Official information British people moving to and living in Finland need to know, including residency, healthcare and driving.
EU Exit: what you need to know
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There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in Finland while the UK remains in the EU.
While the government continues to negotiate EU Exit, you should:
Before you go
See our travel advice for Finland and sign up for up-to-date information on local laws and customs, safety and emergencies.
Visas and residency
See entry requirements for Finland in our travel advice.
If you plan to stay for more than 90 days in Finland, you must contact the Finnish Immigration Service.
The UK and EU have agreed the full legal text of the draft Withdrawal Agreement in principle. The agreement on citizens’ rights will allow UK nationals to stay in their Member State of residence after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019.
In the event of changes to residency rules or registration processes after 29 March 2019, we will update this page as soon as information is available.
See our travel advice for Finland.
The NHS has information about healthcare for British people living in and visiting Finland.
You need a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to get emergency medical treatment during temporary stays in EU countries. You also need comprehensive travel insurance to cover anything not covered by your EHIC.
Medical treatment, medicine and hospital stays are rarely completely free of charge in Finland.
S1 form – healthcare paid for by the UK
You may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK if you live in Finland and get an exportable UK pension, contribution-based Employment Support Allowance or another exportable benefit.
You need to apply for a S1 form – contact the Department for Work and Pensions’ International Pensions Centre.
Working in Finland
Some jobs may require a UK criminal records check (known as a DBS check).
We recommend you get professional advice on paying tax in Finland.
You may be able to pay National Insurance while abroad in order to protect your State Pension and entitlement to other benefits and allowances.
If you haven’t worked in Finland, you should claim your UK state pension by contacting the International Pension Centre.
If you’ve worked in several EU countries, see state pensions abroad.
Life certificates for UK state pensions
If you get a ‘life certificate’ from the UK Pension Service, you need to respond as soon as possible – your payments may be suspended if you don’t.
Find out which UK benefits you might be able to get while you’re abroad and how to claim them.
Many income-related benefits such as Pension Credit and Housing Benefit can’t be paid if you’re abroad for more than 4 weeks.
You may be eligible to claim some Finnish social security benefits – see Finnish social security benefits.
Driving in Finland
If you’re resident in Finland, you can vote in local municipal and European Parliamentary elections.
See travelling with pets.
UK nationals will still be able to travel to and from the UK with a pet (cat, dog or ferret) when the UK leaves the EU, but the rules will change. See pet travel to Europe after Brexit for more information.
Finland uses the European emergency number 112.
Accommodation and buying property
Returning to the UK
To move your pension to the UK, contact the International Pension Centre.
Please note that this information is provided as a guide only. Definitive information should be obtained from the Finnish authorities. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information.