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, but 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, call 09 8392 6121, or send email: aikuisopisto@vantaa.fi.

Start-up courses in spring term 2018

Orientation day for courses in the spring term is on Thrusday 11 January 9–12 am. The orientation day is arranged at Lummetie 5, Tikkurila. Start-up courses begin in week 3, but you can also enrol later. Schedule for courses in spring 2018 (in Finnish) »

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 locations in 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: Titta Hänninen, tel. 09 8392 3039, email: titta.hanninen@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 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.