Welcome to Porvoo – we will help you settle in!
The City of Porvoo’s immigrant services provides you with practical guidance and advice in various matters.
You have access to the same public services as the other residents of Porvoo. We offer you advice on where to find more information on housing, studying, health services and leisure opportunities.
We will help you settle down in Porvoo and integrate into Finnish society in cooperation with authorities and associations.
Advice in your mother tongue
Guidance and advice will be provided at the immigration services office as follows:
In Arabic: Mondays at 9–11 am and Wednesdays at 1–3 pm.
In Kinyarwanda: Tuesdays at 9–11 am.
Porvoo residents from close to a hundred countries
The City of Porvoo is located on the Southern Coast of Finland in the region of Eastern Uusimaa. The city has some 50,000 inhabitants, 2,129 of whom were foreign citizens representing 94 different countries according to statistics at the end of July in 2015.
Immigrants make up 4.3 per cent of Porvoo residents. Most of them have moved to Porvoo based on family ties or for work purposes. Approximately one third of Porvoo’s immigrants are refugees or Ingrian migrants returning to Finland.
The City of Porvoo’s immigrant services are organised according to the
Integration programme for immigrants (in Finnish).
This page offers information on multicultural activities organised by the City of Porvoo and its affiliates. Find an interesting new hobby or other activity and join in! Please see the contact and registration details for each activity respectively in the description provided.
Finnish discussion club Juttukolo
Juttukolo is a Finnish discussion club that meets on Mondays at 3–6 pm in the facilities of the Finnish Red Cross in Jokikatu 25.
Juttukolo is open for immigrants who wish to practice their spoken Finnish and for Finnish-speaking people who want to get to know people from other countries and help them become more fluent in Finnish.
The discussion group is organised by the Porvoo branch of the Finnish Red Cross and the association Speak Finnish with Me (Puhu minulle suomea ry). Free entrace.
Find out more at the website of the Finnish Red Cross
Sports activities for immigrants
Join in and make new friends while excercising or playing sports - adopt a social way to work out your body and mind! Immigrants and asylum seekers are offered a variety of sports opportunities either as a group or together with others. Any cultural or religious restrictions of the participants are observed and respected in the groups.
For more information, please contact Sports instructor Miia Heikkilä, 040 754 0484, firstname.lastname@example.org
The information desk is open on Tuesdays and Fridays at Culture House Grand in Piispankatu 28.
The FIKA mentor programme promotes integration into Finnish society. Events at Culture House Grand and other locations. Service in Finnish, Swedish and English.
Further information by e-mail at integration.borga(at)luckan.fi or by telephone at +358 (0)50 521 0093.
Let’s read together
The Let’s Read Together network, run by the Finnish Federation of Graduate Women, supports the integration of immigrant women into Finland. In a Let’s Read Together group you can learn how to to speak, write and read in Finnish.
The lessons are free of charge and take place on Wednesdays at 10 am–12 noon in the Gammelbacka Library in Porvoo.
You can bring your children with you to the group. We welcome all of our former and new students and teachers to join in
At Meeting Point, you can study Finnish free of charge. Together, we organise themed events, trips and parties.
A social worker of the immigration services is on call on Fridays at 12 noon–1 pm at Meeting Point at Opistotalo in Mannerheiminkatu 15.
Meeting Point opening hours:
Mon 2:00–4:00 pm
Wed 12 noon–3:30 pm
Fri 10 am–2:15 pm
Stop by and find out more about what we offer!
Multicultural Association of Porvoo
MAP is a non-profit organisation established in 2012. The association aims to introduce immigrants to Finnish culture and encourage them to share their culture with Finnish locals.
MAP promotes multicultural community development in Porvoo. To meet its aim, the association organises events, seminars and meetings.
MAP Porvoo Finnish language café
Join in and practice Finnish, brush up on your conversation skills and learn more about the Finnish language on Mondays at 4 pm. You can also sit down with your friends and have a conversation over a cup of coffee or tea in Finnish, Swedish or English.