkuja 2
Tel. 029 55 39391

Further information: Marriage.

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

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Family supportFinnish | Swedish | English


Women and men can file for divorce at the office of the District Court of Helsinki. Individual spouses can file for divorce independently. Applications can be sent to the District Court office by post or e-mail.

Helsingin käräjäoikeus
Porkkalankatu 13
Tel. 029 56 44200

If you need help negotiating matters with your spouse, you can get help from family mediation (perheasioiden sovittelu).

Further information: Divorce.
Divorce application(pdf, 100 kb)Finnish | Swedish

linkkiJudicial System:
District Court of HelsinkiFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Family mediationFinnish | Swedish | English

Children in a divorce

If you and your spouse have children, 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:
Tel. (09) 310 44999

Guidance on child supervisor services:
Tel. (09) 310 43447

If you need help agreeing matters related to your children, you can apply for family mediation.

Further information: Children in a divorce.

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Child welfare supervisorsFinnish | Swedish | English

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 Local Register Office (Maistraatti) 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


You can find information on the day care of children in Helsinki on the InfoFinland page Education in Helsinki.

Temporary childcare

There are park aunties (puistotäti) at the City of Helsinki’s playgrounds. Park aunties provide temporary childcare in the mornings. Park aunties supervise and guide children who play at a playground. Childcare provided by park aunties is subject to a fee.

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

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Park auntiesFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiFamily Federation of Finland:
Childcare and domestic helpFinnish

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

Further information: Taking care of a child.

Child home care allowance

If you care for your child under 3 years of age at home, you can claim child home care allowance (kotihoidon tuki). You can claim the allowance from Kela. In addition, the City of Helsinki pays a municipal care allowance supplement for families who care for a child under 2 years of age at home.

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Child home care allowance and the Helsinki supplementFinnish | Swedish | English

Playgrounds and clubs

There are playgrounds and family houses in Helsinki in which activities are organised for children and parents who care for children at home. Activities can include sports, singing and arts and crafts.

Helsinki Vocational College organises Finnish courses for immigrant parents at some playgrounds and family houses. Playgrounds and family houses arrange childcare for the duration of the course.

Part-time clubs for children between the age of 2 and 5 who do not attend childcare are organised at day care centres, family houses and playgrounds. Parishes in Helsinki also organise clubs.

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
PlaygroundsFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Activities for families with childrenFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Video about playground activitiesFinnish | Swedish | English | Somali | Persian | Arabic

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Family housesFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Clubs for childrenFinnish | Swedish | English

Problems in a family

You can find information on where to get help in Helsinki for problems related to children, young people and families on the InfoFinland page Problem situations in Helsinki.

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

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

Shelter Mona is a shelter for immigrant women and their children.

Turvakoti Mona (24h)
Tel. 045 639 6274

You can also go to the shelter in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area (Pääkaupungin Turvakoti ry).

Turvakoti Haaga
Steniuksentie 20
Tel. (09) 4777 180 (24h)

Turvakoti Toukola
Hämeentie 126 F
Tel. 050 5650 636 (24h)

linkkiPääkaupungin Turvakoti ry:
Help for victims of domestic violenceFinnish

Young people between the age of 12 and 19 can contact the Youth Emergency Shelter of the Finnish Red Cross (Nuorten turvatalo).

Nuorten turvatalo
Uudenmaankatu 32 A
Open every day 5 pm - 10 am.

Tel. (09) 622 4322. You can call the shelter at any time.

linkkiFinnish Red Cross:
Youth Emergency Shelter of HelsinkiFinnish | Swedish


Senior Info service is provided by the City of Helsinki and offers guidance on services for the elderly in Helsinki. Senior Info is intended for elderly people who live in Helsinki, and their relatives. Senior Info provides services in Finnish and Swedish.

Tel. 09 3104 4556 (Mon–Fri 9 am–15 noon)

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Senior InfoFinnish | Swedish | English

Supported and service housing

Some people, such as the elderly and the disabled, have difficulty in dealing with everyday tasks without assistance. The city organises services for them to help them live independently.

The elderly and the disabled who are incapable of independent living can reside in sheltered housing or institutional care.You can receive more information on the services from a local social services unit.

When you take care of your disabled 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. You can obtain more information from the local social and contact work unit (sosiaali- ja lähityön toimipiste).

Read more: Elderly.

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Social and contact work unitsFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiCity of Helsinki:
Informal care supportFinnish | Swedish | English

Video about playground activities