Estonians favour Finland
when working abroad
Helsinki (23.07.2012 - Juhani Artto) Finland is the favourite foreign
country for Estonians working or planning to work abroad. Finland is mentioned as an
attractive option by 43 per cent of those who are ready to work outside of
Estonia. Finland is followed by Germany and Sweden. England and Norway
receive a positive response from 15 per cent of "willing to work abroad"
These figures originate from a survey made by an Estonian research company
and published in May at a meeting of Estonia's and Finland's EURES
network. The magazine STTK, published by the union confederation STTK,
summarizes the main findings of the survey in its issue 4-2012.
Finland is looked upon favourably by Estonians because of the
similarities of Finnish and Estonian languages and because of the close
proximity between the two countries and
cheap fares when travelling to Southern Finland across the Gulf of Finland.
indicates also that positive experiences of the host country and
relatives and friends living there play a significant role when heading for
Almost half of the working age population in Estonia has a positive attitude
towards working abroad. Up to 42 per cent would consider working in a
county. But almost the same number (39 per cent) reject this option.
According to the survey, men are more willing than women to take a job
outside of Estonia. Also to be young and unmarried and to live in Estonia's
largest cities Tallinn or Tartu tends to result in more positive attitudes
towards working abroad than amongst those living elsewhere.
To work outside of Estonia is most often motivated by higher wages and
salaries paid abroad. Three out of four mention this as the main factor when
considering taking up work in foreign countries. Almost half of the "willing
abroad" Estonians expect to earn over EUR 2,000 per month. A fifth of the
respondents mention new experiences, better social security and vocational
or professional challenges as being behind their desire to work abroad.