Using one of our trusted partners for your move to Finland can save you up to 70% on your international removal costs. Finland is regarded as one of the best countries to live in the world thanks to its exceptional education system and universal health care. There is also iconic scenery such as Lapland and the Northern Lights.
Popular destinations include the capital, Helsinki, as well as other cities such as Espoo, Oulu, Tampere, and Turku.
When moving to Finland, you need to make sure that you are choosing the right moving service for you. This ensures that your goods arrive at their final destination in the best possible condition.
Compare My Move can connect you with up to 6 international removal companies that are able to assist you with your move to Finland. Simply fill out our international moving comparison form and you can compare quotes and save money on your removal fees.
Choosing your shipping mode of transport is one of the most important decisions you will need to make during the moving process. You want to make sure that the transportation is suitable for your belongings. This is crucial when shipping furniture overseas. You'll also need to consider the pros and cons of each before making your final decision.
There is also a higher chance of delays following the UK’s exit from the EU. This is due to the additional checks, protocols, and regulations.
Finland is accessible by sea, land, and air, meaning that you have multiple options to choose from. Depending on how much you plan on moving, you can choose from:
You can use one mode of transport or a combination, depending on your needs and requirements.
Shipping freight is often regarded as the most cost-effective option for shipping household goods. Your removals team will load and unload the container and deliver them to your new location. Removal companies that don’t offer international services will often work with a sister company that can assist with your move.
Finland has 6 main ports with the most popular one being the Port of Helsinki which boasted a total of 15.2 million tonnes of cargo in 2022. These are the main ports:
You can choose either a 20ft or 40ft container depending on how much you are planning to ship. This means you only pay for as much space as you need. Shipping containers can also hold a significant amount of weight. This means that large and heavy items such as furniture and vehicles will not be a problem.
The downside of shipping freight is that it is the slowest mode of transport. It takes between 2 and 6 weeks, depending on how much you are shipping and whether there are delays.
Road freight is another option for those who are planning larger moves as it utilises the various road and rail networks across Europe. If you hire a full-load vehicle, it will arrive faster as there will be fewer stops. Road freight takes between 2 and 4 days on average.
While it is a faster option compared to shipping freight, road freight is slower than air freight. The vehicles will also have to pass through several countries before arriving in Finland, which can lead to delays.
Road freight offers a door-to-door removals service, making it the best option for those moving to a rural area in Finland. You’ll pay for pallets in the vehicle, meaning that you are only paying for the number of pallets you need.
Part-load is when your goods are stored in a part of a container. The remaining space in the container will have other people’s goods. This is the cheapest option, making it ideal for those embarking on smaller moves and those on a strict budget.
Part-loading can be done on all modes of transport, but it does increase the chance of delay. This is because the transport may have to make stops on the way. If you choose to part-load a shipping container, this can extend the waiting time by weeks.
The main disadvantage that comes with part-load is that there is a limited amount of space available. It’s also unsuitable for larger moves as you will likely need to utilise a full container.
Air freight is often regarded as the most popular mode of transport thanks to the speedy delivery. It takes between 1 and 2 days on average for goods to arrive. There are 22 airports in total in Finland, with Helsinki Airport being the most popular destination.
This option is ideal for those embarking on a smaller move with limited large or heavy items. It’s the best choice for those who need their goods as soon as possible.
However, air freight is the most expensive shipping option, meaning that it may not be suitable for those moving on a budget. Air freight also has the highest carbon emissions, making it the least eco-friendly choice.
The average cost for shipping a 20ft container is £1,272 and £1,891 for a 40ft container. How much you will end up paying depends on what items you plan on shipping and any additional services you use. Professional packing services allow you to focus on other aspects of your move; however, they will incur an extra cost. Here are the average shipping costs from the UK to Finland:
*average cost taken from MoverDB, Move Hub, and Get a Mover
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Following Brexit, moving to Finland is a more complex procedure for UK citizens. Therefore, it’s essential to ensure that you have the proper documentation to avoid any obstacles or delays. You will need the following in place:
Your conditions will also be re-evaluated once you arrive in Finland.
Following Brexit, UK citizens do not have an automatic right to residency in Finland. Therefore, those looking to move from the UK to Finland for up to 3 months must acquire a Schengen visa.
Those wanting to move to Finland for longer than 3 months will have to apply for a residence permit from VFS Global. Their centres are in London, Manchester, or Edinburgh. This needs to be done before you arrive in Finland. You will then be invited for an interview at VFS or the Finnish embassy where you will authenticate yourself and pay the fee for the application. This fee is non-refundable even if your application is denied.
Once your application is verified and approved, your residence permit card will be sent to the Finnish mission.
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