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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.
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.
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.