Working culture in Tampere and in Finland

In the Finnish working culture, individuality and initiative are highly valued together with strict observance of agreements and agreed schedules. Organisational hierarchies are low and the use of people’s first names is common. Regular working hours are forty hours per week and eight hours per day from 8 or 9 till 4 or 5. Working hours are often flexible according to the family’s needs.

Life in Tampere is like living in a bird’s nest, because the living conditions are so agreeable. Schools, workplaces and services are normally close to home and we don’t have big city pollution or traffic problems. Distances are short and even if  you live next to the lakeside, you can go by bike to work. You can enjoy beautiful lake scenery and nature by taking just a few steps out of the city centre. And our city centre is very pretty with flowing rapids, green parks, stores and theatres.

The majority of employment contracts are permanent, although short-term contracts are becoming increasingly common. The share of part-time work however remains less in Finland than in other parts of Europe. Provisions of family leave and child day care support enables women to actively participate in working life and to enter into full-time employment.

Finland is a bilingual country (Finnish and Swedish). Finnish is spoken in Tampere region. Knowledge of at least the basics of the Finnish language is required practically at all workplaces, although English is often the corporate language of the largest organisations. The employer determines the language level requirements.

There are many characteristics of western, individual-based culture in Finnish society. Finns endeavour to make sensible use of their time. They follow timetables and other plans faithfully and expect the same from others. Finns are careful and gather background information in advance, but they make decisions quickly. Power and responsibility are flexibly distributed.
The Finnish way of thinking and working is very consistent. In Finnish society all are treated equally. Power distances are low, the use of first names universal, and men and women equal. There is a desire to solve conflicts by negotiation, seeking a result that is the best possible for all parties.

Read more about working in Finland in the guide published by TE services!

Photo by Touko Hujanen​
Photo by Touko Hujanen​