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Information to work in this country is available from

Valvira, Lintulahdenkuja 4, PL 210, 00531 Helsinki, Finland. Tel. +358 9 772 920.

Hygienists from the EU should ask for the Guide for Health Care Professionals coming to Finland from the EU member States.

Official licensing body in the country

Valvira, Lintulahdenkuja 4, PL
210, 00531 Helsinki, Finland. Tel. +358 9 772 920.

Contact for Work Permit and/or Visa

Valvira, Lintulahdenkuja 4, PL
210, 00531 Helsinki, Finland. Tel. +358 9 772 920.

Is a job offer required before a Work Permit/Visa is issued?


Main local and/or official language(s)

Finnish and Swedish. It is necessary to be fluent in these languages.

Are hygienists qualified overseas required to sit the country's national examination?

Yes, for hygienists from outside the EU.

Information on the local working environment

Hygienists work in public and private health sectors. Hygienists can also practice independently. Average working hours: 38 per week.

Standard tasks that hygienists are allowed to undertake in the country
  • Oral health education
  • Pre-diagnosis of oral diseases
  • Prevention and maintenance care of the mouth
  • Care of orthodontic appliances
  • Additional duties in the care of prosthetic and surgical patients
  • Taking of radiographs
  • Local anaesthesia
  • Development and application of health programmes for all ages
  • Sub and supra gingival scaling, polishing

Further information

Country Statistics
Total Population 5,400,000
Number of Dental Hygienists 2200
Number of Dentists 4500
Number of Dental Hygiene Schools / Students per year 4 / 80-100
Number of Dental Hygienists in private sector / public sector 35% / 65%
Number of Dental Hygienists practicing as Clinicians About 70
Number of Dental Hygienists practicing as Educators About 30
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NOTE: The information provided above is for general guidance only. The International Federation of Dental Hygienists advises all hygienists to contact the country's relevant licensing bodies and agencies for current information and regulations.