Finnish expats happy in Estonia

Published:  6 May at 2 PM
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Most Finnish expats in neighbouring Estonia are enjoying life and would recommend theuir fellow countrymen to make the move, according to a recent online survey.

Of the respondents, 59 per cent admitted that they would “definitely recommend” living in Estonia, while 37 per cent said they would consider it. Only two per cent said they wouldn’t recommend making the move.

Around 300 Finns living in Estonia were surveyed out of a total of roughly 6,300 that have made the move, equating to approximately five per cent of the Finnish expatriate population. In contrast, there are roughly 10 times as many Estonians who have made the move in the other direction.

The average wage in the Baltic nation is just a third of what it is in Finland, with the money offered in the information technology sector the most competitive in relation to cost of living.

The Finns questioned said they enjoyed life, used home services and ate in restaurants more than they did in their homeland. They also claimed their purchasing power and net earnings were higher in the neighbouring state.

Furthermore, the majority of respondents claimed that employment and care services were at least comparable, if not better, than what was offered in Finland, while three in four stated that when it came to purchasing power, care and employment services, and dining out, it was Estonia that was superior.
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