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Moving to Finland from USA

A large influx of people have been moving to Finland from the US in recent years. Some of the desire for this move can be attributed to Finland receiving the title, "The happiest country in the world," which was given to them by the United Nations. With a booming economy and beautiful Nordic scenery around every corner, it's no wonder why people want to live in Finland. Relocating internationally can be a complicated and confusing for any individual, but working with a good full service relocation company can help you complete every step of the move easily.

Moving household goods to Finland from the United States requires proactive time management and organization in order to have a streamlined experience. By working with a full service international relocation company, you can be assured that all aspects of your move will be in safe hands while you can take the time to plan the rest of your new life in Finland. The logistics for the packing and moving can be performed by us, leaving you more time to focus on the other aspects of your future. Schumacher Cargo Logistics is dedicated to providing the best international move possible, and with over 40 years of experience in moving to Finland, we can make that happen for you.

How to Move to Finland from the US

The process to begin the move to Finland from the US starts with an evaluation of the goods you need or want to take with you overseas. There are some goods that don't make sense to bring with you such as major electrical appliances because Finland uses a different style of outlet and you will not be able to get the right amount of power from a US plug. However, smaller electronic goods can be used if you have a power converter or transformer. Other things to consider are the differences in the weather and if you would also like to bring your vehicle as well. You can adjust your shipment size to whatever suits your moving needs as we have had practice handling every size of shipment from a small single bedroom all the way to full 4+ bedroom houses with a car.

Use our Moving Calculator to help create an estimate inventory and size of your move.

Once you have finished the approximation of the household goods that you are shipping to Finland, begin a quote with our online form or call in at 800-599-0190 to get an estimate cost for your move. A relocation specialist will contact you after they have completed your custom quote and you will be able to discuss the specifics of your move with them. Some of the things they can help you with is adjusting your size estimate if necessary or creating an approximation for the amount of time it will take to get your goods to their destination. The actual cost to move to Finland will depend on a variety of factors such as the type of service and shipping category you choose to ship your goods with.

Types of Service

Schumacher offers different pickup and drop-off services in order to suit your particular move situation in regards to both distance and convenience:

  • Door to Door
  • Household goods are picked up from your home in the US and moved to your home in Finland.

  • Door to Port
  • Household goods are picked up from your home in the US and you receive them in one of the major port cities such as Helsinki or Kotka.

  • Port to Door
  • You bring your household goods to one of our major receiving warehouses and then are moved to your home in Finland.

  • Port to Port
  • You bring your household goods to one of our major receiving warehouses and you receive them in one of the major port cities such as Helsinki or Kotka

Shipping Categories

Schumacher offers different ways to ship which affect both the time frame and costs of the shipment:

  • Shared Container Service
  • With a shared container service, your move is consolidated with other customers also moving to Finland and will be shipped once the container is at capacity.

  • Exclusive 20 or 40 Foot Container Service
  • With an exclusive container service, you have full access to your own 20 or 40 foot container and can be shipped on the next available vessel.

  • Air Freight Service
  • With air freight service, your goods are loaded onto a plane and delivered in record time, though this service is more expensive and used mostly for goods that absolutely need to be at their destination quickly.

Though each service has pros and cons, the most popular service for moving household goods to Finland is door to door service in a shared container. This service creates the least hassle for you as we take care of every aspect for the movement of the goods, and it also keeps costs lower by sharing the container space with others moving to Finland. The only limiting factor of this service is that a shared container will not be ready to ship until the container consolidation is complete. With proper planning, you can offset that wait time by shipping early or leaving for the country once your goods have been shipped. If you do need your goods to arrive on a stricter timeline, an exclusive container may be the choice for you. The exclusive container makes much more sense when there is a lot to move because you will be paying for the full capacity of the container.

Why Move to Finland

There are many great reasons to live in Finland, and here are some interesting facts about the country:

  • The UN ranks Finland the happiest country in the world
  • They are also ranked first on the UN Education Index
  • Saunas are an integral part of Finnish culture with over 2 million in operation
  • People in Finland consume the most coffee in the world per capita
  • Internet access is a natural legal right for its inhabitants
  • Finnish is the native language, though many also speak Swedish
  • Phone manufacture, Nokia, was founded and operates in Finland
  • The Aurora Borealis can be seen in Finland during Autumn and Spring

Popular Destinations to Relocate to in Finland

There are many destinations to choose from when relocating to Finland, and we can facilitate a move for whichever city you select.

Here are some of the more popular cities to live in Finland:

  • Helsinki
  • Kotka
  • Hamina
  • Jakobstad
  • Rauma
  • Kokkola
  • Tampere
  • Oulu
  • Espoo

Most American expats will be moving to Helsinki because it is both the country's capital and also the most populated city in Finland. About 10% of the population in Helsinki is expats, though Americans living in Finland make up a small percentage of that. The other cities are great for retirement living, but if you are going to work or study in Finland your destination will most likely end up being Helsinki. Expats in Finland will need to make the effort to learn Finnish as a majority of the population can only speak that language.

Immigrating to Finland from USA

One of the most difficult parts for this international move is making sure you can legally immigrate to Finland from the United States. Without obtaining a permit, you are only allowed to live in Finland for up to 90 days. You must obtain a residence permit to stay longer than that amount of time. Immigrating to Finland is impossible without getting these permits, so it is integral that this is completed before you begin to move. If you are in Finland to work or study, these permits can be obtained, but do have specific requirements to be eligible.

If you are returning to Finland or have a Finnish nuclear family, obtaining this residence permit is a much more streamlined process. All the paperwork still has to be filled out, but the government is likely to issue you your permit faster if you fit in these categories. This is a lengthy process and it would be smart to consult with a professional in order to complete this both accurately and quickly. Once you have your residence permit, you are ready to start on your new life in Finland.

Visit the Finnish Immigration Service Website for guides on how to immigrate to Finland from USA based on your particular immigration status. There you can find all the documents and paperwork you will need in order to legally become an American expat in Finland.

For further information on how to move to Finland or other international shipping questions, please call and discuss with one of our moving specialists at 562-408-6677 or toll-free at 800-599-0190.

Written by Martyn Cohen

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