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Study in Finland

Stunning natural beauty and laid-back cities, a strong focus on research and innovation, a good selection of world-class universities and a commitment to offering higher education free of charge... It's easy to see why many international students choose to study in Finland.

If you’re keen to join them, click on the tabs below to find out about universities in Finland, popular student cities, applications, visas, costs and more.

Fast Facts

  • Parliamentary democracy with unicameral legislature
  • Head of state is president (largely ceremonial), head of government is prime minister.
  • Finnish and Swedish are official languages, though English is more widely spoken than Swedish.
  • Capital city is Helsinki, which is the second most northerly capital city in the world (after Reykjavík, Iceland).
  • Part of Sweden until 1809, then duchy of Russia until gaining independence in 1917
  • Known as Suomi in Finnish
  • Slightly larger than Malaysia, but with population (estimated around 5,500,000) smaller than Kuala Lumpur alone
  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Eastern European Time (UTC+2), switching to Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+3) in summer
  • International dialing code: +358
  • Homeland of Nokia and Santa Claus (Lapland is in Finland)
  • The beautiful Aurora Borealis is visible for around 200 nights a year in Lapland, due to its high latitude.
  • Finland has 180,000 islands and thousands of reindeer.