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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
Tel. 0295 536 244
Read more: Marriage
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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
Taking care of a child
Information on the day care of children in Espoo is available on the InfoFinland page Education in Espoo.
If you need a temporary nanny in your home you can contact the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare (Mannerheimin lastensuojeluliitto) or Väestöliitto.
Family Federation of FinlandChildcare and domestic helpLink redirects to another website
Mannerheim League for Child WelfareHelp for childcareLink redirects to another website
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 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
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.
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.
Family Matters Unit
Armas Launiksen katu 10
Tel. 043 825 0535
Men who have used violence against their family members can receive help from Miehen linja service, which is intended for immigrant men.
Maalarinkuja 3 B
Tel. 09 276 62899
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
Tel. 09 8195 5360
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
Tel. 029 564 4000
Read more about filing for a divorce: Divorce
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
Tel. 029 56 61820
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