Teaching English in Finland

Finland Overview

Finland is not a popular destination for TEFL teachers but there are more opportunities than you might expect. Many Finnish people take extra English classes and there is reasonable demand for English for a Specific Purpose (medical, finance, etc.) and Business English tuition. Very few opportunities are advertised online so you will probably have to start your search once you have arrived. Many people are put off by the long Scandinavian winters but Finland is a paradise for those who love the great outdoors and a great choice for TEFL teachers who can locate work easily.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres 1,000 – 2,000 (DOS) Various but sometimes 6 days a week 2 weeks plus national holidays
International schools and universities 3,000 upwards 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs


Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national, local interview preferred.

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1. Non-EU nationals should try to arrange a job and a work permit several months before arriving.

2. Americans with little or no experience might consider volunteering with the American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF).

3. EU nationals who wish to settle in Finland should look into opening up their own language school.

Red tape

As with most countries in Europe, it is a lot easier for EU nationals to find work as the paperwork required is significantly less than when applying to employ non-EU nationals. Employers usually take care of work permit arrangements but this can take several weeks.

Cost of living

Living costs are high but salaries go some way to reflect that.

Tax and salary information

Employers generally pay your income tax for you and as usual you should expect to be paid on a monthly basis.


A lesser-known TEFL destination which will provide you with a unique teaching experience Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals
Superb infrastructure – a very safe country You may find it hard to find a full-time contract
A beautiful country ideally suited to those who love outdoor pursuits High living costs

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