Right to work
Right to work in Finland
A posted worker must have the right to work in Finland, if he´s a foreign employee. The grounds for the right to work depend on the citizenship of the posted worker, what work he/she is to perform in Finland and for how long a period.
- Citizens of the Nordic countries, Member States of the EU, Liechtenstein and Switzerland do not need to apply for a residence permit in order to work in Finland. They have the right to work in Finland on the grounds of their citizenship.
- Posted workers who are not citizens of any of the aforementioned countries generally need a residence permit for an employed person or another kind of residence permit allowing for paid employment.
The Aliens Act lists a number of scenarios where employment in Finland is allowed without a residence permit for an employed person.
Not only employers but also clients (main contractors or persons primarily having the work performed) are obliged to ensure the workers´ right to work, when foreign workers carry out contract or subcontract work or when they are temporary agency and are employed by a foreign employer.