That’s what I went through before learning the language, it’s what is expected from every immigrant who chooses to shift tent stakes for another land. So again, so what?
Finnish language hindrance
Meanwhile, immigrants are facing headwinds as educated workers coming from abroad are being snubbed for not knowing Finnish. Main daily Helsingin Sanomat tells the stories of the Australian Jason Wallace, a construction worker, and Estonian engineer Doris Sarapuu – both of whom have faced obstacles and have tried to overcome them in their own ways.
“I need to find a balance between running my new one-man company and learning Finnish,” Wallace says in Hesari. “I work twelve-hour days as it is.”
Sarapuu is highly educated but has worked in a café in Tampere for a year while applying for work in her own field. The paper says that moving to Finland from abroad can be a “risk” to people’s careers.