Studying and Living in Finland

Study in the happiest country in the world

Where is Vaasa and Finland?

Finland is located in Northern Europe, with Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Russia and Estonia as our neighbouring countries. The City of Vaasa is on the Western coast of Finland surrounded by the Kvarken Archipelago. The unique location is just a stone’s throw away from the UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Vaasa, the Sunniest City in Finland

Vaasa is a bilingual city of 67.000 inhabitants and 12.000 students. It is the educational, cultural and tourist centre of Western Finland, also known as the energy hub of the Nordic countries: a significant share of Finland's and Scandinavian's energy technological industry is concentrated to the Vaasa region.

The city of Vaasa is easy to reach: we are well connected with an airport, numerous train and bus connections, as well as cruisers travelling to Sweden. The University of Vaasa has a unique and beautiful green campus located right next to the sea, and Vaasa is also said to be the sunniest city in Finland!

Studies at the University of Vaasa

Northern lights behind campus

What is Finland like?

Finland is well known as a secure and clean country. The Finnish society builds upon the equality between men and women. Finland as a stable democracy is a safe choice to live and study. Finland is unique. You will witness the contrasts between the four seasons in the nightless nights of the summer interlacing with dark winters, untouched forests and modern cityscapes interweaving with one another. Nature is an important part of the Finnish way of life for a very simple reason: it is everywhere. We have one of the world’s most advanced education systems, which guarantees the same educational opportunities for everyone regardless of social or economic background. 

See the Better Together -brochure in English, Spanish or Chinese on the website of the Ministry of Education and Culture.

What are typical Finnish people like?

Finland's nature has shaped the Finnish state of mind. Under the hard rock shell beats a warm and trustworthy heart. Initial silences turn into friendships that last a lifetime. Finnish people appreciate honesty and trustworthiness. To be Finnish is to have ‘sisu’: to be persistent, courageous and a little bit stubborn.