Navigating the Nordic Shift: The Impact of Finland's 2023 Government Program on International Talents

A recent report by Specialists in Finland.

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Finland, renowned for its innovative spirit and commitment to creating an inclusive society, has recently witnessed a surge of discussions centered around Prime Minister Orpo’s 2023 Government Program. As the Nordic region aspires to be a hub for global talent, it’s essential to understand how policy changes can influence the international workforce.

There’s palpable uncertainty among international workers regarding the application process for citizenship based on accumulated residence. Many choose Finland due to the shorter residence period required for citizenship, and any change in this can have a profound impact on their decisions.

The reduction in permitted absences, particularly for work or compulsory exchange studies, poses challenges. As the world becomes more connected and jobs require global mobility, this can be a deterrent for many.

The extended residence time needed to apply for a permanent residence permit is a pressing concern, especially for those engaged in entrepreneurship or start-ups. The threshold set regarding salary and the potential for extended waiting times due to unforeseen employment challenges adds layers of uncertainty.

The Nordic region, with its tradition of welcoming talents from across the globe, should ensure that policies encourage, not discourage, the influx of global talent. Addressing these concerns can fortify Finland’s position as a desirable destination for international professionals.

A recent report by Specialists in Finland delves deep into the concerns and aspirations of skilled international workers residing in Finland, shedding light on the potential consequences of the 2023 Government Program. 

As we continue our mission at Nordics.Tech to support international talents and make Nordic region’s opportunities reachable for them, we stand in solidarity with the international community in Finland. Together, we can navigate the shifts and ensure that the Nordic region remains beacon for global professionals. 

Click read more to dive into the full report by Specialists in Finland.

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