Cost of Living in Helsinki

Summary about cost of living in Helsinki:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 11.50 € 10.00-18.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 65.00 € 50.00-80.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8.00 € 6.95-8.90
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 7.00 € 5.00-8.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.50 € 4.00-7.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.75 € 3.00-4.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.31 € 1.15-3.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.87 € 1.00-3.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.53 € 3.03-3.79
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.54 € 0.91-2.27
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.87 € 0.50-1.36
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.94 € 1.50-3.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 3.02 € 2.27-4.54
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 4.30 € 2.72-5.44
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.41 € 3.63-9.07
Apples (1 lb) 1.00 € 0.75-1.36
Banana (1 lb) 0.71 € 0.59-0.91
Oranges (1 lb) 0.82 € 0.45-1.36
Tomato (1 lb) 1.29 € 0.91-1.81
Potato (1 lb) 0.41 € 0.29-0.45
Onion (1 lb) 0.54 € 0.41-0.91
Lettuce (1 head) 2.09 € 1.20-4.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.53 € 1.00-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 11.50 € 10.00-14.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.19 € 1.52-2.50
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.83 € 2.30-3.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 7.00 € 6.50-7.40
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.90 € 2.20-3.20
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 54.70 € 54.00-59.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 6.00 € 5.90-9.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.57 € 2.25-2.88
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 47.04 € 41.00-47.04
Gasoline (1 gallon) 5.75 € 5.38-6.06
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 24,000.00 € 20,725.00-26,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,769.45 € 20,000.00-25,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 189.18 € 61.82-380.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.07 € 0.06-0.09
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 24.36 € 18.00-35.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 37.78 € 20.00-60.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 27.18 € 14.00-35.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 13.50 € 12.00-15.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 283.33 € 125.00-450.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,510.18 € 673.00-13,200.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 83.88 € 50.00-110.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 34.95 € 20.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 81.20 € 60.00-109.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 115.50 € 79.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 904.90 € 800.00-1,100.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 736.48 € 627.00-850.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 1,627.24 € 1,400.00-2,300.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,170.97 € 1,000.00-1,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 690.19 € 557.41-836.12
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 386.73 € 278.71-557.41
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,437.50 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.46 1.00-2.00

Prices in Helsinki

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Last update: December 2018
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22 Comments so far

#Gibon on Dec 07, 2018 :
Anyone able to provide a quick answer to what the average salary of a contract administrator (construction) is in Finland?
#Milly on Sep 10, 2018 :
I'm doing a research project on Helsinki Finland and this website was in no way helpful. I wanted the stats, not prices, although both would be better! Also, you should consider translating the euro into Aus dollars =)
#Kari on Mar 21, 2018 :
Helsinki centre and near has become more and more expensive during the last 5 and up to 10 years. Further than that and including Vantaa and Espoo, the rent for one (e.g. 30 m2) will cost 600 to 800 euros per month. The rent for two starts from 850 euros.

A Nurse? It depends on nurse and will be between 2k and 4k euros, depending on where one works and how many nights it includes. The best it is in a hospital and doing all nights also.
#Lee on Aug 08, 2017 :
If u dont mind one hr transport. U may leave in tuusula 16km north from airport . If u work at Vantaa, it is a cheaper place. The best way to buy cheap beer is to take ferry to Estonia . U can buy up to 20L per trip .

So far, I found Vantaa cost of living is cheaper than Hong Kong.
#anon on May 23, 2017 :

that wage is grossly overstated, unless you plan to work only nights. Nurses of all kinds, as well any non-white collar workers, struggle to find affordable and decent housing within a tolerable distance of their Place of work. I think some hospitals offer employee housing, as I understand it.
#Morgen on May 01, 2017 :
I am hoping to move to Helsinki. I am an OR (Operation Room) Nurse and I was wondering if I could live comfortably with the wage that a nurse makes. (I read that it was about 4,900USD each month.)

Thank you!
#MKA on Mar 30, 2017 :
Hi Fabio. There is Finnish Ministry Department of Labor which controls TE Services who is biggest single exchange of labor. Every municipality haves its own office and as long you have access in identification service (example Online Banking Account) you rarely have to visit actual office rather than business online. At the time there is 3000 vacant in area of Helsinki. Good luck!
#Fabio on Feb 06, 2017 :
Hi folks, thanks for the update. I was wondering what is the best webpage to search for jobs and what is the best city to find work in Finland. I am currently overseas and I am looking forward to spend few months in the country for visit. Thanks a lot.
#Vesa Larme on Jan 30, 2017 :
The prices of boneless chicken breast and rice numbeo set for Helsinki are way too high. Boneless chicken pricess truelly vary between 1.61-3.19 euros. Rice pricess are 0.67-1.45. I tried to change then but they went to manual inspection. Helsingin Sanomat the main newspaper of Finland has price comparsion 30.1.2017
#HelsinkiLocal on Jul 05, 2016 :
Also, as someone pointed out earlier, the standard for expressing the number of rooms in a house/apartment in Finland is in the number of rooms, not the number of bedrooms. So a 2-room apartment means a 1-bedroom apartment (1 bedroom + living room = 2 rooms; 2 bedrooms + living room = 3 rooms etc.). Often the number of rooms is also expressed verbally rather than numerically: yksiö = studio, kaksio = 1-bedroom, kolmio = 2-bedroom, and neliö = 3-bedroom.
#HelsinkiLocal on Jul 05, 2016 :
Since a lot of pepople are asking, but only a few answering, I'll give some info on living costs in Helsinki. Expect to pay upwards from 500€ per month for a tiny (~20-25m2) studio apartment outside the city centre. A one-bedroom apartment in or near the city centre will cost you upwards from 1200€ per month. Utilities are relatively affordable, 25-50€ per month for a good internet connection, maybe 30€ per month on electricity for a single bedroom apartment. Water and heating are usually included in the rent for apartments. A phone contract will be 20-30€ per month including calls, texts and data.

Puplic transport is a bit over 50€ per month in helsinki and aroung 100€ including the neighbouring cities of Espoo and Vantaa (and Kauniainen, enclosed by Espoo). The public transport is excellent though. If you don't eat out you can get by well with 300-400€ per month on food cooking at home (good food, but nothing terribly fancy very often). Alcohol is expensive, a 0.5l can of local beer is 2€ and up at a grocery store (max abv 4.7%, will be bumped to 5.5% in the future). Wine (and anything else above the grocery store abv limit) needs to be bought from Alko (the state monopoly store). Expect to pay around 6-7€ per bottle for the cheapest wines. A good beer from Alko will normally set you back 4-6€.

Services are expensive. Expect to pay 5-7€ for a pint of local mass consumption lager, or 7-10€ for a pint of good import or smaller brewery local beer at a bar. A la carte main courses at basic chain restaurants are around 20€. Filter coffee at a cafe is 2-4€ and other coffees 3-6€, and baked goods at cafes cost upwards of 5€. A haircut will cost around 30€ and up for a man.
#Dhawal on Mar 16, 2016 :
Hi I wanted to know the living expenses excluding apartment and basic utilities as that I will be given by office for me and my wife in Helsinki. I will be getting 1600 euros per month will that be enough if i go for some nearby trips too.
#Dhawal on Mar 16, 2016 :
Hi I wanted to know the living expenses excluding apartment for me and my wife in Helsinki. I will be getting 1600 euros per month will that be enough if i go for some nearby trips too.
#Raj on Mar 04, 2016 :
I want to know the leaving expenses for 1 family (2 Adults & 1 Child) in Helsinki. Is it possible to sustain in Helsinki with 2500 EURO for a family ?

Also child has to join the school over there.
Please suggest.
#MK on Sep 14, 2015 :
Can you please advise what is the salary range of field engineer in helsinki?
#xyz on May 18, 2015 :
Theo that sounds realistic, rents of small (20-30m2) apartments in Helsinki range from bout 500+e...1000e/month depending on location and quality, of course.
#Theo on Mar 20, 2015 :
Hi, I am from Indonesia and I am going to study undergraduate in Helsinki.

Anyone can tell me how much is the living cost in Helsinki monthly?
Is money ranging from 700-1000 Euro enough?
Thank you.
#Flavesryd on Jan 07, 2015 :
Hi! Could anybody tell me what's the minimal amount of money a masters student needs to live in Helsinki monthly?
I mean sharing apartment and with reduced expenses
I'll appreciate your help very much!
#Mohamed Shazin on Dec 20, 2014 :
I am planning to take my psychology degree in finland and I would like to know the living expenses and other details. I was born in dubai and spend 18 years here so I would like a comparison of the two places
#Moderator on Dec 03, 2014 :
Updated taxi prices according to out sources and references, thanks for mentioning this in the comment!
#johan on Dec 02, 2014 :
Its always more expensive to live in city centers everywhere ,,especially in helsinki

food prices are in all same in finland...there is not much diffrence because grocerymarket is controlled by 2 monopolies: co-operative Sok and privateltd kesko,,,, now there is also german Lidl which is about 15 % cheaper than others

Finns buy food mostly from offers,,,, Look this numbeo comparison,,you can get good image from food prices

Apartments you can ask from real estates companies....also if you have friends here,,they may help you to find

usually it is sensible to find apartments near good public trafficx connectiosn,,,buses and trains.... optimal distant from big city centers is 20-30 km...... buy montky ticket for bus or train

If you want to live in Finalnd, contact local finland embassy in your home country

It is not impossible to get living permit if you can support yourself here: eg you have regular job or you get suffricient pension from your home country....students have different visa regulations....
study those regulations from finnish embassy pages
#harry on Dec 02, 2014 :





tips not compulsory