Working as a registered nurse in Finland

In Finland, the nurse’s profession is regulated by law and working requires authorisation from Valvira. Unauthorised work as a nurse is prohibited. When Valvira authorises a nurse she/he is added to the Central Register of Health Care Professionals (known in Finland as Terhikki). After being certified and registered the person can practice his/her profession.

The preconditions for authorisation depend on where you have received your diploma. Preconditions are different if you were educated in an EU/EEA country, Nordic country or elsewhere. In addition, language skill requirements depend on whether you are an EU/EEA citizen or not.

These different situations are explained in their own sections. Choose appropriate topic on your left-hand column.

 

Language skills

All nurses in Finland must have good enough skills in one (1) of Finland’s two (2) official languages. Most Finns speak Finnish as their mother tongue and about 5% speak Swedish. Employers are allowed to ask for a language certificate when they hire nurses.

  • EU/EEA citizens are not required to show an official language certificate of Finnish to Valvira before they can be authorised.
  • Other nationals (meaning non-EU/EEA citizens) are required to show an official language certificate of Finnish to Valvira before they can be authorised. The certificate must show at least satisfactory skills.

Students

A student nurse studying outside Finland may work temporarily as a nurse in Finland. The student must have completed at least two-thirds of his/her nursing studies.