A few questions

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AndrewPayton
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A few questions

Post by AndrewPayton » Tue Sep 01, 2020 11:28 am

Hi,

I have a few questions about regular bills in Finland when it comes to apartments. I looked online, but I still feel confused and I like to go in knowing as much as possible.

1. how does electricity work in Finland? Is there one provider that I contact when I get an apartment? Will I be able to find an English speaker? And how much does it usually cost someone in a studio apartment, no bigger than 35m2?

2. how does heating work? do I pay a separate company? Is there only one provider. I'm from California, so I've never had to pay for heating or worry about how that works. How much does heating usually cost?

3. for water, is that usually included in the rent? I've read of some instances where it is and some where it isn't? Is there only one option to pay for water if it was not included in the rent? And is it similar to heating where I can find an English speaker to set it up? And how much would it cost.

Thank you everyone for answering these questions if you know everything. The other websites are very vague and I feel at a disadvantage not speaking the language, so all your responses are appreciated



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FinlandGirl
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Re: A few questions

Post by FinlandGirl » Tue Sep 01, 2020 1:46 pm

AndrewPayton wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 11:28 am
1. how does electricity work in Finland? Is there one provider that I contact when I get an apartment?
There are some, and you have to make a contract with one of them.
AndrewPayton wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 11:28 am
Will I be able to find an English speaker?
Electricity contract can be done online in English.
AndrewPayton wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 11:28 am
And how much does it usually cost someone in a studio apartment, no bigger than 35m2?
Around 25 Euro per month.
AndrewPayton wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 11:28 am
2. how does heating work? do I pay a separate company?
It is usually included in the rent.
AndrewPayton wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 11:28 am
3. for water, is that usually included in the rent? I've read of some instances where it is and some where it isn't?
Part of the rent payment is usually an additional water fee, around 25 Euro per person living in the apartment.

inkku
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Re: A few questions

Post by inkku » Tue Sep 01, 2020 4:49 pm

As Finlandgirl says. In pari=ticular when talking about private market in cities.

for a studio about 30-35m2, private market:
electricity can be well less than 25euros pm, go down to e10 pm, depends on your usage of oven, TV, washing machine etc etc. that in Helsinki, the prices might be different (higher) in the countryside.
there are several providers, you can compare per price or value based (reneweable energy).
http://sahkonhinta.fi/#

heating:
in flats, municipal heating is usually included. however, in a terraced house for instance, if the heating is not linked to the municipal heating network, it works with electricity and can be pretty expensive.

water:
normal system in the private market is charging per person, it is paid in connection with the rent. however, there is a trend to put water meters into new flats but not yet common.

In student residences sometimes both electricity and water are included. as well as internet..... so depends.
But compared to some other countries such as the UK, those expenses are not too high in Finland.

betelgeuse
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Re: A few questions

Post by betelgeuse » Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:33 pm

inkku wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 4:49 pm
In student residences sometimes both electricity and water are included. as well as internet..... so depends.
But compared to some other countries such as the UK, those expenses are not too high in Finland.
Many utilities are actually cheaper in UK than in Finland. Of course it depends where you live.

inkku
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Re: A few questions

Post by inkku » Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:53 pm

betelgeuse wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:33 pm
inkku wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 4:49 pm
In student residences sometimes both electricity and water are included. as well as internet..... so depends.
But compared to some other countries such as the UK, those expenses are not too high in Finland.
Many utilities are actually cheaper in UK than in Finland. Of course it depends where you live.
Such as...? I cannot think anything that is cheaper.

betelgeuse
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Re: A few questions

Post by betelgeuse » Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:45 pm

inkku wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:53 pm
betelgeuse wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:33 pm
inkku wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 4:49 pm
In student residences sometimes both electricity and water are included. as well as internet..... so depends.
But compared to some other countries such as the UK, those expenses are not too high in Finland.
Many utilities are actually cheaper in UK than in Finland. Of course it depends where you live.
Such as...? I cannot think anything that is cheaper.
We paid less for, for example, water and heating in the UK than in Finland though I should have rephrased my comment to be more clear that it was about individual circumstances than a stance on averages (for which I don't have much idea for UK).


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