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by Ninja
Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: Living in Finland
Topic: Married in US but divorce-headed?
Replies: 5
Views: 1254

Re: Married in US but divorce-headed?

Permanent residency? hmm, interesting you have one based off his employment. Do you know how long it is valid? typically after the first year you need to get it renewed, then I believe it lasts for 3 years for a total of 4. But if you have a permit and married through the maistraatti and registered ...
by Ninja
Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:16 am
Forum: Moving To Finland
Topic: Cost of living in Helsinki as PhD student
Replies: 29
Views: 4975

Re: Cost of living in Helsinki as PhD student

For the size of apartment you are looking for it's not going to be cheap in Helsinki, but a great recommendation is definitely the student housing HOAS, that would be the first place I would go as they can provide the cheapest housing, but keep in mind you have a lot of competition as well, as Helsi...
by Ninja
Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: Moving To Finland
Topic: Moving Companies USA to Finland
Replies: 1
Views: 1339

Re: Moving Companies USA to Finland

You might want to try the search feature on this one, I'm not sure how many well known companies provide those services. I would recommend looking up services within your area, and if you're flying with your animals, the airline you want to travel in on might have more useful information regarding t...
by Ninja
Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:23 pm
Forum: Moving To Finland
Topic: Planning to move to Finland in a couple of years
Replies: 7
Views: 2386

Re: Planning to move to Finland in a couple of years

Thanks, will look into the work situation. I personally feel that the history of the country and what I've read regarding the culture etc. it is a country that I'd want to start a family in. With regards to the economic situation, I understand that but I don't want to move to Finland for money. If ...
by Ninja
Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:35 am
Forum: Moving To Finland
Topic: Family Ties - Info needed re 2yr living requirement
Replies: 15
Views: 3470

Re: Family Ties - Info needed re 2yr living requirement

I really wouldn't worry about it if i were you, if you were together for 6 years they're not going to likely do a lot of digging to figure out it's legit, that's a long history. Whatever you do, don't get married in order to make sure you qualify for family ties, you'll never know if you're going to...
by Ninja
Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:45 pm
Forum: Moving To Finland
Topic: How long time take resident permit ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1941

Re: How long time take resident permit ?

It can take a very long time for a decision to be made, up to a year. I wouldn't be packing your bags just yet, enjoy your life in Tunisia and just relax and be patient (trust me, it's not that exciting here in Finland and if you have a girlfriend in Tunisia it might be funner to enjoy your time wit...
by Ninja
Thu Jan 28, 2016 2:01 pm
Forum: Moving To Finland
Topic: American moving to Finland
Replies: 25
Views: 7907

Re: American moving to Finland

I'm American, but sadly not white :'''(

I know what you mean by American, and we know what we mean...but to Finns everything that seems to introduce or announce something about yourself comes off like bragging, as in America we call this just socializing and offering information about yourself.

Finland is a culture mostly of straight-forward facts, and answers. They don't really do the whole "getting-to-know-you" thing here, therefore they don't really care about anything else other than what your specific question is, or what is relevant to the situation or topic at hand...this of course comes off very arrogant and closed-off on their part, but that's just how they are. But of course we're called the egotistical loud-mouths because we breathe loudly and utter more than a few sentences with *gasp* something that can be taken as "positive" about yourself.

As you come to live in Finland, and as you sit on the insane-asylum quiet bus, that seems straight out of a horror movie as everyone stares out the window with a blank glaze on their faces with the deafening sound of silence, only broken by the opening and closing of the bus doors and engine. I mean you could close your eyes witha bus full of people and you would think you are alone...and then you'll contemplate why you chose to live in this society, and who's really the "weird" one here.

First thing as Americans is we underestimate how different things work here...while the "hustle" is still a good thing, things move slowly here, and instead of selling yourself and networking, you just patiently wait your turn. It's also a homogeneous society...therefore being "Finn" is the best option, and because you have the added benefit of speaking Finnish. It's kind of like those irrelevant countries in soccer matches, that the only people that really root for those teams are the people from the country, even though nobody knows who they are and what they've done in the world, to themselves they're still special..it's a very bound-by-blood type of social structure out in these European parts, where as in America we just look for the best damn person for the job.

In Finland it more comes down to those basic "facts" again, so basically what you know, what you went to school for, because in all honesty they probably don't care much about you personality wise because they don't likely plan on talking very much to you anyway, if anything they dread the time they'll have to speak English to your happy-go-lucky @ss with all your personally invasive questions, as even Finns that known each other for 40 years still don't know each others favorite color.

Therefore think of Finland more like a land of "Spocks" from StarTrek, very literal, sarcastic and fairly intelligent...however emotional and social unintelligent, as they don't really flex those muscles out here very often. And if they are emotional, they're like hippy-like, save-the-world types and then they trust any criminal or psychopath out there because they think all people are inherently good.

Finding a job is highly unlikely because of the language barrier, therefore as well as happiness, especially anywhere outside the "big cities". If you live in some village out in the woods consider yourself dead...expect your life to consist of awkward grocery store visits, no friends, and being home with your wife day in and day out for long stretches of time, and I don't care how good that pussy is, the pussy gets old if you eat it every day. And then you will miss your friends and family in your little wooden abode, until it's likely sitting in jail cell like a pie festering in the sun, and you contemplate why you ever came here.

The pay is alright, but the taxes are high. You likely won't have your own car, but maybe. You won't have anywhere to go if you do though, as Finland is just mostly forest. The social system is great, but a bit tedious and confusing that not even the Finns themselves understand it very much.

If you go to the bigger cities, people MIGHT be more social, but just a little bit, and you'll likely have to make friends with other expats and the like. Finns make their main group of friends at the age of 5, and have sex and socialize in their highschool and university years...and then it's all down hill from there. But that's their lives in a nut shell, don't come to Finland looking for excitement...unless you consider drunk middle-aged men peeing in the park in Summer "entertainment". However, they do have lots of attractive women, but you are married so scratch that...it's not like you could talk to them anyway...a traveling Finn is much different than a Finn in Finland.

Look, all in all it's a good country, beautiful nature, people aren't assholes like they are on here, on the contrary quite the contrary when you do get to know them...but they are sarcastic and brain goes straight to mouth, there's no formalities or social etiquette really...you could meet a group of people and be ignored or be chatted up, and if you are being chatted up they are 90 percent of the time drunk, but mostly likely you'll not be paid all that much attention to.

The system is overall good, lots of benefits, but it's for a basic life, nothing flashy which is good if you are a bum that wants to chill out...I'm sorry, "relaxed". But they're taking in a bunch of middle eastern young male refugees who heard the clinking of gold and so called riches of Europe...I'm sorry "people fleeing war", I mean it's so scary and dangerous there in their country, they decided to leave all the women behind, you know a place is dangerous when you've got to leave all the girls back at home to be raped and enslaved by whomever.

But I digress, and won't mention the fact that they came to look at white women walking down the street like a dog looks at a juicy steak. The point is, who knows how "safe" Finland will be in the long-run, which is one of perks of being here, for some reason they want to flush that down the toilet.

Future is questionable here, not the strongest economy (but still a well-managed country), not the friendliest place to live, and not the funnest either, in fact you'll probably do better if you're kind of an £$€¤%& like me...but it's safe, feels like you live in the forest, and you can keep to yourself (like isolated) without nobody bothering you about your personal business, which is a nice change, and a good place to raise kids.

If that sounds about right for you, then come on down! but realize, it's going to be tough if you don't really put in effort when you get here, and really intensely study the language, and unless you're around a group of people to interact with, then you might find yourself living in a very lonely world.

But hey, isn't that all humans are allowed to make little babies?
by Ninja
Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: Moving To Finland
Topic: Shipping goods from US to FInland
Replies: 3
Views: 1460

Re: Shipping goods from US to FInland

Damn...that's quite a load. I brought my PC with me in a large suitcase from the US, I've got a huge tower...had to pay oversized baggage fee unfortunately which was I think about 150 dollars...but It was a good PC and I brought clothes with it so I guess it was as good as it was going to get...it w...
by Ninja
Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: Moving To Finland
Topic: US to Finland Extended Family in Sweden
Replies: 11
Views: 1775

Re: US to Finland Extended Family in Sweden

If you can get a work visa and get yourself established here then that might open up a door of opportunity, but to have "permanent residency" I am not sure how to attain that without otherwise having worked here a number of years. This is confusing. There is no "work visa". There is a residence per...
by Ninja
Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:53 am
Forum: Moving To Finland
Topic: US to Finland Extended Family in Sweden
Replies: 11
Views: 1775

Re: US to Finland Extended Family in Sweden

Finally the language barrier is really the most difficult situation to overcome as just your basic daily life, as many people speak English here (younger crowd mainly) it's still dominated by Finnish obviously, so unless you've got a good grasp on the language it's going to be quite difficult to as...
by Ninja
Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:15 am
Forum: Moving To Finland
Topic: US to Finland Extended Family in Sweden
Replies: 11
Views: 1775

Re: US to Finland Extended Family in Sweden

Well I think your question would be equivalent to asking someone "I'd like to move to the United States, I have family in Canada if that makes a difference"...It seems the Finnish and Swedish cultures are much more historically entwined than the US and Canada, however they seem to be about as separa...
by Ninja
Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:19 am
Forum: Moving To Finland
Topic: Engineering student thinking of moving
Replies: 11
Views: 1756

Re: Engineering student thinking of moving

I'm an American living here recently and I'll give you some general info; - Economy I think Finland has a reputation for doing pretty well generally but overall I think they're dealing with their own problems and coming from the US it's not even close to the same in terms of diversity and employment...
by Ninja
Sun May 26, 2013 1:51 pm
Forum: Living in Finland
Topic: Certificate of Non Impediment Marriage: Text / Form
Replies: 6
Views: 800

Re: Certificate of Non Impediment Marriage: Text / Form

They have the form, since they mentioned notarization I also wondered if I needed to write a letter...but it also stated any documents if I recall, so I also took that as in needing any documents to be notarized from a divorce or what not to ensure that you are in fact single or legally divorced. It...
by Ninja
Sun May 26, 2013 1:04 pm
Forum: Living in Finland
Topic: How do you dress when attending a Finnish graduation?
Replies: 2
Views: 678

How do you dress when attending a Finnish graduation?

I'm not really familiar with many of the ceremonies of Finland as I've only been here a number of weeks but it looks to be surprisingly quite formal judging from the pictures online, I've been invited with my girlfriend to attend her cousins graduation from highschool. I'm wondering what the "dress ...
by Ninja
Sat Mar 02, 2013 3:22 am
Forum: Living in Finland
Topic: Electronic stores in Tampere...
Replies: 4
Views: 4124

Re: Electronic stores in Tampere...

Thanks for the feedback guys