3 months (or more) by the lake Saimaa, in Finland

Get a Free Relocation Package for 3 Months (or More) in the happiest country of the world.

The regional government of Southeastern Finland offers Japanese and Hongkonger professionals, investors and entrepreneurs on green technology the opportunity to live and work for 90 days in the happiest country in the world, by the Lake Saimaa.

South Karelia – at the shores of Lake Saimaa

Saimaa is the fourth largest lake in Europe, and according to the Wall Street Journal, one of the most impressive lakes in the world. Not only for its eight thousand kilometers of shoreline, but also for its groundbreaking, Harvard-level innovations.

What the campaign is all about

Take a quick look at what the campaign is all about –  how working culture is in Finland and how life in general works in the Happiest Nation in the World by the shores of Lake Saimaa in Southeast Finland.

Who can apply?

3 Months (or More) by the Lake Saimaa in Finland program is aimed at countries in Asia whose citizens do not need a visa to Finland. These countries are Japan and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China since the HKSAR passport holders have visa-free travel to Europe’s Schengen Area. Such individuals may stay in Finland for 90 days in a 180-day period.

Students at Lappeenranta University

Green Tech Researcher or Student

The applicant can be a Japanese / Hong Kong researcher or a student who will do his/her own research or joint research at LUT University for three months in the co-working space and entrepreneurial society of the LUT University.

Green tech in southeast Karelia, Finland

Green Tech Professionals with or without family

The entire family are welcome to Southeast Finland, too. Parents are able to work remotely from Finland, and the kids have access to a quality English-language schools or kindergardens. Finnish schools are at the forefront of the Pisa Education Survey. The area offers various sports, nature and cultural activities for the whole family.

Green Tech Entrpreneur

Green Tech entrepreneurs and investors

Entrepreneur or investor gets to network with local greentech companies and professionals, and find new business opportunities. Southeast Finland also has good connections to St. Petersburg, Russia.

What our free relocation package includes:

Documents and support

All the documentation needed for a 90-day stay, orientation services and relocation consultation during the whole stay.

Green Tech Networking

Get-togethers and in-person introductions to green technology hubs and business networks in the southeast region of Finland.

Housing and living

Housing consultation to find a right place to settle down, top-level facilities for efficient remote work and study, and school or daycare arrangements.*

Future plans

Get-togethers and Finnish experiences during the 90-day-stay and support for possible permanent residency application after 90-day period.

Free time by the lake Saimaa, Finland

Southeastern Finland

Southeastern Finland can offer for you the following benefits:

Green Tech in southeast Finland

Bioeconomy & high-tech

Europe’s most significant forest industry cluster has strongly focused its research activities in Southeastern Finland. Bio-economy in general and forest industry especially also support the location of other similar activities here.

Forest industry is joined by major players from fields such as energy technology, electrical engineering, chemical technology, and hi-tech metal structures, among others. South Karelia is officially considered one of the most important growth centres in Finland. This means that the vitality of the region is also supported by means of regional policy.

South Karelia is located quite near the Russian border and St. Petersburg. The impact of the neighbouring Russia is more evident in Southeast Finland than in other parts of the country.

Lappeenranta University, LUT

LUT University

Clean energy, water and air are life-giving resources for which we at LUT University seek new solutions with its expertise in technology and business. LUT helps society and businesses in their sustainable renewal.

LUT has strong links with the business community. The university promotes business generated by scientific research.

Read more at lut.fi

Bioeconomy & high-tech

Finland is the happiest country in the world for the fourth year in a row. The UN World Happiness Report has been published nine times. Finland lives up to its reputation, and seems to show a good balance between work and life outside of work. Perhaps the reason lies in the fact that the Finnish lifestyle promotes quality of life and happiness.

We believe that the opportunity to balance work and leisure is valued in Asia, too. The laid-back Finnish work culture combined with getting outside and exploring nature. By the way, Finland is the country of tens of thousands of lakes. And Saimaa, the largest lake in Finland, is situated in the southeast, with numerous islands and peninsulas.

Cities by the lake Saimaa, in Finland

Cities in the Southeast Finland

Lappeenranta is located in the border region of Russia, and on the southern shores of the fourth largest lake in Europe, Saimaa. Lappeenranta has approximately 73,000 inhabitants, that is more than half of the total population of the South Karelia region.

You can reach Lappeenranta within a 2-hour train ride from Finland’s capital city Helsinki. There are several daily connections between Helsinki and Lappeenranta. Russian destinations, such as St. Petersburg and Moscow are within easy reach from Lappeenranta. The train takes you from Lappeenranta to St. Petersburg, in 1.5 hours.

Imatra is located by Lake Saimaa and close to the Russian border. The Vuoksi river runs through the city of Imatra and has a population of 26,000 people.
Lappeenranta and Imatra region offer the spectacular scenery and delightful attractions in the heart of the Lake Saimaa area.

Lappeenranta Green Leaf award

Lappeenranta Green Leaf

The city of Lappeenranta won the title of the European Green Leaf Award 2021, in a competition organised by the European Commission. This year the title was given to two cities, so in addition to Lappeenranta, Gabrovo from Bulgaria won the title.Cities with less than 100,000 inhabitants competed for the 2021 European Green Leaf Award. According to the jury, the city of Lappeenranta has made a visible commitment to developing climate work. The aim is to achieve the city’s main goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.


For further information, please contact:

Mr. Ding Ma

Project Manager
Regional Council of South Karelia, Finland

tel. +358 40 660 4015
email: ding.ma@ekarjala.fi

Mr. Jyri Lintunen

Project Specialist
Regional Council of South Karelia, Finland

tel. +358 40 674 3523
email: jyri.lintunen@ekarjala.fi

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