Living in Finland


Suomen ja ruotsin kieli Tampereella

Finnish and Swedish language in Tampere

This page contains information about studying Finnish in Tampere. Other important information on the subject can be found on the page Finnish and Swedish language.

Finland has two official languages: Finnish and Swedish In Tampere, the majority of people speak Finnish as their native language. The language courses arranged for immigrants primarily teach Finnish. Proficiency in the Finnish language helps people to get better integrated in society and its workings.

Opportunities for studying Finnish

Finnish-language education for immigrants is provided either as integration training or independent studies.

Integration training is organised for adult immigrants who are covered by the Integration Act. The integration training involves beginning Finnish-language studies and familiarising oneself with Finnish society and working life. The training is usually arranged as labour market training intended for unemployed job seekers. The training takes about a year and is free of charge. You can apply for integration training through the Pirkanmaa TE Office.

It is also possible to study Finnish independently. You can apply for a course and pay the course fee yourself. Independent Finnish-language courses are organised by the following educational institutions, for example:

Tampere Adult Education Centre (TAKK)
Summer University of Tampere
Tampere Vocational College Tredu

Finnish language courses are also organised by:

Ahjola Adult Education Centre
Adult Education Centre of Tampere Region
Pirkan opisto
Sastamala Community College
Finnish Red Cross, Tampere unit, Tampuri
University Women, the Let's Read Together network
Tampere Evangelical Lutheran Parish
Tampere Pentacostal Church
Tampere United Methodist Church
YWCA of Tampere

Private language schools and service providers:

AAC Global
IWG-instituutti Oy
Onnenkieli Oy

The course search at can be used to locate Finnish-language courses arranged in the Tampere region.

Read more: Studying Finnish and Swedish

linkkiTE Services:
Services for immigrantsFinnish | English
Finnish language course searchFinnish | English | Russian

linkkiTAKK - Tampere Adult Education Centre:
Education and training for immigrantsFinnish | English | Russian

linkkiSummer University of Tampere:
Finnish coursesFinnish | English

linkkiTampere Vocational College Tredu:
Finnish coursesFinnish | English

linkkiAhjola Adult Education Centre:
Finnish coursesFinnish | English

linkkiAdult Education Centre of Tampere Region:
Finnish coursesFinnish | English

linkkiPirkan opisto:
Finnish coursesFinnish

linkkiSastamala Community College:
Finnish coursesFinnish | English

linkkiFinnish Red Cross:
Finnish coursesFinnish

linkkiTampere Evangelical Lutheran Parish:
Finnish language coursesFinnish | English

linkkiTampere Pentecostal Church:
International activitiesFinnish | English

linkkiYWCA Tampere:
Finnish language and culture coursesFinnish

linkkiTampere United Methodist Church:
Finnish coursesFinnish | English

linkkiThe Let's Read Together network:
Finnish-language education for womenFinnish | English | Russian

linkkiAAC Global:
Language educationFinnish | English

linkkiIWG-instituutti Oy:
Language educationFinnish

linkkiOnnenkieli Oy:
Language educationFinnish | English

Language studies online

The website of the University of Tampere Language Centre features a Self Access Centre, which you can use to practise a variety of languages, including Finnish.

The online service maintained by the Finnish National Board of Education is targeted at immigrants who wish to learn Finnish or Swedish.

WordDive provides a wide range of self-study language courses on the Internet. These give you a quick start and enable you to learn new languages easily. WordDive combines well with other forms of study.

Read more: Finnish online

linkkiLanguage Centre of the University of Tampere:
Independent study of languages onlineFinnish | English

linkkiFinnish National Board of Education:
Finnish and Swedish studies onlineFinnish | English

Learn Finnish and other languages onlineFinnish | English

Tea and Finnish language – practice Finnish at the library's Language Café

The Language Café organised by the Tampere City Library is an open discussion group where you can practise speaking Finnish. It helps and encourages participants to speak Finnish. The Language Café is suitable for both immigrants and native speakers of Finnish. Participation is free of charge.

linkkiTampere City Library:
Language Café at the libraryFinnish

More information on courses and training

You can ask for more information about Finnish-language courses in Tampere and receive guidance for independent language studies from the Migration Info Centre.

The course search at can be used to locate Finnish-language courses arranged in the Tampere region.

Migration Info Centre
Kulttuuritalo Laikku
Keskustori 4
33100 Tampere

linkkiMigration Info Centre Mainio:
Advice for immigrantsFinnish | English
Finnish language course searchFinnish | English | Russian