Cost of Living in Finland

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Food Price in €
12 eggs dozen, large 12.50 EUR
1 beer pint in local shops, markets 7 EUR
1 kg of tomatoes 8.50 EUR
Full chicken 2kg 38.75 EUR
1litre 100% fruit juice 8.50 EUR
1 package of cigarettes imported brands 25 EUR
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7.50 EUR
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48.95 EUR
2.5 liters of Coca-Cola 0.95 EUR
1 Bread loaf standard 9.50 EUR
Whole fat Yogurt. 500ml 12 EUR
1x6 pack Dardanelle tuna 18.50 EUR
Heinz baked beans 1 tin 8 EUR
1.5 kg Sugar 10 EUR
2 liter cooking oil 20 EUR
Yum-yum noodles per pack 2.00 EUR
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.50 EUR
1 liter milk 8.50 EUR
Fast food restaurant large serving/ take away 25 EUR
Utilities per month (water, electricity, gas) for 2 people in flat 165 EUR
Wi-Fi monthly fee 8 Mbps (1 month) 145 EUR
Laundry detergent (bleach, sunlight liquid, washing surf… altogether) 58.50 EUR
House Cleaning fee per day 105 EUR
Large Gas heater price range upwards. 200 EUR
Original branded Electric Fans 200 EUR
Original branded Electric kettle. 120 EUR
40 inches Beko flat screen HD TV set 2000 EUR
Single bed Blankets 120 EUR
Personal Care
Avon for women and men cologne 100 EUR
Ladies hair plaiting. 60 EUR
Ladies Sanitaryware (Pads and Tampoons) 18 EUR
Men's haircut 40 EUR
Ibuprofen, Panadol, Grandpa Pain killers box of 12 dosses 24.50 EUR
Mobile package local network providers’ talk-time, data and messages 65 EUR
1 month of gym subscription. 105 EUR
Earphones original (Samsung. iPhone) 90 EUR
Unisex Loris perfume 30 EUR
Gadgets maintenance and repairs (cellphone, laptops, tablets...) starting price. 100 EUR
Smart phones (Samsung, Xiaomi, HTC, IPhone) price range upwards 1000 EUR
Laptops (Samsung, Lenovo, Hp, Monster, Dell etc.) price range upwards 3000 EUR
Boat cruise with refreshments and finger snacks 120 EUR
Go carting 30mins 120 EUR
Movie House 3d cinema 30 EUR
Summer Festivals (jet, bumper cars, lucky deep ...(per ticket) 15 EUR
Photo shoot 120 EUR
Cappuccino / expresso/ coffee 12.50 EUR
3 course dinner local restaurant two people 96.50 EUR
3 course dinner classy, exotic restaurant two people 150 EUR
Play station 4 console without games. 2000 EUR
Spalding Basketball 200 EUR
Original branded Racket and Wilson’s tennis balls 500 EUR
Taxi fare on average 5-10km 45 EUR
Public transport per trip one way maximum fare 30 EUR
1 liter petrol/diesel 6.50 EUR
1 day rent a car cost 140 EUR
Driver’s license 2300 EUR
1 pair of jeans (Denim or similar) 150 EUR
1 pair of men’s formal shoes 215 EUR
1 pair original sport/casual shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 280 EUR
1 classy summer dress (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 135.79 EUR
Ladies formal shoes original and durable 120 EUR
Back-pack, gym bag (Nike, Adidas, New balance) 150 EUR

Finland is definitely an affordable country to live and study and many students get by on their student budgets or with whatever part-time work they find. The amount of money that students spend depends mostly on their habits and their location in Finland. Bigger cities like Helsinki will be a little more costly when compared to other smaller cities or towns in the country.

The average living cost which includes housing and feeding can range from 500 to 900 euros per month.


One really interesting thing about food in Finland is that wherever you go and whichever restaurant you visit a typical meal will always cost €9. From fast food and transcontinental meals to even continental meals, the basic cost is €9 which most foreign students might consider a bit steep.

On a positive note, the food is mostly worth the price as they are of a good quantity, the taste is also delicious and one of the best quality you’d ever find.

Because the salaries are higher in Finland than most European countries, accordingly the cost of grocery in the supermarket is also quite expensive. Alcohol and cigarettes are favorably cheaper in Finland.

Apartments and renting costs

One-bedroom flats in a city as big as Helsinki can go for €800 up to €1100 whereas accommodation in smaller cities starts from €600 to €900 both depending on the individual taste and need of the student. Living in big cities or in the city center is always more convenient but it is also more pricey. You do save some money if you live in the city because you save on transportation but have it in mind that these prices can also be cheaper or more expensive, we’ve only provided the average costs for apartments in Finland.

Utility costs
Utility costs range from €60 up to €335 which probably depends on the location, the size of the apartment and seasons; primarily, utility costs are a bit higher in the winter or cold seasons than other seasons. €35 will get you the best possible internet connection and is basically the standard price across the country. Noteworthy is the fact that Finland has one of the best internet services in all of Europe.


Finland offers several public means of transport around the country like buses, trains, trams, taxis and since the country is filled with many islands you can visit most of them by ferry. But if you prefer a more modern student means of transport, the roads are pretty good and very smooth, so moving around on a bicycle is very much likely. Buses and trams cost €2.50 to €3 and ferries cost €5 for a day, and just like in most European countries if you have the local travel card you can get tickets for cheaper prices.