Basic information about Finnish society
The Integration Act sets the objective of providing increasing numbers of immigrants with individual and family-oriented support for integration as soon as they arrive, at which point they have the greatest need for information and support.
Under the Integration Act, the authorities shall provide immigrants with information about their rights and obligations in Finnish working life and society. Immigrants are also provided with information about the service system and the measures promoting integration.
Guide Welcome to Finland
The Welcome to Finland guide comprises the basic information material on the Finnish society referred to in the Integration Act. The guide is available online in twelve languages. The printed version of the guide is also available in Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian. A more concise brochure that directs the reader to the website is also available in other languages.
The guide or brochure is handed to all those migrating to Finland together with a notice of a residence permit decision, registration of right of residence, issue of residence card or when the municipality of residence and population information data are registered at the Finnish Immigration Service, the Local Register Offices or Finnish missions abroad.
The authorities applying the Integration Act contribute to producing and updating the contents of the guide. The Centre of Expertise in Immigrant Integration at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is responsible for collecting the contents of, coordinating, translating and distributing the guide.