Moving to a new location is always an exciting time, especially if you are moving overseas; if you require removals to Finland, Greens Removals are specialists in Scandinavian moves, so you know your possessions are in safe hands.
Removals to Turku, Finland
Greens comply with a strict code of practice as we are British Association of Removers (BAR) registered for international removals, including removals to Finland. For domestic and household moves you are assured of a safe and prompt delivery of your possessions as we do all we can to make your move go smoothly. If you need us to supply you with high quality packing materials, we can, if not we can pack for you and unpack on arrival, to help take the stress out of your hands.
Our services are designed to suit your needs. They also include full or part load shipping to Finland in 20 ft or 40 ft containers, long or short term storage, and we offer a full range of insurance packages.
Greens' team of staff are experienced in moves to Scandinavia including removals to Finland, and shipping to Finland. If you have any queries, just telephone us direct on 01449 613053 or email us and we are happy to answer your questions you have about moves to any European or international destination.
Removals to Turku, Finland: Living in Turku
A country with a small population, Finland is not the most obvious destination to relocate to. However, Finland has a definite magic to it and offers clean living, great nature, and is ranked among the top ten countries to live.
Based on the south west coast of Finland and 94 miles from Helsinki, Turku is Finland's oldest city and has its roots as far back as the 13th century. In the 1800's it was actually the capital of Finland - with largest population - but now it's the country's fifth largest city, with around 175,000 living here.
Turku is considered a safe city to live, although do watch out for a few drunken revellers after an evening out! It is a university town and plays host to about 35,000 higher education students from the two universities and from the various polytechnics. As a result it can be a lively place to live, especially in summer, with lots going on including various music festivals. These include: the Turku Music Festival, which is the oldest music festival in Finland, and the Rock Festival, Ruisrock, which attracts world famous artists such as Ozzy Osbourne and Bon Jovi.
For those moving to Turku with children of school age, the good news is that Turku has an International School. Along with Helsinki, these are the only two cities in Finland with such a school and the official language there is English.
If you require removals to Finland to start a new job, the city is a major economic centre with a number of service related businesses including IT and biotechnology firms at the Turku Science Park.
The port is also a big employer and offers daily connections to England, Sweden and Germany, as well as other destinations. In terms of tourism, Finland receives six million visitors a year (more than its population of five million inhabitants).
Moving to Turku, Finland: Places to Visit
When you move to Turku, you will find the city has plenty of museums and attractions and as the city bursts into life in the summer, this is one of the best times of the year. Annually, Turku attracts about half a million tourists for overnight stays (excluding day trippers) and its fascinating history teamed with the fact that it's a port city, makes it a major tourist destination.
The 13th century castle, near the harbour, is a prime attraction and some of the main sites to see are the banquet halls, two dungeons and a labyrinth of restored rooms. The good news is that tours are easy to follow as they are given hourly in English.
Another must see is the cathedral which is a major city landmark and is the country's most significant religious building. It was built in the 13th century and was expanded in the 14th and 15th centuries and can be found next to the Old Square.
If you love splashing out, Turku is a cheaper place to shop than Helsinki (although the prices are still higher than other international destinations) and there are plenty of places to spark interest for the shopaholic. These include: The Medieval Market (in the last weekend of June), Turun Kauppahalli, the food market, Hansa Shopping Centre (near the main market square), or Skanssi Shopping Centre (based 20 minutes outside the city centre).
Moving to Turku, Finland: Accommodation in Turku
It can be hard to find rental property in Turku at the right price. Apartments and houses in the city are usually quite small, although they are warm and cosy, with double and triple glazed windows and good insulation all round.
The monthly cost of housing starts from £600 - £3,000 and can rise higher than this, if you are looking for more luxurious city centre accommodation.
Moving to Turku, Finland: Out and About in Turku
Public transport in Turku is excellent and you can get anywhere in the city by bus. However, if you prefer the exercise, you can get about on foot or by bicycle and there are cycle routes all over the city.
You can also travel by taxi, but this is a pricier way to get from A to B and is not recommended if you are keeping to a tight budget.
For travel further afield, Turku airport is four miles north of the city and offers domestic and commercial flights including flights to: Brussels, Budapest, Stockholm and Warsaw. Ferries also offer regular departures to Sweden.