Finnish and Swedish in Vantaa
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Through the finnishcourses.fi service, you can find the Finnish course that suits you best in Helsinki, Vantaa, Espoo or Kauniainen. The best way to find Swedish-language courses is to use the link on the front page of the service. The courses available through the Finnishcourses.fi service are open to all. The service does not contain information on courses provided by the Employment and Economic Development Office.
In Vantaa, Finnish and Swedish courses for immigrants are organised by the Vantaa Adult Education Centre (Vantaan aikuisopisto). The courses are open to all. The adult education centre is located in Tikkurila, but the courses are held all over Vantaa. Address:
Tel. (09) 8392 4342
More information on the courses and registration is available on the website and study guide of the Vantaa Adult Education Centre. The study guide is available at, for example, libraries and Vantaa Infos as well as electronically on the website of the City of Vantaa.
The Employment and Economic Development Office directs immigrants to Finnish courses related to integration. In connection to the preparation of your integration or employment plan, a position for studying Finnish can be reserved for you or you can be put in line for one. For more information, contact the Employment and Economic Development Office.
Read more: Studying Finnish and Swedish
Vantaa Adult Education CentreFinnish and Swedish courses for immigrantsLink redirects to another website
Job Market FinlandFinnish and Swedish language educationLink redirects to another website
Vantaa Adult Education CentreBasic education for adultsLink redirects to another website
Talk in Finnish
Vantaa libraries organise language cafés (kielikahvila), where people practise speaking Finnish. They are meant for everyone who wants to learn to speak Finnish. At language cafés, people talk in Finnish, so it is good to know some Finnish already. Language cafés are free of charge. You can ask libraries for more information about language cafés.
Finnish language discussion groups in Vantaa are also organised at the Tikkurila residents’ space and Kafnet and Myyrinki residents’ spaces (Kafnetin ja Myyringin asukastilat). There are Finnish language clubs for parents taking care of a child at home at residents’ parks (asukaspuisto) and open day-care centres (avoin päiväkoti). The discussion clubs are free of charge.
The Let’s Read Together Network (Luetaan yhdessä -verkosto) offers lessons in reading and Finnish to immigrant women. There are several different Let’s Read Together groups in different parts of Vantaa. The groups are free of charge.
City of VantaaResidential parks and open day care centresLink redirects to another website
Let’s Read Together networkLet’s Read Together VantaaLink redirects to another website
National Certificate of Language Proficiency
You can obtain the National Certificate of Language Proficiency in Finnish or Swedish. The website of the Finnish National Agency for Education (Opetushallitus) features a search engine that you can use to check where and when you can obtain the certificate. In Vantaa, certification examinations are held by the Vantaa Adult Education Centre (Vantaan aikuisopisto) and Axxell, for example.
Read more: Official certificate of language proficiency