How to make friends in Finland

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#1 20 November 2008 09:08:06

expat blog
expat blog
small earth

How to make friends in Finland

We have been talking about loneliness when you are abroad, let's now talk about how to make friends (locals and other expats) when you're living in Finland :top:

Which are your best tips to meet people and to make friends in Finland??

Thanks in advance for your participation

#2 13 March 2009 21:34:19

orpoporo
orpoporo
Stockholm

Re: How to make friends in Finland

[moderated: no ads for external groups please]

Your nationality,skin colour, accent and age are of no importance. The only important thing is that you treat all other members with respect.

Helsinki Expat meetups are open events. Anyone can join and invite others to join.

Comments, suggestions and questions are welcome !

#4 04 February 2010 13:28:06

HeleneIndia
HeleneIndia
Pori, Finland

Re: How to make friends in Finland

I think the best way would be to leave with student in a shared appartment. Then there are also many leisure activities where you could go to which are a good way to meet people who has similar activities as you like.
Finnish people can be very friendly when you know them well...so don't hesitate to make the first step...

#5 14 February 2010 17:10:29

hallavaharja

Re: How to make friends in Finland

Meet at a cafe or in the bar. Talk, introduce you, tell about you why you are in Finland and what kind of things bother you.
Finns are very informal and easy. Finns are little shy at first.
You can contact me, if you are in Tampere area.
I´m a bit over 40.

#6 21 February 2010 02:45:24

hini
hini
Dublin

Re: How to make friends in Finland

there are plenty of groups where you can meet new people e.g.:
finlandlive.info
iesaf.fi

also Caisa organizes quite a lot for international people
caisa.fi

#7 22 February 2010 14:25:03

orpoporo
orpoporo
Stockholm

Re: How to make friends in Finland

I would like to invite you all to Helsinki Expat Meetup at Villi Wäinö on Saturday February the 27th ( starting at 7pm ).

Villi Waino home page ( only in Finnish ) :
http://www.villiwaino.fi

Some reviews ( in English ) on Villi Wäinö :
http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/empty/hel … /11352.htm

picture gallery :
http://www.villiwaino.fi/ravintolatilat

Address : Kalevankatu 4

map here :
http://oijohph.notlong.com

There is no cloak-room charge before 10 pm.

The best way to find the group is to come early and meet others outside Villi Wäinö at 6.50pm.

Villi Waino is on three levels : basement, street level, 1st floor

Helsinki Expat Meetup has a table reservation ( starting at 7pm ) for 15 people in the pub on street level. A band will start palying in the basement at 8pm . Normal conversation in the street level pub should be possible after 8pm also.

Helsinki Expat Meetup is on Facebook here :
http://sv-se.facebook.com/group.php?gid … 822&ref=mf

Do not forget to RSVP if you are coming !

If you are interested in making some new friends in Helsinki you should definitely try Helsinki Expat Meetup !

I wish you all a great week ahead !

Last edited by orpoporo (22 February 2010 14:31:29)

#8 08 April 2010 17:45:27

Bfaze
Bfaze
Lagos

Re: How to make friends in Finland

Any Nigerian in Finland? Would love to hook up with some one. I'm currently in Lagos, Nigeria in West Africa and planning to relocate to Finland. Any good info/suggestion wil be welcomed from any Forumites. How can i've a link up?

#10 27 April 2010 19:17:08

griffin63
griffin63
Helsinki

Re: How to make friends in Finland

I beleive a good way to meet Finnish People will be this week eng at VAPPU.THERE ARE MANY CELEBRATIONS IN ALL THE NAJOR CITIES
There are two posts to follow here Helsinki Vappu and Turku Vappu http://www.nectareal.com/vappu-celebrations-turku-2010/
Either of theswe celebrations will put you in front of thousands of people,celebrating the evening and night through.I have met many freinds at Vappu time
Good Luch
Regards
Griffin

#11 27 April 2010 23:28:32

Scribe
Scribe
Espoo, Finlande

Re: How to make friends in Finland

On SalutFinlande we organise regular activities for French speaking people.
salutfinlande.net
It's a good way to make new acquaintances and friends.

Alexis, maybe you have found by now the site saksalaiset.fi for German people in Finland.

Last edited by Scribe (27 April 2010 23:29:00)

#12 18 May 2010 08:32:20

mcmeg12
mcmeg12
Helsinki

Re: How to make friends in Finland

Finnish people are a bit shy, but they are worth getting to know! I still have mostly expat friends of all nationalities. As some asked, Nigerians, yes, Germans, yes, Chinese, of course!
I agree that living with roomates might be a good idea, but it depends on your situation in life, if you're young, studying, or just starting out on your career path, it's not a bad idea, if you're a bit older, or have pets or kids, naturally you might want to live alone. So, you could also start a hobby here. There are a lot of sports groups and so on. First you meet one person and then you meet all their friends.
And Finns are really interested in foreigners, so be confident and tell them why you're here (though try to refrain from complaints- you'll win them over if you can highlight all the good things you've noticed about Finland and why you came here in the first place!)
Good luck.

#13 25 May 2010 15:24:16

heljä
heljä
Järvenpää

Re: How to make friends in Finland

Hi!
I would love to find a french female friend, who lives in Finland, near Järvenpää. I'm christian, so if you are a french christian girl living near Järvenpää, I would love to get to know you! :)

#14 25 May 2010 15:56:30

Scribe
Scribe
Espoo, Finlande

Re: How to make friends in Finland

Hei,

You can try your luck on our French speaking forum :

[moderated: plse don't lure members to your forum, we do not come to yours to do the same!]

#15 01 June 2010 10:23:16

annalou
annalou
Oulu

Re: How to make friends in Finland

have just recently moved to oulu, any ideas on groups or expat meets etc for this area? would be nice to meet some other people here

#16 16 June 2010 22:30:44

griffin63
griffin63
Helsinki

Re: How to make friends in Finland

heljä wrote:

Hi!
I would love to find a french female friend, who lives in Finland, near Järvenpää. I'm christian, so if you are a french christian girl living near Järvenpää, I would love to get to know you! :)

You dont ask to much,I like that!
The best way to meet a girl is to visit a late bar,dont drink alcohol and ask questions about the life and area of the people around you.The power of word of mouth will do the rest for you. are very independant and are truely not shy when it comes to chastting and getting to know strangers.Trust me!
Greg

#17 21 June 2010 19:46:02

heljä
heljä
Järvenpää

Re: How to make friends in Finland

You dont ask to much,I like that!
The best way to meet a girl is to visit a late bar,dont drink alcohol and ask questions about the life and area of the people around you.The power of word of mouth will do the rest for you.Finnish Women are very independant and are truely not shy when it comes to chastting and getting to know strangers.Trust me!
Greg

Thanks for the answer but as you can see, I'm a woman, and I am not interested in girls that way, if you meant so. I'm married, and I would just like to find a french speaking girl that I could get friends with. So that I could practice my french. I'm finnish my self.

:)

Last edited by heljä (21 June 2010 19:47:52)

#18 22 June 2010 09:19:17

Scribe
Scribe
Espoo, Finlande

Re: How to make friends in Finland

Scribe wrote:

[moderated: plse don't lure members to your forum, we do not come to yours to do the same!]

Well, I thought a forum in Finland dedicated to French-speaking people would be very much relevant for a Finn wanting to find a person to practice French with in Finland... or did I miss something ?

I would be very interested to hear the views of the moderators or admin on how this would not be relevant. I'm not trying to "lure" anybody, just to inform. There are other communities than yours, ours is much more specialised and this is a fact. Besides, there is a link to expat-blog in our collection of useful links, so please don't treat my message like it's a one-way ad from a frenzy spammer. Best regards.

#19 22 June 2010 20:15:09

FeeAcer
FeeAcer
Jakarta

Re: How to make friends in Finland

heljä wrote:

Hi!
I would love to find a french female friend, who lives in Finland, near Järvenpää. I'm christian, so if you are a french christian girl living near Järvenpää, I would love to get to know you! :)

Hi Heljä,
Did you know we have a French speaking forum here? You could post a message there (in French, of course! :) )

Scribe wrote:

Hei,

You can try your luck on our French speaking forum :

[moderated: plse don't lure members to your forum, we do not come to yours to do the same!]

Scribe,
As you may see from above, the answer is just here on the website :)

Cheers
Arlette

#26 31 March 2013 08:22:49

Chanka
Chanka
Lagos

Re: How to make friends in Finland

Hello over there,i am a guy who is very interested in making friends with anybody from Finland.Please contact me if you are interested.

#27 31 March 2013 08:29:55

Chanka
Chanka
Lagos

Re: How to make friends in Finland

Hello, if you are from Finland and like making friends with anybody from Nigeria please contact me on this cell number +2348032812731.

#29 03 April 2013 19:20:43

alice demecillo
alice demecillo
ozamis city

Re: How to make friends in Finland

its my pleasure to hopefully meet people who hails from this country,,i know they are are so kind and having pleasing personality and characters,,im looking forward meeting a good friend from this wonderful cold place

Last edited by alice demecillo (03 April 2013 19:23:58)

#33 01 June 2013 19:56:47

daevesh
daevesh
Espoo

Re: How to make friends in Finland

Although Finns in general are nice and courteous, it is not really easy to be friends with someone. It takes time to get along well and to build trust as they are quite reserved. Bonding over drinks always speeds things up! :)

#34 08 June 2013 15:28:20

martin090
martin090
Kuala Lumpur

Re: How to make friends in Finland

Hello ..
how are you doing today,
my name is Martin from Malaysia and am new on this site i just find your profile interesting and i will love to know you better and i am living a simple life and very easy going.. i hope to hear from you soon regards

#35 10 June 2013 08:15:21

Pravin
Pravin
Vacoas

Re: How to make friends in Finland

Hello Martin,

welcome to Expat Blog

Could you please specify to whom are you making allusion from your post?
Also, I would suggest you to stay in the subject of the discussion.
Reminder: Expat Blog is not a dating website.

Thank you,
Pravin.

#36 12 June 2013 16:26:20

Dezcraine
Dezcraine
Lagos

Re: How to make friends in Finland

Hello, my name is Dez Craine. From Nigeria i really like to make friends with Finish people, because am having a seal to come over there as i learnt there Academic quality is the in Europe. So pleas sir/Ma, help me get friend who i can get me an invitation to come to finland. Thanks

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