At a Glance: Teaching English in Finland

At a Glance: Teaching English in Finland

ESL teachers looking for a place to experience the outdoors to its fullest should teach in Finland. With 80% of the country made up of forests, water, and national parks, Finland is paradise for hikers, skiers, fishermen, and every other outdoor enthusiast.

Monthly Salary*:
800 - 3,400 EUR
1,160 - 4,930 CAD (May 22, 2023)
Private Tutoring per Hour:
12 - 24 EUR
17.50 - 34.75 CAD (May 22, 2023)
Income Tax††: 0 - 17%
Ability to Save per year: 500 - 27,000 CAD
Airfare: Rarely included
Accommodations: Rarely included
Health Care: Usually included
Holidays: Sometimes paid
Teaching Hours per Week: 20 - 30
Typical Contract Length: One year or less
Typical Start Month(s): August or year round
Application Timeline: 1 - 4 months
Work Visa: EU citizenship preferred
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor's Degree; Master's Degree preferred and Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate
Additional Notes: Freelance work common; full-time contracts with guaranteed hours difficult to secure; schools tend to prefer in-person applicants

Other Western Europe Countries:

Austria ~ Belgium ~ Finland ~ France ~ Germany ~ Greece ~ Italy ~ Portugal ~ Spain ~ Sweden ~ Switzerland ~ The Netherlands

Travelling is relatively expensive because of the size of the country, but a visit to the north for the Midnight Sun (when the sun never sets) and Arctic Night (when the sun never rises) each year is definitely worthwhile. Travelling to Finland first before searching for a job is the best option for any ESL teaching opportunities there.

The combination of Oxford Seminars' internationally recognized TESOL/TESL Certification and our Job Placement Service included with the course makes teaching English abroad a reality. Learn more about teaching English in Finland and other opportunities teaching English abroad by calling 1-888-227-6755, or by attending an upcoming free Information Session in your area.

* Wages vary depending on the economy of the country.
Exchange rates are subject to change. Check for current rates.
†† You will be paying income tax while teaching abroad, and the tax rate can change depending on how much money you earn.

Oxford Seminars makes every effort to keep our information as up-to-date and accurate as possible. However, individual teaching positions and experiences may vary with job market conditions. Specific information listed cannot be guaranteed to be applicable when you are seeking employment teaching ESL in a specific country.

Note that certain positions require additional qualifications and credentials that are not negotiable due to specific country legislation.