Everyday life in Helsinki is seen as good and there is a general trust in authorities. One reason for this is the egalitarian system of basic services where status or wealth do not dictate how an individual is treated.
All Helsinkians are automatically covered by the city's healthcare system, even if one's educational institution or workplace does not offer healthcare services. Access to care is easy and quick. Helsinkians are slightly healthier on average than the rest of Finland.
The bureaucracy of public services is low especially for EU citizens, and also undocumented individuals have access to the most essential healthcare services such as vaccinations and care in acute cases of illness. Healthcare in Helsinki is inexpensive compared to the level of income, and citizens need not take out costly insurances to maintain their health.
There are many ways in which the health services tend to the wellbeing of citizens. The most common vaccinations are offered to everyone, and different screenings are offered especially to the adult population. Telephone services offer advice for self-treating minor conditions.
Helsinki has good social services, very little bureaucracy and polite people. I have felt very welcome here.
Special attention for children
All children registered in Helsinki are entitled to a kindergarten placement, and the schools of the city usually do not have waiting lists. The quality of education is high all throughout the city, and for many children the best and easiest choice of school is the nearest one.
Education and the pre-school system in Finland are among the best in the world. Pre-schools take care of children during the day and place an emphasis on professional pedagogy to support also the individual traits of children. Both pre-schools and elementary school offer children and youngsters a hot meal during the day. School books are free of charge for children in elementary education and schools make sure that all students are equipped with the necessary school supplies.
Helsinki also has many playgrounds that offer guided activities for families with children. When the children are out of school for the summer, many parks organise park lunches where any child can get a meal free of charge.
Immigration services offer everyday guidance
Helsinki's social services are generally seen as well-functioning, and there are many types of support for those arriving in Finland from other countries. The initial screening offered by the immigration services helps newcomers get on their feet and shares information on housing, work and educational opportunities, as well as services for families.
As a city with a flat hierarchy, Helsinki is an easy place for a new start. Good educational opportunities, an inspiring and innovative atmosphere and many free-time activities mean that everyday life is easy and enjoyable.