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We are a family of four living, working and having fun in Finland.  We moved to Espoo in mid-January in the height of the snow and winter cold.  We are looking forward to our 2 year stay here in Finland and may be if we are lucky it will continue, but for now here are,  what are the EricksonExpats are up to…

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  1. Hello Erickson Expats!

    I found your details while looking for expats living in interesting places for the tv show I produce, ‘House Hunters International’. I wonder if you might be interested in getting involved with the show?

    Here’s the blurb:

    House Hunters International is a half-hour TV show currently airing on the Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV) in America. The series is designed to de-mystify the international house hunting process, by going behind the scenes of a house hunt where expats tour 3 homes. At its core, House Hunters International is a travel show concentrating on the idiosyncrasies of the locales and what makes them special and different.

    Here are some links to show you what our show is all about! http://player.vimeo.com/video/75803046

    Here are some examples of the show that you can watch on Youtube:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reYI3L3lC-c – Barcelona from LA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOiump3__Mo – Vienna from California
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tblIVLw0coE – Panama from Pennsylvania

    We would love to film another show in Finland- such a fascinating place, so please do get in touch if you would be interested in the show.

    Best wishes,

    Michelle James
    CASTING PRODUCER LEOPARD FILMS
    1-3 St Peter’s Street, London N1 8JD – +44 20 7704 3300
    michelle.james@leopardfilms.com
    http://www.leopardfilms.com

    • Hello Michelle
      I was just contacted by an American family currently living in England that will be moving her in September. If I get more information I could see if you could contact them. I have answered some questions about living here in Finland.

  2. Michelle

    Hi, we are a family of 4 as well! We are moving to Finland this Sep., my hubby has a job in Helsinki. We are American but living in England now. We had a hard time when we first moved here to England and thus trying to prepare better for this move. Id really love any advice! Especially about finding a home, opening a bank account, getting a cell phone etc. thanks!!

    • Hello Michelle
      We have really enjoyed our experience here in Finland and are looking forward to our return to the USA. You will probably have much easier time since you have been in Europe. We did not have any credit in Europe so getting a phone for me was difficult, but we were able to do it. Basically, it is more costly upfront. We have been living in Espoo close to Tapiola, but not in Tapiola. Love our location! We are on an easy bus route with getting into Helsinki and to shopping. We do not have a car so we rely on public transportation. The buses are easy, safe and clean. The bus drivers are not always the friendliest and sometimes do not speak English, but Google and HSL.fi are reliable bus info places that are most accurate. We opened an account in Helsinki with Nordea. They have their international branch there. You will need your passport. My husband’s company set us up with a relocation group which made the appointments we needed and took us there. You will need to set up for your KELA cards if you are going to rely on the Finnish system. Visas or residency permits are done through the Police offices. The relocation person also helped us look for a home. It is not easy. I had someone from HouseHunters International contact me about Finland. If you might be interested in this I would happily pass on your info to them. If you would like to contact me personally here our email ericksonexpats@gmail.com Would be happy to share more!! Also would be happy to share my thoughts on schooling. I am an educator too.

      • Amy

        Amy,
        School help, please! We are planning a Fall 2015 move to Helsinki and are having a hard time investigating schools. I have two boys, ages 5 and 3 (will be 6 and 4 next Fall).

        I was able to find and English speaking public school in Helsinki (Ressu), but it looks as if it is very difficult to enter and requires a test – not sure if you have to be in Finland for the test or not. We are worried about a Finnish language school because our stay will be two years, max. Any help you may have would be greatly appreciated!

      • Hi Amy,
        We did not do very much pre-planning for our schooling. Looking back we should have. We could not get our oldest daughter into school until the following school year. We arrived in Jan 2012 so it was a long winter / spring with homeschooling. I will say that the English speaking schools do require a test. Our oldest started in a Finnish school and after the first year moved into a public English school. At the age of 6 she quickly picked up the difficult language and made friends. At those ages in Finland, it is more about enjoying school and being a kid. They will learn plenty outside the books.
        Good luck! Hope this helped some.
        ~ Amy

  3. Michelle

    Hi ya! Me again. 🙂

    Wondering if you could give me some info on Dentists? Are they good in Finland? They seem very poor in the UK so Im holding off on a root canal.

    • Hi Michelle,
      We never used a dentist during our stay. We were able to see the dentist during our trips back to the USA. It was not cheap in the USA without insurance!
      Sorry I could not be more help for you.
      ~ Amy

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