You can check when the service you require is in your language, book an appointment, register for work and education skills mapping, or language groups.
Available in English and Finnish
Reserve time for:
- Law Advisor: Mon- Tue 12–16, Wed 9–13
- Social guidance: Mon 9 –13, Thu 9-12, and Wed 13–16
- Business Advisor: Mon 13–16, Tue 12-16 pm and Wed 9–13
- Study Advisor for Secondary Education: Wed 9–12
- Study Advisor for University of Applied Sciences/ SIMHE (every other week): Wed 12–16
We will help you get started if you are newly arrived in Turku by setting up a plan to help you settle in smoothly. We can guide you in finding a job, networking, Finnish courses, finding a place to live, and getting to know services that The City of Turku provides (including child care and free time activities).
Service is only available in English.
Walk-in times: Tue noon to 4 pm and Thur1pm to 4 pm
With reservations: mon 9 am to 1 pm
For personal advice on matters important to you, seek out Infotori. Infotori is located at the Skanssi shopping centre, as is Monitori.
Infotori provides advice for, among other matters, the following:
- finances and social security
- matters concerning residence permits and citizenship
- working life
- legal questions
- assistance with documents and in filling in forms
VALMO is meant for students whose native languages are not Finnish or Swedish and prepares them for basic education. The students learn Finnish and other skills for approximately a year before transferring to local schools.
Students whose native languages are not Finnish or Swedish can choose between Finnish as a Second Language and Literature (S2) or Swedish as Second Language and Literature (R2).
OMO is education given in students’ native languages.
The City of Turku’s Recreation Division participates in the creation of a multicultural Turku by means of different activities: plays at Turku City Theatre, concerts by Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, various events arranged in the Turku City Library and exhibitions at different museums.
The City of Turku’s Recreation Division's cultural services focuses especially on the consideration of the needs of ethnical minorities, different language groups as well as immigrants.
The city of Turku offers multicultural early childhood education, which means that all children are taken into account equally and fairly regardless of age, gender or colour. In day-care services, the aim is to provide children belonging to cultural minorities with the opportunity to grow up in a multicultural society so that they can become a part of both their own cultural environment and Finnish society.
Old Infotori services are now part of the new International House Turku services.
SUOMEN KIELEN ALKEIS- JA JATKOKURSSIT
Turun iltalukio tarjoaa maahanmuuttajille suomen kielen alkeis- ja jatkokursseja. Nämä Finnish for Foreigners -kurssit on tarkoitettu niille, joilla on oleskelulupa ja jotka haluavat opiskella työpäivän jälkeen. Kaikkien kurssien suorittaminen kestää kaksi vuotta. Opiskelija voi suorittaa myös osan kursseista.
Café Navigare is an inviting summer café on the back deck of the ship, with a view to the riverside landscape of the Aura River.
The café serves fresh pastries, savoury snacks and refreshing beverages.
Navigare’s deck areas on both sides of the ship are used as a café terrace. They are also licenced areas for serving alcoholic drinks.
S/S Bore’s summer cafe Café Navigare is open again in summer 2021. Opening hours are Tue – Sat from 2pm to 8pm. Summer café Navigare will be closed during the winter.
We look forward to seeing you!
Sometimes combining one’s personal life and working life requires personally tailored and active solutions that take into account both personal abilities and also personal restrictions.
The professionals at Työpiste help you in finding the suitable way to working life for you. After the information session held every Monday, you have the possibility to listen to a short presentation about the services provided by our multisectoral team.
Improve your employment opportunities at Työpiste
Starting info every Monday at 11.00 in Teams
In the starting module you will be given information about the services of Työpiste and the basics of job searching. You also get to choose the other trainings you wish to attend or whether you wish to take a path to the starting point with more support.
What do we offer you here at Osaamiskeskus?
Immigrant’s ‘Osaamiskeskus’ provides job-seeking support for all residents of Turku whose mother-tongue is a language other than Finnish. Among other things, our services include enhancing your job opportunities and helping you develop your Finnish skills. The services are part of the new International House Turku services that are under construction.
The staff of Osaamiskeskus is offering advice to entrepreneurs and business owners in different languages, for example for making applications for financial support.
The city offers different grants to individuals, organisations, societies, and associations. The purpose of the grant is to support e.g. the arrangement of services and activities.
Rentable facilities include different banquet halls, gymnasiums, meeting and negotiation or club spaces, and gyms.
at the Immigrant Office at Eskelin talo, Linnankatu 23, 6th floor
17.1, 14.2, 7.3, 4.4 and 2.5.2018
on Wednesdays at 2 pm
Welcome to catch up on the latest news!
Työpiste offers help and guidance concerning employment. The main task of Työpiste is to bring work and workers together.
We serve you personally by phone, by mail and in appointed meetings at Työpiste. You can visit us also without an appointment. There are customer service terminals at your use to whose usage we offer guidance.
We serve the unemployed citizens of Turku in many ways. Information, guidance, counselling, training and jobs are available.
Finnishcourses.fi course search service is a part of immigrants’ Infopankki. It informs about Finnish and Swedish language courses in Turku, Helsinki and Tampere regions.
The Finnish Courses internet service collects all Finnish courses of all organizers in one place. The site can be utilized by students, teachers and anyone who is interested in the courses.
The service is in three languages: Finnish, English and Russian.
The job search of a Turku citizen starts from registering as an unemployed job seeker. One may register as a job seeker on the internet on:
- Te-palvelut > Oma asiointi (in Finnish)
One may also register in person at either Työpiste at the City of Turku or the Southwest Finland TE Office.
Integration training for young immigrants
The aim of integration training is that the student will reach functional basic language skills in Finnish. Integration training helps the immigrants to enter working life and get further education. TE Office guides the immigrant to integration training, which is implemented as labour market training, based on an initial assessment.
The Multicultural Council observes matters from an immigrant’s point of view, makes statements about matters related to immigrants and introduces initiatives in close co-operation with other influence groups in Turku.
The other influence groups in Turku are the Children’s Parliament, the Youth Council, the Disability Council, and the Council of Senior Citizens.
The Multicultural Council also promotes co-operation and dialogue between immigrant associations, and encourages immigrants to participate and influence the social decision-making.
Finnish language skills as well as knowledge about Finnish culture and history support social integration to the new home country. Turku City Recreation Division offers versatile opportunities for getting to know the city through culture and physical exercise.
Turku Museum Centre offers immigrants guided tours and workshops through which one can get to know Finnish history, nature, folklore and art. At the same time the central vocabulary of the subject will become familiar.
Throughout its history Turku has been Finland’s gateway to the world. International influences and innovations have come through us and spread to the entire country.
Now the flow of refugees that concerns the whole of Europe also reaches Turku, and cities play a key role in the social integration of immigrants.
It is most important for both Turku as well as the entire Finland that those who will stay permanently in our country can start enjoying normal life – study, work, and social participation – as soon as possible.