The “happiest” country in the world opens to entrepreneurs with a 90-day visa
One of Europe’s most innovative capitals, Helsinki, is opening its doors to a new wave of international business
The successful Helsinki-based 90 Day Finn program returns for the third year in a row, full of ambition and activity even more. The program gives participants the opportunity to dive into one of the world’s most innovative and thriving business ecosystems.
The program’s mission is to help participants achieve their business goals within three months and at the same time fall in love with Helsinki’s unique lifestyle. 90 Day Finn’s success speaks for itself, as 20% of alumni still live in the city. The number is increasing, as more and more Finns from the previous 90 days apply for a residence permit with the support of Helsinki Partners. Perhaps due to Helsinki’s unique culture, which has led to the city being recognized as one of the best places in the world to balance work and family life.
In practice, it means you can build a successful career and still have enough time and energy for a flourishing personal life. Imagine swimming, saunas and skiing in cold water; everything possible in your everyday life. 90 Day Finn is the perfect opportunity to understand and embrace Finnish culture, live a sustainable life and advance as a professional abroad.
When is the application period?
You can apply for the program, which offers a 90-day relocation package to people from all over the world, now until February 24. The program is looking for 15 founders, investors and business professionals looking for expansion opportunities or a new investment challenge, as well as inspiring changemakers who want to see real change in the near future.
“Helsinki is home to the world’s most innovative companies. The freedom of trial and error is part of what makes Helsinki so unique. The important thing is that no one is afraid of failure, success comes from learning what works and what doesn’t. As part of the program, participants are offered a lively working space in the city center and get to know relevant business networks and centers. Said Clarisse Berggårdh, CEO of Helsinki Partners.
Helsinki as a center of entrepreneurship
Helsinki’s start-up scene will benefit from significant capital investments, a total of 743 million euros in 2021.
Along with the thriving entrepreneurial community, there are also many exciting opportunities for those who want to balance their lifestyles: the abundance of nature and access to the city’s beaches and forests.
90 Day Finn 2022 participant Damon Hernandez, entrepreneur, founder and investor, says: “During the program, I developed such deep friendships with people from different parts of the world that I may have never come across. Alumni from previous 90 Day Finn programs really took us under their wing, and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting great entrepreneurs who have helped accelerate business with introductions and connections.
Hernandez adds: “I decided to continue after the 90 Day Finn program because Finland offers me something that other cities didn’t – a genuine work-life balance. The daily routine is completely different. I now have more free time to do things that are completely unrelated to work, and there is a really close community.”
Among the best in the world for equality, education and social performance, and fifth in the ranking of the world’s safest countries in 2021, as well as providing public health care for all permanent residents and subsidized childcare, it is not only the community and business network that attract newcomers.
Applications for the 90 Day Finn program 2023 are now open