Welcome to Live in Karijoki!
We are pleased that you have chosen Karijoki as your new home. On these pages we have gathered information that will help you in the beginning in settling into the Finnish everyday life.
Immigration Services in the Karijoki region are located within the Vuoksi International Service.
Moving to a new country is not easy – Vuoksi International Service can help you settle here. Integration services are offered to all foreigners moving here. You can get information for immigrants on the services of the Finnish society and the rights and responsibilities of people moving to Finland.
Please be in touch with the Immigration Coordinator, Agnes Szeman, if you would like any information on the Finnish society, work, training, health care or living here in general.
Vuoksi International Service will also help employers who have foreign workforce and companies planning to recruit from abroad. In addition, the information and guidance services are for everyone who deals with immigrants through their work.
To be able to serve you better, please make an appointment by phone or email.
Contacts for immigration coordination of Karijoki:
VUOKSI International Service
Oppitie 4, KAUHAJOKI
Tel: +358 40 641 6374
Living in Karijoki
You should reserve enough time for finding a rental place to live. It is good to have a chat to your new local colleagues and/or friends for tips on shops and services, schools, and childcare etc. In Karijoki there’s plenty of space and available apartments for rent.
Long term apartments are usually rented unfurnished, but they do include fitted kitchen cupboards, wardrobes, fridge and stove (also often a dishwasher).
You can look for long term rentals for example on the Vuokraovi
In an emergency always call 112.
Also, if you have a municipality of residence (kotikunta) in Finland, you are entitled to use public dental care services. You can make a booking by calling central number +358 (0) 6 2413 3340
The Karijoki main library is located at Kristiinantie 3, 64350 Karijoki. Library also arranges events and activities to cater for all ages.
The Adult Education Centre (Kauhajoen kansalaisopisto) offers courses from languages to music and photography to cooking and many others. Read more about the current courses on offer on the Kansalaisopisto pages
Sports and exercise
There are plenty of nature trails in the area. Find out more about the local nature trails
More information about nature trails can also be found on the Visit Suupohja pages
The local sport club ”Karijoen Tappara” offers a variety of hobbies from ski jumping to cheerleading and judo to shooting.
In winter there are numerous skiing tracks around and plenty of spaces for skating, often located near schools.
There are a few bus connections to nearby cities of Kauhajoki and Kristiinankaupunki and even further but as the buses are not very frequent, a car is recommended when living here.
A motor liability insurance is compulsory in Finland. If you have a driving licence issued in a Nordic country, an EU member state or an EEA country, it is also valid in Finland. You can exchange it for a Finnish driving licence if you are residing in Finland permanently.
Bicycles: cycling or walking to work is very popular in Finland. Many people cycle all through the year. Wearing a helmet is compulsory and you must have a lamp in the front and back of your bike when you cycle in the dark. In winter studded tires are recommended.