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Family in Espoo

Published09.09.2022
The Family in Espoo page contains practical instructions if you are getting married or taking care of a child at home or need services for an elderly person close to you.

Local information

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Marriage

Before getting married, you must request in writing an examination of the possible impediments to your marriage (avioliiton esteiden tutkiminen). The examination of impediments is done at the Digital and Population Data Services Agency. You can submit the examination request to any service location.

Digital and Population Data Services Agency
Miestentie 3
02150 Espoo
Tel. 0295 536 244
vihkiminen(at)dvv.fi

Read more: Marriage

Link redirects to another websiteDigital and Population Data Services Agency

Marriage ceremony

Link redirects to another websiteDigital and Population Data Services Agency

Request for an examination of impediments to marriage

Child’s birth

Information regarding a child’s birth is sent from the hospital to the Finnish Population Information System. You have to inform the Digital and Population Data Services Agency about the child’s names, native language and other necessary information on a separate form that will be sent to your home.

You can read more about the registration of a child’s birth, recognition of paternity and custody on the InfoFinland page: When a child is born in Finland.

Read more: Health in Espoo

Link redirects to another websiteHUS Helsinki University Hospital

Childbirth

Taking care of a child

Information on the day care of children in Espoo is available on the InfoFinland page Education in Espoo.

Temporary childcare

If you need a temporary nanny in your home you can contact the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (Mannerheimin lastensuojeluliitto) or Väestöliitto.

Link redirects to another websiteFamily Federation of Finland

Childcare and domestic help

Link redirects to another websiteMannerheim League for Child Welfare

Help for childcare

Child home care allowance

If the youngest child of the family is under three years of age, a parent may receive child home care allowance (kotihoidon tuki) if he or she takes care of the child at home. If you are entitled to child home care allowance, you can apply for it from Kela. You can fill in the application online or post it to Kela. You can also visit a Kela office. Espoo has four Kela offices.

The City of Espoo pays an additional Espoo supplement to families who care for a child under 3 years of age at home. Parents who care for all under-school-age children of the family are entitled to apply for the Espoo supplement.

Read more: Benefits for looking after a child at home

Resident playgrounds and clubs

The City of Espoo organises plenty of activities for parents who care for their children at home, including resident playgrounds, open day-care centres and playgroups.

Elderly

Elderly people can use the services of regular health stations. In addition, Espoo provides specialised elderly services, such as home care services. If you would like more information on elderly services, contact Guidance for Elderly Citizens (Seniorineuvonta).

Tel. 09 816 33333
nestori(at)espoo.fi

If you care for a family member at home

If you are taking care of an elderly, ill or disabled family member at home, you may be entitled to informal care allowance.

Read more: Elderly

Problems in a family

Problems in marriage and relationships

If you have marriage or relationships problems, you can contact the family counselling centre (perheneuvola). Family counselling centres are intended particularly for families with children.

The Family Federation of Finland (Väestöliitto) provides relationship counselling and couples therapy in Finnish and English.

Familia Club’s Duo Project offers relationship counselling for intercultural couples in Finnish and English. The counselling is subject to a charge.

The Church Family Counselling Centre also provides advice to families with relationship problems.

Violence

Omatila can help you if there is violence or threats of violence in your family. If necessary, Omatila will organise safe accommodation for you and your children. The service is confidential and free of charge.

Omatila
Family Matters Unit
Armas Launiksen katu 10
Tel. 043 825 0535
E-mail: omatila(at)espoo.fi

Men who have used violence against their family members can receive help from Miehen linja service, which is intended for immigrant men.

Miehen linja
Maalarinkuja 3 B
02650 Espoo
Tel. 09 276 62899
E-mail: kontakti(at)lyomatonlinja.fi

Children's and young peoples problems

Nurses at the child health clinic can give advice about issues related to the health and development of young children.

In Espoo there are several child health clinics throughout the city.

Child health care clinic appointments and information service
Tel. 09 816 22800

If your child is of school age, you can ask help from the school nurse.

If you would like advice on matters related to the mental development of a child, you can make an appointment at the family counselling centre (perheneuvola).

The Family Federation of Finland (Väestöliitto) helps immigrant families in matters connected to raising children and the well-being of families.

Counselling in different languages:

Tel. 050 325 6450 (Sorani, Dari, Persian)
Tel. 050 325 7173 (Russian, English)

Young people can share their problems with the nurse (terveydenhoitaja) at their school or educational institute. Help is also available from other sources.

Young people aged 13 to 22 can also turn to Nuorisopoliklinikka Nupoli with problems that relate to mental health, intoxicant abuse, gambling or the use of free time. You can call or visit Nupoli. Visits to Nupoli are free of charge and confidential.

Tel. 09 816 31300

If a young person feels it is not safe to be at home, they can contact the Youth Emergency Shelter of the Finnish Red Cross. The shelter is located in Leppävaara.

Youth Emergency Shelter
Läkkisepänkuja 2 A 14
02650 Espoo

Tel. 09 8195 5360
E-mail: turvatalo.espoo(at)redcross.fi

Divorce

Either spouse alone or both spouses together can file for a divorce. You can file for a divorce alone, even if your spouse does not wish to separate from you. In Espoo, divorce applications are filed with Western Uusimaa District Court.

District Court of Länsi-Uusimaa (Länsi-Uudenmaan käräjäoikeus)
Vitikka 1 B 2
02630 Espoo
Tel. 029 564 4000
E-mail: lansi-uusimaa.ko(at)oikeus.fi

Read more about filing for a divorce: Divorce

Link redirects to another websiteDistrict Court of Länsi-Uusimaa

Contact information

Children in a divorce

If you and your spouse have children and are planning to divorce, make an appointment to see a child supervisor (lastenvalvoja). The child supervisor will confirm an agreement on living arrangements, custody, visitation rights and child maintenance support.

Child supervisor appointments
Monday to Friday at 10:00–11:00
tel. (09) 816 27711

Read more: Children in a divorce

If you require legal assistance, contact Länsi-Uusimaa Legal Aid Office (Länsi-Uudenmaan oikeusaputoimisto).

Piispansilta 9 B
02230 Espoo
Tel. 029 56 61820
E-mail: lansi-uusimaa.oikapu(at)oikeus.fi

Link redirects to another websiteLänsi-Uusimaa Legal Aid Office

Legal aid

When a close family member dies in Finland

If a person close to you dies suddenly and you need support, you can contact Espoo Social and Crisis Emergency Services (Espoon sosiaali- ja kriisipäivystys), Tel. (09) 816 42439.

Espoo has five Christian cemeteries. Kellonummi Cemetery features a non-denominational section. People who practise other religions or no religion at all can be buried there.

Read more: When a close family member dies in Finland

Link redirects to another websiteEspoo parishes

Cemeteries