Finland is known for its innovative technology, balanced with pure nature. VTT is located in a unique concentration of high technology and specialist organizations, in the Otaniemi area. The headquarters of several well known companies like Kone, Microsoft and Neste Oil are situated in the nearby area.
Senior Specialist, Global Mobility
VTT Technical Research Centre of
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Finland is known for its innovative technology, balanced with pure nature. VTT is located in a unique
concentration of high technology and specialist organizations, in the Otaniemi area. The headquarters of
several well known companies like Kone, Microsoft, Neste and Rovio are situated in the nearby area.
Both the public and the private sector are committed to investing in R&D and Finland’s highly educated
people have a positive can-do attitude towards innovation.
In addition, social security in Finland is based on residence and so the benefits can be claimed by those who
live in or relocate permanently to Finland.
As part of our commitment to promote international exposure, for permanent new hires we provide a
language training and also relocation support in the form of a service which assists in finding
accommodation and registering with the Finnish authorities to make your arrival and stay in Finland easier.
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Best place for families
Did you know that even the top ranked schools in Finland are free? Finland has
also held first place in OECD’s Programme for Student Assessment (PISA) for
several years, ranking Finland’s education system as one of the world’s best.
Social security provides care and support for both families and children.
• Child benefit starting 94,88EUR/month from the first child
• Paternity leave for a maximum of 54 days
• Maternity package or maternity grant
• Child welfare and maternity clinics are also available
Day care – children under school age are generally entitled to communal /
public day care in Finland (some restrictions apply)
Also public transport can be free in some cities for a parent travelling with a
child with a buggy
Do you know that
there is a regulation
which says that all the
must have an outside
play area for children?
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Social security in Finland
Citizens outside EU/EEA or Switzerland
for those with a VTT contract of employment lasting at least 2 years or an
open-ended contract, you are eligible for Finnish social security benefits
for those employed by VTT between 4 months and 2 years,
you will have health insurance coverage from the Finnish
social security institution KELA
Citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland
Eligible for social security coverage from KELA
Please see KELA website for further information: www.kela.fi
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Finland has an excellent health care system which is funded mainly by taxes. Finland has a highly
decentralized 3-level publicly funded system of health care and alongside these, a much smaller
private health care system. In addition to other healthcare services, VTT provides occupational
healthcare services for the employee at Terveystalo.
Municipal healthcare: when visiting a clinic or hospital, patients need to pay access charges of
around 15–30€ per visit, depending on the municipality. There is also a maximum amount of
payment defined, after which certain visits are free. For example in Helsinki (2018), the cap is 683€.
Giving birth in Finland is only possible at our excellent public hospitals.
This ensures quality care for all the people in Finland.
Insurances – unlike the American system in Finland one can rely on public health care
even though the trend seems to be now to take some healthcare and accident
insurances. Insurance amounts for child insurances can be as low as 400€/year.
When using private healthcare, there is a discount provided by Kela, which is
applied to certain charges such as doctor’s fees. For example a visit to the doctor
for a child could cost as little as 78€ after Kela discount.
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Countries with high levels of social security usually have high levels of taxation as
well; Finland is no exception although the individual is able to make some
deductions including commuting costs which are over the set limit.
Contrary to many other countries in Finland one can file their own tax return
electronically and asses one’s taxes based on personal situation with an online tax
The tax office has information in English on their website and their staff is able to
assist customers in English as well
Some useful links to Finnish taxation:
Online tax calculator
Tax card online
Work in Finland
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A society that runs well makes everyday living easier
Finland has a good public transport network and the cost of transport is low. For
example an Espoo ticket (valid for travel within Espoo, the city in which the
suburb of Otaniemi is located, which is where VTT Headquarters is) costs
54,70€ / month. The public transport network is one of the reasons Finland has
the cleanest air.
Many international airlines use Helsinki as their transport hub between East and
Finland is also an extremely safe place and Finnish children are used to be
quite independent from an early age. Finland is one of the rare places where
mobile phone and wallets might still be returned to their owner – and
sometimes by taxi. According to a Readers Digest’s test, 11 out of 12 wallets
left in public places as a test were returned.
This, and our high level of education, is probably why there is an extensive
startup culture: Aalto University in the capital area has a very active
entrepreneurial society (AaltoES), there is a regular startup incubation program
called StartUpSauna and an annual event called Slush which attracts a global
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Land of a Thousand Lakes
Finland is known for its lake and nature. We have a
system called everyman’s rights (jokamiehenoikeus),
which allows everyone to walk freely anywhere to enjoy
the Finnish nature both in winter and in summer.
With our extensive network of bicycle lanes, you can
enjoy cycling or other sports on wheels like roller
blading easily to get easily to the many lakes, parks
and golf courses – you can even play golf past midnight
in the summer!
The playgrounds are free and available for anyone
• Oittaa Angry Birds Playground
• Leppävaara Angry Bird Playground
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2 075 employees… do you have what it
takes to be the next new employee?
Working in a globally networked top-level research organization
opens up a fascinating spectrum of career opportunities for professionals
with various backgrounds.
Only at VTT :
You can challenge yourself in developing future technologies
You have the opportunity to manage international research projects with
a focus on scientific breakthroughs
You can work closely together with customers
VTT offers you the possibility to develop your competences and build
your career path in countless ways.
Welcome to a workpalce where you can learn something new every day!
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Great development opportunities
Internal and external training opportunities
Supported self motivated learning
Research leave for doctorate theses
Monthly base pay
Variable reward elements including:
Doctorate Thesis Reward
IPR and Innovation reward
What we offer
Longer vacations compared to the private
Flexible working hours
Occupational health care
Sports and leisure activities
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