International working culture

Blending in our diverse work community will not be difficult

We embrace diversity and promote equal opportunities for all staff members. Being long past the early stages of internationalization, cultural diversity and multicultural teams here at the University of Vaasa are a common practice. More than 25 % of our Research and Teaching staff come from outside of Finland. You will notice this as soon as you set foot on campus. Try one of our campus area cafés or restaurants, and you’ll hear the myriad of languages and meet people from all over the world. Our students, researchers and other staff members represent more than 80 different nationalities.

Our working languages are Finnish and English. Knowing not how to speak Finnish upon your arrival will not be an issue here. We do encourage our staff members to learn Finnish, though, as we feel this to be important for the integration process. We invest in language training and intercultural communication and provide regular Finnish language courses for staff members.

Multicultural and multilingual Vaasa region

Besides the university community, the whole of the Vaasa region is known for its multicultural and multilingual character.

The region has traditionally been open to the world. A great deal of the region’s 120 000 inhabitants are bilingual. Officially 59 % speak Finnish 36 % Swedish and the rest all other languages. Here you can get service and run your errands, attend new hobbies and events at least in three languages: Finnish, Swedish and English. The share of immigrants is one of the highest in all of Finland, and foreign citizens are well integrated in business and labour.