The Welcome to Finland guide has been published

5.12.2018 10.49
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The updated Welcome to Finland guide has been published. The InfoFinland online editorial staff and authorities have worked in collaboration through 2018 to update the outdated information in the old guide. At the time of publication, the guide’s statutory distributors have been given a set of updated instructions for ordering and distributing the guides. Other parties can order the Welcome to Finland card, which contains instructions on how to find the guide on the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment website.

The Finnish version of the guide was previously titled Basic Information on Finland.  The information in the guide has now been harmonised and the name is the same in all languages: Welcome to Finland!

- This important and useful guide has been updated once again, this time all the way down to its name. Welcome to Finland explains it best: you are welcome here, here’s some more information on our country and about us,” says Sonja Hämäläinen Director of Migration at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

The guide has been published in 12 languages. The guide’s Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian versions will be published in printed form. It will be available online in its other languages –Estonian, French, Chinese, Arabic, Persian, Somali and Turkish.  The previously available Thai version has now been replaced with the Turkish language version. A decision will be made at a later date on whether the guide will be translated into and published in Thai.

Welcome to Finland is an information package pursuant to what is prescribed in the Act on the Promotion of Immigration Integration

Welcome to Finland is an information pack for people moving to Finland. The Act on the Promotion of Immigration Integration obligates the authorities to give immigrants information about the Finnish society. The guide is only available through official distributors listed in the Act. These include local register offices, the Finnish Immigration Service and Finland’s embassies abroad. People moving to Finland can get the guide when they are granted a residence permit, register their right of residence, receive a residence card or register at their local register office and in the Population Information System.

Other parties can order the Welcome to Finland card, which contains instructions on how to find the guide on the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment website. The guide will be published on the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment website www.tem.fi/tervetuloa-suomeen.

The guide’s materials and language versions have been taken from the InfoFinland web service

The updated guide’s materials and language versions have been taken from the InfoFinland web service. Authorities who apply the Integration Act are responsible for ensuring that the content of the guide is current in their area of expertise by updating InfoFinland content in cooperation with the web service’s editorial staff. The Centre of Excellence in Immigrant Integration at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is responsible for coordinating the updating and distribution of the guide. InfoFinland was previously known by the name Infopankki.

- We wanted to coordinate cooperation with authorities in with regard to different type of guides and information packages intended for immigrants more effectively, as well as help authorities save time they have previously used on proofreading and reviewing guides.InfoFinland collaboration has ensured that we now have checked up-to-date and correct information for both the guide and web service with just one round of proofreading and updating,” says Senior Specialist Helena Torkko.

In the future, the guide’s materials will be easier to keep up to date as updated information is regularly taken from the InfoFinland web service and added to the guide. As we only print small numbers of the guide, it is possible to also keep the printed version of the product up to date more effectively than previously.

Welcome to Finland is also available as a leaflet, which was updated already in summer 2018. The leaflet has been printed in all the guide’s languages including Thai. The Turkish version of the leaflet will be available soon. The purpose of the leaflet is to give summarised information on the topic areas covered in the guide and to encourage people to read the guide online on the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment website.

Sissy Oy has seen to the visual design and layout of the guide. Grano oy is responsible for the printing of the guide.

The Centre of Expertise in Immigrant Integration welcomes feedback on the content, layout and language versions of the new guide. You can give feedback via the koutouttaminen.fi feedback form or by email to kotouttamisenosaamiskeskus(at)tem.fi.

Further information:

Welcome to Finland materials

Instructions on how to order and distribute the Welcome to Finland guide and leaflet for statutory distributors

Instruction on how to order the Welcome to Finland card for other parties engaged in integration work

InfoFinland website www.infofinland.fi

Helena Torkko, Senior Specialist, [email protected], tel. +358 29 504 7695