Where can I learn Finnish?

You can study Finnish in Vantaa and elsewhere in the Capital Region in many places. Some of the courses are free-of-charge, while others have course fees.

Start-up courses

Start-up courses (Startti) are for all immigrants living in Vantaa; they are free-of-charge and you don't have to enroll in advance. You can find these courses in many parts of Vantaa. The teaching language is usually Finnish, buth there are also special groups for Russian and Estonian speakers. We also have groups for immigrants who can't read or write.

For more information on start-up courses, contact: Jarmo Kejonen, tel. 09 8392 6121, email: jarmo.kejonen@vantaa.fi.

Schedules and venues for start-up courses in the autumn

Vantaa Adult Education Institute's Finnish-language courses

At Vantaa Adult Education Institute, you can take part in Finnish courses, which have a small course fee. There are several skill levels and the courses are held in various parts of Vantaa. You can find more information on the courses on the Ilmonet service or in Vantaa Adult Education Institute's study program, under the "Immigrants" (Kursseja maahanmuuttajille) section.

Further information: Raila Poutanen, tel. 09 8392 3039, email: raila.poutanen@vantaa.fi.

Silkinportti Activity Center

You can participate in Finnish-language courses held at Silkinportti Activity Center, in Tikkurila. Silkinportti also offers lots of other activities and services for immigrants.

Kafnetti

Kafnetti is a meeting place in Koivukylä. It also arranges Finnish-language courses where you can take part for free.

Address: Rautkallionkatu 3, 01360 Vantaa

Tel. 09 8393 0965

email: kafnetti@vantaa.fi

Language courses for job-seekers

If you are looking for work, you may be entitled to free-of-charge Finnish-language instruction via the TE office (Employment and Economic Development Office). For more information, contact Vantaa's TE Office directly.

Help with other issues

Immigrants' own webpages contain information on many other issues that are important to immigrants.