This European city will find you housing for free so you can relocate

If you’ve ever thought about relocating to Europe but were scared to make the leap, one European city is hoping to make it easy for you. As remote worker visas increase in popularity, some critics are saying it’s a short term solution. Yes, remote workers on a long stay visa could become the new vacationers. However, they will ultimately leave the country and go home. As many countries in the world face depopulation, they want a permanent solution. Finland thinks it has one. The northern European nation is now offering a 90 day try before you buy relocation package to foreigners thinking of relocating to Helsinki, the capital city.

Dubbed “city as a service,” the relocation package is a 90-day program for people considering relocating but who aren’t sure if Finland is right for them. 

The Helsinki Business Hub website says the program is “is an all-inclusive service bundle that unlocks the entire city, built to help international talent feel at home in Helsinki.” The program had a demo run in 2019, so this iteration in 2020 is now the official “Season 1” according to the website. 

As a draw to get people to consider moving, Finland is offering two programs – both of which right now are absolutely free. The freemium package offers you a 90-day tourist visa, access to Finnish healthcare (it’s free), and access to public school if you have children. It also promotes the fact that Finland is a “science-driven” country in regards to its COVID-19 response, saying “yes, we’re open and yes, we wear masks!”

The Full Package, which is only available free for a limited time, basically gives you a moving concierge. Not only do you have someone personally help you fill out all paperwork necessary for your stay, but they also: pick you up at the airport, arrange housing based on your needs and tastes, arrange daycare and public school access for your children so you don’t have to, offer you access to “top-notch facilities” for working, and provide introductions and consultations about what it might look like to relocate to Helsinki permanently. 

Source: Helsinki Business Hub

Clearly targeting Americans and some Western Europeans with its web copy, one line reads, “Tired of lockdowns, wildfires, social injustices and political turmoil? Isn’t it about time to sharpen your focus on realizing your potential?… You know, it’s not a question of time. It’s a question of place. In Helsinki, you can.” 

The website also features numerous people who have already relocated from Silicon Valley, taking aim at the global tech hub to show how Helsinki can punch above its weight. 

In a final appeal to why Helsinki should be on your destination list, Helsinki Business Hub focuses on a simple number: 1. Finland is ranked number one as the happiest country in the world, best country in the world for expat families, best education system in the world, and most environmentally healthy country in the world. Helsinki is ranked as the best city for work-life balance, the best digital public service, the most innovative tech ecosystem in the world, and the top ranked region for VC investments in Europe. That’s a lot of winning. 

Election-weary Americans, Brexit-weary Brits, and anyone else looking for an adventure can apply for the 90-day Helsinki Relocation Program here.

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