Living in Europe | Banking | Finland

Opening a bank account in Finland is fairly easy and straightforward. Nonetheless, it is a good idea to make an appointment with your local bank.

It is a good idea to also acquire online banking credentials when opening a bank account. With online banking credentials you can, for example, attend to many official matters online. However, non-finns need to aquire option the for identification online is to obtain a Finnish ID card from the police.

Usually you will be required to present at least the following documents:

  • Passport or other official ID with a photo

  • Certificate of employment/Certificate of scholarship

  • Residence permit (non-EU citizens) or registration of residence (EU citizens)

  • Work contract /Certificate of scholarship or grant

  • Finnish personal ID code (required in most banks)

Banks are usually open Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:15. When you are setting up your account go to the information desk to make sure you get the right queue number to the right counter.

For more information on banking, please see Banking