Filming in Finland

Let us help you find partners, equipment and crew!

Interested in filming in Finland? No wonder – Finland is known for being one of those countries that just works. Airplanes and trains run on time, restaurant bills have no hidden charges and streets and runways are kept clear even if there was a severe snowstorm the previous night. Finland is also one of world’s safest and most non-corrupt countries.

If you consider filming in Finland, the Finland Film Commission is an excellent first point of contact. We will help you find the most suitable and qualified crews, production companies, freelance artists and technicians that are able to do their job skillfully, to deadline and on budget. Contact us.

Working and filming in Finland

Finland is a member of the European Union (EU) and Schengen Area. For visa requirements in the Schengen Area and travel documents accepted by Finland (by country), visit the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland website.

If you intend to work in Finland, you usually need a residence permit granted by the state of Finland. However, you do not need a residence permit if you are a film worker and your employer does not have an office in Finland, and the duration of the job is no longer than three months.

Citizens of the European Union and citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland can freely work in Finland for a maximum of three months, after which they must register their right to reside in Finland.

Filming and location permits

Filming permits are usually easy to obtain and are inexpensive. Small filming groups can work in public areas without specific permissions, so long as they do not disturb traffic or cause any other disturbance for people living or visiting the area.

In areas of wilderness, you can shoot without specific permissions but you might need one for motorized vehicles, other heavy equipment or when filming is planned to take place in a private area, such as someone’s backyard. Check out the introduction of our versatile locations.

If you are planning to film in privately owned areas or with a large crew, we will look into whether you need a permit.