Living in Finland


Suomen ja ruotsin kieli Helsingissä

Finnish and Swedish in Helsinki

Studying Finnish and Swedish

Language courses

Through the service, you can find the Finnish course that suits you best in Helsinki, Vantaa, Espoo or Kauniainen. The best way to find Swedish-language courses is to use the link on the front page of the service. The service is available in Finnish, English and Russian.

Registrations for the language courses usually take place 2–8 weeks before the beginning of the course. Some of the courses require applications. You can enrol for some courses online.
Finnish and Swedish coursesFinnish | English | Russian

You can study Finnish and Swedish on adult education centre courses or during vocational studies, for example.

Swedish Adult Education Centre Arbis offers many Swedish language courses.

You can find the entire course selection of all adult education centres in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area at the address
Course searchFinnish | Swedish | English

Swedish language coursesFinnish | Swedish | English

The language courses provided by the Employment and Economic Development Office (Työ- ja elinkeinotoimisto) are applied for through the office itself. Ask for more information from your local Employment and Economic Development Office.

Practise speaking Finnish

Libraries in Helsinki organise Language Cafés where you can practise speaking Finnish. They are intended for everyone who wishes to learn to speak Finnish. Discussions at Language Cafés take place in Finnish, so it would be good if you know some Finnish. Language Cafés are free of charge. You can obtain more information on Language Cafés from libraries.

linkkiHelMet libraries:
Language CafésFinnish | Swedish | English | Russian

National Certificate of Language Proficiency

Helsinki provides the opportunity to obtain the National Certificate of Language Proficiency (yleinen kielitutkinto) in Finnish or Swedish. The website of the Finnish National Board of Education (Opetushallitus) features a search engine that you can use to check where and when you can obtain the certificate.

Read more: Official certificate of language proficiency.

linkkiFinnish National Board of Education:
Degree searchFinnish

Read more: Finnish and Swedish.