Finland is an EU member state and part of the Schengen area. The country covers an area of around 340,000 km², with a population of 5.5 million (16/km2). Over 70% of the country is covered by forests, along with more than 180,000 freshwater lakes. The climate varies relative to latitude, from the southern humid continental climate to the northern boreal, sub-arctic climate. The following information aims at providing an overview of the most common permit types relevant for scientists travelling to and working in Finland.


National rules and regulations are given for the following categories:

  • Cross border travel (persons, equipment, samples, chemicals),
  • Access to specific areas,
  • Permits to conduct fieldwork and collect samples,
  • Field instrumentation,
  • Safety equipment and
  • Regional/local permits.

Additional information sources relevant for conducting science in Finland are also listed.

Disclaimer: INTERACT takes no legal responsibility for the information presented here. These pages only address the most common permit types. Certain studies may require specialist permits not covered here. New regulations may also come into force, permit conditions may change and links may become outdated or no longer work. If you encounter broken links, significant permit updates or have suggestions for additional permit types we can include, please contact us at

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